‘Doctor Who’ New Year’s Day Special Set On BBC America

Doctor Who finale details revealed – and it sounds amazing!

As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth's history.

Doctor Who's festive special will air on New Year's Day instead of Christmas Day for the first time in 13 years in a shake-up to the BBC schedule.

The finale of the current season will air on December 9.on BBC AMERICA.

The standalone hour finds Jodie Whittaker's Doctor facing "a terrifying alien threat", per showrunner Chris Chibnall, who penned the seasonal outing.

The first female Time Lord is starting a new holiday tradition.


But then again, it's a move that mirrors the programme's shift from Saturday to Sunday - a scheduling change that has seen significantly bigger audiences for Jodie Whittaker's Doctor. As it turns out, the show will trade in Christmas for New Year's Day, and as you can see in the slides below, netizens are feeling rathe conflicted.

Per BBC America, Doctor Who's Whittaker-led Season 11 has been averaging almost 1 million viewers, up 54 percent vs. Season 10. After that, it's a marathon of all the Doctors, starting with Peter Capaldi, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, leading straight into the New Year's special on Tuesday, January 1. And the team are adamant that the most important thing is for the show to be 100% and not have its quality compromised by squeezing that process in order to meet a particular transmission pattern.

Giving a glimpse of what's in store, the synopsis says: 'On the edge of a Norwegian fjord, in the present day, The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help.

Whittaker's first full episode attracted a record audience for a new Doctor - 10.9 million viewers - last month.

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