Regardless of how you feel about Doctor Who and its many iterations since the 2005 relaunch, we can all agree that the Christmas specials are universally shit. Except the regeneration ones, because they actually have a point beyond going "look how Christmassy we are!" Well the Mirror reckons things are a bit different this year, and that the 'Christmas special' will actually he shown on New Year's Day.
Apparently Doctor Who has run out of Christmas stories to tell, something that was brought up by previous showrunner Steven Moffat - the same Steven Moffat who used to go overboard with the Christmas themes almost every year.
“I sort of think we might have mined, and possibly over mined, every single thing we could about Christmas in Doctor Who and the last time we more or less ignored it.”
New showrunner Chris Chibnall has confirmed there is some sort of special coming following the conclusion of the 10th episode, but he was very careful to call it an "11th episode" without once mentioning the word Christmas. The BBC is also said to be more comfortable about switching up the traditional broadcast date after switching the main series from Saturday to Sunday didn't spectacularly fail.
Does it matter which day it goes out? Probably not, since most people are going to be spending a great deal of time off work round then anyway. Just so long as the episode isn't terrible.
Sadly The Mirror also reiterated rumours that 2019 would be a Doctor Who drought, and a New Years episode would be all we're getting out of the BBC for a year. Apparently filming has had to be pushed back so much the Beeb can't get everything sorted in time for an Autumn debut. Which is just typical. [The Mirror]