Russell T Davies has returned to the role of showrunner for Doctor Who after more than a decade, and he intends to stay in the position.
“I’m planning season 3 now, there’s plans for season 4,” Davies disclosed to SFX magazine in the upcoming issue, with David Tennant featured as Doctor Who on the cover. “Absolutely. Who knows? Who knows. I’m not getting any younger.”
Regarding this new era of Doctor Who, under Davies’ direction and featuring Ncuti Gatwa as the Doctor, it represents a kind of ‘reset‘ for the series. The upcoming season, scheduled to air next year, will be labeled as ‘season 1.’ Season 2 is already confirmed and is anticipated to broadcast in 2025.
“At the risk of sounding sanctimonious, but I really, really mean this – they were going to do this to the show anyway and I genuinely thought, ‘It needs looking after,'” Davies remarks in relation to his comeback.
Meanwhile, Tennant returns as the Doctor for a set of three anniversary specials, featuring Catherine Tate rejoining as his companion, Donna Noble. The fresh faces in the cast include Yasmin Finney from Heartstopper playing Donna’s daughter, Rose, and Neil Patrick Harris taking on the role of the villainous Toymaker.
The initial installment of the Doctor Who 60th anniversary trilogy premieres on November 25, followed by subsequent episodes released weekly. A new season is scheduled for 2024.