BBC America and the creators of ‘Doctor Who’ have decided to break from tradition and forgo a Christmas Special for the long-running sci-fi series. Instead, Whovians will be ringing in the New Year with the Doctor and her friends! The first ever ‘Who Year’s Day’ will feature a marathon of all the Christmas Specials of years past.
A marathon of just the Christmas episodes will begin at 12pm ET/PT on December 24 and lead into Christmas Day. After that, a marathon of all the Doctors starting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith will kick off. That will head straight into the New Year’s special on January 1.
The New Year’s episode was written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip. As the Doctor welcomes in 2019, evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) and her friends, Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) must work to save Earth from this ominous threat.
Speaking about the upcoming special, Chibnall said,
“We’re thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang, 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 current season of ‘Doctor Who’ features the first female incarnation of the Timelord, and seems to be resonating with viewers. The season is averaging nearly one million viewers per episode, which is a 54 percent jump from the previous season which featured Capaldi as the Twelfth Doctor.
‘Doctor Who’ airs every Sunday, with the finale episode of the current season airing on December 9 on BBC America.