So far, the changes have produced positive results. The eleventh season of Doctor Who received a significant bump in the ratings, and this latest iteration of the series and the character was met with critical praise. So, with all the changes underway, it’s no surprise that the series would make another big change to its successful formula by moving the usual Christmas Special to New Year’s Day, with an episode aptly titled ‘Resolution.’ The change not only adds to the feeling that the latest season really is new from the top down, but it also gives audiences (and TV writers) a welcome change from the usual holiday routine.
But with all the changes afoot, it appears ‘Resolution’ will be centered on a very old Doctor Who villain: the Daleks. That’s not too much of a surprise, given that every season of the series the aliens who look like a kitchen appliance gone bad stop in to make life miserable for the Doctor, and to screech, “Exterminate!” until the viewer is compelled to hit the mute button. Check out the ominous teaser for the Doctor Who New Year’s Day Special and a brief synopsis of the episode below:
“As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?”
The teaser certainly lives up to its designation, as at a whopping 25 seconds it only has enough time for Whittaker’s Doctor to say, “This is the DNA of the most dangerous creature in the universe,” before the title card shows up and a Dalek begins spouting its kind’s iconic and rather grim saying. There’s not a whole lot to go on with the synopsis either, but by now most fans know that when the Daleks show up, Doctor Who usually means business. Those fans will just have to wait a little while longer before they find out how Whittaker’s Doctor stacks up against this familiar foe.
The Doctor Who New Year’s Day Special airs Tuesday, January 1, 2019 @8pm on BBC America.