Russell T Davies: New Doctor Who is ‘madder than ever’

  • Doctor Who series 15 is only a month away
  • Russell T Davies says its madder than ever before
  • Ncuti Gatwa plays the Doctor with Coronation Streets’ Millie Gibson play companion Ruby Sunday

Russell T Davies, the new showrunner of Doctor, Who has stated the show will be madder, funnier, bigger and broader than ever before.

An image of Doctor Who Showrunner Russell T Davies
Russell T Davies takes the helm of the new series of Doctor Who. Credit: PA

Davies returns to the show for its 15th season following the departure of showrunner Chris Chibnall.

Davies originally brought Doctor Who back to the screens in 2005 and departed the show in 2008 being replaced by Steven Moffatt.

In between his time on Doctor Who, Davies wrote Years and Years and the critically acclaimed It’s a Sin.

When is Doctor Who back on TV?

The series will start on 11 May, dropping on BBC iPlayer at midnight before airing on BBC one before the Eurovision song contest.

The new star of Doctor Who Ncuti Gatwa pictured at the Doctor Who premiere
Ncuti Gatwa will star as the Doctor in series 15. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

The new series will star Sex Educations’ Ncuti Gatwa as the doctor and Coronation Streets’ Millie Gibson as companion Ruby Sunday.

Davies said: “It starts from scratch and the programme does this every so often, but it is a new Doctor and a new companion and the whole point of a new companion is that Ruby walks into the Tardis and she says everything a new viewer wants to know.

“Who are you? What’s this? What is the Tardis? Why is it bigger on the inside than the outside? She’s the human walking into this strange world.”

‘It’s madder than it used to be, it’s wilder, it’s funnier, it’s kind of bigger, broader’

Russell T. Davies, Doctor Who showrunner

How does Davies write?

When asked about how he thinks about the current state of the world while writing, Davies said: “It’s my job to look at where we are, how we feel, what a difficult, complicated world we live in.

An image of the new Doctor Who team, Millie Gibson, Russell T. Davies and Ncuti Gatwa
The new Doctor Who team of Millie Gibson, Russel T. Davies and Ncuti Gatwa at the Doctor Who premiere. Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

“So I genuinely look to Doctor Who this time around and thought it’s time for fun.

“And I don’t mean just as an escape because I think it does have things to say about the world.

“But I think a lot of science fiction gets very dark and heavy. Producers like me will sit on settees like this and ‘It’s much darker. It’s a deep dive into the character’s souls.’

“That’s all very well but actually with Doctor Who I would say come and have fun. As a family you can sit around, come and have fun.

“It is madder than it has been in the past. You still get moments of terror and horror and the chases and the monsters and there’s tears at some points.

“But the sense of fun has been pushed, I think, this time because I think we need it. In this day and age, come and have fun.”