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Lone Weeping Angel Spotted Filming for 'Doctor Who' Series 13

Their first full story since 2012.

By Lewis JefferiesPublished 3 years ago 3 min read

Following the departure of Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole in “Revolution of the Daleks”, Series 13 of Doctor Who is already shaping up to be a cracker. Comedian John Bishop has already been announced as the new companion called Dan, who will join Jodie Whittaker and Mandip Gill in the next series.

Filming for Series 13 started last year when the Sontarans were spotted in Wales along with Whittaker and Gill. Now, filming has resumed as the Christmas break ends and new photos show fans are in for a front seat thrill later this year. The Weeping Angels are back.

[Credit: Oliver Williams]

The lone angel was spotted on a beach in Barry by Oliver Williams. Jodie Whittaker was also spotted on the beach with the angel, almost confirming that the stone creatures will return for a full episode in the next series.

Fans of the hit BBC series were first introduced to the lonely assassins back in the episode “Blink” in 2007 with David Tennant’s Tenth Doctor, accompanied by Martha Jones [Freema Agyeman]. The new set photos come as an angel was spotted filming in Penarth, Wales last year. Whovians were led to believe the angel spotted beforehand was part of filming for the upcoming multiplatform video game. Now, fans are having second thoughts.

[Credit: Oliver Williams]

Former showrunner, Steven Moffat, is the man responsible for creating the Weeping Angels and is the only person to properly use them in episodes since 2007. Following their spooky debut, Moffat brought the lonely assassins back in 2010, where the Eleventh Doctor [Matt Smith] and Amy Pond [Karen Gillan] reunited with River Song [Alex Kingston] to battle an army of angels in an epic two-part adventure. Then again in Series 7 (2012) as part of the departure of Amy and Rory.

Since then, the angels haven’t been fully used and only made cameos in future episodes like “Time of the Doctor”, “Hell Bent” and “Revolution of the Daleks”. With this being their first full story since 2012, what can we expect? Based on the photos, it looks as if the angel is coming out of the sea ahead of its invasion on the streets of Cardiff.

Series 12 told the story of a Lone Cyberman ahead of the epic finale set on Gallifrey. Could showrunner, Chris Chibnall, be following on that trend of a lone enemy with the Weeping Angel being centre stage this time around?

'Doctor Who' [Credit: BBC]

With the global pandemic still ongoing, it has been announced that Series 13 of Doctor Who is going to be shorter because of restrictions and social distancing. In a recent issue of the Doctor Who Magazine, Chibnall confirmed the series will be eight episodes long airing later in 2021. Ahead of his debut in the shorter series, new companion Dan – played by John Bishop – said:

“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. It’s an absolute dream come true to be joining Doctor Who and I couldn’t wish for better company than Jodie and Mandip.”

Following the recent announcement, Chibnall added:

“It’s time for the next chapter of Doctor Who, and it starts with a man called Dan. Oh, we’ve had to keep this one secret for a long, long time. Our conversations started with John even before the pandemic hit. The character of Dan was built for him, and it’s a joy to have him aboard the TARDIS.”

A new companion, the Sontarans and the Weeping Angels all in one series? Oh yes, fans are in for one epic treat this year. Further details are yet to be revealed about the upcoming series, however keep your eyes peeled, Doctor Who fans!

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About the Creator

Lewis Jefferies

MA Media and Communication graduate from the University of Portsmouth - Massive Doctor Who Fan.

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