Doctor Who is returning for a festive special on New Year’s Day

Intense speculation has been mounting around the upcoming installment of Doctor Who, as show bosses remain tight-lipped on what might be in store. This festive special comes after an action-packed ten-episode run, with Jodie Whittaker at the helm as the iconic time traveler.

Whittaker’s debut series was considered a wild ratings success, with viewing figures higher than those of the last two series when Peter Capaldi starred in the title role.

This year, the show is breaking a tradition it has held for more than a decade, through the absence of a Christmas special. Instead, a festive episode will air on New Year’s Day.

The festive special has been named Resolution and will see the return of the Thirteenth Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Graham O’Brien (Bradley Walsh), Ryan Sinclair (Tosin Cole) and Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan). The core ensemble cast had an unwavering presence in the most recent series and it seems as though this will continue in the upcoming special, with Indian Summer’s Nikesh Patel and Call the Midwife’s Charlotte Richie guest starring alongside them.

Resolution will see the Doctor and her companions investigate a terrifying evil which is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history.

There is much speculation from Whovians that the Daleks may be making an appearance in the festive special. The Doctor’s arch enemies have been a no-show in the Jodie Whittaker era so far, with showrunner Chris Chibnall opting to feature new antagonists in the recent series, rather than revisit classic ones. Some even believe that the real title will be Resolution Of The Daleks.

To much surprise from fans, it was recently revealed that after Resolution, the show will not return again for a second season with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor until 2020. It remains to be seen whether there will be another standalone installment to fill the lengthy gap.

The Doctor Who New Year’s special airs January 1 at 7pm on BBC One.