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Russell T Davies set to return to Doctor Who
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Russell T Davies set to return to Doctor Who

After the announcement back in July that both Chris Chibnall, the current showrunner behind Doctor Who, and its star Jodie Whittaker would both be leaving the series in 2022, there’s been no shortage of speculation around who is likely to succeed them.

At the weekend at least part of that question was answered with the news that Russell T Davies, the man who revived the show in 2005, will be returning to Doctor Who as showrunner once again when Chibnall departs next year after season 13 and a series of specials set to air in autumn 2022 as part of the BBC’s centenary celebrations. Davies will resume his former role in time for the show’s 60th anniversary in 2023.

Davies previously revived the beloved sci-fi show with Christopher Eccleston and then David Tennant in the starring role, eventually succeeded by Sherlock co-creator Steven Moffat, who took over in 2010 and was in charge of the series during the Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi eras.

Speculation has also been rife as to who will become the 14th Doctor when Davies returns to the show, with a number of different actors rumoured to be in contention. Amongst them are Michael Sheen, who recently topped a fan poll on the subject, and Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander, a prospect that may become more likely now that Davies is set to return, with the singer having starred in Davies’ recent Channel 4 series It’s a Sin.

Other names mooted for the role include Jo Martin, who made a cameo in the role during the show’s 12th season, Richard Ayode, and I May Destroy You creator Michaela Coel. Davies, however, has suggested that it’s too soon to speculate as to what might happen when he returns, although did add that he is “beyond excited to be back” as the series showrunner.

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