Incidentally, a happy Doctor Who Day to all of you at home!
Fifty-eight years ago today, Doctor Who first aired on BBC One. Of course, its debut was overshadowed by world news and its long-term success seemed unlikely. Nevertheless, it endured to become one of the most popular science fiction series ever devised. To celebrate the day, the BBC announced its plans for the program across all of 2022.
It all begins with the “festive special” on New Year’s Day. Featuring Aisling Bea, Adjani Salmon, and Pauline McLynn, it focuses on Sarah (Bea) who owns and runs ELF storage. Nick (Salmon) is a customer who visits his unit every year on New Year’s Eve. But this year, their night turns out to be a little different than planned. We presume because The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) is on the scene and chaos follows her everywhere.
Although still untitled, the New Year’s Day special is the first of three slated for 2022. The second will arrive in the spring while Whittaker’s final time as The Doctor will debut in the Fall as part of the Beeb’s 100 year anniversary celebrations. Also, we will be quite shocked if it doesn’t air exactly one year from today. Following that, Doctor Who will go quiet for a year as returning showrunner Russell T. Davies and the Fourteenth Doctor plot the 60th Anniversary of the program.
Doctor Who currently airs Sundays on BBC America in the States.