David Tennant returns to Doctor Who 2023

David Tennant returns to Doctor Who in 2023 with the 60th anniversary special that paves the way for the new Doctor, Ncuti Gatwa.

There has been a lot of big news in Timelord land this week, with the 14th Doctor being revealed as Ncuti Gatwa, from the Netflix comedy-drama series Sex Education, and news of the 2023 anniversary special, featuring none other than our all-time favorite Doc, David Tennant, with fingers crossed, Billy Pipers Rose is along for the ride. 

In even bigger news, the word is out that Russell T Davies is stepping back in as showrunner. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he was responsible for bringing the series back to life back in the mid-2000s. Helming the show from the start of its revival until the end of David Tennant’s time as the Doctor.

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Davies will also be the showrunner for the Doctor Who special 60th anniversary, for which David Tennant will return. The special paves the way for series 14, when Ncuti Gatwa will begin his own time as The Doctor. 

You can watch the teaser and the (spoiler alert) regeneration below:

Presently, there is a  ‘Is Ncuti Gatwa The 14th Doctor or not? question being aired. As for technicalities, it appears that Whovians For all intents and purposes, are calling Tennant out as the 14th Doctor, and Ncuti Gatwa the 15th. Whether that’s how it’ll be known in the future, we’re not sure. To keep things simple, Whovians might decide to refer to Gatwa as 14 for clarity. However, the most accurate statement is that David Tennant is the 14th Doctor. We know it’s confusing, but that’s just Doctor Who for you.  If there was any reason for ambiguity its because, while it had been confirmed that Ncuti Gatwa would be taking on the role after Jodie Whittaker in series 14, former Doctor David Tennant has now been confirmed to be playing the character in the Doctor Who 60th anniversary.

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