First details on Doctor Who's special as it moves from Christmas to New Year's Day

As long rumoured, there'll be no Doctor Who Christmas special this year. For the first time since the show returned in 2005, it'll be absent from the airwaves on the 25th December as it moves to a new home on New Year's Day.

This may serve the show well; with series 11 finishing mid December, it will give a slightly longer break between the episodes and have less competition on the airwaves. The New Year's Day airing served fellow BBC show Sherlock well and may do the same for the sci-fi series, which has already been a ratings hit for the BBC.

On the change of airdate, the BBC released the following statement on their official website:

“With 2018 marking a brand-new era for Doctor Who it is only right that 2019 kicks off in spectacular style.So, to mark the occasion, 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.”

They also released a brief synopsis too, though the episode title has yet to be revealed.
“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 Day special will be written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip, who last worked on series 10's Empress Of Mars.

Series 11 of Doctor Who continues on Sundays. Check out our weekly reviews here.

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The long-running BBC TV science fiction series that started in 1963 and recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary. 2017 saw Peter Capaldi regenerate into the show's first female Doctor played by Jodie Whittaker. The Thirteenth Doctor's first season debuts in 2018, with Chris Chibnall replacing Steven Moffat as the current showrunner.

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