The reconnaissance Dalek may have been the first one that arrived on Earth, 12 centuries ago. He got defeated once, a long time ago, he got back online this last special episode and he got defeated again, by the Doctor and her team. This time it died.
Doctor Who Magazine’s Paul Kirkley delivers his verdict on Resolution, the New Year’s Day Special:
Jodie Whittaker is on winning form throughout her festive debut, and her first encounter with her oldest enemy. When the Doctor realises exactly what it is she’s up against, her reaction is one of real, visceral terror, while the stand-off at the farm (“Me and a Dalek – it’s personal”) feels properly iconic. But she’s also gauche and goofy and charming and, thankfully, gets a day off from the slightly clumsy speechifying.
Director Wayne Yip takes Chris Chibnall’s most blockbuster script and runs with it, delivering a punchy, adrenaline-fuelled actioner worthy of any Hollywood franchise. Or maybe it would be more accurate to talk about Hollywood franchises being worthy of Doctor Who: if only bloated beasts like Justice League and Avengers: Infinity War were as nimble and light on their feet as this, or had the chutzpah to save the world armed with nothing more than a ready wit and a portable combination oven.
You can read the full review in Doctor Who Magazine issue 534, on sale Thursday 10 January.
Some other thing you should know about this issue.
Space: 1979 Dalekmania strikes again
You’ve got a friend: The Time Team meet Ben, Polly, Ace and Martha
Six Pack: the fans rising to cosplay’s greatest challenge
Heartbreak hotel: Inside the God complex
Speak of the Devil: Tom Baker reveals Scratchman and goes out of the TARDIS
The usual Christmas Special Episode was delayed a few days, on New Year’s eve, and the Doctor and her companions started to celebrate the first day of some new years in the row. without waiting the full year to pass in the regular way. That would have been rather difficult: the years were in different centuries.
This episode has a few good things and (at least) one bad. It’s in the same mediocre tone of the series 11. Good things:
- it has a Dalek. A new type of Dalek, to be more precise, a scout sent to gather information about the Earth many centuries ago. One that can use people as vehicles, to move from one place to another, and to rebuild the shell distroyed many centuries ago.
- there is action. The episode is pretty fluent, without many pauses.
- there is humor. An involuntar one, without any quality, but it’s there.
But, and that’s the bad part, some things in this episode are not realistic: the producers tried too much to offer an action-pack episode and they leaft behind some logical and normal parts, spoiling everything. A Dalek, for example, is cyborg, part machine part living organism inside a tank-like armoured shell. It is hard to believe that the organic part is still alive and intact after being cut into pieces several hundred or thousand years ago. It’s even harder to believe that it’s able to rebuild it’s shell in and ordinary workshop and some woman’s hard work. I an not mysogynist, but it didn’t have any tools capable to get the results. It’s hard to believe that Ryan’s dad (yes, he finally appears) was saved so easily from the Dalek.
Directed by Jamie Childs and Wayne Yip, written by Chris Chibnall.
Cast: Daniel Adegboyega (Aaron), Michael Ballard (Sergeant), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek – voice), Graham Burton (Cafe Owner), Connor Calland (Security Guard), Darryl Clark (Police Officer Will), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Sophie Duval (Mum), Laura Evelyn (Call Centre Polly), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Hugh Holman (Zak), James Lewis (Farmer Dinkle), Callum McDonald (Teen 1), Nikesh Patel (Mitch), Charlotte Ritchie (Lin), Harry Vallance (Teen 2), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).
The next series will be back only in 2020.
DWM issue 533 of Doctor Who Magazine includes a preview of the New Year’s Day episode, Resolution. Guest stars Charlotte Ritchie and Nikesh Patel, director Wayne Yip and writer Chris Chibnall feature in
this Doctor Who Magazine’s exclusive preview.
Also in this issue you can find an exclusive interview with Sharon D. Clarke, the actress who played Grace O’Brien in the 2018 series. Also Frazer Hines pulls some crackers from DWM’s TARDIS tin.
There is a tribute to the writer, story editor and producer Derrick Sherwin, the one who oversaw the series’ transition from black and white into colour.
A free double-sided poster, The Blogs of Doom, reviews, news, prize-winning competitions and more.
Doctor Who Magazine 533 is on sale for the price £5.99.
When one have Vincent Van Vogh in his TARDIS what do you think it’s going to happen? A selfie with the beautiful girl is mandatory.
