The Eve of the Daleks is over! But what did fans online think of it?

It’s finally New Year’s Day, and the time looping Eve of the Daleks has been broken. It was an episode generally well received online, with Big Finish writer Roy Gill (@roy_gill) and fans MrTardis (@TrilbeeReviews) and Edward (@smalledd) summing it up.

Blogtor Who ourselves rate a mention for pointing out one of the episode’s prime in-jokes with Dalek voice actor Nicholas Briggs declaring “I AM NOT NICK!”


A number of viewers, like Andrew Batchelor (@andybfaedundee) singled out Ireland’s Aisling Bea as Sarah as one of the best things in Eve of the Daleks.


But social media response to today’s Doctor Who special was dominated by two things. The first threatened to melt the Whovian corner of the internet entirely. It’s THASMIN CONFIRMED!

Ivy Hanover (@ProtagonistIvy) posted a video showing just how much the unfolding of the Doctor and Yaz’s relationship means to her. She and Hannah (@hannahkimmins) were just two of many, many fans delighted, relieved, and surprised that subtext had finally become text.

Others, including Sophie Iles (@sophilestweets) Steven Alexander (@stealexanderuk) and Serena (@spacethirteen) , pointed out Dan’s role in finally giving the couple the prod in the right direction that they needed.

One in-joke caught by Nicholas (@NicholasDurham) among others that added to the sense of the circle of this era slowly closing was the cameo by clueless, cowardly Karl from The Woman Who Fell to Earth. The man the Doctor has to set out to save for her very first adventure is on hand to witness the fireworks for one of her last.


The other big reaction tonight was to the very final seconds of the episode, as we caught a glimpse of the familiar creatures in this Spring’s special… Legend of the Sea Devils. There were many erudite, thoughtful comments about the return of the classic Doctor Who villains.Β  But Blogtor thinks Pip (@pipmadeley) sums it all up with a rare sophistication and wit.

And no, Neil Norman (@FubsyShabaroon) you’re far from the only one…


The Sea Devils return for Legend of the Sea Devils - (C) BBC Studios - Photographer: James Pardon
The Sea Devils return for Legend of the Sea Devils – (C) BBC Studios – Photographer: James Pardon

Doctor Who returns this Spring with Legend of the Sea Devils

Legend of the Sea Devils finds the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) in 19th century China, where a small coastal village is under threat – from both the fearsome pirate queen Madame Ching (Crystal Yu) and a monstrous alien force which she unwittingly unleashes. Will the Doctor, Yaz and Dan emerge from this swashbuckling battle with the Sea Devils to save the planet?




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