BBC bosses warn quality of Doctor Who will suffer if they’re forced to follow social distancing rules on set

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DOCTOR Who is at a crossroads in the wake of industry-wide social distancing guidelines.

The BBC sci-fi hit, like most other TV productions, has seen filming for season 13 shut down amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Now one of the broadcaster’s executives has revealed that ongoing social distancing guidelines has all but crippled filming new material.

Director of BBC Wales, Rhodri Talfan Davies, admitted that the rules will greatly impact the show’s quality were filming to resume now.

Speaking in an online Q&A about the Whoniverse’s state of limbo, he began: “It’ll be down to social distancing.”

He continued:“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.”]

Doctor who famously involves large-scale battles featuring a lot of extras, so it certainly seems as though social distancing would pose a problem.

What’s more there’s an extensive hair, makeup and prosthetics department who work to render the various aliens of the show, who would struggle to operate within distancing guidelines.

Davies pointed out that the issues are all the more complicated because the rules differ between England and Wales.

Doctor Who has been filmed in Wales since 2005 at the Roath Lock Production Hub.

However there is some good news – the Christmas special episode Revolution of the Daleks has already been filmed and is expected to drop on time around the festive period.

Elsewhere, David Tennant is set to return to the franchise and reunite with the Doctor’s former flame River Song.

Doctor Who is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now.

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