“This is the DNA of the most dangerous creature in the universe”

“Does it have a name?”

Series 11 drew to a close this evening and what an episode it was. However, it left fans still wanting more and luckily we received just that being rewarded with a teaser of the Doctor Who New Year’s Special ‘Resolution’ written by Chris Chibnell. The trailer has sparked fierce debate online with many asking one question, similar to that of Grahams (and probably with the same face of intrigue mixed with confusion on their faces) ‘who or what is it?’. We have a number of clues and can interpret from the Doctor’s words who the firesome and deadly foe could be on New Year’s Day.

Firstly, we can rule out a brand new and original villain with no roots in the show, being ‘the most dangerous creature in the universe’ it will, of course, have been pre-established in the previous series. I am overjoyed about this as we will finally see Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor face a familiar foe who will have battled with those who have gone before her.

So who could it be? Who knows eh? Who knows? Not me, not anyone but we can have fun guessing. Deadly and dangerous creatures are in the Doctor’s wheelhouse, even from his/hers first outings. Many (me included) suggest the Daleks will take centre stage for the New Year’s special. The Doctor has always detested the Daleks and has never shied away from the danger they present. They have been a constant and destructive force that has driven through the show ever since 1963. Arguably they have been the biggest cause of harm to the Doctor and were so dangerous even the Timelords could not defeat them. This theory has great validity but there are other options to consider.

Although unlikely, the Master/Missy could be the ‘most dangerous creature’ in the universe. Although dead, we are always told how the body of a Timelord when in the wrong hands can be deadly and when combined with other world technology it can be unstoppable. However, it is also possible, although unlikely, that it may be another Timelord. Ever since Rassilon’s exile in Series 9 I have always wondered what happened to him. The Doctor blames Rassilon for the atrocities of the Time War and so the words she uses could describe Rassilon. Also, Rassilon now has more reason than ever to hate the Doctor and crave revenge.

Another question to consider is where did the DNA come from, how did they get it? Timelord DNA would be easier to come by for the Doctor but perhaps the Doctor will travel back to a pre-established event in her timeline to obtain some Dalek DNA? There are many possibilities but I reckon the plot will take place on Earth so the DNA will have to be sourced from there. When in time however? that’s a whole other question.

The most likely villain has to be the Daleks. Towards the end of the Doctor’s and Missy’s relationship they bonded and Missy improved for the better so the wording the Doctor uses is unlikely to link to Missy. I believe the Rassilon theory could have some validity but I doubt they would bring him back for just one episode (although apart from series 9 the last time we saw Rassilon was ‘The End of Time Part Two’ which aired on New Year’s Day 2010 so it is perhaps possible that is how the DNA could be obtained). The most likely villain though is obviously the Daleks. They are famous for their ability to make children and adults alike hide behind the sofa whilst they battle the Doctor and cause destruction and death wherever they go. They are dangerous and it has been a while since the Doctor has properly battled with them so that could explain Whittaker’s reluctance to say the name in the teaser.

The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) - (C) BBC/ BBC Studios - Photographer: Henrik Knudson
The Doctor (JODIE WHITTAKER) – (C) BBC/ BBC Studios – Photographer: Henrik Knudson

Doctor Who Will Return…

Doctor Who returns to BBC One on New Year’s Day. Broadcast time to be confirmed. The Doctor Who New Year’s Special stars Jodie Whittaker (The Doctor), Mandip Gill (Yasmin Khan), Bradley Walsh (Graham O’Brien) and Tosin Cole (Ryan Sinclair).

As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth’s history. As the Doctor, Ryan, Graham and Yaz return home, will they be able to overcome the threat to planet Earth?


  1. Question: the most dangerous creature in the universe?

    Answer: Chris Chibnall, he’s managed to kill Doctor Who

  2. You sir have won the Internet for today!

    Could not agree more, Chibnall is an awful writer and showrunner for Dr Who and Series 11 has been awful. Toby Whithouse should have got the job but wasn’t even interviewed!

    • Thanks Al, as a Doctor Who fan since it began I’ve experienced it’s highs and lows but even in the dark days of the late 80’s when it was the unloved child of the BBC and had a reluctant showrunner with a shoestring budget it managed to be “Doctor Who”. Now it’s got a massive budget and a former “fan boy” showrunner who can only manage to produce a 10 episode series in which the best stories are of a quality that would pass as a mediocre episode in a previous season as the Doctor Who “Fam” go forth ensuring fair play in the Universe……………. Give me strength.

      • “Now it’s got a massive budget and a former “fan boy” showrunner”

        Yeah not like good old Russell T Davies or Steven Moffat! It’s had a massive budget and a fan boy at the helm ever since it came back!

      • In the future just like the ‘war doctor’ this incarnation the ‘poor doctor’ will be an unspoken of period.


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