Doctor Who planning 'spectacular' New Year's Day special
16 November 2018 - 3:00 PM

Doctor Who planning 'spectacular' New Year's Day special

Share article:

"Doctor Who" will air a "spectacular" New Year's Day episode instead of the usual Christmas special.

The one-off broadcast - penned by showrunner Chris Chibnall - will air on January 1, and the BBC has described the change as fitting of the "brand new era" for the show.

The broadcaster said: "With 2018 marking a brand new era for "Doctor Who", it is only right that 2019 kicks off in spectacular style...

"In this year's festive episode the Tardis will travel through the time vortex from its traditional timeslot on Christmas Day and will land in style on New Year's Day."

The show has broadcast a festive special on Christmas Day every year since the series returned in 2005, but thing are set to change.

The Judoon will return to Doctor Who

The Judoon will return to Doctor Who

21 May 2019 - 10:00 PM

The Judoon will return to Doctor Who

However, new Time Lord Jodie Whittaker will still find herself on an adventure tied into the season.

The synopsis promises: "As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring, from across the centuries of Earth's history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?"

Doctor Who VR experience puts you inside the TARDIS

Doctor Who VR experience puts you inside the TARDIS

16 May 2019 - 3:00 PM

Doctor Who VR experience puts you inside the TARDIS

Meanwhile, Chibnall added: "We're thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang on BBC1, as Jodie Whittaker's Doctor and friends face a terrifying alien threat in an action-packed, hour-long special adventure for all the family."

The move has the support of the Beeb too, as the director of BBC Content said viewers are "in for a special treat".

Charlotte Moore commented: "We're delighted the Doctor and her companions will be welcoming BBC1 audiences into 2019 with this exciting new episode.

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

Keeley Hawes reveals her depression struggles
26 May 2019

Keeley Hawes reveals her depression struggles

Keeley Hawes reveals her depression struggles
Alesha Dixon talks fashion with Amanda Holden
26 May 2019

Alesha Dixon talks fashion with Amanda Holden

Alesha Dixon talks fashion with Amanda Holden
Louis Walsh set to make X Factor return?
26 May 2019

Louis Walsh set to make X Factor return?

Louis Walsh set to make X Factor return?
Sir Elton John heartbroken over Dame Barbara Windsor's Alzheimer's disease
25 May 2019

Sir Elton John heartbroken over Dame Barbara Windsor's Alzheimer's disease

Sir Elton John heartbroken over Dame Barbara Windsor's Alzheimer's disease
Lorraine Kelly's Coronation Street stunt
25 May 2019

Lorraine Kelly's Coronation Street stunt

Lorraine Kelly's Coronation Street stunt
Dani Dyer hits back at romance critics
25 May 2019

Dani Dyer hits back at romance critics

Dani Dyer hits back at romance critics
Heartbreak for Coronation Street's Audrey Roberts
25 May 2019

Heartbreak for Coronation Street's Audrey Roberts

Heartbreak for Coronation Street's Audrey Roberts
Rachel Riley has announced she is pregnant
24 May 2019

Rachel Riley has announced she is pregnant

Rachel Riley has announced she is pregnant
France has made its own version of Fleabag
24 May 2019

France has made its own version of Fleabag

France has made its own version of Fleabag
Amanda Holden: Britain's Got Talent judges are softer since having kids
24 May 2019

Amanda Holden: Britain's Got Talent judges are softer since having kids

Amanda Holden: Britain's Got Talent judges are softer since having kids
Paddy McGuinness shouts at his hair to make it grow
24 May 2019

Paddy McGuinness shouts at his hair to make it grow

Paddy McGuinness shouts at his hair to make it grow
Jonnie Peacock says Strictly Come Dancing contestants drink before live shows
24 May 2019

Jonnie Peacock says Strictly Come Dancing contestants drink before live shows

Jonnie Peacock says Strictly Come Dancing contestants drink before live shows