Doctor Who: Resolution (2019 New Year's Special) (2019)



Critic Consensus: With a fresh take on familiar villains and a renewed sense of stakes, Resolution is a strong series special that surprises in both story and spectacle.


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As the New Year begins, a terrifying evil is stirring from across the centuries of Earth's history. Will the Doctor (Jodie Whittaker), Ryan (Tosin Cole), Graham (Bradley Walsh) and Yaz (Mandip Gill) be able to overcome this threat to Planet Earth?

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What this episode, titled Resolution, proved is that Doctor Who is a series that needs, in part, to embrace its 55-year history.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This special is worthy. [Full Review in Spanish]

Mar 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Resolution plays around with Dalek tropes to make a fresh and exciting story, it's only slightly let down by a less than stellar ending.

Jan 26, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

the aptly-titled "Resolution" represents the kind of well-paced, high stakes television we've been looking for in showrunner Chris Chibnall's ambitious yet shaky first season.

Jan 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Resolution suffers from the same problems as Chibnall's other recent episodes - there's the structure of a good story, but many niggling problems mean it could be much better.

Jan 7, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

What we got was a story that felt like that familiar Who again.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Whittaker's Doctor rises from her habitual state of goofy wonder to world-protector battle mode, that attitude of nervous confidence the Daleks always bring out in her.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

With that action-packed, emotionally driven finale, "Resolution" successfully kicks off the New Year while leaving us wanting more of this Doctor Who - confident, fun, and finally on solid footing after a shaky 11th season.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Doctor Who can tell so many kinds of stories, from the straight-up monster-laden action to heady tales of morality, but it is arguably at its best, as it was here, when it naturally manages to mix the both of them.

Jan 2, 2019 | Full Review…

Whatever threats the future may bring, the Doctor and her friends will be there to fight back - and if their future adventures are as much fun as "Resolution," I can't wait.

Jan 2, 2019 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

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