With Doctor Who set to return shortly for the upcoming holiday special Revolution of the Daleks, showrunner Chris Chibnall has provided an update on the status of the thirteenth season of the long-running sci-fi series.
Taking to his semi-regular Doctor Who Magazine column Production Notes (via RadioTimes), Chibnall wrote that while filming is progressing on the latest season, the new restrictions in place as a result of the ongoing global health crisis have provided another layer of challenges to the production.
“We are filming,” Chibnall said. “I don’t think anyone on any production team right now would claim the new processes are easy. Making any television drama has, in one fell swoop, become more demanding than it’s ever been. And that’s before you factor in the usual Doctor Who extras of monsters, stunts and Welsh weather. The crew have just been through the most brutal week of weather out on location – as I write this on a Tuesday, I think they’re still soaking wet from the previous Friday. It has been, and will continue to be for many months ahead, a mammoth team effort. Luckily the rushes are thrilling. Mad, exciting, funny and scary. And look, there’s the Doctor. There’s the TARDIS in new places, new locations. Just seeing that lifts the soul. She’s on new adventures. She’s back saving people and worlds.”
Chibnall also commented on the Revolution of the Daleks holiday special which will serve as the last episode for Bradley Walsh’s Graham and Tosin Cole’s Ryan as well as the long-awaited return of John Barrowman’s Captain Jack Harkness.
“This is the final episode for Tosin as Ryan and Brad as Graham. Oh, I don’t like typing that,” he continued. “We had our last day filming with them in mid-October 2019. And yet I don’t think any of us can believe they’re not on the show any more. We’re still waiting for them to turn up. So, thank you Tosin, thank you Brad. These have been wondrous, laughter-filled times. Doctor Who has been lucky to have you, and you’ve done the show proud. You’ll always be part of the family. Watch out for Daleks.”
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