'Doctor Who': How Showrunner Russell T. Davies's Return Could Save the Show (Again)

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'Doctor Who': How Showrunner Russell T. Davies's Return Could Save the Show (Again)

No pressure, of course.

Doctor Who, as a franchise, is all about semi-regular changings of the guard, as the cast and head writer are often in flux. But one of the show's biggest shifts yet is coming in 2023, as it's been announced that Russell T. Davies, the showrunner who guided the original revival with Christopher Eccleston in 2005, will be returning to oversee the show's next phase, following the departure of current showrunner Chris Chibnall.

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Some history: Before coming on to bring Doctor Who to a new generation of fans, Davies was already a loud and proud fan of what Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant's Extras once referred to as “the crown jewel of the BBC.” As just one bit of evidence, one of the main characters in his groundbreaking series Queer as Folk was an avowed Who-vian, whose fandom was celebrated throughout the series — in fact, why not go ahead and share this scene from the show's second season, in which Stuart (Aidan Gillen) demonstrates his abiding love for Vince (Craig Kelly) by proving how much he's been paying attention to Vince's favorite show:

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