Doctor Who’s festive special to air New Year’s Day

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This won't be the first time the beloved sci-fi series has played on New Year's.

The network is airing a Christmas special marathon starting on December 24th and going into Christmas day.

According to the BBC, the seasonal instalment will involve "a terrifying evil. from across the centuries of Earth's history". After that, the network will screen a marathon of all the modern-day Doctors, starting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading straight into the New Year's special January 1.

The latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine confirms the cancellation of a traditional Christmas Day episode.

Filming of Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker's second season, the rag said, has been delayed until the new year, suggesting the series will not be ready to air by next autumn. Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?

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Doctor Who's season finale is scheduled to air on Sunday, December 9 at 8/7c. Viewership has grown 54% from last season, with new viewers tuning in every week, making it the fastest growing scripted series of 2018.

"We're thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang on BBC One", said Chibnall, who promised audiences "an action-packed, hour-long special adventure for all the family".

As it turns out, Doctor Who will not have a Christmas special this year, and the Internet has lots to say about that.

The Doctor Who Christmas special has been a staple in the BBC's festive TV line-up since the series was revived in 2005.

An anonymous source told the tabloid that "BBC bosses have already made the bold move of shifting the entire series from Saturday to Sunday nights, so they won't be scared about moving the festive special from Christmas to New Year".

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