Written by Ollie C.
This review contains mild spoilers for 'Resolution'
Finally, Chibnall. After a few weeks of thought, away from Doctor Who Series 11, I came to the judgement that the series wholly was a bit of a disappointment, with some truly amazing moments along with some equally bad ones. So thank you Chibnall. THANK YOU. Can we just forget 'The Battle of Ranskoor Av Kolos' ever happened? (An episode which has since gone from a 4.75/5 rating to a 2).
This is what we wanted, and finally, Chibnall, Jodie, Mandip, Tosin, Bradley and Nicholas Briggs give us what we've been waiting for. The Daleks (or should we say Dalek) are back in action, with an interesting story-line to boot- although this was something that wasn't particularly picked up on later, but we will discuss that afterwards. The new Rusty the Dalek (no, not that one) is a threatening, manipulative assassin that loves to kill- exactly what a Dalek should be, only that hasn't been the case for the past half a decade. The Daleks finally feel like the deadly, murderous machines they were meant to be, again, after a period of being mere metal bins that were laughed at and pushed about. Now they mean business.
This episode gets the balance perfectly, giving us two storylines to follow, with Ryan's Dad also appearing in the mix (with some superb acting on Tosin Cole's part). And with Chibnall's drama experience, you can tell why he did this. He knew what we were really wanting to see, so he dragged it out, giving us our first look at the makeshift Dalek 42 minutes into the 1 hour long special. One of my favourite moments was how the Dalek mutant that had escaped from the excavation site was on the wall and later took host of Lynn, giving the actress some incredible scenes (that car chase!).
I was a bit worried that, much like the rest of Series 11, this episode would go for more style over substance, but that isn't the case. With the two story-lines converging at the episode's climax, it really gives us some fantastic scenes. The car chase sequence, the explosions, the army (in a sad replacement for UNIT- which was so obviously because they couldn't get Jemma Redgrave (Kate Stewart) in time to reprise her role) were all fantastic and were arguably my favourite points of the episode, giving the lone Dalek time to flex it's mechanical muscles (that's a weird image) and prove its capability.
Jodie's portrayl of the Doctor in this episode is perhaps my favourite yet. After weeks of contemplation, I was beginning to dislike her interpretation of the character more and more, feeling that she was a mere watered down mix of Tennant and Smith. This time she steps up to the plate and stands her ground against her most formidable foe- give or take a weird line or too, but I'll let that slide.
In terms of the visual aesthetics of this Dalek, it surely cannot be the final design, being made (much like Thirteen's sonic screwdriver) in a junkyard out of scrap metal and bits a pieces- can you believe the things you find in these places. I was sort of hoping to see the 'Dalek fleet' that Rusty kept proclaiming about but I presume that could something we see at a later date. The concept for the Dalek being held in three separate locations across the globe was an exciting one (with an absolutely thrilling opening sequence that immediately reminded me of a Russell T Davies special), however what ever happened to the other two locations?
Shout-out to Call Centre Polly and the bemused family who lost their Wi-Fi, both of these scenes made me laugh out loud (the first time all series) so thank you to those two!
Overall, this visually stunning, almost perfectly executed episode is a Dalek story to (almost) rival the likes of 2005's 'Dalek', giving us some of the best action scenes in the whole series. I want to thank the whole team behind Doctor Who for finally giving us a special to remember, one that was worth the wait and defied expectations. Although the resolution of the episode (pun intended) was a little weak, just throwing the mutant into a dying sun, it allowed for some truly amazing sequences. In terms of where next, Series 12 needs to find the balance between looking good, and actually being good. There is still a bit of style of substance here. Jodie should take the time now to consolidate what she wants her Doctor to be, and just give Yaz something to do for crying out loud!
Thank you very much for reading our review of 'Doctor Who: Resolution (of the Daleks)' and I hope you all have a fantastic New Years, expect some exciting new content to come your way soon! Best wishes for 2019 from A Space Oddity to everyone and everything in the Universe!
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