Doctor Who annual special moving from Christmas to New Year's Day

Doctor Who. Courtesy Twitter

Doctor Who. Courtesy Twitter

What better way to celebrate the new year than by spending it with the first female Doctor?

The network is airing a Christmas special marathon starting on December 24th and going into Christmas day.

The change from the traditional time slot is part of a new era for the sci-fi series, which now stars Jodie Whittaker as the first female Doctor. But it's understandable that many expected they'd want to maintain the momentum built up by Jodie Whittaker's successful relaunch by echoing the early tenures of David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi and having a new run of stories around a year after their debut series.

According to the BBC, the seasonal instalment will involve "a terrifying evil. from across the centuries of Earth's history".

For the first time since Doctor Who returned in 2005, there won't be a special episode airing on Christmas Day.but you seemingly won't have to wait too long to get another slice of adventures in Time and Space.

Courtney Thomasma, executive director of BBC AMERICA said, "Jodie Whittaker and the dynamic new team have propelled Doctor Who to become TV's fastest growing scripted series of the year".

Meanwhile, the finale episode will be titled The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos, and reads: "On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, lies the remains of a brutal battlefield". Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?

Doctor Who is bucking tradition in another big way this year.

Instead, the British Broadcasting Company will air a exclusive installment on New Year's Day.

An anonymous source told the tabloid that "BBC bosses have already made the bold move of shifting the entire series from Saturday to Sunday nights, so they won't be scared about moving the festive special from Christmas to New Year".