Chris Chibnall, current showrunner of Doctor Who, has confirmed that production for Series 13 of the show continues as usual, despite the television industry coming to a bump in the road in the form of the Coronavirus lockdown.
In the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Chibnall says:
“[W]riting and planning for the next series continues apace: stories are forming, writers are writing, conversations keep going, plans continue to be hatched.”
Indeed, it sounds like Chibnall is eager to get going on the show again:
“I can’t wait for us all to be back together, in a dark, cavernous studio, with an impossible set build, worrying about whether we can make the schedule, as the cast roar with laughter at their own jokes in the corner, and the crew take the mick out of each other (while wearing shorts).”
The series isn’t due to begin filming again until later this year, ready to be aired sometime in 2021; nonetheless, fans are concerned that fears of COVID-19 will have halted production – as it has on various other filmed programmes like EastEnders, Line of Duty, and Falcon and the Winter Soldier.
Let’s hope this alleviates these worries.
The next episode, Revolution of the Daleks, is due to air over the festive period.