New Year’s Day is Special in 2019

CHRISTMAS will be late this year – well in the world of Doctor Who at least.

Doctor Who Magazine confirmed this year’s Christmas Special won’t be at Christmas at all but will come to the world on New Year’s Day.

The ABC is yet to announce if that will include us (though of course, that will be 2 January here anyway).

“We don’t have confirmation yet on the broadcast details for the special,” the ABC publicity department spokeswoman said when contacted this morning.

“But I’ll let you know once we do.”

A Doctor Who Christmas Special has been a regular part of the BBC Christmas Day schedule since the series returned in 2005.

The series peaked in 2007 when Kylie Minogue joined the Tenth Doctor in Voyage of the Damned watched by 13.3 million viewers. The 2017 Christmas special, Twice Upon A Time, marking the regeneration from Peter Capaldi to Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, was watched by 7.92 million.

The New Year’s Day episode marks the end of Jodie Whittaker’s first season as the Doctor. The only other recent New Year’s Day Who screening second part of The End of Time in 2010 which attracted 12.27 million viewers.

The official synopsis for the special is as follows:

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?

The episode has been written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip.

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