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