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Doctor Who Season 13 Starts Production in UK

November 11, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Doctor Who Season 13

The Thirteenth Doctor is officially in, as production has begun on Doctor Who season 13. BBC America announced on Wednesday that filming is underway for the upcoming 13th season, which will see Jodie Whittaker return as the Thirteen Doctor with Chris Chibnall behind the camera again as showrunner.

The new season will be a bit shorter than usual; the announcement noted that due to the strict industry and UK government guidelines to ensure cast and crew safety amid COVID-19, the the team will be completing a total of eight episodes rather than the usual 11.

“In this strangest of years, the Doctor Who production team have worked wonders to get the show back into production,” said Chibnall. “We’re thrilled to be back making the show. Given the complexity of making Doctor Who, and with new and rigorous COVID working protocols, it’s going to take us a little longer to film each episode, meaning we expect to end up with eight episodes, rather than the usual 11. But rest assured, the ambition, humor, fun and scares you expect from Doctor Who will all still be firmly in place. For everyone around the world, this is a challenging period – but the Doctor never shirks from a challenge!”

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer BBC Studios, added: “We are so thrilled to have unlocked the TARDIS, dusted down the sonic and be able to start filming again for the next season of Doctor Who. The amazing production team, crew and cast have worked wonders to get us shooting again in these challenging times. It’s going to be as fun-filled and action-packed as ever – with plenty of surprises.”

Season 13 will follow this winter’s holiday episode “Revolution of the Daleks.” The synopsis for season 13 reads:

“The Thirteenth Doctor was last seen in the dramatic season 12 finale, when the fate of the Doctor was seemingly left hanging in the balance after she was locked away in an eternal prison. In the upcoming festive special, titled ‘Revolution of the Daleks,’ the Doctor’s best friends Yaz (played by Mandip Gill), Ryan (played by Tosin Cole) and Graham (played by Bradley Walsh) have to pick up their lives without her. However, they soon discover a disturbing plan forming involving one of the Doctor’s biggest and most feared enemies – the Daleks. How do you fight the Daleks without the Doctor? With the Doctor’s fate unknown, just what will season 13 bring?”

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