The coronavirus pandemic has affected pretty much every TV production, causing havoc with filming which has either been postponed or cancelled altogether. But the question on all Whovian’s lips is: when will Doctor Who be back in business?
Well it’s a tricky one, because it could be a very, very long time.
A BBC executive has revealed that the return of the show is down to social distancing and that’s something we can’t see going away any time soon.
Director of BBC Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies, admitted that the rule will have a huge impact on the quality of the show if they were to resume filming now.
Speaking in an online Q&A about the uncertain future of the Whoniverse, he said: “It’ll be down to social distancing.
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“A production like that, which at any point employs hundreds of people, freelance and staff, I don’t believe can be made to the current standard in a socially distanced environment.
“So it depends when you think social distancing is going to end.”
Davies also noted that the issue will cause further disruption to production as the rules differ between both England and Wales.
Doctor Who has been filmed in Wales since 2005, with the last few series of the sci-fi franchise filmed at the Roath Lock Production Hub.
There is currently only one episode that’s already been filmed – the late 2020/early 2021 festive special titled Revolution of the Daleks, but we have another six months to wait before we can get our teeth into that.
Express.co.uk reached out to BBC in regards to Davies’ comments.
Elsewhere in the Whoniverse, fans have been overjoyed to see the 13th, 11th and 10th Doctors reunited in one place.
Sadly, it’s not a jam-packed episode of alien-busting coolness but a Zoom call will do.
But it left us all wondering if there would be an upcoming multi-Doctor feature in the near future.
With all the negativity brought by 2020, this would be a real treat for Doctor Who fans everywhere.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jodie cheekily dropped a hint that there may be one coming, as her fellow colleagues David Tennant and Matt Smith spoke about how much they enjoyed working together when they bumped into each other that time in 16th century England.
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Doctor Who is available to watch on HBO Max.