Sherlock & Doctor Who given time slots in BBC Christmas line up!

by Anna Howell

Doctor Who the day of the doctor

Christmas is nearly here, and the BBC has now given us their festive TV schedule, so grab a highlighter and a calendar!

This time of year is reserved in real life for fun, festivities and family for us mere mortals, but in the land of TV it is a time for drama, suspense and, in Matt Smith’s case, a complete make-over!

Now that the hugely anticipated 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who, The Day of the Doctor, has been and gone all focus from Doctor Who fans switched to this year’s Christmas Day Special.

Any Christmas Day Special is eagerly expected to be pretty spectacular, but Whovians everywhere have extra cause to be excited this year, as Christmas Day will see their current Time Lord, Matt Smith regenerate into the 12th incarnation of The Doctor, to be played by Peter Capaldi.

And now the BBC has given us a time – 7.30pm!

The full festive line up for BBC this Christmas season includes this year’s Strictly Come Dancing final, to be shown Saturday December 21st at 6,30pm, and then followed by Atlantis, which will air its penultimate episode at 7.55pm.

On Sunday December 22nd, the highlights include drama The Whale, starring Martin Sheen and Jonas Armstrong at 9pm, and then on Christmas Eve will see the series two finale of Last Tango in Halifax at 9pm also.


On Christmas Day itself Doctor Who, The Time of the Doctor, will follow Call the Midwife, which is due to air at 6.15, and then will be followed at 9.30pm by the Mrs Brown’s Boys festive special.

Boxing Day will see David Jason reprising the role of Granville, in a revival of the 70’s classic, Open All Hours. In this festive one off, entitled Still Open All Hours, fans will see Granville now running the shop with his son Leroy played by James Baxter, after inheriting it from Arkwright. Still Open All Hours will be shown at 7.45pm and 8.15pm respectively.

Mrs Brown’s Boys gets a second entry in the festive hits when it returns to BBC screens at 9.30pm on Monday December 30th.

Sherlock Series 3

On New Year’s Day the highlight, by far, is the return of Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman for the third seris of Sherlock, which is due to air at 9pm!

A mini prequel episode of Sherlock will also be available via the BBC’s red button service from Christmas Day right through till the series premiere on New Year’s Day!

Watch the official trailer for Sherlock in the clip below: