Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall has confirmed that the next season of the sci-fi drama has been hit by COVID-19 restrictions and has had to cut its normal run to eight episodes, but added that ” excited ”. to make anything at all.
Season 13 will be Jodie Whittaker’s third appearance as The Doctor, and even her expertise in time and space has failed to prevent the damage the pandemic has caused to the TV industry.
Chibnall (pictured, right) explained to The Mirror that the new health and safety protocols meant that the filming of each episode of Doctor Who took significantly longer than before.
“In these strangest years, the Doctor Who production team have worked wonders to get the show back into production,” he said. “Given the complexity of making Doctor Who, and with Covid’s new and rigorous working protocols, it will take a little longer to film each episode, meaning we expect to end with eight episodes instead of the usual 11 episodes . “
Doctor Who executive producer Matt Strevens (pictured, left) said, “We are so excited to have unlocked the TARDIS, dusted off the sonic and can resume filming for the next series of Doctor Who. The great production team, crew and cast have worked wonders to get us photographed again in these challenging times. It’s going to be as fun and action-packed as ever, with lots of surprises. “
Under Chibnall’s predecessors Steven Moffat and Russell T Davies Doctor Who normally ran 12 episodes a year, plus a Christmas special.
This year, the festive special Revolution of the Daleks, filmed in 2019, is expected to air on New Year’s Day 2021, while Season 13 is expected to air in the fall of 2021.
In it, the Doctor is seen locked in a high-security alien prison, while Yaz, Ryan and Graham must figure out how to fight the Daleks without the Doctor’s help on Earth.
Fortunately, the special was completed before the first UK lockdown and according to the “voice” of the Daleks, actor Nicholas Briggs, it will be just the tonic for Doctor Who fans after these most abnormal years.
He told“I love that they got ahead and did this festive special – and it turned out quite coincidentally, much more than they probably intended. So I think it will make a great gift for Doctor Who fans and a nice, sweet piece of Doctor Who at Christmas time, or anywhere when it will be. “
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