Physician Who’s normally the one going round saving individuals throughout the galaxy, nevertheless it appears just like the famed Timelord is getting some assist from an outdated pal this time round.
That is proper: Russell T Davies is returning because the collection showrunner for Physician Who, having revived the beloved sci-fi present in 2005 and, in the end, made it into the cultural behemoth it’s at the moment.
Davies might be taking the mantle from Chris Chibnall in 2022, and overseeing whoever the Physician regenerates into after one other six-episode season from present iteration Jodie Whittaker (thanks, BBC).
Having overseen Physician Who throughout its heyday – the times of Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper, David Tennant and Freema Agyeman – Davies’ return might properly tempt again lapsed followers who misplaced curiosity within the following years of Physician Who seasons.
Russell T Davies’ departure from the present was seen by many as a blow to the standard high quality of Physician Who episodes, with later seasons – fronted by Matt Smith, Peter Capaldi and Jodie Whittaker in flip – missing the identical deal with long-term arcs and creating the relationships between the Physician and their companions.
Who did not shed a tear on the parallel universe separation of Rose and Tennant’s Physician, and really feel their heartstrings tugged as he tried to search out companionship with successive visitor stars? Who can neglect Dangerous Wolf?
The Physician’s Physician
It is a stunning transfer for Davies, who just lately burst again into the limelight with It’s A Sin – an exceptionally shifting and highly effective miniseries concerning the AIDS disaster and the younger, queer males caught up in it.
Given Davies’ a few years away from the present that made his title – and the clear examples from latest TV historical past that he is nonetheless on the high of his storytelling A-game – we’re actually optimistic concerning the change, and hopeful that Davies can deliver a stage of humanity again to a present that has struggled to current its characters as actual, relatable individuals, fairly than chess items hurried between cosmic backdrops.
And, judging by Davies’ earlier feedback concerning the state of the Physician Who franchise, it might properly result in much more spin-off reveals: “There must be a Physician Who channel now. You take a look at these Disney bulletins, of all these new Star Wars and Marvel reveals, you assume, we must be sitting right here saying The Nyssa Adventures or The Return of Donna Noble, and you need to have the Tenth and Eleventh Medical doctors collectively in a 10-part collection. Genuinely.”
It is actually a transfer that might deliver again lapsed followers (of which there are numerous on the TechRadar group, most of whom are collectively freaking out at this information).
As we wrote but a few weeks ago, “If Physician Who’s going to return to the glory days of David Tennant and Russell T Davies – when it usually went toe-to-toe with the likes of The X-Issue within the rankings and fuelled water-cooler conversations galore – there must be a serious rethink about what Who’s, and what it must be.”
We are able to solely hope that that is the reckoning for Physician Who that the present desperately wants.