Reactions to the news that Russell T Davies is returning to Doctor Who flooded social media today. Here are some of Blogtor Who’s favourites
Almost eighteen years to the day since the BBC announced that Russell T Davies would be at the helm of a Doctor Who revival, history has repeated itself. As already reported by Blogtor Who, the BBC have revealed that Russell T Davies will succeed Chris Chibnall as showrunner, taking charge for the 60th Anniversary and Series 14. Shockwaves of (mostly) happy shrieks reverberated across the internet from fans and industry pros alike. Here’s some of the best.
It began with Davies himself teasing the news on Instagram, with a drawing of himself (in his usual Insta pose of only the top of his head showing) on Gallifrey alongside the classic quote… “What? What?? WHAAAT?!!?”
Some simply couldn’t believe it, convinced their calendar was somehow five months out of date…
What an April Fool about Russell T Davies coming back to rescue Doctor Who. You’ve got to get up earlier than that to put one past me, you know.
— Pace Egg (@PaceEgging) September 24, 2021
This Russell T Davies news has absolutely scrambled my brain. I thought it must be 1st April for a second. We’re deep into September. I cannot believe this. THERE IS NO ONE WITHIN ARM’S REACH TO GRASP AND SCREAM INTO THEIR FACE
— muffin hemingway (@megoneilwrites) September 24, 2021
Who else thought it was a fake account that tweeted the RTD. I took be about a min before I realised it was genuine.
— Matthew Purchase (@TheCyberdevil) September 24, 2021
Others were just in shock…
doctor who fans RTD pic.twitter.com/pOH4aly9Ym
— shira / nell (@dcnnanoble) September 24, 2021
Former Doctor Who cast and crew members had obviously been in the dark along with everyone else, but were delighted with the news
On Instagram, Anjli Mohindra, who played Rani on Davies’ The Sarah Jane Adventures called it “the best news ever,” with David Morrissey (the Next Doctor) called it “great news.” Neill Gorton, whose Millennium FX designed many of Doctor Who’s monsters from 2005 to 2020 declared “I think I’m going to cry with joy!!!!!!! please don’t let this be a joke!!!”
Georgia Tennant, Jenny in The Doctor’s Daughter and better half of a certain David welcomed Davies home…
Welcome home @russelldavies63 🥂
— Georgia Tennant (@georgiaEtennant) September 24, 2021
Matt Lucas, who played Nardole, is “buzzing” after the news.
Russell T Davies back in the TARDIS! What a coup! I’m buzzing!
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) September 24, 2021
Rachel Talalay, who directed some of Peter Capaldi’s finest episodes was celebrating too. (Blogtor Who certainly hopes she returns for some of the new Davies era)
omg. score! https://t.co/UVlZT6aOyM
— Rachel Talalay (@rtalalay) September 24, 2021
Incidentally, Edward Russell, who had been the Doctor Who Brand Manager from 2006 to 2017, declared the new reign the “RTD2” era.
— ΞÐШΛЯÐ (@edwardrussell) September 24, 2021
But one man who knows the changeable affections of fandom only too well decided to get in early before the rush on Instagram:
The Big Finish team jokingly took credit for discovering RTD thanks to their adaptation of his vintage spec script, Mind of the Hodiac
— Big Finish (@bigfinish) September 24, 2021
But almost everyone was united in just sheer joy, including Time Lord Victorious’ James Goss
My timeline has broken with happiness for the first time in ages.
— James Goss (@gossjam) September 24, 2021
— Gavin Winters (@GavinWinters) September 24, 2021
For some fans, of course, the realization that it’s been over a decade since Davies originally left meant they suddenly felt old. Oh so old.
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— AwesomeAlex500 (@AwesomeAlex500) September 24, 2021
When Russell T Davies’ last episode aired (The End of Time: Part 2,) I was 9 years old.
I’m going to be 23 when his next episode airs in 2023… 😰
— Rob (Mondas Productions) (@mondas_prod) September 24, 2021
Other fans didn’t look back in nostalgia but forward to a new RTD era where the beloved writer has two decades more experience of shows like It’s A Sin and A Very English Scandal behind him.
The best thing about this is, this ain't the Russell T Davies of 2005-2010. This is a Russell T Davies who has matured and evolved as a writer the past 12 years, culminating with Its a Sin – the best drama of last year.
He's an absolute titan of the television industry.
— Same Sonic, Different Case (@TheSameSonic) September 24, 2021
One of the aspects of the news overlooked by many in all the excitement of Davies’ return is that Doctor Who will now be a co-production between BBC Studios and Bad Wolf, the production company of former Doctor Who executive producer Julie Gardner. They described it as a privilege to be involved, and said “where Russell goes, we are proud to follow.”
We are delighted to be joining Russell T Davies on a looped ontological paradox. Where Russell goes, we are proud to follow-and that with BBC Studios, Bad Wolf will be producing the all-new series of Doctor Who. It is a privilege to be asked to support him in Doctor Who’s future. https://t.co/PZw1VZZPuB
— Bad Wolf (@BadWolf_TV) September 24, 2021