Current Doctor Who showrunner, Chris Chibnall, has confirmed that the next season of the sci-fi drama has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and has had to reduce its normal run to eight episodes, but he added he was “thrilled” to be making any at all.

Season 13, which has already begun filming will be Jodie Whittaker’s third outing as The Doctor.  Chibnall explained that the new health and safety protocols meant that each episode of Doctor Who was taking significantly longer to film than previously.

“In this strangest of years, the Doctor Who production team have worked wonders to get the show back into production,” he said. “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.”