Filming for the next series of Doctor Who is officially underway, according to the BBC. The network announced that production of the series resumed on November 2nd, under strict safety guidelines to protect the cast and crew from contracting COVID-19.
The safety measures mean that this upcoming season will be a shortened one: rather than 11 episodes, series 13 will contain only eight.
Showrunner Chris Chibnall explained that production is slowing down quite a bit because of those safety measures:
“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.”
However, it won’t be long before we get a new adventure: this year’s holiday special, “Revolution of the Daleks” is scheduled to air this “holiday season,” and will pick up where series 12’s finale left off with the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) trapped in an eternal prison.
In the release, the BBC says that the Doctor’s companions, Yaz Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Graham (Bradley Walsh) will be working to rebuild their lives after losing The Doctor, only to discover a brewing plan involving the Daleks. There’s no firm release date just yet, but if it holds to tradition, it’ll air sometime on or between Christmas and New Year’s Day.