By Laura Fox For Mailonline
Published: 09:00 BST, 11 September 2020 | Updated: 09:00 BST, 11 September 2020
Doctor Who fans may be forced to wait until 2022 for the new series after filming was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sources claimed the BBC sci-fi may not be ready in time for its planned air date in 2021, though this year's Christmas Special has already been filmed and will be broadcast as scheduled.
Doctor Who last appeared on screens in March as fans were floored to learn that the titular Time Lady's history had been a complete lie, with Jodie Whittaker's incarnation of the character stunned to learn she had thousands of hidden incarnations.
Concerns: Doctor Who fans may be forced to wait until 2022 for the new series after filming was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic
A source told The Mirror: 'Shooting safely is a slow process. If there is a series finished and ready to go next year it will be nothing short of a miracle.'
However a BBC insider went onto insist that bosses are optimistic filming can go ahead as planned and the new series can air in 2021.
They told the publication: 'Filming is going ahead as planned and we remain hopeful that the next series will air in 2021.'
Pushed back: Sources claimed the BBC