The Doctor Who TARDIS will land back on the BBC's schedule this April.

Twelve (Peter Capaldi) last graced our screens at Christmas, but aside from another upcoming Yuletide appearance, the Time Lord took 2016 off. Anxious fans can now breathe a sigh of relief, however. Doctor Who will return for a full season 10 in the spring of 2017.

"We'll be on at Christmas, and then it starts again in April, I think," Capaldi told bystanders during shooting for episode 3 (see video below).

The Doctor Who cast and crew are currently hard at work filming in Cardiff. Episodes 1 through 4 are now in the bag, and this week will mark the beginning of work on this December's Christmas Special. For Pearl Mackie (Bill), this means at least a week of vacation.

"[Bill won't] be in Christmas [2016], because that would blow the series launch," showrunner Steven Moffat explained, according to Cult Box. "So there'll be somebody else - a different, guest companion - this Christmas, like how River Song played the companion role in last year's Special."

It is currently unknown who will join Twelve in the TARDIS this winter (Missy? Nardole?), but Moffat dropped a few new teasers on Tuesday.

"We've just started working on the Christmas episode," Moffat told BBC Newsbeat"It's got a lot of heart, but it's got a lot of brain too. Figure that one out."

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