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January 1st, 2019 103 comments

What Did You Think of Resolution?

Now that the New years Day Special has aired what did you think? Was it everything you had hoped for or not what you expected.

As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring, from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?


  • Sandra

    January 2nd, 2019 - 2:12am



    January 2nd, 2019 - 1:25am

    Thought it was pretty meh overall
    Good build up, nice to see/hear a Dalek, but I thought the redesign just looked so out of proportion and a tad shoddy
    Bit like previous episode though, bit too much build up, rushed resolution, wasn’t convinced there was real threat
    Death by oven? Wow.
    I found the Aaron scenes to be ‘fillers’ would much rather have more Dalek action, and generally some of the dialogue was off

    So an ok episode, but just sums up my general feelings about this meh series in my view

    Side note – Happy New Year to all!

  • Doctor Stu

    January 1st, 2019 - 11:52pm

    Same as all series really, good plot, ideas and tense moments just let down by poor acting. Have the same plot and swap out current cast for the acting quality during the RTD era and you’ve got a worthy New Years special. I’m just dreading seeing the launch figures for series 12. I was really hoping the Dalek holding them hostage to go to the Dalek fleet would be a cliffhanger that would lead us into series 12 where we’d get the proper Daleks back. But nope, the power of love and air corridors killed a squid

  • Exterminator

    January 1st, 2019 - 11:38pm

    That was the best episode so far which isn’t hard given most of series 11 was just terrible in my opinion. I’ve gotten used to Jodie but the stories/monsters/companions haven’t been anywhere near good enough.

    I loved the steampunk junkyard Dakek and it’s great to see people actually being killed again. It’s the deaths that make it not so much of a kids show like the Sarah Jane Adventures, talking of Sarah Jane, was that Lyn character living in Sarah Janes house?

    Also, the way the Dalek mutant was controlling Lyn and then Aaron was great and very menacing.

    They had the perfect opportunity to kill off Ryan at the end there, oh well. You can’t have everything. Lol

  • the ergon

    January 1st, 2019 - 11:20pm

    We could do this on a loop.Its the same doctor. Unfortunately not yours but thats by choice. And the first doctor said exactly the same to Doctors 5 and 12.

  • Derek Angell

    January 1st, 2019 - 10:35pm

    Well farewell low IQ,hysterically screaming cannon fodder and hello Dalek once again.It was not perfect but Chibnall is at least trying to drag those wonderful villans out of the joke shop. I am not sure Gatwick users would appreciate the ‘we have located the drone’ gag but I did laugh.Also nice parallel between Dalek building it‘s casing and Jodie building her Sonic.The Resolution aspect was more on the Ryan/Dad dynamic which did intrude a tad but I know many fans wanted that tied up.Much to my own surprise I have really enjoyed this season.Well Happy New Year folks and thanks for sharing all your thoughts positive and negative both have generally been educational and honest.

  • The Master

    January 1st, 2019 - 10:24pm

    That was fun I like that a lot ! Would have loved it if a Dalek fleet turned up! I thought it was a good way to reintroduce the Daleks like that ! I don’t think it was bad at all let’s be positive!

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 9:50pm

    Oh by the way boo boo elements of this reminded me of Gareth Roberts’ I am a dalek novella

  • Beau D Dalrymple

    January 1st, 2019 - 9:49pm

    I enjoyed the season but I would like to see an alien that seemed dangerous, most of the aliens in this season felt weaker than the aliens in previous seasons. Even the darlek seemed to pose near to no threat to the doctor. I loved doctor who for the fact that most aliens used to be able to give the doctor a real challenge and it felt like at any episode a companion could die to the hands or tentacles of a foe. Over all I look forword to the upcoming season and I hope even after brexit doctor who will carry on bringing happiness to the homes of millions. Beau D

  • The Moffat Paradox

    January 1st, 2019 - 9:35pm

    Very easily the BEST episode if considered part of series 11 of the Whittaker/Chibnall tenure. He’s for my money wrote his BEST Who episode even if the criticisms I share of series 11 and some of the things they’ve said in interviews are sustained.

    While I’m not totally convinced the show is saved as third Anonymous says simply because of the Daleks being in it might nonetheless be considered a good holding operation for that reason and as R1ch1e says there was more genuine tension when the episode wasn’t doing soap opera like detours with the Graham,Ryan and Father subplot and we got a new perspective on the Dalek as a living creature.(Though we might ask why didn’t one try to do that to the fourth Doctor when he was in the incubation chamber back in “Genesis Of The Daleks”?)

    At an emotional level it felt much more satisfying like the Who we think we have come to expect since 2005 because the Daleks if they remain the Daleks are agenda proof and we got to see actual exterminations with and without the weaponry for the first time since “into The Dalek”.

    Think the criticism that it was ultimately defeated with microwave technology too easily isn’t without merit though there has to be some plot resolution device somehow and it might have been a good wetting of appetites (not to say filling more confidence for series 12) if Whittaker’s Doctor had been proven wrong about stopping the signal from GCHQ reaching the Dalek fleet.(allowing for question marks about how this fits in with the chronology of Dalek history and no recollection of events like the Battle Of Canary Wharf) and we saw Dalek Central Command picking up and discussing the signal at the episode’s end. 8/10

  • Mick C

    January 1st, 2019 - 9:31pm

    The Dalek built the cassing out of what was available on hand, it’s not a new Dalek design, we won’t see Daleks with Missiles in the future. It’s a one off Dalek.

  • DoctorFan

    January 1st, 2019 - 9:25pm

    As long as when the daleks come back, it is a brand new design, I think it will be as the dalek gun looked brand new and that was what was left of the original dalek, along with the eyestalk!

