As filming for Doctor Who Series 13 begins, on-location reports have revealed that at least two classic monsters will be returning to the series, this time to face off against Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor.
The Sontarans have been spotted numerous times during the shoots, with a new look harking back to their appearances in 20th Century Doctor Who, i.e. The Time Warrior, The Sontaran Experiment, The Invasion of Time, and The Two Doctors.
And last night, Welsh residents also saw what appears to be a Weeping Angel!
It’s about time the Sontarans, created by Robert Holmes, were granted a full storyline to menace the Doctor (and probably Earth) again – they’ve not done so since 2008’s The Sontarans Stratagem/ The Poison Sky, although Strax, the nurse-butler of the Paternoster Row Gang, appeared numerous times throughout the Eleventh Doctor era. We last saw Strax in 2014’s Deep Breath. There’s no word on who will be playing the Sontarans.
The Weeping Angels, meanwhile, are a more recent creation. They debuted in 2007’s Blink by Steven Moffat, but proved so popular they returned for The Time of Angels/ Flesh and Stone, The Angels Take Manhattan, and The Time of the Doctor, the last time they were seen. They are, however, briefly in the trailer for Revolution of the Daleks, the festive special to be screened on 1st January 2021.
Also on location in Cardiff were Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill – a relief, seeing as neither had been seen for a while, leading to speculation that they’d formed a “bubble” for a fortnight to overcome the need for social distancing during filming – and guest star, John Bishop.
We also expect Sacha Dhawan’s Master to appear in the run of 8 episodes.
Doctor Who Series 13 is expected to air in 2021.