Ever since its modern revival, Doctor Who has featured one very special episode that sees the Doctor embark on a magical and hopeful adventure on Christmas day. That is, until now. For the first time in 13 years, the BBC's fan-favorite sci-fi series Doctor Who will not feature a Christmas special episode.
Season 11 is a new beginning for the series, which now features the first female Doctor in Jodie Whittaker and a new showrunner behind the scenes -- Chris Chibnall, who took over the duties of Stephen Moffat after almost seven years. But fans of the series shouldn't worry: instead, they will be getting a New Year's Day special.
While the current season of the series is still ongoing, the BBC has already begun to hype the highly-anticipated holiday special, which is now only a little more than a month away. To help kick things off, the network released the first official photo of the New Year's Day special, featuring Whittaker's Doctor sporting a new, colorful scarf in front of a sky filled with festive fireworks to mark the occasion.
The vibrant striped scarf is a new addition to the Thirteenth Doctor's wardrobe, and it appears to be a direct homage to Tom Baker's famous Fourth Doctor, who wore an iconic scarf colored in brown, yellow, red and purple. Whittaker's Doctor's outfit is one that already echoes back to Doctors past: the long coat is a nod to David Tennant's Tenth Doctor; the suspenders call back to Matt Smith's Eleventh Doctor; and the stripes on her shirt paid homage to Baker's Fourth Doctor.
Now, with this scarf, the Thirteenth Doctor once again embraces the garments that are part of her personal history, all while making it her own in a bold and vibrant future.
Here is the synopsis for Doctor Who's New Year's Day special:
As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?
The episode will air on BBC and BBC America on January 1.
The current season of Doctor Who airs Sundays at 8 pm EST on BBC America in the United States and stars Jodie Whittaker as the latest iteration of the titular Time Lord. Whittaker is joined by co-stars Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill in a season spearheaded by new series showrunner, Chris Chibnall.