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Doctor Who switching from Christmas Day to New Year's Day for first time in 13 years

Doctor Who

Story by Jack Foley

THE festive edition of Doctor Who will not be shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day for the first time in 13 years.

Instead, the episode featuring Jodie Whittaker as the new Time-Lord, will be shown on New Year’s Day, marking the first Doctor Who episode to debut on January 1 since the second part of David Tennant’s series exit on the first day of 2010.

Executive producer Chris Chibnall said it would see Whittaker’s Doctor “face a terrifying alien threat”. The BBC added that this will involve “a terrifying evil… from across the centuries of Earth’s history”.

Chibnall continued: “We’re thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang on BBC One!”

He went on to promise audiences “an action-packed, hour-long special adventure for all the family”.

Charlotte Moore, the BBC’s director of content, added: “We’re delighted the Doctor and her companions will be welcoming BBC One audiences into 2019 with this exciting new episode.”

The current series – Whittaker’s first – will conclude on December 9.

Her first full episode attracted a record audience for a new Doctor – 10.9 million viewers – last month.