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Series 13 of Doctor Who, also referred to as Doctor Who: Flux, premiered on Sunday 31 October 2021. Chris Chibnall remained as executive producer, whilst Jodie Whittaker returned as the Thirteenth Doctor. Mandip Gill returned as Yasmin Khan, joined by newcomer companion Dan Lewis, played by John Bishop.
In July 2021, it was announced that both Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker would be departing at the end of this series, making good on a private agreement between the two to leave the programme after three series.
Although initially reported in an announcement by Chibnall that this series would only contain 8 episodes, it was later announced that, in addition to the six episodes of the main series and two specials following in 2022 (similar to those at the end of David Tennant's run), a further feature-length special was in the works for the end of the era. Including this new "trio of specials", the total count was brought up to 9. The reduced episode count from the usual 11 was due to constraints running a production during the COVID-19 pandemic.
At San Diego Comic Con @ Home on 25 July 2021, it was also announced that the main series would follow a serialised format, meaning it would be one serial spanning six episodes, similar to Torchwood: Children of Earth (and most Doctor Who television stories prior to the 1996 TV Movie).
At a press event held on 19 October 2021, it was revealed that the main series would be comprise one single story known as Flux, which would be told over 'six episodes – or chapters, as they’re going to be labelled' and 'changes the way we deal with characters – characters who go across more than one episode, monsters who go across more than one episode.'
The series continued the ongoing storyline exploring the Doctor's past and the Timeless Child.
The series also explored a new subplot of the Doctor's TARDIS heavily malfunctioning over the course of the storyline, something that reached a conclusion in the New Year Special when the Doctor reset the TARDIS system.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Television stories
- 5 Episode notes
- 6 Logo Gallery
- 7 Aliens and enemies
- 8 Promotion
- 9 Adaptations and merchandising
- 10 Stories set during this season
- 11 Footnotes
On 5 December 2020, Gill told Radio Times that while her co-stars, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole, felt ready to leave during the preceding New Year Special Revolution of the Daleks, she was not ready to leave the TARDIS behind, saying there's still more to explore about Yaz's past and mental health.
In an interview shared by the BBC on 24 October, Matt Strevens mentioned that series 13 would solve some loose ends from the reveal in the preceding series, saying that "[series 13] picks up on a lot of the things the Doctor learned about herself and her history at the end of series 12."
Similar to the preceding series 12, this series would see a list of returning foes:
The Sontarans made a return in their first proper villainous comeback since their "New Who" debut story, series 4's The Sontaran Strategem/The Poison Sky. Although several Sontarans have appeared since, most notably Strax last seen in series 8's Deep Breath.
- Their return in Doctor Who: Flux marked a return to the silvery armour and more war-battered look first seen in Jon Pertwee's 1974 story The Time Warrior.
The Weeping Angels also made a return to the series, presenting a threat for the first time since 2013 Christmas Special The Time of the Doctor. Although they did make cameos in series 9 finale Hell Bent, the Class series finale The Lost, and the immediately preceding New Year Special Revolution of the Daleks, respectively.
The Daleks also made it back to the screen, having last been seen in the preceding special Revolution of the Daleks. Unlike the last two instances in "the Chibnall era", they returned in the main series, before making their grand return, with new upgraded gunsticks, with this batch being Dalek Executioners, in the following special, Eve of the Daleks, concluding a trilogy of New Year Specials with them as the main antagonists.
The Master also managed to make a return to the show, making his return in the Centenary Special after having last appeared in the Series 12 finale Ascension of the Cybermen/The Timeless Children.
- Karvanista - Craige Els
- Swarm - Sam Spruell
- Joseph Williamson - Steve Oram
- Diane Curtis - Nadia Albina
- Inston-Vee Vinder - Jacob Anderson
- Azure/Anna - Rochenda Sandall
- Claire Brown - Annabel Scholey
- Passenger - Jonny Mathers
- Bel - Thaddea Graham
- The Grand Serpent - Craig Parkinson
- Voice of the Cybermen - Nicholas Briggs
- Fugitive Doctor - Jo Martin
- Sonya Khan - Bhavnisha Parmar
- Professor Jericho - Kevin McNally
- Voice of the Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
- Karl Wright - Jonny Dixon
- Graham O'Brien - Bradley Walsh
- The Master - Sacha Dhawan
- Ritskaw - Jonathan Watson
- Kragar - Dan Starkey
- Swarm - Matthew Needham
- En Sentac - Sarah Amankwah
- K-Toscs - Charlie Oscar
- Wilder - Richard Tate
- James Stonehouse - Paul Leonard
- Wilma - Heather Bleasdale
- Kev - John May
- Jón - Gunnar Cauthery
- Weeping Angel - Barbara Fadden
- Skaak - Jonathan Watson
- Mary Seacole - Sara Powell
- Eileen - Sue Jenkins
- Neville - Paul Broughton
- General Logan - Gerald Kyd
- Svild - Dan Starkey
- Priest Triangle - Nigel Lambert
- Awsok/Tecteun - Barbara Flynn
- Police Officer - Chantelle Pierre
- Voice of the Mouri - Amanda Drew
- Reverend Shaw - Alex Frost
- Gerald - Vincent Brimble
- Jean - Jemma Churchill
- Mrs. Hayward - Penelope McGhie
- Namaca - Blake Harrison
- Peggy - Poppy Polivnick
- Weeping Angels - Isla Moody, Lowri Brown
- Farquhar - Robert Bathurst
- Millington - Nicholas Blane
- Kate Stewart - Jemma Redgrave
- Sontaran Commander Stenck - Jonathan Watson
- Ood - Simon Carew
- Voice of Ood - Silas Carson
- Waiter - Guy List
- Alastair Lethbridge-Stewart - Nicholas Courtney
- Kumar - Kammy Darweish
- Alfie - George Caple
- Senstarg - Dan Starkey
- Shallo - Dan Starkey
- Stevie (Grand Serpent Victim) - Sonny Walker
- Daleks - Nicholas Pegg, Barnaby Edwards, Jon Davey
- Sarah - Aisling Bea
- Nick - Adjani Salmon
- Mary - Pauline McLynn
- Zheng Yi Sao/Ching Shih/Madame Ching - Crystal Yu
- Ji-Hun - Arthur Lee
- Ying Ki - Marlowe Chan Reeves
- Sea Devils - TBA
- "Train Marshall" - Sanchia McCormack
Production during COVID-19
On 31 March 2020 it was reported by Radio Times that due to a lucky break in filming, Doctor Who might have dodged a bullet and inadvertently gone around the whole Lockdown crisis that other production have suffered, and therefore escaped the COVID-19 virus altogether.
However, it was reported on 18 June 2020 by The Mirror that Director of BBC Wales Rhodri Talfan Davies had said that the series would not be continuing filming during current social distancing rules.
On 11 September 2020 it was claimed by the Metro Entertainment that due to a spike in COVID-19 cases, series 13 could potentially be moved to 2022 due to significant delays in principal photography as a result of the virus.
That same day, a conflicting report from Radio Times mentioned that filming was set to begin "soon", noting that little was known about what social distancing rules would mean for the series or the number of episodes.
On 11 November 2020, Chris Chibnall announced to The Mirror that the series run had indeed been impacted by the virus, and had been reduced to eight episodes. He stated: "In this strangest of years, the Doctor Who production team have worked wonders to get the show back into production. 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 11."
In an interview with the Radio Times on 28 November, Chibnall opened up a bit more about the struggles of making the show during a global pandemic while trying to avoid fans thinking about the pandemic while watching the series, saying: "Basically, for the past six months we’ve been going, 'How do we make Doctor Who in the middle of a pandemic?' We had to re-interrogate absolutely everything. We couldn’t do Spyfall this year. We won’t be able to do overseas filming. Editorially, production-wise, logistically, health and safety-wise, it’s had a massive impact. But where we are is incredibly exciting. As much as possible at the moment everybody's smiling, and we've got some really lovely, great, mad scary ideas."
Producer Matt Strevens reassured fans that the quality of the series would not be affected, saying: "The biggest thing is that when series 13 finally does air, whenever that is, we never want people to watch it under the caveat of COVID, going, 'Ah, well, but they made this during the pandemic.' We want to make sure that when you watch it, it's – no pun intended - timeless, and feels as exciting and as high-end as we've tried to make the series since we took over. That was the driving impulse behind looking at the narratives and reducing the number of episodes slightly: we want to make sure we can give people the biggest production values possible."
On 25 July 2021, during the Comic Con @ Home, Chibnall announced that the series had undergone changes in format, giving it a storytelling style similar to Classic Who era, with it being a singular multi-part story throughout the entire season.
In Doctor Who Magazine issue 570, Whittaker spoke about the difficulty of shooting a particular scene set in a small bedroom due to social distancing rules applying still and preventing all crew getting into the room together.
Chibnall further stated that it had been incredibly difficult on set to get the show done, saying they had to "reimagine their job", however that they had been able to "do all the things [we] normally do in terms of character interactions".
In an interview shared by the BBC on 24 October, Jodie Whittaker spoke about what it was like filming during the pandemic, saying that the filming started late because of it and there was a whole different feel to get used to because of the travelling restrictions preventing overseas filming and because no one had seen eachother for a year and that "[everyone] want[ed] to make sure [they're] not the person to make a mistake as the domino effect [could] be so catastrophic on set".
In an interview with Television Magazine in June 2017, Chibnall promised that his run would be "bold" and "risky".. (Contrary to common belief, he made no mention of a five-year plan, but his friend, James Strong indicated his belief that the position was a five year project.) This plan involved the revelation of the Timeless Child, given at the end of series 12.
- Interestingly, the five-year-plan would come to pass with the Centenary Special releasing in October 2022 completing the run which had begun when filming for the Chibnall era began on 31 October 2017 with series 11.
Haolu Wang directed the Easter Special.
Chris Chibnall also wrote all 3 Specials, with the second one co-written by Ella Road.
Maxine Alderton was originally confirmed as a "core writer" for the series.
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Tracie Simpson announced at the Gallifrey One convention on 15 September 2020 that filming would begin in September the same year. This was, of course, delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with spikes in cases and deaths at around this time.
Filming took place at Roath Lock Studios on 5, 6, 22, 23 and 26 July while filming took place again on Sully Beach on 15 July. Additional filming also took place at Cardiff Bay on 26 July. Filming wrapped soon after.
The Halloween Apocalypse
|Chris Chibnall (Chapter Four co-written by Maxine Alderton)||Jamie Magnus Stone||Introduction of Dan Lewis, Swarm, Azure, Karvanista, Inston-Vee Vinder, Diane and Claire Brown. Appearance of a single Weeping Angel and war-beaten Sontarans Kragar and Ritskaw.|
War of the Sontarans
|Mary Seacole appears during the Crimean War against a troop of Sontarans. Dan is returned to modern day Liverpool fighting against a different troop of the warriors. Yaz is sent the the planet Time to investigate the Temple of Atropos.|
Once, Upon Time
|Azhur Saleem||The Doctor enters her own time stream to discover her own unknown past life working for the Division, discovering her part in ending the Dark Times as well as stopping Swarm and Azure's rule.|
Village of the Angels
|Jamie Magnus Stone||Proper return of the Weeping Angels. Introduction of Eustacius Jericho. The Doctor gets turned into one of the Angels in a surprise-twist as she is recalled into the Division.|
Survivors of the Flux
|Azhur Saleem||The Doctor is flung into the centre of the Division's operations with Awsok waiting, revealing herself to be Tecteun and trying to start anew in a new universe, hence opening the Multiverse. Meanwhile Dan, Yaz and Jericho are stuck in 1904 trying to save the future. UNIT returns, with the Grand Serpent trying to climb his way up the ranks. An Ood appears, Kate Stewart returns. Lethbridge-Stewart is heard in the background. The fob watch returns. The Master is mentioned.|
|Kate Stewart meets the Thirteenth Doctor for the first time. Daleks and Cybermen are betrayed by the Sontarans. The Flux gets absorbed by the Passenger. The Doctor places her fob watch within the TARDIS. The Doctor is warned about nearing the end of her current incarnation. Dan is re-offered to join the TARDIS.|
|1||Eve of the Daleks||Chris Chibnall (Special Two co-written by Ella Road)||Annetta Laufer||New Year Special|
The Daleks re-appear in a special that forms the third part of a trilogy of specials involving them, but this time being Dalek Executioners, sporting upgraded gunsticks. Time loops are occurring.
|2||Legend of the Sea Devils||Haolu Wang||Easter Special Return of the Sea Devils. Appearance of Pirate Queen Zheng Yi Sao.|
The Centenary Special (working title)
|Jamie Magnus Stone||UNIT returns. Graham O'Brien returns. Thirteenth Doctor regenerates. Set to be "feature-length" as part of the BBC Centenary celebrations.|
- Possibly as a way of marketing, a reccurring theme in the Doctor Who logos was that over the course of the series, they would gradually break apart, similar to Time and Space as seen in the series, with the rainbow coloured threads at the end of each YouTube video unravelling more and more, while the BBC WHO logo would shatter further and further.
- Series 13 marks the first time the title sequence has received a subtitle, in this instance Flux, below the main title of the show.
- Jodie Whittaker said she "cried her eyes out" on her final day of filming.
- Flux is the first serial since season 26.
- Flux formed the longest continual storyline in the revived series (at over 320 minutes in total, across six episodes), and is the second longest-running serial only beaten by The Trial of a Time Lord.
- The main Series 13 was the first season since Season 23 of the Classic Series to not introduce any new writers.
- It is also the only season to have only two credited writers.
Aliens and enemies
- Kill Disks
- The Division
- Inston-Vee Vinder
- The Flux
- Weeping Angels
- Green Aliens
- Priest Triangles
- Vinder's Commander
- Binary demi-species
- The Grand Serpent
- Fugitive Doctor
- Puzano refugees
- Sea Devils
- The Master
In May 2017, it was announced that due to the terms of a deal between BBC Worldwide and SMG Pictures in China, the company has first right of refusal on the purchase for the Chinese market of past and future series and spin-offs of the programme.
Whittaker briefly mentioned her return in Doctor Who Magazine[which?] on 9 December 2019, a little under a month before series 12. She later spoke about it publicly to Entertainment Weekly on 22 January 2020.
Following the broadcast of Revolution of the Daleks on New Year's Day 2021 was an introduction clip promoting this series featuring two men loading a truck while reading horoscopes. The horoscope in question read amongst others that "lucky number is 13, the colour blue will be important", the camera then pans to John Bishop and flashes a few brief clips of various sequences from the upcoming series. This new upcoming companion was later revealed to be named "Dan". Bishop himself said of the experience: If I could tell my younger self that one day I would be asked to step on board the TARDIS, I would never have believed it. 
On 25 July 2021 San Diego Comic Con @ Home was held to promote the new series, with John Bishop, Mandip Gill Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall, in which they talked about the changes made to the series along with what it was like to work on set during pandemic times and their favourite things about it, also each sharing a word to describe the series: "Riveting", "Inspirational", "Mysterious" and "Swarm". The panel also introduced a special guest Jacob Anderson as recurring character Vinder. At the end of the panel, the Series 13 trailer was shown, and following that it was released on the Doctor Who YouTube Channel. At the panel were also shown publicity photos of the new Team TARDIS and Vinder, respectively.
On 29 July it was announced on the Doctor Who website that Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall would be handing over the control of the show to someone else following a 6-part event series and a trio of specials stretching all the way into autumn 2022 as part of the BBC Centenary celebrations. Chibnall said of the experience: "Jodie and I made a “three series and out” pact with each other at the start of this once-in-a-lifetime blast. So now our shift is done, and we’re handing back the TARDIS keys. Jodie’s magnificent, iconic Doctor has exceeded all our high expectations. She’s been the gold standard leading actor, shouldering the responsibility of being the first female Doctor with style, strength, warmth, generosity and humour. She captured the public imagination and continues to inspire adoration around the world, as well as from everyone on the production. I can’t imagine working with a more inspiring Doctor – so I’m not going to!" to which Whittaker adds: "In 2017 I opened my glorious gift box of size 13 shoes. I could not have guessed the brilliant adventures, worlds and wonders I was to see in them. My heart is so full of love for this show, for the team who make it, for the fans who watch it and for what it has brought to my life. And I cannot thank Chris enough for entrusting me with his incredible stories."
On 16 August the Official Doctor Who social media accounts posted a new publicity photo. The photo featured Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop as the Doctor, Yaz and Dan, respectively, in front of a graffitied brick wall.
On 18 August BBC America, in conjunction with AMC Channels, released a summary of the upcoming series. In this summary it was revealed the Series would have "terrifying new adversaries" as well as "truly iconic old enemies" and that the Doctor would "be questioning everything about her past" and that she would "undoubtedly be searching for answers". The summary further said that the audience should expect "action", "fun", "scares", "new worlds" and that Team TARDIS would be confronting "a deadly evil".
On 19 August Chris Chibnall told Doctor Who Magazine that he was originally only supposed to do 8 episodes consisting of the 6-part serial and two specials, but earlier in the year was contacted by BBC Director of Content Charlotte Moore about doing a celebratory Centenary Special, to which he agreed and following that "numbers were crunched, conversations were had, deep breaths were taken, more testing kits were ordered, and contracts were extended".
In the SFX Magazine issue released on 6 October it was revealed that the release date of Series 13 was "imminent" as given in this message: " YES, IT’S THIRTEEN’S LAST FULL SERIES AND YES, IT’S ONLY SIX episodes, but it’s landing imminently (yes, there’s an embargo) and there’s a new companion (or possibly two?). It’ll come as little surprise that details are very thin on the ground for Jodie Whittaker’s final “full” series, but we can confirm that John Bishop joins the “fam” as Dan, and Jacob Anderson guest stars as Vinder alongside Mandip Gill as Yaz.", alongside 3 exclusive images from the series itself.
On the same date, the Doctor Who social media accounts posted a picture of a Sontaran flagship hovering above the Liverpool docks at George's Pier Head. This spacecraft was reportedly projected across the night sky.
Shortly after, they cryptically posted "++ ---/CAN YOU HEAR ME?/ ---++", the same message as given in the static-filled "interruption", followed by an immediate shutdown of all active Doctor Who social media accounts.
Early in the morning on 9 October the BBC reactivated the Doctor Who website with a big announcement titled Have You Seen The Aliens Terms and Conditions, in which the Doctor asked anyone to call her if they had seen any aliens around the area.
Also that day, the BBC had an "Incoming Message" shown on billboards around Liverpool, which showed prints of various dangers to come and the phone number 0800 678 3110 to call to report sightings of any aliens.
In the evening on that same on, all the Doctor Who social media accounts went back up and with a new poster featuring the Thirteenth Doctor, announced that the new series would be called Flux and would begin broadcast on 31 October 2021, lining up with Halloween. Along with it was rereleased the finished version of the "interruption" on YouTube, as a minisode named The Flux is Coming..., which had been premiered on BBC One earlier that day, had the Doctor reveal that something called The Flux was coming and bringing with it Sontarans, Weeping Angels and creatures called the Ravagers and other enemies from across the universe, and that this to be the fight of their lives.
On 14 October the Doctor Who Magazine issue number 570 was released which offered a look at the new Sontarans, revealing them to be similar to the design from 1974 story The Time Warrior. Furthermore, DWM revealed the list of writers for Flux, with all episodes being solely written by Chibnall except episode 4, which was co-written by Maxine Alderton. Of the new format, Whittaker mentioned the familiarity of it, having lived it on Broadchurch and further said of the series: "This season is going to take you on a labyrinthine adventure, the Doctor is going to find things out about herself and is going to face some of her biggest and oldest foes. And she won’t be able to do any of that without Yaz and Dan standing by her side."
Chibnall further stated that the series would start off with "cataclysmic events".
In the evening on that date, the Doctor Who social accounts asked fans if they wanted a trailer the following day, using a “It’s Coming, Be Ready" gif.
On 15 October, Jodie Whittaker appeared on The Graham Norton Show talking about the new series, saying that she had filmed her regeneration scene, but didn’t know who the Fourteenth Doctor would be. She further said that: "I’m not allowed to tell you anything, but I can say the first episode is out on Halloween and it is a six-episode story arc – it’s like a six-hour film and it is amazing.".
The second trailer was also released, giving a further look into what could be expected from the upcoming series, naming it as "one epic story over six thrilling chapters". Matt Strevens said of the series "I can’t wait for the audience to come on the Flux ride with us. It’s our biggest adventure yet with so many brilliant new characters to fall in love with. We had a blast making it."
That same date, John Bishop told in an interview with The Times that his character Dan gets to live throughout the entire experience and that he, Yaz and the Doctor would have some banterish moments throughout it all.
On the same date the title of the first episode was released by the Doctor Who accounts, calling it The Halloween Apocalypse, and releasing it alongside a synopsis promising that "an ancient evil is breaking free"
Same day, the BBC shared an interview with Matt Strevens in which he revealed that the new series evolved late in the day after the COVID-19 pandemic struck again, saying that the end result turned out to be something completely new, saying "I can honestly say it’s not like the previous two series. It’s huge in its scope and its scale and the jeopardy.".
Another interview was shared, this being with Jodie, in which she spoke about what it was like filming her last series and whether it had changed her way of approaching a different serialised format and what it's like to be recognized on the street, finally describing the series as a "self discovery rollercoaster".
On 25 October, Radio Times revealed the title of the second episode, War of the Sontarans along with the synopsis promising a pitched battle between the Sontarans and the British Army and an "ancient temple hides mysterious secrets".
That same day, a third interview was shared, this being with Mandip Gill in which she talks about Yaz’s journey through the series, what it was like introducing John Bishop to the Doctor Who family, working with the guest cast and highlights of the series, in the end calling the series "an emotional rollercoaster".
Later that day, Bishop appeared on The One Show, where he, amongst other things, talked about Doctor Who and his role on the show, to which was shared a "First Look" at the upcoming series 13, showing his character Dan Lewis answering the door on Halloween.
On 26 October at a press interview, Whittaker revealed to TV & Satellite Week and TV Times that "there’s a lot of silence" in the series also saying "It has got so many elements but one of them is ‘unsettling’, so I’m going to say that.". The magazines also revealed a few set images from the upcoming series.
Same day, Mandip Gill revealed to Metro Entertainment that at the end of the series she cried and warned fans that they would too, also saying that Yaz would come back still with some questions but as a more developed person, now ready to take on police officer duty more confidently.
Same day, Whittaker spoke about Bishop's character to Inside Soap, saying that "both Dan and the Doctor are on the precipice of something huge, personally" while Bishop himself also spoke to all the various magazines [all mentioned on this Wiki article] about his experience.
On 29 October, Gill spoke to Entertainment where she revealed that her and Whittaker argued so ferociously on set, as part of their natural banter, that it made newcomer John Bishop a bit uncomfortable. She also mentioned how Bishop was just in awe about everything on the show and refusing to tell whether she was leaving.
On 11 November, Sam Spruell and Rochenda Sandall spoke to Doctor Who Magazine about their characters Swarm and Azure, revealing that they want be the next Big Bang and cause chaos and that Swarm has an obsession with the Doctor.
Same day, the title of sixth and final episode of the series was revealed, The Vanquishers, along with a synopsis telling that "all hope is lost" and that "the forces of darkness are in control".
On 18 November, the official Doctor Who accounts promoted the Centenary Special, announcing officially that the Thirteenth Doctor would see her last outing in the special due to air in Autumn 2022.
On Doctor Who Day the BBC released the first promotional photo for the New Year Special, showing the date "01.01.22" (with "22" strangely overlayered with an "∞"(infinity)-symbol) and the TARDIS with scars all over it and red light emitting from those scars, as well as a synopsis for the special, reading "a customer who visits his unit every year on New Year's Eve. This year, however, their night turns out to be a little different than planned...".
On 29 November, a First Look trailer for the sixth and final episode of the series was released, revealing the fate of the entire universe to be at stake and the Doctor discovering her lost past.
Following the broadcast of the series finale on 5 December, the trailer for the New Year Special was released, showing the Dalek are returning once more to wreck havoc, this time sporting a new upgraded version of their signature gunstick capable of shooting multiple targets at once, as well as time loops occurring. Chris Chibnall teased the special as "action-packed spectacular".
