Yesterday we announced the news that the Doctor Who Christmas special would now be a New Year’s Day special and today the BBC have confirmed the news with official statements.
After 13 years, the Christmas specials have come to an end, with the festive special now moving to 1st January 2019. While it is the end of a tradition, it does mean that fans can enjoy their Christmas without rushing home to watch the special and instead see it as letting the new year in with something special on a day where there’s typically less on TV.
Although the BBC hasn’t explained the change, it’s likely to follow the trend of making the series as inclusive as possible, with the special airing on a global holiday rather than focussing on a Christian holiday.
Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s Director of Content said:
“We’re delighted the Doctor and her companions will be welcoming BBC One 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.”
Showrunner Chris Chibnall added:
“We’re thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang on BBC One, as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends face a terrifying alien threat in an action packed, hour long special adventure for all the family.”
As well as the confirmation, the synopsis has also been released:
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 New Year’s special is written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip.