The new series of Doctor Who is now in production! The Doctor has defied Daleks, COVID and a complete re-writing of her own backstory and is once again at the controls of the good ship TARDIS. But it comes at a price.
It’s no secret that 2020’s pandemic has thrown more than a few spanners into the works, and even a flagship show like Doctor Who is not safe from its machinations. Yes, filming on Series Thirteen has officially begun, but health and safety restrictions are inevitably slowing everything down. Thus, the next batch of episodes will be limited to eight, as opposed to the usual 11. Which is a bummer for fans of the Thirteenth Doctor, but a total necessity if the spread of the coronavirus is to be avoided.
Now some of you may be thinking that the new series of Doctor Who is destined to be the shortest in history. And whilst this may be true (in terms of the number of episodes) the very shortest seasons actually belonged to the Seventh Doctor, whose series – on average – ran to a total of five-and-a-bit hours, give or take a few rels. And if Series Thirteen sticks to 60 minute episode lengths, it will significantly out-gun its competitors. So don’t pack away the custard creams just yet.
But what else can we expect from the new series of Doctor Who? Well, regular companions Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Ryan (Tosin Cole) are likely to be absent, as they’re rumoured to leave in this year’s festive special ‘Revolution of the Daleks.’ Yaz (played by Mandip Gill) might still be around, but beyond that, no official casting announcements have been made. (Fingers crossed for Donna Noble.)
Otherwise, the production team are enthusiastic about the new series of Doctor Who. As the executive producer Matt Strevens put it: “We are so thrilled to have unlocked the TARDIS, dusted down the sonic and be able to start filming again for the next series 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.”
And what could these surprises be? Well, there has been some speculation that the incumbent Time Lord (Jodie Whittaker) could regenerate at the end of the new series of Doctor Who, and it’s also possible that we may have to wait until 2022 to watch it (although I doubt this was one of the surprises Matt Strevens was alluding to.) Certainly, it would be traditional for Jodie Whittaker to leave in 2021/22, having completed the average three series (David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi left after this time.) But again, until anything is announced, we can only guess.
How do you feel about the new series of Doctor Who being limited to just eight episodes? And do you think Jodie Whittaker will regenerate at the end? Let me know in the comments below.
For more on Doctor Who Series Thirteen, check out our other posts:
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