Radio Times have revealed the names of the guest stars appearing in the upcoming Doctor Who New Year’s Day special!

According to Radio Times, Charlotte Richie, Nikesh Patel and Daniel Adegboyega are set to star alongside regular cast members Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), and Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien).

Although the specific details of the roles they’ll be taking on are still under wraps, we do know the names of their characters. Charlotte Ritchie will play Lin, with Nikesh Patel appearing as Mitch, and Daniel Adegboyega playing Aaron.

The Doctor Who New Year’s Day special, of course, marks a significant change as the show’s festive special will not be airing on Christmas Day, as has been the tradition since its revival in 2005.

We currently know little about what this special episode will entail for Team TARDIS, although a brief synopsis has been revealed:

As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?

It has also been confirmed that the episode has been written by showrunner Chris Chibnall, and directed by Wayne Yip.

The BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore has said: “We’re delighted the Doctor and her companions will be welcoming BBC One audiences into 2019 with this exciting new episode. The Doctor’s fans are in for a special treat on the first day of the new year.”

In addition, Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall said: “We’re thrilled to be starting the New Year with a bang on BBC One, as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and friends face a terrifying alien threat in an action packed, hour long special adventure for all the family.”

In the meantime, the adventure continues…

Doctor Who: The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos – Ryan (Tosin Cole), Yaz (Mandip Gill), Graham (Bradley Walsh), (Mark Addy) and The Doctor (Jodie Whittaker) (c) BBC/BBC Studios

Doctor Who continues this Sunday 9th December with the Series 11 finale, ‘The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos‘, on BBC One and BBC America.

On the planet of Ranskoor Av Kolos, lies the remains of a brutal battlefield. But as the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan answer nine separate distress calls, they discover the planet holds far more secrets. Who is the mysterious commander with no memory? What lies beyond the mists? Who or what are the Ux?

The answers will lead the Doctor and her friends towards a deadly reckoning.

Guest starring Phyllis Logan, Mark Addy and Percelle Ascott. Written by Chris Chibnall. Directed by Jamie Childs.

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