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The Next Season Of Doctor Who Will Be Shorter Due To Pandemic Protocols Affecting Production

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BY November 13, 2020
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Good and bad news for Whovians everywhere. The upcoming 13th season of Doctor Who has officially entered production. Unfortunately the season will be abbreviated due to the pandemic, and will only consist of 8 episodes instead of the usual 10-11 episodes. No word on whether or not this episode count includes the upcoming Doctor Who holiday special titled ‘Revolution of the Daleks.’

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Doctor Who Enters Production With Strict Safety Protocols In Place

According to the BBC, the series has begun production with strict protocols in place to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This increases the time it will take to film each episode. And this necessitates filming fewer episodes in order to get season 13 out in a timely manner.

Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall had this to say about the upcoming 13th season of Doctor Who.

“In this strangest of years, the Doctor Who team has 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!”

What Will Season 13 Bring For The 13th Doctor?

Doctor Who Jodie Whitaker as the Doctor | Image via BBC

We last saw the Doctor at the end of season 12 facing down her greatest frenemy The Master. She learned some dramatic truths about her own origin, and the origins of all Time Lords. Season 13 is bound to address these twists in mythology. And we know that the upcoming holiday special will see the Doctor is separated from her Earth-bound companions. That is certain to change however, when the Daleks inevitably show up to wreak havoc.

The BBC also issued a statement about the upcoming season of Doctor Who.

“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 upcoming holiday special ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ is set to air sometime in December or January. We do not yet know if it will be a Christmas Day special, or a New Year’s special. No word yet either on when the 13th season of Doctor Who will hit our screens. We will keep you up to date as we learn more.

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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