Russell T Davies gives final answer on David Tennant’s Doctor Who future

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9 May 2024, 16:01

Russell T Davies smiling and David Tennant as the Doctor

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Doctor Who’s showrunner Russell T Davies has revealed whether fans can expect to see David Tennant return to the sci-fi show ever again.

The beloved Tenth Doctor actor returned to Doctor Who for the show’s 50th anniversary in 2013 and appeared in 2023’s three 60th anniversary specials as the brand new Fourteenth Doctor.

However, despite how the fact that the third 2023 anniversary special ended with both Tennant and Ncuti Gatwa’s Doctors alive and well within the Whoniverse, Davies has now shared he believes Tennant has now “retired” from Doctor Who for good.

Speaking with The Times ahead of the show’s 14th series beginning to air on Saturday, 11th May, the It’s A Sin and Nolly screenwriter said: “David is parked and retired and it’s all Ncuti’s show now. Genuinely. [It’s] not that David might be coming back - he’s absolutely not coming back.”

Elaborating on what might have become of the Fourteenth Doctor post the 60th special, Davies joked: “I think [the Fourteenth Doctor] died. I’m going to start saying that. He went to Venice, 2063, when the city sank, and he went into a whirlpool, which is really sad.”

During his Times interview, the Doctor Who showrunner revealed he’s less certain about his own future within the show, telling the paper he isn’t sure if he’d work on another Doctor’s run after Gatwa’s comes to an end.

Davies current time as showrunner is his second time in the job, as he was responsible for helming the show’s revival from 2005-2010. 

During his previous time in charge of Doctor Who, the Welsh star successfully launched several tie-in Doctor Who spin-off shows such as Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. 

Speaking about the possibility of future spin-offs, Davies teased there are plans, and that “there are offices that exist now for that” work.

Doctor Who returns to BBC One and BBC iPlayer from Satruday, 11th May.