Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks (2021)

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Revolution of the Daleks
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Despite fun moments and some welcome reunions, Revolution of the Daleks doesn't have the emotional weight to pull off its social commentary and two goodbyes.

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Critic Ratings: 12

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Air date: Jan 1, 2021

With the fate of the Doctor seemingly hanging in the balance following the climactic ending to Series 12, Doctor Who will next return in the upcoming festive season for a special episode entitled Revolution of the Daleks.

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With the fate of the Doctor seemingly hanging in the balance following the climactic ending to Series 12, Doctor Who will next return in the upcoming festive season for a special episode entitled Revolution of the Daleks.

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All Critics (12) | Top Critics (2)

As a New Year's special... a disappointment. And as a farewell to Ryan and Graham, it's a bizarrely unfocused affair-one that's just about saved by some lovely work from Tosin Cole, Bradley Walsh, and the rest of the cast.

Jan 5, 2021 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Jodie Whittaker is a fine Doctor, growing nicely into her persona, administering a judicious mixture of eccentricity, scientific brilliance and, crucially, tenderness towards her human companions.

Jan 4, 2021 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Revolution of the Daleks isn't going to go on many lists of favourite Doctor Who episodes - it fails to delve into its one big idea... But it has a lot going for it - it's a fast-paced, crowd-pleasing Dalek shoot-'em-up.

Jan 11, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Between flashes of fun, wit and feeling, Chibnall's semi-festive special is a little piecemeal and under-baked. Respectable, but hardly revolutionary.

Jan 6, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

True there definitely is a sense of deja vu about the conceit and especially the solution, but it all bubbles along nicely before building to a suitably explosive finale.

Jan 4, 2021 | Full Review…

At this point, I genuinely don't know if Chibnall knows what he wants to do with the show he's been running for three years.

Jan 4, 2021 | Full Review…

Overall, "Revolution of the Daleks" is a solid special. The cast offers great performances and there's enough nostalgia there for the audience to really sink their teeth into.

Jan 4, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The special is as much a goodbye to Ryan and Graham as anything else. Yet, it attempts emotional beats that never quite feel earned -- and are revealed as hollow by the episode's other big surprise.

Jan 4, 2021 | Full Review…

What stops this episode from being merely serviceable is Whittaker. To play the Doctor convincingly, you have to combine stoic wisdom with bouncing enthusiasm... Whittaker nails it, giving even the stodgiest of lines spark and verve.

Jan 4, 2021 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It is an enjoyable way to reunite with one of the greatest TARDIS teams in the show's history until we can see them again, but it's a strange experience watching this special struggle with what it wants to be and not succeeding entirely at any of it.

Jan 4, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Captain Jack was a highlight, though there were so slow moments and some really embarrassingly on-the-nose parodies of politicians. I guess a middling score it is then!

Jan 4, 2021 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Imagery of Daleks as police, using tear gas and water cannons against protestors, is potent and striking - but it's an excuse for some action scenes, never anything deeper.

Jan 3, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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