BBC Studios have confirmed that Jodie Whittaker’s third season as the Doctor is underway!

The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way back as filming for series 13 of Doctor Who is now underway. With Jodie Whittaker once again reprising her role as the Doctor, fans can look forward to seeing her on her adventures once again as she fights the good fight across space and time.

With safety protocols in place, the Doctor Who team are now filming under strict industry and government guidelines. These are to ensure the safety of all cast and crew. These new protocols require extra time added time for the filming of each episode. This means the team will be completing a total of eight episodes rather than the usual eleven.

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The Doctor returns for another series of adventures, filming right now! – (C) BBC / BBC Studios – Photographer: Alan Clarke

Not even a global pandemic can stop the Doctor, though it will result in a shorter series than normal

Showrunner Chris Chibnall has been speaking about the impact of Covid-19 on the production. “In this strangest of years, the Doctor Who production team have 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 eleven. But rest assured, the ambition, humour, 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!”

Matt Strevens, Executive Producer for BBC Studios, also praised the team’s rise to the challenge. “We are so thrilled to have unlocked the TARDIS, dusted down the sonic and be able to start filming again for the next series 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.”


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We last saw the Doctor trapped in a hi tech space prison! But the wait to find out what happens next is almost over! – (C) BBC – Photographer: James Pardon

But before Series 13, fans can look forward to Revolution of the Daleks this winter

Piers Wenger, Controller for BBC Drama, said: “We are thrilled that filming series 13 of Doctor Who is now underway. The team have gone to great lengths to safely bring the TARDIS back to BBC One. We are all looking forward to seeing what adventures are in store for the Doctor but whilst we await her return, we can all look forward to the festive special.”

The Thirteenth Doctor was last seen in the dramatic series 12 finale, The Timeless Children. The fate of the Doctor was seemingly left hanging in the balance after she was locked away in an eternal prison. But all will be revealed in the upcoming festive special, Revolution of the Daleks. The Doctor’s best friends Yaz (Mandip Gill), Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Graham (Bradley Walsh) have to pick up their lives without her. However they soon discover a disturbing plan forming involving one of the Doctor’s biggest and most feared enemies – the Daleks. How do you fight the Daleks without the Doctor? With the Doctor’s fate unknown, just what will Series 13 bring?


Revolution of the Daleks will air on BBC One over the festive period.


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