Doctor Who Airing New Year’s Day Special Doctor Who Airing New Year’s Day Special
BBC America has announced that season 13 of Doctor Who will have a New Year's Day special in lieu of a Christmas episode. Doctor Who Airing New Year’s Day Special

Per BBC America, season 11 of Doctor Who is opting to air a New Year’s Day special in lieu of its annual Christmas Day episode.

“Jodie Whittaker and the dynamic new team have propelled Doctor Who to become TV’s fastest growing scripted series of the year. We can’t think of a better holiday gift to the fans than a week-long marathon of Doctor Who Christmas specials and fan-favorite episodes leading into 2019 with new traditions and our first-ever ‘Who Year’s Day’ special,” said Courtney Thomasma, executive director of BBC America.

Kick off the march to Who Year’s Day, which finds Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor facing a terrifying alien threat, will be a marathon of every past Christmas special beginning Christmas Eve at noon. 

Thus far this season, Doctor Who is averaging nearly 1 million viewers, up 54 percent vs. Season 10, while ranking as the fastest-growing scripted series of the year across all key demos. It’s part of a scripted slate for BBC America that includes Killing Eve and upcoming Terry Pratchett adaptation The Watch, which will adapt the author’s Discworld series.

Doctor Who airs Sundays at 8:00 on BBC America.

Will you be watching? How do you feel about the show not having a Christmas special this year? What are your thoughts on Jodie Whittaker’s iteration of the Doctor?

Shilo Adams

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