Doctor Who’s Christmas Special Scrapped After 13 Years Of Tradition

Doctor Who - The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker)
Doctor Who - The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker)


The Yuletide Season Won’t Be The Same


The Yuletide Season is taking a depressing turn with the sudden halt of Doctor Who’s 13-year Christmas Special tradition. 

Doctor Who’s 2005 Revival

Every Whovians know that the Christmas Special started in 2005, after the epic return of Doctor Who which remained dormant for over fifteen years. The 27th series was put into a halt in the year 1990, only to return in 2005. That is when the Christmas Special or holiday special debuted on television. Until now, when reports emerged of showrunner, Chris Chibnall, scrapping this year’s Christmas special.

Lack of Inspiration?

Apparently, the show writers are running out of ideas to continue the thirteen-year yuletide-theme episodes. Although this may be true, Whovians disagree while some find it amusing that the show kept up for so long. Other than that, the most compelling evidence is in the last San Diego Comic-con. Chinball was careful to avoid the word “Christmas” when explaining the show’s 11 episode production.

However, there is a speculation that instead of a Christmas Special, there will be a New Year’s Special. Yay?

Not the first time

Doctor Who
Steven Moffat admits to nearly avoiding “Twice Upon A Time”, last year’s Christmas Special

The issue on the dwindling ideas dates back to Steven Moffat handling the show. He admits to almost avoiding a Christmas story in “Twice Upon a Time”, the holiday special last year. The then showrunner’s Christmas element for the episode was snow and some final revelations. 

 At that time, Moffat said

“I sort of think we might have mined, and possibly over mined, every single thing we could about Christmas in Doctor Who and the last time we more or less ignored it”

New Year Special

In the same report by The Mirror, the article informs of a New Year’s Special to debut this winter season. In fact, this isn’t the first time the show made such a special for Doctor Who. The first one being the episode that aired New Year’s Eve in 2010. 

At least there’s a holiday special?

What do you think, Whovians? Is it time for new writers to take over? Do you think the lack of ideas is justifiable? Comment below!

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