Filming On The Next Season of Doctor Who Is Underway
Despair not, Whovians! A new season of Doctor Who is on the way… at some point with a shortened season. Actress Jodie Whittaker confirmed this week that she is currently filming the next season of Doctor Who. She also spoke a bit about her sorrow over losing two of her companions in the upcoming New Year’s Day special. It was confirmed last month that actors Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole who play Graham and Ryan will not be returning after this season. Let’s take a look at what Jodie has to say, and what to expect from a new season of Doctor Who.
A New Season of Doctor Who Is Filming Now
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Back in November we learned that the next season of Doctor Who was set to begin production. However, due to the pandemic the new season will be shorter than usual. The upcoming season will comprise of only 8 episodes due to time constraints and longer shooting schedules due to following proper quarantine protocols.
“We’re filming as we speak,” showrunner Chris Chibnall told Entertainment Weekly this month. “We’ve got lots of new characters, new monsters, some old ones coming back. We’re only a few weeks in. We’re obviously having to work in a very different way, under COVID protocols. So, it’s not without its challenges but every series of Doctor Who has had its challenges. At the moment, everybody’s smiling and what we’ve got so far is really thrilling.”
The mention of new characters is certainly intriguing. Does this mean that we will get some new companions to replace Graham and Ryan? Or will Yaz remain the sole companion during the new season of Doctor Who?
Jodie Whittaker Was ‘Beside Herself’ Over Losing Her Companions
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Actress Jodie Whittaker spoke to Entertainment Weekly about how sad she was to lose two of her original companions. Actors Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, and Mandip Gill were the 13th Doctors first set of companions after her regeneration. Other Doctors in the past have had more than one companion over the course of their series, so it remains to be seen if the 13th Doctor will pick up some new friends in the TARDIS.
“I was absolutely beside myself.” Whitaker says. “I don’t have a poker face. It’s my actual job, so I should be better at it. But I remember when they called wrap on that day, Tosin was like, ‘Calm Down!’ In a way, it’s just reflective of the time we’ve had and this journey. I’m really lucky. Me and Mandip are still in the journey, but, because it was the end of us four, and us four have been so tight, it was one of those things. I know that in my life, this is one of the best things that will ever happen to me and the best times that I will ever have on set. This job is this thing that is untouchable. There’ll be a million other amazing experiences, hopefully. But if I do this for 20 seasons I know my first time as the Doctor was with this family as this four and this is our time — a Goonies moment, it’s our time! I felt very much like a kid in a well. I was so sad.”
No Premiere Date Yet For The New Season of Doctor Who
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We do not yet have an air date for the new season of Doctor Who. However the fact that filming is currently underway for Doctor Who is promising. We do know that we still have the New Year’s Day special to look forward to. That episode will air in just a few days on the BBC, and will be the swan song for the grandfather/grandson duo of Graham and Ryan. While fans wait for the next season of Doctor Who, we still have plenty of content to explore in the Whovian universe with Time Lord Victorious.
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.