Russell T Davies to stay on for four seasons of Doctor Who

Lucy-Jo Finnighan
David Tennant in Doctor Who

Russell T Davies led the first four seasons of the Doctor Who revival – and with the showrunner returning to the series, he plans to repeat that tenure.

If Doctor Who has taught us anything, it’s that the only constant is change. The classic BBC series – which is now heading onto Disney+ in the US for this upcoming season – is known for how the Doctor changes; not just in the actor that plays them, but in the companions that they have, and the showrunners that helm everything.

With Ncuti Gatwa set to take on the role later this year, and David Tennant temporarily returning to the Tardis, we actually have another familiar face: Russell T Davies, who will be taking over as showrunner once more, after being the one to bring the series back in 2005.

Davies stayed on as showrunner for four seasons, after which Stephen Moffatt took his place for Season 5. Now, over ten years later, Davies may be repeating his tenure.

Russell T Davies will be back for four more seasons

Russell T Davies is well and truly back in the world of Doctor Who. We’ll be seeing him – or rather, be seeing what he has created – for the 60th anniversary specials, before barrelling straight into Season 14 with the new 15th Doctor.

Davies is considered by many a Doctor Who fan to be the best showrunner of the revived series. He was the one who revived it, after all, and under his tenure we received both Eccleston and Tennant’s amazing runs as the titular character.

These runs made up four seasons before Tennant and Davies departed the series. But while Tennant is only returning for the Anniversary Special, Davies seems to be back for four more seasons.

Speaking at the Doctor Who 60: A Musical Celebration concert, Davies teased his plans for the show, including a potential all-music episode. Notably, he numbered his seasons, placing said musical episode in Season 4. Meaning this is how long he intends to stick around at the very least:

“Let me think… okay, Series 4, I’m gonna write an episode that’s all music no dialogue. We plan ahead [and] there’s no room in Series 3!”

You can read more about the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary Specials here, and check out some of our other coverage of the series below:

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