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Russell T. Davies is returning as showrunner on Doctor Who for the show's 60th anniversary and beyond, the BBC has confirmed.
Incumbent showrunner Chris Chibnall is set to depart the show next year, taking Jodie Whittaker's Doctor with him after one final season and a handful of specials that will take us up to the show's antipcated anniversary celebrations in 2023.
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Russell T Davies to return as Doctor Who Showrunner to celebrate the 60th anniversary in 2023, and series beyond. BBC Studios are partnering with Bad Wolf to produce.
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The multi award-winning Russell T. Davies was behind Doctor Who's critically acclaimed revival in 2005, regenerating the show for new audiences alongside Christopher Eccleston's ninth Doctor and Billie Piper's Rose Tyler. With David Tennant as the tenth Doctor, the sci-fi series enjoyed an incredibly successful run. He also helped create spinoff shows Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures.
Davies stepped down as showrunner in 2010, taking David Tennant with him. His last episode, The End Of Time Part Two, aired on New Year's Day and saw the TARDIS keys handed over to Matt Smith and new head writer Steven Moffat.
"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," Davies said.
"It's monumentally exciting and fitting that Doctor Who's 60th anniversary will see one of Britain's screenwriting diamonds return home," said Chris Chibnall. Russell built the baton that is about to be handed back to him - Doctor Who, the BBC, the screen industry in Wales, and let's be honest everyone in the whole world, have so many reasons to be Very Excited Indeed about what lies ahead."
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