The BBC have announced their programming line-up for the festive season, and with that comes some new information about the Doctor Who special set to air on New Year’s Day.

We now know that joining Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor and her companions in this episode will be guest stars Aisling Bea (This Way Up, Living With Yourself, Quiz), Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black, Enterprice) and Pauline McLynn (Father Ted, Shameless).

The official synopsis reads:

Sarah (Aisling Bea) owns and runs ELF storage, and Nick (Adjani Salmon) is a customer who visits his unit every year on New Year’s Eve. This year, however, their night turns out to be a little different than planned…

With the three guest stars being known for comedy roles, it looks like this special may be a little lighter in tone than Flux, the epic six-part story making up the current series.

This is the first of three Doctor Who specials airing in 2022, with the second coming in spring and the third, which will be the swansong of Whittaker’s Doctor, expected in autumn as part of the BBC’s Centenary celebrations.

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