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Doctor Who New Year's Day Special Coming in 2019!

Doctor Who New Year's Day Special Coming in 2019!

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.

America is going to ring in 2019 with Doctor Who. "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".

The marathon will begin 12pm ET/PT on December 24 and lead into Christmas Day. Chris Chibnall takes over as head writer and executive producer from Steven Moffat for the series, which is set to return in the fall of 2018 with ten brand new episodes.

What we do know for certain is that Jodie Whittaker will conclude her first completed season as the Thirteenth Doctor on December 9 in a Chibnall-directed episode titled "The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos".

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It's never been explicitly or officially stated that there would be a new set of adventures every year, and the BBC isn't commenting on exactly when the next series will be transmitted. Following the holiday specials will be another Doctor Who marathon, which begins with the Peter Capaldi seasons, followed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, and Matt Smith, and culminates in the New Year's special. 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.

In previous years, the Christmas Day outing has featured an array of top talent as guest characters, from Kylie Minogue to Sir Michael Gambon.

The first episode of the series, The Woman Who Fell To Earth, fetched a impressive 11.5million in the ratings, making it the highest series launch ever for the show since 2005.