The collection 12 finale of Physician Who again in March ended on a cliffhanger, with Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Physician imprisoned and her loyal companions (or “fam”) again on Earth with out her. Luckily, we do not have for much longer to attend to search out out what occurs. The BBC dropped the official trailer for the upcoming vacation particular, Revolution of the Daleks, slated to air on New Yr’s Day.
(Spoilers for S12 under.)
As I famous in my evaluation earlier this 12 months, collection 12 felt like basic Physician Who, to the delight of longtime followers upset by Whittaker’s first outing. (I believed that first outing was stable and confirmed plenty of promise.) Within the episode “Fugitive of the Judoon,” the Physician encountered the intergalactic police force-for-hire, the Judoon (launched within the collection three episode “Smith and Jones”). The Judoon had been supposedly searching a person who lived in Gloucester along with his spouse, Ruth (Jo Martin). However their true goal turned out to be Ruth, who recovered misplaced reminiscences and declared herself to be the Physician, together with her personal buried blue police field TARDIS. But neither Physician had any recollection of the opposite.
Within the penultimate episode of collection 12, “Ascension of the Cybermen,” the Physician and her “fam” traveled to the far future and humanity’s final outpost. They found a portal resulting in the now-ruined planet Gallifrey, out of which popped the Grasp. Within the finale, the Grasp revealed the reality about a narrative the Physician and the Grasp had been instructed as little Time Tots a couple of “Timeless Baby” (briefly talked about in final season’s “The Ghost Monument”), who was the supply of the Time Lords’ capacity to regenerate. It ought to be painfully apparent that this Timeless Baby was the Physician herself. Physician Ruth was a previous incarnation she simply could not bear in mind, due to previous reminiscence wipes. And that revelation is unquestionably going to have loads of repercussions going ahead.
Anyway, with the assistance of a Lone Cyberman, the Grasp transformed all of the useless Time Lords on Gallifrey into “CyberMasters,” and whereas the Physician and her allies thwarted his unique plan, he escaped with the CyberMasters. The companions safely made it again to Earth in one other TARDIS (with the outward look of a home), however because the Physician was making her method again to her personal TARDIS, she was arrested by the Judoon and brought to a jail someplace in deep area.
Ending on such a cliffhanger was a daring transfer, however showrunner Chris Chibnall promised again in March that the Physician’s present predicament can be addressed within the upcoming vacation particular, chock-full of Daleks, exterminations, and “thrills, laughter, and tears.” Chibnall intentionally prevented bringing in basic Physician Who villains in his first outing as showrunner, though the Physician and her “fam” defeated a Reconnaissance Dalek that had managed to rebuild itself after a protracted hibernation within the 2019 vacation particular, Decision.
Chibnall has mentioned this newest vacation particular shall be each a standalone episode and a sequel to Decision. “In a way, that Dalek offers start to this subsequent iteration,” he instructed Radio Instances.
Within the trailer, we see Jo Patterson (Harriet Walters)—who seems to be the British Prime Minister—introducing two Daleks as “protection drones” in entrance of 10 Downing Avenue earlier than peering inside one of many shells together with the villainous Jack Robertson (Chris Noth) and his sidekick Leo (Nathan Stewart-Jarrett). We’re additionally getting extra Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman)—we final noticed him in “Fugitive of the Judoon,” by which he delivered a cryptic message to the Physician through her companions to “Beware the Lone Cyberman.”
Per the official description:
Viewers final noticed the Thirteenth Physician on the finish of season 12, the place her destiny was left hanging within the steadiness as she was locked away in a high-security alien jail with no hope of escape. Within the upcoming New Yr’s Day particular, Yaz, Ryan, and Graham are far-off on Earth and having to hold on with their lives with out her. Nonetheless, they quickly uncover a disturbing plan forming. A plan which includes a Dalek. How will you combat a Dalek with out the Physician? Even with Captain Jack’s assist, the gang are set to face one in all their greatest and most scary challenges but.
Alas, it has been confirmed that Revolution of the Daleks will mark the ultimate look of two of the Physician’s trio of companions over the past two collection: Bradley Walsh’s Graham and Tosin Cole’s Ryan. “The fam as a 4 is not any extra,” Whittaker mentioned at a latest press convention, announcing herself “completely devastated” on the forged shakeup. Chibnall was understandably loath to supply many particulars, significantly on the query of whether or not the characters may return to the collection in some unspecified time in the future sooner or later. However he did say we might count on an emotional exit.
“We have all been in tears watching it,” Chibnall mentioned. “It is a actually essential a part of the combo of the particular, plenty of thrills, plenty of humor, plenty of Daleks, and plenty of feelings. We do not draw back from what it means for this household to have its ultimate moments collectively. I hope it seems like a superb send-off for these two characters.”
Physician Who: Revolution of the Daleks will air on New Yr’s Day, January 1, 2021, at 8pm EST on BBC America.
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