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Doctor Who New Years Special Recap – Eve of the Daleks | TV

Doctor Who has a history of hiring comic actors against the guy in straight roles? Think of Frank Skinner, Catherine Tate, even Nicholas Parsons back in the day, but on Eve of the Daleks, you couldn’t help but feel like guest stars Aisling Bea and Adjani Salmon had been cast to play Sarah and Nick as hyped versions of themselves. themselves. In fact, at times (while trying to gather the means to escape the garbage around the ELF storage) Bea must have felt like she was back at Taskmaster.

Dan (John Bishop) himself described the situation as Groundhog Day. But since there was only an hour of television for Chris Chibnall to play, the device of shortening the time loop each time and the characters having free rein on each loop until they died, the end result was more of a Russian doll. than the classic Bill Murray.

Stalked by a Dalek in the shadows … the Doctor. Photograph: James Pardon / BBC Studios

Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor, in the first of three 2022 specials that will see her retire from the role, continued in the more dominating form we saw during the recent Flux series, full of plans and direction. He also had to deal with the Daleks who eventually learned how to combat the sonic screwdriver.

As an episode it was good enough, but it was neither the creepy, claustrophobic, being stalked by Daleks extravagance that it could have been, nor a complete comedy. It fell unsatisfactorily somewhere in between, despite the immense chaotic energy that Bea brought into the process.

Aisling Bea brought a great deal of chaotic energy to the role of Sarah.
Aisling Bea brought a great deal of chaotic energy to the role of Sarah. Photograph: BBC

In the end, I suppose that the message that a “good-hearted freak” can still catch the girl at the end of a Dalek-infused death romantic comedy is as fitting for the beginning of 2022 as we’re likely to get.

Summarize it in one sentence?

Tardis’ team and her friends face the escape room challenge to escape the Daleks, who keep exterminating them in a decreasing cycle of time.

Life aboard the Tardis

Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, whose true feelings for the Doctor are revealed.
Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, whose true feelings for the Doctor are revealed. Photograph: James Pardon / BBC

Yaz (Mandip Gill) has fallen in love with the Doctor! We have not been imagining it. If the Doctor is going to reciprocate, it was left up in the air after Dan’s act “My partner loves you.” It seems like Di’s aloof attitude has marked him at the end of Flux and he doesn’t want anyone else to miss out on love.

There was also a lovely interaction between Yaz and Dan, reflecting that they spent several years stranded together in the early 1900s without the Doctor during Flux. The continued references to rivalries between Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield might baffle an international audience, but when Yaz said he shouldn’t insult his partner, because that was her work, you might feel an evolved relationship.

Fear factor

There were some complaints on social media before the show, not the Daleks again! That is the third time Whittaker has faced them in a New Years special, but again, is Doctor who. He’s always going to have the Daleks, whose menacing sink-plunger first appeared on December 21, 1963.

Barbara, played by Jacqueline Hill, recoils from the first television appearance of a Dalek.
Barbara, played by Jacqueline Hill, recoils from the first television appearance of a Dalek. Photograph: BBC

The Daleks weren’t particularly threatening here though, certainly nothing like the creepiness we’ve seen in other recent New Years specials, though they managed to exterminate the Doctor more times in an hour than they had in the previous 58 years.

Mysteries and questions

Doctor Who holiday specials tend to be rare with no continuity or lots of continuity leading to a regeneration. Despite Whittaker’s impending departure, Chibnall opted for the former. We only received brief mentions that Flux was the reason Tardis needed a reboot, and the events of Flux were the motivation for Dalek’s animosity towards the Doctor this time around. The main mystery, to be honest, was what Sarah actually saw in Nick at the end.

Adjani Salmon as Nick in the room where he keeps the things his ex-girlfriends left behind.
Adjani Salmon as Nick in the room where he keeps the things his ex-girlfriends left behind. Photograph: BBC

Deeper in the vortex

  • Was it the longest open in the show’s history? Sleep No More and The Woman Who Fell to Earth skipped the opening credits entirely, but I did so 9 minutes and 17 seconds before the Second Akinola theme and melody arrangement crashed.

  • It was Nancy Wilson’s 1963 recording of What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? that opened the show, coming from the same year that Doctor Who first aired.

  • At one point, the Dalek said “I’m not Nick.” Much was. Nicholas Briggs has been providing the voices for Dalek since 2005.

  • Doctor Who was the seventh most-streamed show on iPlayer in the UK in 2021, behind Line of Duty, the Olympics, Pretty Little Liars, Euro2020, Silent Witness and Waterloo Road, which has not aired since March 2015. The BBC tells Doctor Who was viewed 41.8 million times. That figure isn’t just for the current series – all episodes since 2005 are currently available – but it does suggest the important place the BBC still sees Doctor Who having on its drama roster.

It's probably not the last time we see these deadly pepper shakers.
It’s probably not the last time we see these deadly pepper shakers. Photograph: James Pardon / BBC Studios

Next time

The Sea Devils are back! Looking hilariously true to its original 1970s look! We are also going to meet the 19th century Chinese pirate, Ching Shih. That airs in the spring, and then we’ll get to the end of the Whittaker era in the fall. After that, judging from what you told The Guardian last week, we’ll have a whole year to wait until Russell T Davies’ second run on the show begins in November 2023. Have a great new year and see you. I see here. again for Legend of the Sea Devils.

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