    Overall it was a good episode, my only problems where that Chibbers has basically got rid of UNIT and once again yaz was a background character, even graham had more to do and he got left at his house for half the episode!

  • Lorraine

    January 1st, 2019 - 9:16pm

    I have decided that I just don’t like Jodie as the Doctor and I just switch off when she speaks as she is beyond annoying and I also find her interviews extremely disrespectful to the old time fans. So bored with the BBC and these young politicised writers pushing their misguided agenda which is also infesting other Beep shows. This episode had the odd moment but by God it was so predictable no surprises here. IF the show comes back at all please can we get back on course with good scify and dramatic storylines and leave the preaching to documentaries. I am hoping a rethink is the reason for the year out. This episode could have been tightened up to give more but they are only aiming for a very young audience. Still like Bradley which has been the only constant during this series.

  • Pats86

    January 1st, 2019 - 9:09pm

    The Doctor is dead, a Doctor will return just not THE DOCTOR.

  • the ergon

    January 1st, 2019 - 9:06pm

    Brexit if at all isn,t until March 19th. This is set January 1st. did they close all operations early?

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 9:05pm

    Brilliant episode brilliant series

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:58pm

    I guess the units in all the over countries will now shut down.

  • the ergon

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:57pm

    The doctor isn,t Dead. The Doctor WILL return. Whether you like it or not.

  • Tyler Prescott

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:53pm

    I think people need reminding that the Dalek mutant made the shell in a smith’s workshop in Yorkshire, adding on a few weapons and metal plates that were over a thousand years old, while controlling a human puppet.

    It’s not supposed to look shiny and new.

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:50pm

    Simple, after Brexit there will be no funding for unit in Britain. Or anything for that matter!

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:45pm

    NSD Daleks ftw!! Not that sorry excuse of a “dalek” that looks more like a skimpy pepper pot.

    I’d much rather the Paradigm Daleks over this. The different shaped domes (“eggs”) looks childish and frankly messy.

    I couldn’t see the show getting any worse after Moffat. Alas, Chibnall.

    Jodie is a fine actor, but by God her Doctor character is a bit washed out. Definitely feel her channelling Tennant’s incarnation; a bit try-hard for me.

  • Prof Horner

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:44pm

    Loved unit brexit gag ! Great episode.

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:42pm

    Apparently the reason unit is gone is because of brexit, if this is true why was this added chibnall.

  • T.A

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:40pm

    Disappointing, like season 11. Only good thing was graham and Ryan, yaz, again felt unneeded, the side characters acting was average, but bad from the character of lynn, and Jodie was just bland and again felt like a cheap copy of Matt and David, her response to the dalek felt bland, unlike doctors before which showed emotion of fear to the daleks, it felt like you didn’t feel the thousands plus years of history between the doctor and the daleks. This shows chibnall can’t write new villains or old, just please don’t bring back the cybermen in 2020.

  • Haza14

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:37pm

    Well that was fantastic! A great way to reintroduce the Daleks! They felt a genuine threat for the first time since Stolen Earth/Journey’s End! It was a similar reintroduction to Dalek in 2005, showing the viewer what they can do, but the idea of using the mutant was inspired! I thought the body control stuff would be a bit naff, like the eye stalk people in previous Dalek episodes, but it was actually well done, and well acted. The plot with Ryan’s Dad was also well done, I cared for all the main characters involved, and New Year was nicely woven in. I There were some unrealistic leaps in plot, as there often is in Doctor Who, but this felt like Jodie’s best episode so far. If series 11 (which I thought overall was good!) lacked two things, it was a returning monster and villains that were a genuine threat. We had that here, and the fact we’d been deprived of it made it more impactful! Seems a shame we have to wait so long for series 12 now!

  • The Living Shadow

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:37pm

    A better finale than ‘Ranskoor’. Glad to see Ryan’s arc with his dad pay off, leading to some brilliant scenes. I really felt like there was great level of threat too, both because the Dalek was brutal and I really liked the characters introduced in this episode. I was genuinely happy that they all survived in the end!

    I kind of wish that we’d spent more time with the Dalek in it’s shell than on the woman’s back, however it was a unique and interesting way to bring back the Daleks and the Daleks have had a long history of controlling humans, so it didn’t feel like too much of a diversion from the Daleks’ abilities and desires. This was the kind of human-Dalek hybrid I wanted to see in ‘Evolution of the Daleks’!

    One last note: I’m glad to see that Chibnall remembered that the Daleks can rotate at the middle section of the shell, and that they’re amazing at hacking and calculating passwords, both features introduced in, and last seen in ‘Dalek’ and then forgotten about for some reason… It’s little things like this that give me a lot of enjoyment!

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:36pm

    Fantastic episode. Exactly the sort of Who I needed. Chibnall succeeds everywhere I felt Moffat failed with the Daleks, making them threatening again.
    The dalek design itself was referred to as “one-off” by Matt Strevens (Exec producer) so we aren’t likely to see it again. I thought it worked for what it was, given that it was made from spare parts (the “junkyard dalek” perhaps?) but wouldn’t work as a permanent “main” design.
    I disliked the cutaway to the family. Far too unrealistic, not funny and didn’t add anything. Nice to see UNIT get a mention, hopefully the Dalek attack on GCHQ will persuade the government to give them another chance!!

  • ColinB

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:34pm

    With unit disbanded I wonder who will clean up the mess and protect earth?

    The dalek was a nice design.

    The story was good


  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:30pm

    Not all good but kept me on the edge of my seat. Enjoyed the dry sense of humour !

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:30pm

    The Ergon, Possibly not. I never Watched Torchwood but it might still be around. Actually there is more Torchwoods than Captain Jack’s.