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Doctor Who Gets Two-Part New Year's Premiere Instead of Christmas Special

Unfortunately, Whovians won’t be able to get their festive dose of Doctor Who for the second year in a row.

According to The Mirror, while there won’t be a Christmas special yet again, the highly anticipated 12th series of the show is set to begin with a two-parter on New Year's Day -- the first of which has been described as one of the most ambitious things ever attempted on Doctor Who.

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One BBC source confirmed the enormity of the premiere, saying, "It’s going to be huge. The scale is just epic. No one will be disappointed." The second part of this story is expected to air on Jan. 4, with the series resuming its Saturday night time slot in the U.K.

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Although showrunner Chris Chibnall is attempting to keep plot details under lock and key, it has been reported that the Cybermen are due to return -- along with other fan favorites -- with this new season.

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Jodie Whittaker, who plays the titular Doctor, will return alongside her costars Bradley Walsh as Graham O’Brien, Tosin Cole as his step-grandson Ryan Sinclair and Mandip Gill as Yashim Khan for the 10-episode season. These new episodes are slated to arrive sometime in 2020.

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