The DOCTOR WHO Holiday Special Will Now Air on New Year's Day

Joann Johnston
November 16, 2018

The new Who has also been a ratings success, with critics and audiences alike enjoying the hopeful tone, the lush cinematography, and Whittaker's charismatic turn as the Doctor.

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine confirms the cancellation of a traditional Christmas Day episode.

A special hour-long episode, in which Jodie Whittaker's Time Lord faces off against a mysterious new evil from the past, will air on 1 January, 2019. Leading up to the first-ever "Who Year's Day", BBC AMERICA will present a Doctor Who marathon, starting with all the Christmas specials at 12pm ET/PT on Monday, December 24th, going into the big day itself, Tuesday, December 25.

The change from the traditional time slot is part of a new era for the sci-fi series, which now stars Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor.

The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos, set to air on December 9, will mark the end of the current series and will guest star Game of Thrones actor, Mark Addy.

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"The Doctor's fans are in for a special treat on the first day of the new year".

BBC hasn't officially confirmed the news, but the pieces seem to align on this one. After that, it's a marathon of all the Doctors, starting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading straight into the New Year's special on Tuesday, January 1.

But while fans are still settling into the show's Sunday time slot (different from its long-running Saturday spot), the BBC has thrown another curveball. And the team are adamant that the most important thing is for the show to be 100% and not have its quality compromised by squeezing that process in order to meet a particular transmission pattern.

Whittaker's first full episode attracted a record audience for a new Doctor - 10.9 million viewers - last month.

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