Davies is returning for Doctor Who‘s historic 60th anniversary in 2023 and “series beyond.” Bad Wolf and BBC Studios partner to produce. Davies helmed the iconic sci-fi series in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston as the Ninth Doctor, and he departed the show in 2009 around the time David Tennant, the Tenth Doctor, left.
Then, Steven Moffat replaced Davies, who steered the ship with Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith and Twelfth Doctor Peter Capaldi. Chris Chibnall assumed the mantle of showrunner after Moffat’s departure, with Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.
While both Davies and Moffat had two Time Lords amid their respective runs, Chibnall breaks the cycle with only one under his watch.
Davies says this regarding his return:
I’m beyond excited to be back on my favourite show. But we’re time-travelling too fast, there’s a whole series of Jodie Whittaker’s brilliant Doctor for me to enjoy, with my friend and hero Chris Chibnall at the helm – I’m still a viewer for now.
Chibnall expresses his excitement about the show’s future:
It’s monumentally exciting and fitting that Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary will see one of Britain’s screenwriting diamonds return home. Russell built the baton that is about to be handed back to him … let’s be honest, everyone in the whole world have so many reasons to be Very Excited Indeed about what lies ahead.
It’s certainly an intriguing move on the BBC’s part. As much as I love Davies, I’m not sure a former showrunner should return for a second-round because new talent deserves a chance to shine. However, Davies set an incredible precedent and revitalized a franchise, so I’m willing to see how he shapes the series’ future.
This choice feels more like a financial decision, but we’ll see what happens!
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