Cast: Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill, Tosin Cole, Charlotte Ritchie, Nikesh Patel, and Daniel Adegboyega
Writer: Chris Chibnall
Producers: Chris Chibnall, Matt Strevens, and Nikki Wilson
Composer: Segun Akinola
Director: Jamie Childs
Doctor Who was created by Sydney Newman, and follows the adventures of the time-traveling alien known as the Doctor, along with their companions, as they explore and help the universe.
On New Year’s Day in the city of Sheffield, something ancient is found in the sewers, something that the Doctor is all too familiar with. As this creature seeks to reassemble itself and take control of Earth, and with no help on the horizon, the Doctor and her friends must put a stop to the being at any means necessary. The first question is, however: what is its name?
I’ll start off by saying that, with full confidence, this is Chris Chibnall’s best-written episode of Doctor Who, and not in a “that’s not saying much” sort of way. While being without a Christmas special does sting to some degree, Resolution fully has me believing in the idea of New Year’s Day specials moving forward, and that definitely wasn’t an easy task. I’ll get into spoilers in just a bit, but in all honesty, I can’t think of anything I didn’t like about this special at all.
I may sound like a broken record when saying this, but I think this special is Jodie Whittaker at her absolute best, and gave me everything I’ve wanted to see her say and do for a long time that I haven’t seen already. If you want to introduce someone who hasn’t watched the show in a while to the Thirteenth Doctor, this special is the perfect re-entry point aside from the Series 11 premier. I’ll discuss more about her in the spoiler section, but overall, Jodie has this role completely mastered.
The companions and side characters were outstanding as well, with Ryan getting the spotlight this time around. His character development and arc throughout this special is something that’s been building since the first episode, and to see it finally pay off creates a fantastic book-end to the start of the new era. However, I will have to say that once again, it feels like Yaz is drawing the short straw. I’m still of the belief that the show has successfully managed to balance all four main characters equally and satisfyingly, but even so, it rarely feels like we get to focus on Yaz much, aside for when the plot calls for it. I’m genuinely hoping that in Series 12 we get more focus on her and her family because the drama and tension there is still far too unresolved.
SPOILERS FOR RESOLUTION
And of course, I can’t carry on without talking about the thing we’ve all been waiting to see for a while:
Yes, the Daleks have finally made their comeback within the new era of Doctor Who, and quite frankly, I think it’s one of the best Dalek stories of the modern era. Like they’ve done with the Doctor, making her more grounded and shrouded in mystery, they’ve made only one Dalek the threat, with the lore kept in mystery. And it does wonders, since the Dalek in this episode is absolutely formidable and terrifying, something I’ve missed from them for a long time. The scene where the Doctor meets the Dalek in its casing for the first time gave me chills and made me smile like a buffoon, especially when it realized that she was the Doctor. It was fantastic for long-time fans to see, as well as a great introduction for new fans alike, and I can’t wait to see how they’ll be used in the future.
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Overall, Resolution was not only one of the better specials in recent memory for Doctor Who, but a fantastic epilogue to an incredibly fun, yet flawed series. Everything that was unsatisfying about The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos, this special made up for in flying colors. To me, it’s the true finale to Series 11, and it makes the wait for Series 12 next year feel unbearable. One can only hope we get Christmas special in 51 weeks, but regardless, I’m incredibly excited for the future of this amazing show, and I hope Chibnall carries on from the stride of this special.