Doctor Who’s iconic Christmas special ‘could be set for big comeback’ in 2023


The Doctor Who Christmas specials were a festive staple up until 2017 (Picture: BBC)

Doctor Who could be set to revive its beloved festive episode next year, according to new reports.

The BBC sci-fi series is one of the broadcaster’s biggest hitters and is soon set to undergo another revamp when Ncuti Gatwa joins as the Fourteenth Doctor. 

His arrival coincides with the return of showrunner Russell T. Davies, who headed up the first few series of the reboot back in 2005. 

Now, it’s been speculated there is another change set to thrill fans – the potential return of a Christmas Day episode in 2023. 

While the show has aired New Year’s Day specials in recent years, fans have been missing the traditional episode, which hasn’t aired since 2017. 

It’s now believed it’s possible that Ncuti’s run as The Doctor could mark the return of these beloved yearly instalments.

Ncuti is taking on the role, in episodes set to air next year (Picture: John Salangsang/REX/Shutterstock)

According to TV Zone, there are thought to be internal talks taking place about whether the show could make a return to the coveted slot. 

The outlet reports that there is speculation of ongoing discussions between the Doctor Who production team – headed up by Russell – and BBC bosses.

While there is currently no confirmation of whether talks have been taking place, we would absolutely love to see it happen. 

Russell T Davies is back in the driving seat of Doctor Who (Picture: David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
David Tennant will be back on Doctor Who (Picture: BBC)

There’s already been a huge amount of love in response to Ncuti’s casting, with the likes of Ryan Gosling, Neil Patrick Harris and Christopher Eccleston singing his praises. 

Screenwriter Russell previously said keeping Ncuti’s casting a secret was a ‘spectacular operation’, and the reveal took ‘a hell of a lot of planning’.

‘The fact that we had to do all this in secret meant we were rattling with tension,’ he said in the Production Notes column of Doctor Who magazine.

‘Not only had Ncuti’s name not been leaked, but he hadn’t even been guessed.

‘His casting had been locked away, since February, with all of us worrying that it would be spoiled, any day now.

‘But it worked. It absolutely worked.’

Metro.co.uk reached out to the BBC, who declined to comment on reports. 

Doctor Who can be streamed in full on BBC iPlayer now.

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