Well, this episode has been much more interesting than the last 7. Why it had to happen this ”quality break” in order to get an almost boring series? In fact, the last episode of the season 11 is the continuation of the first one, and the interesting episodes where the first 2 and this last one. If you fast forward the rest of the episodes just to watch these ones you wouldn’t lose much. There were a few good ideas in this series, but they lost a lot during production.
But this is the problem of the producers – they either thought bad some things or they did them bad during the production of the 10 episodes of this series. In this latest episode (the next one will be on the New Years Eve) the Doctor gets 9 different calls for help that came from the same area on the same planete. She decided to help and she took her companions with her. They find the remains of a battle with a lot of casualties, a few space ships, at least one of them being able to fly (but she didn’t had someone to pilot it – the commander was amnezic and the crew was captive), a strange monolith and a strange object. The natives have some incredible powers, but they are being fooled – that was corrected until the final.
Solving the mystery was interesting, it didn’t put the action on hold (if that would have happened more often during the series it would have been great!) and I am pleased with that. The killer creature from the first episode, returned with a vengeance, was meant to close the series, a cycle that allows the continuation of the show on different bases (the next series was postponed to 2020, as I heard). The Doctor’s message in the final sequence of the episode only make this idea stronger.
Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Chris Chibnall.
Cast: Mark Addy (Paltraki), Percelle Ascott (Delph), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Jan Le (Umsang), Phyllis Logan (Andinio), Samuel Oatley (Tzim-Sha), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).
And the advantages of working with beautiful tall women that likes to bowl. 😏😀
It’s that time of the year when the gramother’s stories (the grandma number 5 in Doctor’s case) become reality, and the contact between the Universe we are in and another conscious Universe could become the subject of a very interesting subject.
But, nevertheless, the few very good ideas could not save the episode – it didn’t have the consistency to be very interesting. Not really. The almost empty house in the Norwegian fjord was a good start of the episode, the blind and scared girl (Hanne) and the howling from outside could continue the idea pretty good to make the Sunday night episode deserve to watch. But, eventually, it was all about a father trying to keep his daughter inside while he was gone. In another Universe, to be with the girl’s dead mother. I say it again, the ideas are interesting, but putting them into images could be better.
Ribbons, the alien obsessed with food from the anti-zone tunnels became shortly food for some creatures. Even when he should have been prepared to avoid that. The conscious Universe’s cohesion holds on while it’s not visited by too many people from other Universes, but after they left it’s not capable to keep the Doctor in.
Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Ed Hime and Joy Wilkinson.
Cast: Sharon D. Clarke (Grace), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Kevin Eldon (Ribbons), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Christian Rubeck (Erik), Lisa Stokke (Trine), Ellie Wallwork (Hanne), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).
The next episode, the last one of series 11, will have probably more action than this one, or the last episodes in general: answering nine separate distress calls, the Doctor and team arrive on the remnants of a brutal battlefield on the planet Ranskoor Av Kolos. This planet has many secrets. An amnesiac commander? Mysterious mists? Who or what do you think are the Ux? A deadly reckoning awaits the Doctor and team once they have the answers… and everything will probably end in smoke and ashes.
Arriving in 17th Century Lancashire, the TARDIS team become embroiled in a witch trial. The Christians could not spill the blood of other humans, so, in that times the accusers used to put the defendant through some deadly trials to prove their innocence.
If the defendant had died drowning he / she was considered innocent and his / her soul would get to heaven. If the defendant had survived that means the devil helped him / her and he / she was guilty to any of the charges were made and he / she was going to be hanged.
The episode is a little better that the previous ones: after the firsts unusual moments there was a mystery to be solved, some zombie lurking through the little village and an alien army captive under a hill for a very long time. When a woman cut down a tree because it was blocking her view she weakened the tech locks that keep the aliens inside, and some of them get out and they want to free the rest. An idea good enough to a clear conflict, especially because the presence of the king only made the tension grow up. Unfortunately that the Doctor solved the problem by pure luck, not by a clear plan (something to be recognized by everyone).
Directed by Sallie Aprahamian, written by Joy Wilkinson. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Alan Cumming (King James I), Siobhan Finneran (Becka Savage), Tilly Steele (Willa Twiston), Tricia Kelly (Old Mother Twiston), Arthur Kay (Smithy), Stavros Demetraki (Alfonso).
The next episode, It takes you away, brings the TARDIS team on the edge of a Norwegian fjord in the present day. The Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz discover a boarded-up cottage and a girl named Hanne in need of their help. Do you want to find out what has happened there? What monster lurks in the woods around the cottage – and beyond?
When the Doctor gets a message asking for help she accepts to do something about it and she takes her companions (Graham, Yaz and Ryan) to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer. An institution fully automated, run by a system using robots, but it’s forced to hire 10% of its employees human – the law says that and the human in the management enforce this even the activities could be automated too.
One man is not please with it, he wants more jobs for people and more money for them, and he kills people to get what he wants: to discredit the company and to make it hire more people to replace the robots considered inefficient. But the system reacts to this and it tries to stop him, including by calling for specialized help like the Doctor.
The episode could be better. There was mystery, there was surprise (the identity of the terrorist), there was tragedy (some innocent people dead), but the action was lazy. Again. And the characters of the plot (it was more like a plot than a detective story solving a mystery) ignore some elementary things when they had to get into places they shouldn’t have. The episode was more for kids than for fans of all ages (as other episodes of this series) searching more or less to get new fans for the show.
Directed by Jennifer Perrott, written by Pete McTighe.
Cast: Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Callum Dixon (Jarva Slade), Leo Flanagan (Charlie Duffy), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Matthew Gravelle (Kerblam (voice)), Julie Hesmondhalgh (Judy Maddox), Claudia Jessie (Kira Arlo), Lee Mack (Dan Cooper), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).
Next episode, The Witchfinders: arriving in 17th Century Lancashire, the TARDIS team become embroiled in a witch trial. With the arrival of King James I, the hunt for witches intensifies. However, could something more dangerous be at play? Can the Doctor, Graham, Yaz and Ryan keep the populous of Bilehurst Cragg safe from the forces surrounding the land?
In issue 532 of Doctor Who Magazine you can read an exclusive interview with Mandip Gill. You can also preview the final four episodes of Series 11, Ray Holman’s Team TARDIS cosplay tips, Wilf returns and Bernard Cribbins answers questions from our TARDIS tin and much more.
Doctor Who’s Christmas Special is now to be a New Years Day special.
The sixth episode of series 11 was better than the previous episode, it made me keeping me watching it until the end, but it seems it was missing something. It remained on the historical side of Doctor Who show putting the characters in the year 1947, the moment when the Indian state was divided because of religious motifs (and becoming the India we know today and Pakistan).
A moment that touched millions of lives, considering the big number of dead people and the huge number of refugees that had to move in other parts of the Earth to survive and live a normal life. Yaz’s grandma was one of the refugees, the first women that was married in Pakistan but she had to run away after her husband was killed in the wedding day. She kept a lot of things hidden about that period, about the monsters with human faces and about the assassins-aliens-made-witnesses with demonic face, but when one have access to a TARDIS and one has the Doctor among one’s friends why one wouldn’t made a trip back in time to meet one’s grandma in her wedding day?
For Yaz it hasn’t been an easy trip: any mistake could have changed her grandmother’s future enough to erase her granddaughter from existence. But it wasn’t easy for the Doctor either: the alien demons they’ve met were a part of ancient species of assassins. The destruction of their native planet transformed them into something else.
The episode would have been more interesting if it wasn’t so soft (if I could say it so). The first episodes of season 11 were full of action, but it was lost later. If it wasn’t the case, this episode could have had the chance to become one of the best one of the entire show.
Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Vinay Patel. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Leena Dhingra (Nani Umbreen), Amita Suman (Umbreen), Shane Zaza (Prem), Hamza Jeetooa (Manish), Shaheen Khan (Hasna), Shobna Gulati (Najia Khan), Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya Khan), Emma Fielding (voice of Kisar)), Nathalie Cuzner (performance of Kisar), Isobel Middleton (voice of Almak), Barbara Fadden (Performance of Almak).
The next episode, Kerblam!, is about a mysterious message arrives in a package addressed to the Doctor, leading her, Graham, Yaz and Ryan to investigate the warehouse moon orbiting Kandoka, and the home of the galaxy’s largest retailer.
This episode was rather funny than serious: the Doctor and her companions were in danger, but I couldn’t feel the tensions at all. The creature eating inorganic components of the ship was something between Crazy Frog and Gremlin, something rather hilarious than grizzly.
I would rather say that this episode was meant for children rather then the older fans. I almost lost interest watching it, I took a break twice while watching. Not even P’Ting’s appetite or the possibility of destroying remotely the ship Tsuranga (if it were contaminated) weren’t interesting enough to be very interested in finding out how it ends.
