In November 2018, it was announced that, for the first time since 2005, there would be no Doctor Who Christmas Special. According to the producers of the show, they had simply ‘run out of ideas’. However, this didn’t mean fans would have to wait till 2020 for a new series, as the special was moved to New Years Day.
The special, titled Resolution, brought The Doctor, Yaz, Ryan and Graham to present day Sheffield, where they met two archaeologists who had encountered a familiar threat.
Jodie Whittaker shines as The Doctor and continues to do so here. From the moment she made her first appearance in Episode 1 of Series 11, ‘The Woman Who Fell To Earth’, she has brought fun and excitement along with her throughout the series, and she clearly has no intentions of stopping anytime soon.
Unfortunately one of her companions Yaz, played by Mandip Gill, is, once again, pushed aside in favour of Ryan (Tosin Cole) and Ryan’s step-father Graham’s (Bradley Walsh) story. While Ryan’s story is interesting, as fans see his biological father try to reconnect with his son, it would’ve been nice to have seen Yaz in the limelight more.
In Resolution, the threat in question is a single Dalek. The Daleks are a race that Doctor Who fans are extremely familiar with, and their appearance have become a staple of the show. Because of this, it can be argued that the Daleks have lost that ‘scare factor’: fans have become comfortable with their shell-like appearance and manic mannerisms. This episode changes that by showing the real creature within the casing: a horrific squid-like monster that takes control of one of the archaeologists. And it’s terrifying!
The lone Dalek steals the limelight the moment it arrives on-screen, and is intimidating and scary. This is the Daleks like you’ve never seen them before, making this a unique story within the world of Doctor Who. Unfortunately, this did mean the conclusion was a little dull, as the creature rebuilds its metallic habitat and fans are brought back into familiar territory. But I hope this storyline encourages the writers to think outside-the-box more when writing future episodes.
Directed by: Wayne Yip
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill