Steven Moffat reveals we almost lost the Doctor Who Christmas special

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Aug 3, 2017

Ever since Doctor Who returned to the airwaves in 2006, the annual Christmas special has been a sacred holiday tradition for Whovians and casual Who fans alike. But did you know the BBC almost axed them?

In an interview with Digital Spy, departing showrunner Steven Moffat revealed that Auntie Beeb considered “skipping Christmas” this year when Moffat announced he would be leaving at the end of Season 10.

Problem was, new showrunner Chris Chibnall (who will start fresh with Season 11, which is expected to premiere in the fall of 2018) didn’t want to start his tenure with the Yuletide special, so Moffat had to swoop in to save the day and write the episode.

Not only that, but he had to convince Peter Capaldi to stick around for one last timey wimey adventure (which will feature David Bradley as the First Doctor) before regenerating into Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor. Here’s what he said:

“There was one big glitch, which was Christmas. I was going to leave at the end of series 10 – I had my finale planned and what I wanted to do with it. I had a good notion of that. Then I learned at a drinks event somewhere that Chris didn't want to start with a Christmas, so at that point they were going to skip Christmas. There'd be no Christmas special and we would've lost that slot. Doctor Who would've lost that slot if we hadn't [done a special] because Christmas Day is now so rammed. So I said, probably four glasses of red wine in, 'I'll do Christmas!' and then had to persuade Peter [Capaldi] that's how we were leaving. Then I had to work out how you could get mortally injured in one episode and spend an hour regenerating on Christmas Day, which I hopefully have done!”

The Doctor Who special titled “Twice Upon a Time” will air on, what else? Dec. 25. What do you think of Steven Moffat literally saving Christmas?

(via Digital Spy)