Doctor Who New Years Special Recap – Eve of the Daleks | Television
Doctor Who’s used to pitching comedic actors versus guy in straight roles – think Frank Skinner, Catherine Tate, even Nicholas Parsons back then – but in Eve of the Daleks you couldn’t help but feel like Aisling Bea is the star. and Adjani Salmon had been chosen to play Sarah and Nick as overdone versions of themselves. Indeed, at times (while trying to piece together means to escape the trash lying around in ELF storage), Bea must have felt like she’s back on Taskmaster.
Dan (John Bishop) himself described the situation as Groundhog Day. But given that there was only an hour of television for Chris Chibnall to play, the device consisting of shortening the time loop each time and the characters having complete free reign in each loop until they died, the end result was more of a Russian doll. than Bill Murray’s classic.
Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor, in the first of three 2022 specials that will see her step down from the role, continued the most imposing form we’ve seen in the recent Flux series, full of plans and direction. She also had to deal with the Daleks finally learning how to fight the Sonic Screwdriver.
As an episode, it was good enough, but it was neither the creepy, claustrophobic, stalked Daleks extravagance that it might have been, nor a full-fledged comedy. He fell unsatisfactorily somewhere in the middle, despite the immense chaotic energy Bea brought to the proceedings.
Ultimately, I guess the message that a ‘big-hearted nutcase’ can still get the girl to pass at the end of a Dalek-infused death romantic comedy is as apt to debut in 2022 as we are likely. to receive it.
Summarize it in one sentence?
Tardis’ team and his friends face an escape challenge to escape the Daleks who continue to exterminate them in an increasingly shorter time loop.
Life on board the Tardis
Yaz (Mandip Gill) has fallen in love with the Doctor! We don’t just imagine it. Whether the doctor would reciprocate remained unanswered after Dan’s “Buddy Loves You” act. Looks like he was marked by Di’s aloof attitude at the end of Flux, and he doesn’t want anyone else to miss the love.
There was also a lovely interaction between Yaz and Dan, reflecting that they spent several years together in the early part of the 20th century without the Doctor during Flux. The continued references to rivalries between Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield might be confusing to international audiences, but when Yaz said there was to be no criticism of his mate, because it was her work, you might feel an evolved relationship.
There were grunts on social media before the show – not the Daleks yet! This is the third time Whittaker has faced them in a New Year’s special, but then again he is Doctor Who. There will always be Daleks, whose menacing sink diver first appeared on December 21, 1963.
The Daleks weren’t particularly threatening here, however – certainly nothing to do with the goosebumps we’ve seen in other recent New Year’s specials – although they may have exterminated the Doctor more than once in an hour. than they have done in the previous 58 years.
Mysteries and questions
Doctor Who festive specials tend to be either one-offs with no continuity or extremely heavy continuity leading to regeneration. Despite Whittaker’s imminent departure, Chibnall went with the former. We’ve only had brief mentions that Flux was the reason the Tardis needed a reset, and the events of Flux were the motivation for the 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.
Deeper into the vortex
Was this the longest cold open in the history of the series? Sleep No More and The Woman Who Fell to Earth both skipped the opening credits completely, but I did it 9 minutes and 17 seconds before the Segun Akinola theme arrangement crashed.
It was Nancy Wilson’s recording of What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve in 1963? which opened the program – coming in the same year that Doctor Who first aired.
At one point the Dalek said “I’m not Nick”. It really was. Nicholas Briggs has provided Dalek voices 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 says Doctor Who has been broadcast 41.8 million times. This figure isn’t just for the current series – every episode since 2005 is currently available – but it suggests the prominent place the BBC still sees in Doctor Who in its drama programming.
The next time
The Sea Devils are back! Hilariously looking true to their original 1970s looks! We will also meet the 19th century Chinese pirate Ching Shih. This will air in the spring, and then we’ll have the end of the Whittaker era in the fall. After that, judging by what he 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. Happy New Year, and I’ll see you here again for Legend of the Sea Devils.