Doctor Who: Russell T. Davies Returns as Showrunner; New S13 Big Bad?

Breaking News: Veteran screenwriter Russell T. Davies will be returning to Doctor Who and taking over for current showrunner Chris Chibnall. "I'm beyond excited to be back on my favourite show," said Davies. "But we're time-travelling too fast, there's 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." Chibnall added, "It's monumentally exciting and fitting that 'Doctor Who's' 60th anniversary will see one of Britain's screenwriting diamonds return home," said Chibnall. "Russell built the baton that is about to be handed back to him — 'Doctor Who,' the BBC, the screen industry in Wales, and let's be honest everyone in the whole world, have so many reasons to be Very Excited Indeed about what lies ahead." BBC Studios are partnering with Bad Wolf to produce.

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Image: BBC

Later this year, Doctor Who fans will be enjoying the return of showrunner Chibnall and TARDIS team members Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill, and John Bishop for a new series of adventuring. But this one will be quite a bit different from what viewers have been used to, with Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones) joining the cast as Vinder in a Series 13 that's set to tell one over-arching storyline with a mix of new and familiar faces (some of which have already leaked out). Thanks to the #FindTheDoctor "virtual hunt," we might just have a preview of one of those new faces thanks to two clips that were the "prizes." In the first clip below, you can see a flash of a hooded figure with sunken eyes, grey skin & sharp, piercing teeth. Could this be the season's main villain? Possibly Chibnall's teased "Swarm" or another baddie? Or possibly an ally? Because it's crappy to make assumptions based on looks. Here's a look at screencaps from the clip to help:

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Image: Screencaps

Here's a look at a clip of some audio text messaging between the Doctor and Yaz as they get ready to return for Series 13 later this year- and make sure to pay close attention to the end of the clip for a quick look at a possible "big bad":

And here's a quick message from Whittaker thanking fans for joining "the hunt" and promising more Series 13 news still to come:

After Series 13 premieres in the fall, Whittaker and Chibnall will be a part of three feature-length specials in 2022- with the final special also marking the end of Whittaker's run (and we're assuming the introduction of the new Doctor, still unknown as of this writing). The first special will screen on New Year's Day, with the second airing in the spring, the third in fall 2022 as part of the BBC's centenary celebrations. Of course, BCTV has some thoughts about the showrunner search here if you're interested.

She's back. The Thirteenth Doctor is returning for the thirteenth series in what is set to be a six-part Event Serial. Since their last epic battle in Revolution of the Daleks, the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) have been exploring the universe together but with the Doctor now questioning everything about her past there, she will undoubtedly be searching for answers. This adrenalin fueled; universe-spanning series will also see an addition to the TARDIS with actor and comedian John Bishop joining the cast as Dan Lewis who will quickly learn there's more to the Universe than he could ever believe. Jacob Anderson (Game of Thrones, Broadchurch) is also set to make his debut on Doctor Who as reoccurring character, Vinder. Jacob's new role will see him join forces with the Doctor, Yaz and Dan as the Doctor faces her biggest ever adventure. Series 13 is set to introduce some terrifying new adversaries
and the return of truly iconic old enemies. Expect action, fun, scares, extraordinary new worlds as the Doctor and her friends confront a deadly evil…

"My heart is so full of love for this show, for the team who make it, for the fans who watch it and for what it has brought to my life," Whittaker said. "I cannot thank Chris enough for entrusting me with his incredible stories. We knew that we wanted to ride this wave side by side and pass on the baton together. So here we are, weeks away from wrapping on the best job I have ever had." Chibnall added: "Jodie and I made a "three series and out" pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is done, and we're handing back the Tardis keys. Jodie's magnificent, iconic Doctor has exceeded all our high expectations."

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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