While seasons of the show have been sporadic at times, one fixed element of The BBC’s “Doctor Who” since its revival in 2005 has been its annual Christmas special which has also often served as either the exit or entry point of new incarnations Doctors.
That’s now changed with showrunner Chris Chibnall reportedly scrapping this year’s special altogether, the first time in thirteen years the series will go without one according to The Mirror. Their sources say the writers have ‘run out’ of Yuletide-themed episodes and so are ditching it.
Don’t fret Who-vians. Chibnall has also confirmed that the current eleventh season, which was originally going to be only ten episodes long, will now get an extra eleventh episode which will come after the events of the season: “We seem to be filming 11 episodes, and it’s only a series of 10… I would definitely think there’s another episode after the end of the series.”
In fact, the trade says the extra episode will air only a week later, serving as a New Year’s Eve special rather than a Christmas one and so likely will be just a standalone episode without any holiday theme.