Eve Of The Daleks makes me ask: Is this the first new Doctor Who episode from Chris Chibnall which will actually make sense? In the end… no, he was just trying to tick as many diversity boxes as possible before Russell T Davies returns to ruin it some more.
I don’t know why it’s such a big deal that The Scooby Doo gang turn up somewhere on New Year’s Eve, because The Doctor could do that at any time and year. In fact, if I had a chance to see in the New Year somewhere, it’d be far into the future, not now. And with most people staying home this year, I expect very few would be out and about in town, especially if they have to show a COVID passport to get into somewhere, because while the sensible people are okay with that, the bedwetters don’t like it.
Okay… well, it’s safe to say that the opening to this episode was the best modern Doctor Who EVER!
Sadly, after that, it’s clear it’s just a rip-off the short story by Richard A Lupoff, which led to the 1991 short film 12:01 PM (below) – starring Kurtwood Smith, which inspired Groundhog Day. But then most Chibnall episodes – aside from the risible Flux shite – just rip-off films and TV shows from times gone by.
Along the way, the Daleks find it’s easy to bump off humans, but takes forever to blast through a bit of corrugated iron.
However, they’re clearly not too bright, because they’re confused by lights switching off? Surely, they’ve developed night-vision?
Given the repetitive nature, this is easily the lowest-budget Christmas/New Year Doctor Who episode EVER!
And it’s taken three years for Yaz to be finally be told what everyone’s known all this time – She’s in love with the gender-changing non-binary Doctor! And since Yaz is a woman of colour, Chris Chibnall has gone WOKE TO INFINITY!
About the only memorable thing was the Supermarket Sweep reference! There was clearly more expense spent on writing that than there was on the CGI for destroying the building.
See below, a tweet from a Doctor Who Fan Twitter account, with pics of Aisling Bea with the New Year’s Day cast.
— Doctor Who Fan ✨ (@FanofDoctorwho2) December 5, 2021
Doctor Who returns at Easter 2022 in Legend Of The Sea Devils.
The episode is now on the BBC iPlayer.
Director: Annetta Laufer
Producer: Sheena Bucktowonsing
Writer: Chris Chibnall
Music: Olga FitzRoy
The Doctor: Jodie Whittaker
Yasmin Khan: Mandip Gill
Dan Lewis: John Bishop
Sarah: Aisling Bea
Nick: Adjani Salmon
Mary: Pauline McLynn
Voice of the Daleks: Nicholas Briggs
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