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How to watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2021

It's the holidays! And for fans of the famous Time Lord that means one thing, the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2021 is nearly here. Actually airing on New Year's Day, this year's special is titled Eve of the Daleks and comes following the finale of the latest series, now that the Flux is dealt with. 

The Doctor Who Christmas Special is always an event for the whole family to enjoy and is usually worth watching. This year above others, it promises to pack plenty of sci-fi punch. The latest series of Doctor Who featured many of the Time Lord's long-time enemies including the instantly recognizable Daleks, who unsurprisingly feature heavily in the special.

If you want to be all caught up before the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2021 lands, then check out our Doctor Who streaming guide so you'll know who's who and what's what.

Where to watch to The Doctor Who Christmas Special 2021 online in the U.S.?

Jodie Whittaker as Doctor Who_Photo by Sophie Mutevelian - © BBC Studios 2018

(Image credit: Photo by Sophie Mutevelian - © BBC Studios 2018)

You'll be able to enjoy this fun, festive special from the comfort of your own home on New Year's Day. If you're in the U.S., you can watch the Doctor Who special via BBC America or HBO Max. On top of that, HBO Max also has seasons 1-12 of Doctor Who – so a subscription will be worth having.

Although the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2021 is airing in the U.S. on the same day as it is in the U.K., it'll be slightly later due to prime time. However, as you wait for the show to start, you can spend this time debating who should be the next Doctor Who, as this is Jodie Whittaker's last season playing the Doctor.

Where to watch to the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2021 online in the U.K.?

Daleks in front of 10 Downing Street_Doctor Who_BBC

(Image credit: BBC)

If you're in the U.K., the Doctor Who Christmas Special 2021 will be shown on BBC1 at 7pm on New Year's Eve, so you'll have a choice whether you want to watch it on television or stream it via BBC iPlayer.

And once it's over, you can sit around with your family and friends to discuss all the Doctor Who Doctors, ranked worst to best and see how it compares to our list. Warning, this may end up with you all arguing over the Doctor Who companions, ranked worst to best as well.


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Alexander Cox

STAFF WRITER, E-commerce — Alex joined Space.com in June 2021 as staff writer covering space news, games, tech, toys and deals. Based in London, U.K. Graduating in June 2020, Alex studied Sports Journalism in the North East of England at Sunderland University. During his studies and since his graduation, Alex has been featured in local newspapers and online publications covering a range of sports from university rugby to Premier League soccer. In addition to a background in sports and journalism, Alex has a life-long love of Star Wars which started with watching the prequel trilogy and collecting toy lightsabers, he also grew up spending most Saturday evenings watching Doctor Who. 


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