BBC drama head Piers Wenger has said that the move to bring back Russell T Davies as showrunner of Doctor Who was a no-brainer.
The Welshman revived the show for the BBC in 2005, departing five years later, but will be back at the helm for a second stint after Chris Chibnall leaves towards the end of next year.
Speaking at a press event on Monday, Wenger said: "I think bringing back Russell for Doctor Who was one of the least painful decisions I've ever had to make.
"How will he evolve that show? I mean, he is a man with a vision, for sure. But, you know, we are way off filming.
"We've got a new series starting at the end of the month, and a whole year of Jodie to go yet. And lots of adventures ahead for her.
"And so I think it's just a bit early to say what his vision will be, but it was a very exciting opportunity for the BBC to bring him back."
The new six-part series of Doctor Who starts on BBC One on Sunday, October 31.