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Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks review: New Year special is a fun return for iconic monster as cast are given time to shine

The Doctor and the Daleks are back (Picture: BBC Studios)

Warning: Spoilers for Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks ahead.

Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks brings back the Doctor’s most deadly enemies for a fun standalone, with Aisling Bea being a standout guest star.

It’s Chris Chibnall’s final festive special, with the showrunner completing his final instalment in style.

The idea is simple – the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) accidentally cause a time loop, resulting in unwitting humans Sarah (Aisling Bea) and Nick (Adjani Salmon) living the minutes leading up to midnight on New Year’s Eve over and over again.

But an Executioner Dalek is using the time loop to come after the Doctor, with our heroes having a minute less each time to try and defeat it.

After the intricacies of Doctor Who: Flux (and all the problems that came along with that), having a simple standalone episode is very welcome, especially as it gives the time to focus on the relationships between the characters, mainly that between Yaz and the Doctor.

Aisling and Adjani stunned in their guest roles, with the Irish comedian being a particular standout and bringing some much needed comedy to the episode.

As with many other Doctor Who monsters, the Daleks are often scariest when they’ve evolved, and it’s clear that they’ve been learning after so long chasing the Doctor.

While the threat of extermination of course dwindled this episode, the time loop still brought us a sense of danger.

The gang face up to the Daleks in the new episode (Picture: BBC Studios/James Pardon)
Jodie’s time as the Doctor is nearing its end (Picture: BBC Studios/Sally Mais)

While, in the grand scheme of things, the episode may end up being a little forgettable, it was the tensions between Yaz and the Doctor that gave the episode a spark, with things clearly left unfinished between them.

Jodie and Mandip have stunned throughout the series, with fans itching to see something a bit more than platonic between their characters – and it seems like their dreams are actually coming true.

The pair played it perfectly, leaving us to wonder what exactly is going to happen in the next couple of specials (if we have anything resembling a Doomsday moment, we’re going to have to flip a few tables).

Overall, Eve of the Daleks comes through as a fun and suspenseful standalone.

While the plot is kept simple, it gives the main cast time to shine on one of their final episodes together.

Eve of the Daleks is available to watch on catch-up on BBC iPlayer.


Credit: Original article published here.

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