Jodie Whittaker is gearing up to resume her duties as The Doctor as production on the delayed third run for Whittaker has resumed. However, this is going to be a significantly shorter season than we're used to with showrunner Chris Chibnall confirming that there will be just eight episodes. 

"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 eleven.

But rest assured, the ambition, humour, fun and scares you expect from Doctor Who will all still be firmly in place. For everyone around the world, this is a challenging period — but the Doctor never shirks from a challenge."

When Doctor Who was revived back in 2005, most seasons consisted of 13 episodes and a Christmas special. Over the years that has been whittled down with the first two Whittaker runs have been ten episodes and a special. Ensuring the safety of the cast and crew on long productions is vital, and the reality of that is things will just take longer to make. On the upside, we will be getting a Christmas special this year which was filmed shortly before the pandemic forced the entire industry to shut down. Revolution of the Daleks promises to deliver an epic adventure for The Doctor and her companions and a much-needed bit of festive fun for all the family to enjoy. 

Meanwhile, there has been speculation that the upcoming new series will be Jodie Whittaker's last in the role. Most of her predecessors stuck around for about three seasons, but nothing has been said to give any real cause for concern that Whittaker is going anywhere just yet.

Revolution of the Daleks will air on BBC One on Christmas Day.