Russell T Davies confirms new Doctor Who spin-offs as series enters 'the next stage'

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27 Jan 2023, 13:47

Ncuti Gatwa and Russell T Davies

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Doctor Who showrunner Russell T Davies has confirmed new spin-offs are officially in the works as he returns to the series.

With new episodes of Doctor Who on the way, showrunner Davies has been drip feeding us news about the exciting new season ever since he announced his return last year.

Now, he has spoken about the future of the BBC show and said it would be entering the “next stage” with new spin-offs confirmed.

Speaking about his return to the show, Davies told GQ: “So I thought – with no criticism whatsoever towards the people who were running it at the time, because they were running it within the BBC's measures – it was time for the next stage for Doctor Who.

"I thought the streaming platforms are ready, the spin-offs are ready; I always believed in spin-offs when I was there. I did Torchwood as a spin-off, The Sarah Jane Adventures as a spin-off.

"Those spin-offs declined when I left, and I can see why. And I very much left after 2008, when the money became scarce. I think that's fair enough for the public service broadcaster that the money is spent on other things."

Davies and his spin-offs aren’t the only thing returning to Doctor Who either, as David Tennant (who will be playing the 14th Doctor) and Catherine Tate (Donna Noble) will be back for the 60th anniversary.

Following that, Ncuti Gatwa will be taking over with Millie Gibson (Ruby Sunday) as his companion.

At the moment, details surrounding Gatwa’s Doctor have been kept top secret and we’ve only had small glimpses of him as the Timelord.

Speaking at the time of the announcement, Gatwa said: "There aren’t quite the words to describe how I’m feeling. A mix of deeply honoured, beyond excited and of course a little bit scared.

"This role and show means so much to so many around the world, including myself, and each one of my incredibly talented predecessors has handled that unique responsibility and privilege with the utmost care. I will endeavour my upmost to do the same."