There’s a lot of uncertainty swirling around Doctor Who Series 13. Of course this is nothing unusual in the world of Who; the production team tends to keep a fairly tight lid on things, particularly in the Chris Chibnall era, when even some of the episode titles have been locked in the spoiler vaults until the last possible minute.
Doctor Who Series 13 is in a particularly tricky spot, though. COVID-19 may not have delayed the production’s start date (apparently, it was always planned to begin in autumn 2020) but it could slow things down. The Daleks may have to exterminate from a safe distance. The Foamasi may have to self-isolate. You get the picture.
But has the filming already begun? Well, here’s been no word as yet. The Radio Times suggested a possible October / November start date, so the cameras could indeed be rolling. But I would have thought there’d have been an announcement of some sort, to mark the occasion? (Although this is the Chris Chibnall era, so we may not know anything about Doctor Who Series 13 until the first episode airs!)
Although I think the vagueness is understandable in this instance, given that we’re living in the midst of a global pandemic. The Radio Times has also put a question mark over Doctor Who Series 13’s episode count, which may have to be curtailed owing to the current climate.
And whilst no official word has been given about the regular cast (apart from Jodie Whittaker) rumours are swirling that Bradley Walsh (Graham) and Tosin Cole (Ryan) have left the programme, which is fairly likely, especially given that Walsh has signed up for a remake of ‘The Darling Buds of May.’
So whilst these characters may be absent for Doctor Who Series 13, Graham and Ryan fans need panic not. The upcoming festive special ‘Revolution of the Daleks‘ has already been filmed and edited, as it was produced at the same time as Series 12, so they have at least one adventure left with the Doctor. But again, we’re waiting for further news on this, as we still don’t know whether it will air on Christmas Day, New Year’s Day, or heck – Boxing Day? The speculation starts here.
And speaking of speculation, there are rumours that John Barrowman (aka Captain Jack Harkness) will play a major role in ‘Revolution of the Daleks,’ so keep your vortex manipulators handy. However, whether he will make the cut for Doctor Who Series 13 remains to be seen.
But do I think the new series will air in 2022? Instinctively – yes. I’d be very surprised if it was ready for a 2021 transmission, unless something miraculous happens on Sol 3 in the next few months (and let’s not rule that out.) Of course, the BBC could trim the episode count, which would make a 2021 start date more viable.
But in my honest opinion you’re going to have a “longer than usual wait” for the next series of Doctor Who, so I suggest you dust down your DVDs, and pray that Philip Morris brings us a full set of ‘Marco Polo’ prints.
In the meantime, we do have the epic Time Lord Victorious saga to tide us over, and given the vastness of this plot arc (spanning comic books, regular books, audios and animation) we’re practically getting a season’s worth of content anyway. Plus there’s talk of a possible animated version of ‘The Evil of Daleks‘ in development, so it’s not all bad.
When do you think Doctor Who Series 13 will reach our screens? Are you excited for it? And what would you most like to see from the next set of stories? Let me know in the comments below.
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