DOCTOR WHO 60th Anniversary Stills Released As Russell T Davies Addresses David Tennant's Surprise Return

DOCTOR WHO 60th Anniversary Stills Released As Russell T Davies Addresses David Tennant's Surprise Return DOCTOR WHO 60th Anniversary Stills Released As Russell T Davies Addresses David Tennant's Surprise Return

Showrunner Russell T Davies will begin his latest Doctor Who run by bringing back a number of familiar faces, and he's finally addressed that decision in an interview accompanied by some new stills...

By JoshWilding - Sep 10, 2023 07:09 PM EST
Filed Under: Doctor Who

Doctor Who returns later this year, with Russell T Davies back as showrunner after first taking charge of the beloved series in 2005. He won't be the only familiar face we see, of course, as David Tennant returns to play the Fourteenth Doctor with Catherine Tate as his companion Donna Noble. 

During a recent conversation with Entertainment Weekly (via, Davies was asked why he chose to return to the BBC series after an extended absence which saw a number of showrunners put their own unique spin on the iconic sci-fi franchise.

"The real answer is that I still love it," he enthused. "You do spend your years away from Doctor Who, always watching it. Always thinking of ideas. Thinking about how I would expand it, thinking of stories. It never goes away. I have been inventing stories in my head ever since I was about six. So when I left the show, that doesn't stop."

As for why bringing Tennant and Tate with him before Ncuti Gatwa takes over as the Fifteenth Doctor felt like the right move, Davies added, "I realized that there was third act to be written, and it was so much fun writing it. On a really simple level, it's working with two of the best actors in the world."

"I love them. I love them as friends. I love their presence," he continued. "I'm really interested to push the Doctor and Donna into things they've never done before."

Everything we've seen from Davies' return to the franchise suggests the franchise is set to receive a much-needed overhaul, and casting Hollywood stars like Jonathan Groff and Neil Patrick Harris is sure to increase interest among casual viewers and non-fans alike. 

With the show heading to Disney+ outside the UK, Doctor Who will soon reach a bigger audience than ever before. With that comes what's thought be a significant budget increase, and that should help it feel more in line with The Mandalorian and Star Trek: Discovery, for example, with the next few years for Whovians shaping up to be very exciting indeed.

Tennant's Doctor will take centre stage this holiday season over the course of three specials titled "The Star Beast," "Wild Blue Yonder," and "The Giggle." 

Joining him, Catherine Tate, and Yasmin Finney are Neil Patrick Harris as a villain thought to be The Toymaker, Jacqueline King as Sylvia Noble, Karl Collins as Shaun Temple, Ruth Madeley as Shirley Anne Bingham, and the late Bernard Cribbins as Wilfred Mott.

We also have some new Doctor Who stills - including a first look at Beep the Meep - which you can check out below.

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philinterrupted - 9/10/2023, 7:47 PM
Can’t wait. I’m really excited to see how things pan out from Fourteenth to Fifteenth.
BillyBatson1000 - 9/10/2023, 8:10 PM
It's about time ...
dracula - 9/10/2023, 8:12 PM
Wonder is NPH just the toymaker or is he the celestial toymaker from the classic series

Been a while since they had a new return of a classic villain

Last i can think of is the zygons all the way back in the 50th anniversary
Scarilian - 9/11/2023, 3:53 AM
@dracula -
Most likely a modern interpretation of the Celestial Toymaker, similar to how The Master returned in Series 3. I'd lean mostly to him being a mix of the Trickster, the Dreamlord in terms of how he acts, as RTD tends to fall back onto that idea of insanity.

It'll be a villain manipulating things that the Doctor has some referenced history to, but we don't see any flashbacks or anything because modern day sensibilities feel the original design of the Celestial Toymaker was offensive.
TheVisionary25 - 9/10/2023, 9:19 PM

NPH as the villain (which is likely the Celestial Toymaker) is gonna be fun!!.

Cool for them to bring back a villain from all the way back from the First Doctor.
marvel72 - 9/10/2023, 9:21 PM
He has returned because the ratings were dog shit.
Scarilian - 9/11/2023, 3:50 AM
Was not much of a surprise. The show collapsed under decreasing writing quality and incredibly poor handling of the female Doctor, an aspect that could have easily worked but instead was just used to try and pander to a new generation of fans - topping off the legacy of her era with destroying the legacy of the Doctor by enacting the Cartmel Masterplan - revealing the Doctor is not a Timelord and has had countless regeneration's we've never seen or heard of before and was originally a little black girl.

David Tennant's Doctor has the action hero appeal, sex appeal along with the nostalgia factor. He's returning solely to boost the viewership and ratings after its collapse and before its next divisive decisions with the next incarnation and supporting characters - not helped by the actors/actresses sharing charged political and social commentary.
Tasmaniac - 9/11/2023, 6:18 AM
Best ever Doctor. Worst ever companion.
WarMonkey - 9/11/2023, 7:58 AM
Lol Russell no, you are bringing him back cause he was super popular and your show's ratings are in the toilet and virtually dead so you brought him back as a manipulative gimmick to get people to come back. Problem is that the canon is crap now so why would we. F off Russell.

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