Under most circumstances, the Doctor Who Christmas Special is exactly as its title suggests: a bit of timey wimey fun for the holidays that puts everyone's favorite Time Lord front and center for a little family entertainment.
Capaldi's portrayal of the iconic time travelling alien from Gallifrey was met with universal critical acclaim.
Capaldi's tenure coincided with an overall darker era; he filmed, an appropriately numbered, twelve 12-rated episodes.
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Actress Jenna Coleman returned as Doctor Who companion Clara Oswald in the Christmas programme alongside David Bradley, playing the part of William Hartnell's first Doctor, Sherlock actor Mark Gatiss and Pearl Mackie as companion Bill Potts.
However that can also be attributed to extenuating circumstances, specifically the increased popularity of catch-up TV and the show being shunted around the schedules to accommodate other programmes. The special aired at 5:30 PM local time in the United Kingdom and was the sixth most-watched program of the day.
The first sight of Whittaker in the sci-fi show excited fans on social media, with fans hailing her "stunning" entrance whilst also bidding farewell to Capaldi...
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Peter Capaldi appears in a scene from "Doctor Who".
And a - ahem - amusing few thought this was the ideal opportunity to spout some oh-so original "women driver" jokes about the new Doctor's slight mishap.
Whitaker's first series will air next year, where she will be joined by her writer from the hit thriller Broadchurch, Chris Chibnall, as the new showrunner.
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It's December 25th and you know what that means.