Doctor Who New Years Day Special Team TARDIS Save the World Again

first_img HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster “Here’s a New Year message for you to send: Earth is protected by me and my mates, this year and every other.”Happy New Who Year!After ringing in 2019 with good friends and great food, I spent much of Jan. 1 in my pajamas, washing dishes, catching up on Blindspot, and dreading the return of the Daleks in Doctor Who‘s New Year’s Day special.Boy, was I pleasantly surprised.“Resolution”—a reference to the episode’s move from Christmas to New Year’s—is one of this series’ best installments. (Despite once again neglecting Yaz. But I’ll get to that later.)They meet again (via BBC)Showrunner Chris Chibnall lived up to his promise to feature all-new monsters for Thirteenth Doctor Jodie Whittaker’s debut season. But the head writer went back to basics in 2019 with this sort-of Dalek origin story.Fresh off their 19th consecutive New Year’s celebration, the Doctor, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham respond to a centuries-old evil stirring on Earth: The Daleks.Previously defeated and divided into three pieces, buried on opposite ends of the globe to be forever guarded (“as a precaution”), the alien’s naked body is accidentally resurrected by a couple of puppy-love archeologists in Sheffield, England.Stupid enough to touch the squid-like creature she finds scaling sewer walls near the dig site, excavator Lin (Charlotte Ritchie, a dead-ringer for Class star Sophie Hopkins) gets what she deserves: a parasitic squatter using her body as a vehicle to end the human race.The not-quite next-generation Dalek—which first appears in all its “junkyard chic” glory 42 minutes into an hour-long episode—reunites with its greatest foe, the Doctor.Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor uses her voice for good (via BBC)The famous (i.e. exhausted) villain first appeared in 1963 Doctor Who serial “The Daleks.”Inspired by IRL Nazis, the fictional characters are violent, merciless, and pitiless cyborg aliens, hell bent on conformity to their will, the conquest of the universe, and extermination of “inferior races”—particularly Time Lords.Droning voices and silly aesthetics aside, Daleks are (for some reason) the show’s most popular adversary, returning to battle every incarnation of the Doctor (bar Paul McGann’s TV-movie Eighth Doctor).If nothing else, the return of the evil pepperpots allowed Whittaker to really shine: Facing a 55-year-old enemy brought out her wit, cunning, compassion, and a level of gravitas missing from most of this series.“I was reminded of the 2005 highlight Dalek from writer Robert Shearman,” The Guardian‘s Dan Martin wrote of this one-off brute. “The way that episode hammered home the danger and menace and unadulterated hatred within a single Dalek made Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, just as this did for Jodie Whittaker.”And probably will for all future iterations of the time-and-space-traveling Gallifreyan.“No matter how many times you try, no matter how long you wait,” the Doctor warns, “I’ll always be in your way, backed up by the best of humanity.”(Are we calling Ryan’s dad “the best of humanity” now?)Say goodbye to the TARDIS until “early 2020” (via BBC)I hope Chibnall’s New Year’s resolution is to shine a light on the criminally underused Mandip Gill—a rising star whose Yaz has, so far, served mostly as the Doctor’s PA.It’s not enough to cast the first female Doctor and a diverse set of companions. Fingers crossed PC Khan gets more lines—and more storylines—next time.As Doctor Who season 11 came to a close this month, the BBC announced that series 12 will follow in “early 2020.” The whole gang is set to return, including Chibnall, Whittaker, and companions Mandip Gill (Yaz), Tosin Cole (Ryan), and Bradley Walsh (Graham).In the meantime, satisfy your cravings with three Thirteenth Doctor novels, as well as Titan’s Thirteenth Doctor #1 comic, written by Jody Houser with art by Rachael Stott and Enrica Eren Angiolini.Missed Doctor Who episode 10? Check out our recap of season finale “The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos.”Doctor Who glossary (for all your British-to-American English needs):Zed: The letter “Z” Stay on targetlast_img

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