There is little doubt that the future of Doctor Who is promising. In addition to David Tennant's return to the main series, we'll also get to meet Ncuti Gatwa as the Fifteenth Doctor next year. But is it possible that the franchise could explore more stories soon? Showrunner Russell T. Davies is teasing the possibility of several spin-off projects being planned.
Russell T. Davies recently spoke to GQ about his projects and not surprisingly, he confirmed that he already has plans for spin-off shows.
"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," he said. "I thought the streaming platforms are ready, the spin-offs are ready; I always believed in spin-offs when I was there."
Davies then pointed out that he has previously worked on spin-off shows and he is proud of what he has done for the franchise.
"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," he said.
It may take more time before we could get to see the Doctor Who spin-offs. In the meantime, there are a lot of things to look forward to in the near future. We already know that David Tennant will play the Fourteenth Doctor this year and we're getting the 60th anniversary special later in 2023. Ncuti Gatwa is then set to debut as the Fifteenth Doctor when the series returns in 2024.
The Doctor Who 60th anniversary specials will also bring back Catherine Tate as Donna Noble. The specials are set to premiere in November 2023.