Filming for the 13th season of the British TV show Doctor Who has started this week. Jodie Whittaker, the first woman to play the iconic character, is back for her third season of adventures in time and space. Due to the COVID-19 safety protocols, the filming of the show will take longer than usual, and season 13 will be composed of eight episodes instead of the usual 11 episodes.
The season 12 finale left The Doctor in a tricking posture incarcerated in an eternal prison. In the upcoming holiday special Revolution of The Daleks, The Doctor’s companions Yaz, Ryan, and Graham (played by Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, and Bradley Walsh) are stuck on Earth and have to learn to live without The Doctor again, until they uncover a nefarious plan involving The Daleks. You can read the synopsis for the episode here:
The upcoming festive special will see the return of one of the Doctor’s biggest and most feared enemies – the Daleks. The Doctor is locked away in a high-security alien prison. Isolated, alone, with no hope of escape. Far away, on Earth, her best friends, Yaz, Ryan and Graham have to pick up their lives without her. But it’s not easy. Old habits die hard. Especially when they discover a disturbing plan forming. A plan which involves a Dalek.
Showrunner Chris Chibnall said about season 13:
“In this strangest of years, the ‘Doctor Who’ production team have worked wonders to get the show back into production. 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.”
The special episode Revolution of the Daleks will air on BBC AMERICA during the holiday season.