Jodie Whittaker will make her first appearance as The Doctor later this year during the closing moments of the Christmas special, but we might have to wait a bit longer before we see her first full series.

During a recent interview, head writer Steven Moffat was discussing his reasons for sticking with Doctor Who for an extra year and let slip that new showrunner Chris Chibnall's first run might not start until late 2018.

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"The alternative might have been to have had no Doctor Who at all between Christmas 2015 and the autumn of 2018".

The 2015 Christmas episode (The Husbands of River Song) was the last episode of Doctor Who before the show took a year long hiatus.Chris Chibnall had his hands full working on the third and final series of Broadchurch as was reluctant about having his first episode be a Christmas special. A whole year without Doctor Who is one thing, but the idea of no festival instalment weighed heavy on Moffat and was a significant factor in his decision to remain with the show until Chibnall was available.

"I realised that if I didn?t do it, then there wasn?t going to be a Christmas episode at all. And Doctor Who would lose that slot."

So, The Moff stayed on and delivered a spectacular tenth series that saw the return of John Simm as The Master and set up a two Doctors finale for Peter Capaldi. The Twelfth Doctor will be joined by The First Doctor (played by David Bradley) in Twice Upon A Time which will be broadcast on BBC One Christmas Day. On a side note, as Bradley played the First Doctor actor William Hartnell in An Adventure in Space and Time, which also briefly featured Reece Shearsmith as Second Doctor actor Patrick Troughton. Does this mean we might see Shearsmith pop up for the regeneration scene? I ruddy well hope so.

Steven Moffat is wasting no time getting stuck into new projects as he's already in the process of writing a new take on Dracula with Sherlock co-creator Mark Gatiss. The forthcoming mini-series will consist of three feature-length episodes and is expected to film early next year. Before she takes on all of time and space, we'll see Jodie Whittaker as a different kind of Doctor in the new BBC thriller Trust Me. The four part series starts on BBC One Tuesday, August 8 at 9pm.

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