- Russell T Davies is returning to Doctor Who and planning seasons 3 and 4.
- Davies’ second run will begin with the David Tennant-led 60th Anniversary specials, before introducing Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor.
- With a bigger budget than ever before, Doctor Who season 14 will feature new cast members, settings, and likely new villains, while also paying homage to classic episodes.
The new era of Doctor Who is already being planned through season four. The show, which has been running since 1963, entered an age of extreme popularity under showrunner Russell T Davies’ leadership in 2005. Davies will be returning with David Tennant and Ncuti Gatwa as the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Doctors respectively, after Steven Moffat and Chris Chibnall each led the show from 2010 to 2022. Davies’ original stint on the show lasted four seasons.
Davies’ newest era will likely be just as long as his first. In addition to his work on the Doctor Who 60th Anniversary specials, he has been developing future seasons of the show, which will be led by Sex Education‘s Gatwa. In an interview with SFX Magazine, Davies also explained that he is already planning season 3 through season 4. Check out his quote below:
“No, I’m planning season three now, there’s plans for season four. Absolutely. Who knows? Who knows. I’m not getting any younger.”
The Future Of Doctor Who
Davies’ second run with Doctor Who will be launching with the upcoming 60th Anniversary specials. The three specials will begin airing on November 25th, December 2nd, and December 9th respectively. In them, Tennant will be reprising his role as the Doctor, alongside the returning Catherine Tate’s Donna Noble. They will be facing off against Neil Patrick Harris as the dastardly Celestial Toymaker, before the Fourteenth Doctor presumably regenerates into Gatwa’s Doctor.
Life-long Doctor Who fan Russell T Davies originally revived the show after a 16-year hiatus.
The regeneration will finally launch Gatwa’s run on the show. With Disney+ serving as the international distributor, the BBC can afford to offer Doctor Who a bigger budget than ever before. That could mean grand adventures with more realistic effects. For a production that historically adds plungers to salt shakers to create terrifying villains, that budget increase could mean substantially different effects.
Doctor Who season 14 will be featuring a new cast, new settings, and likely even new villains set to haunt the Doctor across time and space. Much like the Christopher Eccleston era saw a reimagining of the show, Davies will likely be refreshing Doctor Who while also offering ties to classic episodes and monsters. With four seasons ahead of him, Davies is ready to return for his new era.
Source: SFX Magazine