‘Doctor Who’ Christmas Special Scrapped for the First Time in 13 Years

/Film | 11/2/2018 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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Since the show’s revival in 2005, the Doctor Who Christmas specials have become a staple of the holiday season, and a chance for the BBC sci-fi series to flex a blockbuster budget for one night only. These are big event episodes where we’ve seen some of our favorite Doctors leave, and our other favorite Doctors begin their runs. In fact, the current 13th Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker, was introduced to much fanfare in the 2017 Christmas special.

But that may change this year. Reports say that showrunner Chris Chibnall has scrapped this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special altogether, which is a pretty depressing way to kick off the holiday season. But there may be a silver lining to that lump of coal we’ve just received.

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The Mirror reports that Doctor Who writers have “run out” of Christmas stories to give a sci-fi twist following 13 years of Yuletide-themed episodes. Although when you put it like that, it’s a miracle they’ve kept it going for so long.

This had been decided as far back as San Diego Comic-Con, during which showrunner and writer Chibnall confirmed that there would be an extra “11th episode” following the 10-episode 11th season, suggested the production of a holiday special. “We seem to be filming 11 episodes, and it’s only a series of 10,” he said. However, Chibnall was careful to avoid using the word “Christmas” when he added:

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“I would definitely think there’s another episode after the end of the series.”

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