The only good thing in the episode are, I would say, the characters: each one of them found his / her place in action, bringing some sort of contribution in solving problems. Ok, ok, the pregnant guy that gave birth to a baby boy (guys give birth only to boys, women give birth only to girls, right?) was hilarious and sort of useless half of episode, but, at least, he took 3 other characters to a safe place, away of the little and dangerous monster.
We’ve got to the half of the series 11, maybe the rest of the episodes will be better then this one, directe by Jennifer Perrott and written by Chris Chibnall. Maybe we’ll meet Ryan’s father, he was talking a lot about him already. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Doc Brown (Durkas Cicero – as Ben Bailey-Smith), Lois Chimimba (Mabli), Brett Goldstein (Astos), Suzanne Packer (Eve Cicero), Jack Shalloo (Yoss), David Shields (Ronan).
Next expisode: India, 1947. The Doctor and her friends arrive in the Punjab, as the country is being torn apart. While Yaz attempts to discover her grandmother’s hidden history, the Doctor discovers demons haunting the land. Watch the episode 6 to find out who they are and what they want?
A new series of Torchwood was announced last week, it begins with God Among Us, in the latest audio adventure from Big Finish Productions.
Doctor’s team has returned home, in Sheffield, in the town she took away from only a half of hour after they left (from the perspective of the rest of the world, the universal time) and each of them returned to their homes and their regular problems (memories, families, jobs, and so on).
But one of the problems is common to all of them. All Yorkshire, actually, was affected by spiders: some of them were running away of danger, others multiplied a lot killing people. The episode from yesterday reminded me of The twilight zone, with 2 young men (teenagers) lost in a empty factory searching for their scientist father who wanted to produce an abundant source of food. They were grabbed by a huge arachnid who was stalking them in the dark, inside an elevator.
This time the source of the problem was a hotel built over an empty coal mine, and the mutant spiders appeared because of the neglect, the ego and dirty business (literally) Jack Robertson was conducting there. I think we’ll meet him again in this season, there are not many people that defied the Doctor and left unpunished.
The episode 4 of series 11 was meant for team TARDIS. It didn’t have a clear villain, only spiders that didn’t ask to become mutants, and the Doctor’s companions asked her to travel along in the Universe (something expected from them, not surprising at all). They will never return the same people as they left, some of them they could not return at all, but their presence in the TARDIS is necessary: the show could not exists without them.
Directed by Sallie Aprahamian, story written by Chris Chibnall. Cast: Jaleh Alp (Frankie Ellish), Sharon D. Clarke (Grace O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Tanya Fear (Dr. Jade McIntyre), Ravin J. Ganatra (Hakim Khan), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Shobna Gulati (Najia Khan), William Meredith (Kevin), Chris Noth (Robertson), Bhavnisha Parmar (Sonya Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor).
The next episode, The Tsuranga Conundrum: injured and stranded in the wilds of a far-flung galaxy, The Doctor, Yaz, Graham, and Ryan must band together with a group of strangers to survive against one of the universe’s most deadly – and unusual – creatures.
Yes, it was. The Rosa Parks’ story was something to watch. What do you think about the third episode of series 11?
Sometimes, to become witness of historical events and let the history unfold itself can be pretty hard. But not that hard as correcting the deviations (when the events are influenced by another temporal travel that wants the history changed) into a manner that makes the involved persons very familiar.
Initially, when the Doctor Who started in 1963, one of its purposes was to teach the young men watching the show history. The first two episodes of this new season where full with action, they wanted to introduce the new Doctor and her companions as direct the writers could, but the third episode returned to one of the firsts ideas of the show.
The episode takes place in Mongomery, Alabama, USA, in the year 1955, the Christian era, a time when the segregation of “negros” (colored men) was still law, with all the unpleasant effects that accompanied it. The seamstress Rosa Parks was involved in the fight of black men against segregation, and her arrent because a very stupid reason (she was seated on a place in a bus reserved for the white people) made people protests. That protests made, eventually, segregation to dissapear in the United States.
It’s a good episode, with clear rules and subject, withe Doctor’s companions helping equally in solving the current problem, because the discrimination still exists and it requires a continuous effort to eliminate. Also, the episode explains pretty good how the discrimination manifests and how you should react to it.
Directed by Mark Tonderai, written by Malorie Blackman and Chris Chibnall.
