Doctor Who’s Showrunner On The Holiday Special And Gives An Update On The New Season

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Doctor Who will be kicking into high gear in 2021 with the New Year’s Special, “Revolution of the Daleks”.

So what, exactly, is going on in the latest holiday special? According to EW, Chris Chibnall has teased a fair bit about the festive special.

“The Doctor is in prison serving an all-of-lives sentence from the Judoon. Meanwhile, back on earth, her friends — Graham, Yaz, and Ryan — are missing her. They’ve been there ten months, there’s no sign, they feel like they’ve been ditched by the Doctor. They don’t know what’s happened to her and they spot a sighting of a Dalek on earth and investigate. And complications ensue!”

The special will also be the final episode of Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole as Graham and Ryan in the series. On the exit, Chibnall said, “I think it’s quite a rollercoaster of lots of different feelings. Because it’s a festive special, you want it to be full of everything. So, there’s a lot of action, there’s humor, there are character moments. You’ll be emotionally wrung out by the end, I think, and hopefully feeling like you’ve had a good time, and you’ve seen a few Daleks.”

With that in mind, what would the newest season of Doctor Who look like?

“We’ve got lots of new characters, new monsters, some old ones coming back. We’re only a few weeks in. It’s very different, but we obviously have to work in a very different way, under COVID protocols. So, it’s not without its challenges, but every series of Doctor Who has had its challenges. At the moment, everybody’s smiling.” Chibnall said.

Doctor Who will premiere “Revolution of the Daleks” on New Year’s Day.

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