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Doctor Who: Resolution Blu-ray Review

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“Doctor Who: Resolution” is the best episode of the 13th Doctor era so far.

900 years ago on Earth, a Dalek was defeated. Its remains were split into three and spread across three different corners of the Earth. On New Year’s Day 2019, two archaeologists Lin and Mitch find a piece of the Dalek which happens to summon the other 2 Dalek pieces thereby reforming the Dalek (in squid like form). The Dalek then latches onto Lin and controls her body and mind to do its bidding. Of course, only The Doctor and her companions Ryan, Yasmin, and Graham can put a stop to this Dalek’s plan. That’s not the only significant plot in this New Year’s Day special, however, as Ryan’s father Aaron comes into the picture. As you can imagine, Aaron, Ryan and Graham have a lot to work out.

When it comes to the eleventh series of “Doctor Who,” I dug what new showrunner Chris Chibnall brought to the table. I love Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor and thought she was a breath of fresh air to the franchise. The companions (Ryan, Yaz, and Graham) also shined and had a lot of depth. There was one thing that was missing in this new series though and that was familiar faces and foes. I found myself missing that element of the series as they are an important part of the mythology. Luckily, “Resolution,” the 2019 New Year’s Day Special, delivered the goods by having the Doctor face off against a Dalek (a particularly nasty one at that).

The hour-long “Resolution” is the episode fans have been waiting for. It has everything you could possibly want. There’s intense action (especially in the end), there’s a refreshingly different Dalek story, there’s a nice dose of characterization with the Aaron story arc, there’s memorable new faces (Lin should be a companion!), and you can tell Jodie Whittaker is absolutely relishing the fact that she is going up against a Dalek at long last. Basically, if you’re a Whovian like myself, this is as good as it gets in my humble opinion.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2:1 1080p. How does it look? The episode looks as cinematic as can be. A stunning transfer through and through.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This track will put the speakers to work. It does not disappoint.

Extras:
* Ads for other BBC titles
* “Series 11 Look Back”- An 11 minute rundown of season 11 with show clips, interviews with the cast and crew, and behind-the-scenes footage.
* “Making Of Resolution”- A 12 ½ minute making of featurette on the special.
* “The Monster”- The Dalek foe gets the spotlight in this 7 minute extra.
* “Closer Look”- A 6 minute look at the dramatic cafe sequence.

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March 6, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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