It hasn’t been a secret that I am not a fan of the new Doctor or showrunner (Jodie Whittaker and Chris Chibnall), after watching the New Year’s Special “Resolution” I have to ask if Chibnall has ever watched an episode or reviewed any of the show’s history. The Doctor that he has written and that Whittaker has (painfully) brought to life is unrecognizable from the previous 12 incarnations. There is typically a thread of each Doctor that builds upon the new one, that has stopped with the current one. In 2005, when Christopher Eccleston brought the Doctor back to life he did so carrying a sorrow from fighting in the Time War and you saw through David Tennant, Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi. Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor doesn’t carry that same sorrow but an anger that doesn’t feel that it comes from the same source.
Resolution brings back the Doctor’s mortal enemy; the Daleks, and in what had become the running theme of the season, Chibnall didn’t understand who they are and how the Doctor would react to them (once again leading to my earlier question if he has actually watched the show before taking over). During this episode we also see the apparent end to UNIT (thanks to Brexit?) and the Doctor takes time to chew out Ryan’s father for not being there for him after his mother died. Ok, let’s stop there. That is an emotion that prior Doctor’s wouldn’t have noticed because that’s not who the Doctor is, quite frankly the Doctor has never concerned him/herself with interpersonal relationships.
The best part of Resolution is that it marked the end of a very painful season marked by new lows in writing and acting each week. Season 12 is not scheduled to air until 2020, I can only hope that the BBC will take viewer feedback to heart and reconsider the showrunner and the Doctor (as of the time of writing this review, the average viewer review was 24% on Rotten Tomatoes Rotten Tomatoes S11 Review). The rumor is that they will both leave during a 2019 Christmas Special, we can only hope.
I give Resolution 1 out of 5 cushions.