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RUMOR: Doctor Who Won't Have a Christmas Special This Year

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Doctor Who may forgo its annual Christmas special this year.

According to the Mirror, the popular BBC series won't release an episode on Christmas Day for the first time since the series rebooted in 2005. Instead, Doctor Who will feature an hour-long special on New Years, with the story reportedly relating to the change in year. The website reports that, following 13 years of "Yuletide storylines," the production had "run out" of ideas.

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As this doesn't come from any official source, it's unclear whether Doctor Who will actually have an episode air on New Years, rather than Christmas Day. It's entirely possible that the show will still feature a Christmas episode. However, the 11th series, which debuted on October 7, is no stranger to breaking with tradition, having cast Jodie Whittaker in the title role as a female incarnation of the character. Still, take this rumor with a grain of salt until otherwise confirmed.

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.

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