Cast: Bradley Walsh (Graham), Trevor White (James Blake), Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Josh Bowman (Krasko), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Morgan Deare (Arthur), David Dukas (Elias Griffin JR), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Mark Hugh-Williams (Bus Driver – as Mark Williams), Richard Lothian (Mr. Steele), Gareth Marks (Police Officer Mason), Aki Omoshaybi (Fred Gray), Jessica Preddy (Waitress), Vinette Robinson (Rosa Parks), David Rubin (Raymond Parks), Ray Sesay (Martin Luther King), Bradley Walsh (Graham), Trevor White (James Blake).
Next episode, Arachnids in the UK: The Doctor, Yaz, Graham and Ryan find their way back to Yorkshire only to find something is stirring amidst the eight-legged arachnid population of Sheffield.
The best good looking Doctor so far, from my point of view. A change was necessary, and the logic shouldn’t be entire human. The character is an alien with 2 hearts, right? He / she only looks human, for now anyway.
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This looks interesting, a bound between the Doctor and the woman in love with him I’ve never thought about before.
A race against time to win the Race of 12 galaxies, traveling through a dangerous territory on a planet with 3 suns to arrive to the Ghost monument (that looks a lot like a blue box phone), using only what they find on spot and avoiding everything that could kill them.
The previous episode let the Doctor and her companions floating, lost is space of unknown solar system. She was searching her TARDIS and, by mistake, took the 3 humans along. They are saved by the only 2 surviving pilots of a very long race, they land on Desolation, the final part of the route. The only reason the 4 travelers join the 2 pilots is the TARDIS without they would be stuck on the surface of Desonations, a place that would kill them in less than a day.
The episode was directed by Mark Tonderai, based on a story by Chris Chibnall, and it continues pretty good (in the same style) the first episode of the series. You won’t get (too) bored watching it.
Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Shaun Dooley (Epzo), Ian Gelder (Remnants – voice), Susan Lynch (Angstrom), Art Malik (Ilin).
The next episode: Montgomery, Alabama. 1955. The Doctor and her friends find themselves in the Deep South of America. As they encounter a seamstress by the name of Rosa Parks, they begin to wonder whether someone is attempting to change history.
So, a new Doctor, for the first time a woman – Jodie Whittaker, but (for now) away of TARDIS, a new group of human companions that are going along her in adventures through space and time, a new showrunner – Chris Chibnall.
The first of the season 11 is different from the previous episodes, it seems more to an action movie and has some special effects from that type of movies. And it’s not bad, the change is good (even when no all the fans can keep its pace). I did not have the time to watch the episode Sunday evening, that it has an advantage: I could see a lot of people complaining of different things (the female Doctor without a TARDIS, the episode is childish, it does not have a balance, and so on) because they were expecting something different. I can’t say they were all wrong (I would have done 2 or 3 things different), but, nevertheless, I can’t change your taste, but science-fiction as genre should surprise you, should come with new ideas and perspectives (that make it so charming).
That’s why I won’t write anything about the action of the episode, at least not this time, and let you watch it if you haven’t watched it already. You can find references from Predator and Terminator and you can consider them parodies.
Directed by Jamie Childs, written by Chris Chibnall. Cast: Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Philip Abiodun (Dean), Hazel Atherton (Sissy Roberts – Train Driver), Sharon D. Clarke (Grace O’Brien), Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair), Jonny Dixon (Karl), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Asif Khan (Ramesh Sundur), Asha Kingsley (Sonia), Stephen MacKenna (Dennis), Janine Mellor (Janey), Samuel Oatley (Tim Shaw), Amit Shah (Rahul), James Thackeray (Andy), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien).
DWM goes on set with Jodie Whittaker, the latest Doctor. You can read their exclusive interview and previews of her first two episodes.
You also have there the latest updates from showrunner Chris Chibnall, a huge prize-winning competition and much more.
The new issue will be out Thursday 20 September 2018.
This new issue contains some exclusive information: Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole write for DWM! Read the #DoctorWho diary they kept during their visit to San Diego Comic-Con in July.
Plus showrunner Chris Chibnall, and the writers and directors of Series 11!
DWM 529 is on sale Thursday 23 August 2018.
Warning: the video contains flash photography. But, either way, let’s watch the full Doctor Who panel from San Diego Comic-Con 2018.
Jodie Wittaker and her new companions were introduced to the persons at Comic-Con.