Doctor Who will skip Christmas this year, for the first time since its 2005 return. Its traditional Christmas Day episode will be shown on New Year’s Day instead.
For the first time in 13 years, Doctor Who will miss its traditional Christmas Day slot with its special festive edition landing on New Year’s Day instead. That means Doctor Who fans will have to wait a few more days for their Jodie Whittaker fix.
It won’t be the first time the Time Lord has had a presence on New Year’s Day after David Tennant’s two-part exit saw its conclusion aired on the first day of 2010 but it is the first occasion since the popular fantasy show’s reboot that it won’t be part of the Christmas Day line-up.
Executive producer Chris Chibnall told the BBC that Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor would “face a terrifying alien threat” in the special festive episode. Chibnall promised audiences “an action-packed, hour-long special adventure for all the family”. He said, “We’re thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang on BBC One.”
Adds Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s director of content: “We’re delighted the Doctor and her companions will be welcoming BBC One audiences into 2019 with this exciting new episode.”
Whittaker, who was first seen in the role in last year’s Christmas special in which previous Doctor Peter Capaldi bowed out, has exceeded expectation as the first female to play the role.
Her debut series, of which its first episode attracted a record audience for a new Doctor (10.9 million viewers), will conclude on December 9 with Mark Addy guest-starring in the final episode.