The Doctor, Captain Jack, and the Daleks are back in the brand-new trailer for the upcoming Doctor Who festive special, ‘Revolution of the Daleks‘! Read on to find out BlogtorWho‘s initial thoughts and analysis…
After what has felt like a very long eight months, we’ve finally got our first proper look at the upcoming Doctor Who festive special, ‘Revolution of the Daleks‘. Until now, we’ve only seen brief glimpses of what’s in store for the Doctor and her companions as they face off against the Daleks once again.
Last month, fans got their first look at ‘Revolution of the Daleks‘ as part of BBC America’s Doctor Who Spotlight panel at this year’s virtual New York Comic Con, where two pictures from the episode were exclusively revealed. One featured a still-incarcerated Doctor, who appears to have been imprisoned for a very long time following her capture by the Judoon at the end of ‘The Timeless Children’. The other saw Graham, Ryan, and Yaz, still stuck on Earth and attempting to adjust to life without the Doctor:
Following this, this week’s fifty-seventh anniversary celebrations saw the announcement that John Barrowman would be returning for a second time this series as Captain Jack Harkness after his surprise appearance in ‘Fugitive of the Judoon‘.
Barrowman has said of his return to Doctor Who:
“Putting on Jack’s coat and setting foot back on the set of Doctor Who was just like going back home. It’s always thrilling to play Captain Jack. He’s a character very close to my heart who changed my life, and to know the fans love him as much as I do makes his return even sweeter. I hope everyone enjoys Jack’s heroic adventure with Thirteen.”
Now, the long-awaited arrival of a full-length trailer for ‘Revolution of the Daleks‘ has provided us with a much closer look at what we can expect from the episode. If you haven’t watched the trailer yet, we strong recommend that you do before reading BlogtorWho‘s initial reaction and analysis below:
The Doctor’s Still in Lockdown
This new trailer for ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ sees the Doctor still stuck in a maximum security prison, having been captured by the Judoon at the very end of ‘The Timeless Children’ following her narrow escape in ‘Fugitive of the Judoon’.
The trailer’s opening shots see the Doctor being apparently moved from her tally mark-decorated room to a more open-plan arrangement of cells, inhabited by a multitude of other alien life-forms.
Nevertheless, it’s clear that the hope that she’ll soon be reunited with her friends is keeping her going, as the trailer’s closing moments see the Doctor remind herself to “stay strong, people are waiting for you.”
One blink-and-you-miss-it moment in this trailer hints that she will in fact be reunited with her friends by the end of this story, as the TARDIS interior walls can be seen behind Yaz as she shouts, “Now, Jack!”
Meanwhile, on Earth…
With the Doctor still imprisoned, we find Yaz, Graham, and Ryan earth-bound, having been sent home in the final scenes of ‘The Timeless Children’. It’s clear that they haven’t settled back into their normal lives, however, as Graham points out that ‘the Doc would really want us to keep an eye on the planet, right?’ Now, they’re using the TARDIS which brought them back to Earth to keep track of any potential sinister goings-on.
What’s more, it seems that Yaz might be having second thoughts about her involvement in defending the planet, as Graham asks her, “Are you with us?” Elsewhere, we see Yaz under attack by a terrifying Dalek mutant. We wonder if she’ll end up being possessed by it as Lin was back in ‘Resolution’?
Captain Jack is Back!
However, it looks like the ‘fam’ won’t have to take on the Daleks on their own, as Captain Jack Harkness arrives to lend a helping hand. Even from the brief glimpses we’ve seen in this trailer, it’s clear that he’s very much the same as he’s always been. ‘I’m Captain Jack Harkness, and I’m immortal!’, he quips to whoever has (assumedly) just tried to kill him.
We also see Captain Jack fighting off against an enemy with a laser gun, as well as imparting some words of wisdoms to the Doctor’s current companions:
“Not many people in the universe get to meet the Doctor, let alone travel with her. Being with the Doctor, you don’t get to choose when it stops, whether you leave her, or she leaves you.”
Those words certainly ring true of Jack’s relationship with the Doctor, and hint that it might be the end of that for one (or more) of her ‘fam’…
The Daleks Are Back – With A Brand-New Look!
It’s not only old friends of the Doctor that are returning, as ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ will of course see her go up against her most formidable enemies once again. The Daleks are back with a brand-new design, which fans have already gotten a first look at as it takes centre stage on the cover of upcoming issues of Radio Times and SFX Magazine:
— Radio Times (@RadioTimes) November 27, 2020
— SFX magazine (@SFXmagazine) November 27, 2020
Thanks to today’s trailer, we’ve now got a first look at these newly re-modelled Daleks in action. Far from the more scaled-back Dalek threat the current TARDIS team dealt with back in 2019’s New Years Day special ‘Resolution’, these Daleks seem to be waging a full-scale war on humankind, as their ships loom in the night sky, and people are running in the streets from Dalek fire.
More New (and Some Familiar) Faces
As well as featuring already-announced guest star John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, this trailer also reveals some more surprising (and familiar) faces who’ll appearing in ‘Revolution of the Daleks’.
First up is Dame Harriet Walter DBE, whose acting career spans almost fifty years, making her a very prestigious addition to the Doctor Who cast. Most recently, Walter starred as Dasha in the latest season of the BBC’s Killing Eve. She is also well-known for her role as Natalie Chandler in ITV’s Law and Order: UK, in which she starred alongside several actors from across the Doctor Who universe, including Bradley Walsh, Freema Agyeman, and Peter Davison.
Although her character is as yet unnamed, this trailer shows her to be the current Prime Minister, as she showcases her new ‘defence drones’ outside Number 10 Downing Street.
Joining Walter is a surprise returning guest star in the form of Chris Noth, who reprises his role as narcissistic American businessman Jack Robertson, who the Doctor previously encountered in Series 11’s ‘Arachnids in the UK‘.
After his plans to expand his chain of luxury hotels were scuppered, it seems he’s moved on to bigger and better things. He’s clearly working with the Prime Minister, and has great faith in her new ‘defence drones’, as he exclaims, ‘These machines are going to change the world!’
Joining Noth and Walter amongst ‘Revolution of the Daleks’ guest cast is Nathan Stewart-Jarrett. Many fans will recognise Stewart-Jarrett for his leading role as Curtis Donovan in E4 sci-fi comedy Misfits, as well as for his role as Ian in Channel 4’s Utopia. More recently, he’s starred in Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat‘s adaptation of Dracula, and BBC One’s The Trial of Christine Keeler.
Although we know Stewart-Jarrett‘s character is named Leo Rugazzi, there’s little other information about his character to be gleaned from this trailer. He appears to also be working alongside Robertson and the Prime Minister, perhaps as some kind of scientist, as we see him open up what is presumably the outer casing of a Dalek. We’ll have to wait until New Year’s Day to see exactly how Leo becomes involved in the story events…
‘Revolution of the Daleks‘ will air on BBC One on New Year’s Day 2021.
Yaz, Ryan and Graham are far away on Earth and having to carry on with their lives without her. However they soon discover a disturbing plan forming. A plan which involves a Dalek. How can you fight a Dalek without the Doctor? Even with Captain Jack’s help, the gang are set to face one of their biggest and most frightening challenges yet…