Is the Doctor Who Christmas special 2020 release date confirmed? Let’s consider when fans can tuck into the show’s return this December.
As you’ll know, this year’s TV programming has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and a number of broadcasters have relied on repeats to meet scheduling demands.
Inevitably, audiences earlier began speculating which shows would return for Christmas this year.
However, it turns out that there are plenty of popular favourites back and the BBC has quite the present for Doctor Who fans. The sci-fi series has been on screens since 1963 and seen many incarnations of the iconic character.
The last special – titled ‘Spyfall, Part 1″ – saw Jodie Whittaker back in action, but what about this year?
Is the Doctor Who Christmas special 2020 release date confirmed?
- No, the release date for the 2020 Doctor Who Christmas special is yet to be confirmed. However, the two previous Doctor Who specials arrived on New Year’s Day, so it’s likely that the forthcoming special will air on Friday, January 1st 2020.
Ahead of the thirteenth Doctor’s first special – ‘Resolution’ – in 2019, specials tended to air on Christmas Day.
As for what to expect, the episode is called Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks and will actually be “an epic and emotional feature-length episode,” according to executive producer Chris Chibnall.
Fans will be treated to the return of John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, who will help the Doctor grapple with iconic foes.
What is it about?
The official plot synopsis reads:
“The Doctor is locked away in a high-security alien prison. Isolated, alone, with no hope of escape. Far away, on Earth, her best friends, Yaz, Ryan and Graham have to pick up their lives without her. But it’s not easy. Old habits die hard. Especially when they discover a disturbing plan forming. A plan which involves a Dalek. How can you fight a Dalek, without the Doctor?”
The BBC notes that the special was filmed before the COVID-19 pandemic meant that many productions had to cease filming.
BBC announce Christmas 2020 line-up
The BBC has announced a range of titles which are set to return over the festive period, including Call the Midwife, The Goes Wrong Show, Mrs. Brown’s Boys, Ghosts, The Vicar of Dibley, Not Going Out, King Gary, Motherland, Upstart Crow and more.
Charlotte Moore – the BBC’s chief content officer – recently spoke of the “struggle” in bringing specials to audiences this year. Nevertheless, through perseverance, there is a great deal to look forward to:
“Some of the big talent and the production teams have rallied together, and we feel it’s really important to have a good Christmas. Trying to work out what we could actually manage to pull off for Christmas… I can’t pretend it’s been relaxing or without its challenges.”