‘Doctor Who’ made a bit of a splash earlier this year when it was announced that the series would, for the first time since 2005, forego its annual Christmas special. Instead, the producers opted to air a special (dubbed ‘Resolution’) on New Year’s Day. Which… fair enough. After all, while the Christmas specials had become something of a tradition, they’ve long since stopped being particularly Christmassy affairs, save for the most superficial of trappings. But if you thought this meant the tradition of Christmas ‘Who’ was dead, think again!
Earlier this week, the BBC released a (very) short Christmas treat for ‘Who’ fans, ensuring that the holiday wouldn’t pass without the familiar wheeze of the TARDIS. The short, which was debuted on Twitter, sees Jodie Whittaker follow in the footsteps of classic Doctors William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, and Tom Baker in entering the animated realm. As to the short itself? The Doctor saves Christmas, what more do you need to know?
The entire minute-long short is available here:
— Doctor Who Official (@bbcdoctorwho) December 18, 2018
Hopefully, this will be enough to hold us over until New Year’s, when the Doctor makes her first (and potentially only) appearance in 2019. That special will, according to showrunner Chris Chibnall, see the gang return to Earth after having been “off on their travel” when the story commences. Upon that return, they will find themselves pitted against “the most dangerous creature in the universe.” Rumor has it that this refers to the Daleks, but official sources (including Chibnall himself) have remained coy (perhaps a bit too coy…) on the subject. If the rumors are accurate, though, it would mark the first time the Thirteenth Doctor has had to square off against a familiar face (or plunger, as it were).
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