Russell T. Davies Gives Casting Update on Doctor Who

Russell T. Davies has given a casting update on the next series of Doctor Who, with regards to who’ll play the next Time Lord. In an interview with The Guardian, Davies revealed that while auditions are underway, they “have genuinely not cast anyone yet.”

Davies will be returning to the hit sci-fi show after eleven years, succeeding current showrunner Chris Chibnall who’ll bow out of the show next year with Jodie Whittaker, the show’s first female Time Lord. Speaking about the new series beyond Chibnall, Davies revealed that he’d “already written some of the episodes.”

“The first will go out in November 2023 – that’s the 60th anniversary of the show.” Davies added. When asked why he was returning to the show after more than a decade, Davies said: “Because I love it. It’s the first thing I watched on television.”

After reviving the series in 2005 following a 26-year hiatus, Davies served as showrunner until his departure in 2010, exiting the show with David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor. They were succeeded by Steven Moffat with Matt Smith taking the keys to the TARDIS as the show’s Eleventh Doctor.  In the following years, Davies has worked on hit shows including BananaCucumber and TofuYears and Years, and most recently, the critically acclaimed Channel 4 It’s A Sin, starring Olly Alexander and Lydia West. 

“I’m beyond excited to be back on my favourite show.” Davies said previously, adding that there was “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.”

As for now, Jodie Whittaker will return for a New Year’s Day special followed by two more episodes leading up to the 60th anniversary of the show in November 2023. If you’re all caught with Doctor Who and want a little bit more, then take a look at Flickluster’s reviews for Doctor Who: Flux.

Matt Bailey

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