WWWWWHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!in THE FUCKING TIMES OF FUCKING LONDON, Jake Kanter wrote:Russell T Davies returns to run Doctor Who for 60th anniversary
...In news that has prompted joy among Whovians, Davies will replace Chris Chibnall as the series showrunner in 2023 and will ultimately be the man who casts the new Time Lord.
Chris Chibnall was not "a whovian". He was "THE WHOVIAN". When he was a teenager, he would appear on talk shows to discuss the old series, when it was about to meet its end.
And since, he worked his way up and up, all the way through the BBC, and achieved the dream - showrunner for Doctor Who.
They say you should never meet your heroes. Most people would be disappointed when they meet their heroes.
Chibnall, meanwhile, rather than being disappointed, made his hero disappointing.
I stopped following the show when the doctor and her criminally underused, temporary historic women companions (Ada Byron and Noor Inayat Khan, who got to do something cool for their intro and after that were just generic companions) would travel back in time and set up the airplane that The Master had made crash in an effort to kill the Doctor, made sure would have parachutes and stuff, so they would get out alive.
Literally travel back in time and set it up so it'll work out. What Rowan Atkinson's non-canonical Doctor did in "The Curse of Fatal Death", which was created as a spoof, a send-up, a funny. And the antithesis to the show's premise. That you can't use time-travel to fix all of your problems. Or most of them.
That's where Chris Chibnall took his hero.
That's when I stopped following the show.
Jodie Whitaker did an okay Doctor, on the rare occasions that she got anything to work with.
I did watch last year's Christmas special.
I couldn't make up my mind what was worse. The plot, or that Chibnall seemed to have decided making a good episode was by assembling it out of things that were cool in other episodes - and little else. And he didn't even limit himself to cribbing off of previous DW iterations. He yanked some of his own ideas, and made like it was new and surprising to people on the show...
And who comes back now? Who replaces the Überfan who fucked it up so bad, the show's renewal for a new season was put in series jeopardy? Who has the thankless job of making it alright?
The same man who had had the thankless job of reviving a show that had been "on hiatus" for 16 years, and that required making a lot of stuff happen that would look plenty expensive, but fit in a non-plentiful budget.
And he did it. Brilliantly. He didn't just revive an ancient show, he kicked off a whole franchise, with three live-action spinoffs and a few animated specials, too! A franchise that became a worldwide sensation, as it were.
AND HE'S BACK!
This is a good approximation of my reaction: