Doctor Who series 13 can’t be made with social distancing rules, reveals BBC boss – The Sun

DOCTOR Who series 13 can't be made with social distancing rules, according to a BBC boss.

Director of BBC Wales Rhodri Talfan Davies revealed during an online Q&A that the sci-fi series required a large crew and so it wouldn't be able to meet current social distancing requirements.

He explained: "It'll be down to social distancing.

"A production like that, which at any point employs hundreds of people, freelance and stuff, 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."

However Rhodri added the situation could vary depending on whether the show filmed in Wales or England, as the two countries have different guidelines regarding social distancing.

He said: "It may well be that the rules on social distancing in Wales are different to those in England.

"And obviously each production centre from those two countries is going to need to respond to the specific rules and regulations that each of the governments are introducing."

Jodie Whittaker is set to return as the Time Lord, however Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole are reportedly stepping down from their roles as Graham and Ryan. 

Meanwhile Doctor Who has cast its first ever transgender companion for the Time Lord.

Rebecca Root, who starred in BBC sitcom Boy Meets Girl, will play Tania Bell in a new adventure starring Eighth Doctor, Paul McGann.

Tania will appear in Doctor Who: Stranded, an episode released by Big Finish, whose audiobooks are a continuation of the Time Lord's adventures.

Opening up about her new role, Rebecca said: "[Tania is] a person like all the other people I have played and hope to play in the future.

"She’s not perfect, but she’s not a mess, and certainly, I don’t think her gender identity has any influence on her behaviour in the story," Rebecca added to Nerdist.

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