Doctor Who will be back for a Christmas Special before returning for an eight-episode series in the Spring of 2024, as reported by The Radio Times. Ncuti Gatwa’s first full-length episode as the Fifteenth Doctor will debut in December.
Presently, the specifics of a December debut are open to debate. The series could adopt a similar approach to Tennant’s original finale in 2010, the second episode of which aired on New Year’s Day to usher in Matt Smith’s Eleventh Doctor. A New Year’s Day opener for Ncuti Gatwa would seem fitting.
Alternatively, the series could revert to the tried and tested practice of debuting Doctor Who on Christmas Day, an annual date that bought joy to fans globally (me included), from 2005 to 2017, and another brilliant way to welcome Gatwa to the Doctor Who universe. It would be a safe bet we can expect the episode on one of these two dates, given their significance to the series and the concept of “event television.”
Either way, new Who in the festive period makes a Christmas present to remember. Details behind the Christmas Special have been kept tightly under wraps, and we still have the trilogy of 60th-anniversary specials to savour first.
FlickLuster recently reported that four brand-new additions to the cast would be appearing in the Christmas special. Doctor Who can be streamed via the BBC iPlayer, with classic episodes on Britbox. What are you most excited to see from the future of the series? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
A classic Doctor Who story is set to be restored with colour animation.