Chris Chibnall has only just left the role of showrunner, so of course, he’s already being asked whether he’d return to Doctor Who.
And the answer, seemingly, is no.
When asked, Chibnall replied:
“Oh my God, I’ve only just finished! I’ve been across 31 episodes for the last five years of my life. I’ve just gone out, finished it last October. There’s no prospect of that whatsoever.”
And he’s very much enjoying solely being in the dark again too, as he explains:
“It’s Russell [T Davies]’s now, I’m so happy to be a viewer. I cannot wait to see David [Tennant, the Tenth and Fourteenth Doctor], I cannot wait to see Ncuti [Gatwa, the Fifteenth Doctor] — the most amazing casting.”
Of course, this is the standard line for outgoing showrunners. Steven Moffat has said he wouldn’t return. Russell T Davies said he wouldn’t return.
Then, Davies returned.
Situations change. It’s that simple. But for now, it seems like the architect of the Thirteenth Doctor era is ruling himself out of Doctor Who.
Chris’ last Doctor Who was also Jodie Whittaker’s swansong as the Thirteenth Doctor, The Power of the Doctor, which also brought back numerous previous Doctors and introduced Tennant again as the Fourteenth.
Chibnall’s first episode, 42, was all the way back in 2007, and also starred Tennant, that time as the Tenth Doctor alongside Freema Agyeman as Martha Jones. He’s since written stories for the Eleventh and Thirteenth Doctors, plus Torchwood.
Would you like to see Chibnall back? Perhaps under another showrunner? Or do you think it’s the right time for him to have moved on?