Doctor Who Will Have A New Year’s Special Instead of Christmas Day (UPDATED)

The new issue of Doctor Who Magazine has confirmed that the Christmas Day episode has been dropped after 13 years.

Instead the BBC will air a special episode on New Year’s Day.

The news was originally reported by the Mirror earlier in the month, where they also claimed the New Year’s Day special will be the only new episode of Doctor Who in 2019, with another “gap year” on the cards until Series 12 in 2020.

We’ll have to wait and see if that one turns out to be true as well…

UPDATE: Press release added:

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.

Charlotte Moore, Director of Content, says: “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 says: “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 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?

Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip. The Doctor is played by Jodie Whittaker, Ryan by Tosin Cole, Graham by Bradley Walsh and Yaz by Mandip Gill.