Jodie Whittaker will star in the Doctor Who Christmas special

The Doctor Who Christmas special is one of the highlights of the BBC’s festive line-up and this year’s, featuring Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Time Lord, promises to be an absolute cracker.

First things first, the BBC hasn’t officially announced that there will be a Doctor Who Christmas special this year, but it seems almost inconceivable that the BBC wouldn’t give Jodie her chance to shine over Christmas. There’s been a Christmas special every year now since 2005!

So, when will the Doctor Who Christmas special be shown?

We can pretty confidentially say that the Doctor Who Christmas special will again go out on Christmas Day. Last year it was shown at 5.30pm and its likely to be late afternoon again.

Doctor Who Christmas Day 5.30pm

Peter Capaldi makes his final appearance as the Doctor in the 2017 Christmas special

The BBC has revealed that the new series of Doctor Who will have 10 parts – we think the Christmas special will count as an extra episode and will be the 11th part.

Of course, Jodie made her debut as the Doctor in last year’s Christmas special, falling from the TARDIS moments after transforming into the Time Lord. In the actress’s native Yorkshire accent, Jodie’s Time Lord said, “Ahh brilliant” as she got her first glance of the TARDIS controls.

Doctor Who new logo

The new Doctor Who logo

There’s no plot details yet for this year’s special, but watch this space and we will update when things start to emerge. It’s likely that Jodie’s co-stars – Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole – will feature. The trio are playing the Doctor’s “companions” Graham, Yasmin and Ryan.

As to when the new series starts, it’s been revealed that it will be this autumn. It was recently announced that composer Segun Akinola will provide an “exciting and emotional” score for the upcoming series, including a “fresh take” on the famous theme tune.

We will update this article when we know more about the Doctor Who Christmas special…