Doctor Who ‘won’t air on Christmas Day for the first time in 13 YEARS’

Doctor Who ‘won’t air on Christmas Day for the first time in 13 YEARS’… after showrunner admitted they’d run out of festive ideas

Doctor Who won’t be aired on Christmas Day for the first time in 13 years, The Mirror reports.

The BBC sci-fi programme, which currently stars actress Jodie Whittaker, will air their festive special on New Year’s Day instead, just over a decade since the series’ reboot.

A source told the publication: ‘BBC bosses have already made the bold move of shifting the entire series to Sunday nights so they won’t be scared about moving the festive special from Christmas to New Year.’

Breaking tradition: Doctor Who won’t be aired on Christmas Day for the first time in 13 years, The Mirror reports

This year’s series opener scored the best ratings in 12 years as 8.2 million people tuned in.


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However, former showrunner Steven Moffat previously hinted that the show bosss exhausted their ideas for festive specials.

He said: ‘I sort of think we might have mined, and possibly over mined, every single thing we could about Christmas in Doctor Who and the last time we more or less ignored it.’

Switching it up: The BBC sci-fi programme, which currently stars actress Jodie Whittaker, will air their festive special on New Year’s Day instead, just over a decade since the series’ reboot (pictured with Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole)

Popular episode: According to Digital Spy , the series’ 2017 Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, had a viewership of 1.045m (between December 18 and 31, pictured Pearl Mackie, Peter Capaldi David Bradley)

According to Digital Spy, the series’ 2017 Christmas special, Twice Upon a Time, had a viewership of 1.045m (between December 18 and 31). MailOnline has contacted BBC representatives for comment.  

For the series opening, Time Lord Jodie scored the best ratings in 12 years for a series opener as 8.2 million tuned in.

Meanwhile, on Sunday’s edition of the show, fans were shocked with it’s characters, with fans hoping one of the Time Lord’s latest companions is bisexual.

Making headlines: Sci-fi TV show Doctor Who has once again shocked the nation with it’s characters, with fans hoping one of the Time Lord’s latest companions is bisexual


Love? Enthusiasts of the BBC1 programme were quick to jump to the conclusion after witnessing Yaz’ mother Najia ask her daughter and the Doctor if ‘they were seeing each other’

Together? The parent then proceeded to question if her youngster was dating her male friend, Ryan (played by Tosin Cole). To both queries Yaz (Mandip Gill) replied: ‘No’

Viewers took to Twitter to claim Yasmin ‘Yaz’ Khan fancied Jodie’s character, as well as potentially carrying a flame for fellow sidekick Ryan Sinclair.

Enthusiasts of the BBC1 programme were quick to jump to the conclusion after witnessing Yaz’ mother Najia ask her daughter and the Doctor if ‘they were seeing each other’. 

The parent then proceeded to question if her youngster was dating her male friend, Ryan (played by Tosin Cole). To both queries Yaz (Mandip Gill) replied: ‘No’ and ‘We’re just friends’.

Social media users went into a frenzy, wondering whether this hinted at the character’s sexual orientation.

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