On 7 December, Aisling Bea told in the Christmas issue of Radio Times magazine that she was impressed by how fast Chibnall wrote the New Year Special, commenting "Holy moly, that man's a machine" and also said that the themes of loneliness and the need to make connections which she wrote for her character in This Way Up were part of Chibnall’s inspiration to write the Doctor Who romantic comedy.
On 9 December, Chibnall told in Doctor Who Magazine issue 572 the Daleks seen in the episode are an Execution Squad and that the episode was "basically romantic comedy" with a "big, fun sci-fi concept" and "the range of tones, the range of scares, the range of humour and the range of mystery". Director Annetta Laufer told that "it's a more story-led, rather than action-led episode", and Mandip Gill teased that the episode to be quite confusing with repeated scenes.
On 23 December, Laufer revealed that there would be a twist to the time loop storyline in the New Year Special, being that things will happen in the same way as the previous loop, and the characters will discover that along the way, and that with every loop a minute of their day would be lost.
It was also revealed by Chibnall that the Daleks in Eve of the Daleks have come for the Doctor alone, saying "They are not trying to destroy the world. They are trying to destroy the Doctor in payment for what has been done to the Daleks at the end of the previous series".
Jodie Whittaker also revealed that she thought "somebody's decided to write [her] out early" as she and John Bishop revealed that they would be killed by Daleks a couple of times in the New Year Special.
On 27 December, the BBC released a promo picture for Eve of the Daleks featuring new character Nick looked over with the TARDIS as the background. Later on they released a an 8 minute long video featuring the trailer for the special looped over again and again, with a "First Look" scene hidden around the 7 minute mark showing the characters arguing.
Whittaker also gave a more fleshed-out opinion on what it was like working on the New Year Special.
On 28 December, the BBC released a promo picture for Eve of the Daleks featuring new character Sarah looped over with the TARDIS as a background. Later they released a "First Look" of the episode of the TARDIS crew arriving.
Bishop also gave a more fleshed-out opinion on what it was like working on the New Year Special.
Chibnall and Laufer also gave a more fleshed-out opinion on what it was like working on the New Year Special.
On 6 January 2022, visual effects editor Emily Lawrence revealed to Doctor Who Magazine 573 that post production on the Centenary Special was still in process, promising "an absolutely spectacular episode with a lot of visual effects...", also offering a look into what may be in store for the future of the show, hinting at 360 screens and gaming software akin to shows like The Mandalorian, getting rid of green screens once and for all.
- Main article: FindTheDoctor (series)
The prime objective was to search for letters and/or numbers which were part of a larger password that would eventually unveil a hidden page on said website; the clues were as follows:
- /mystery: D
- A Message from Yaz: C
- Promotional image: 5 (look here)
- John Smith's Google Maps reviews: E
- What’s the Doctor reading: G
- La Boîte Bleue: Y
- Unknown object—RHCTDM-OEI-OLOAW/0209: V
- Mary Shelley: A
- An almost complete mystery: N
- A Message: V
- ↳: ETE
The prize received from completing the ARG and typing in the password was a voice message reply from the Thirteenth Doctor as presented in A Message from the Doctor, also offering a brief look at a new villain. Along with it came an exclusive promo photo of the Doctor.
As a follow-up, the BBC released a statement video from Jodie Whittaker on 24 September 2021 thanking all the fans for getting involved in the adventure, #FindTheDoctor. She further revealed that there would be much more Series 13 news in the coming days up to the actual broadcast of it.
Adaptations and merchandising
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Stories set during this season
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- Doctor Who Team (29 July 2021). Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall to leave Doctor Who in a trio of Specials in 2022. Doctor Who (doctorwho.tv). Retrieved on 30 July 2010.
- McLennan, Patrick (11 November 2020). Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall confirms season 13 will be three episodes shorter than usual. RadioTimes. Retrieved on 30 July 2021.
- Sontaran Commander Ritskaw has been misspelled in the end credits of the second episode War of the Sontarans but episodic events confirms this is the same character from episode 1, The Halloween Apocalypse.
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- Doctor Who's cryptic series 13 trailer lands as premiere date confirmed on Digital Spy via the Wayback Machine