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Doctor Who: Resolution - blu-ray

Exterminate! Exterminate!  Exterminaaaaaaate!  Guess who is back?!?!?!

The Eleventh Season of the rebooted Doctor Who has had its fair share of criticisms, beginning with the fact that the beloved Doctor has regenerated into a female.  Truthfully, actress  Jodie Whittaker is damn good in the role as the thirteenth doctor.  By the end of the series, she is definitely making the role hers and, with Resolution, the New Year’s Day special, she finally faces a classic Doctor Who villain.

What's not to like?!

"a solid Doctor Who story.  It is both exciting and emotional and, while it doesn’t leave us with a lot of questions about the future of The Doctor, we get a very satisfying narrative that pleases both old and young fans "


Obviously, the lack of familiar villains has been a bone of contention for longtime fans.  This was compounded, of course, by all the new and newer still aliens being introduced.  Nothing was all that familiar as Whittaker took over.  The lack of identifiable Doctor Who villains throughout the new season was one major complaint when Chris Chibnall, as head writer and executive producer, took over and decided to take Team T.A.R.D.I.S. to some different locales.

If you ask me, Doctor Who needed the break from the norm.

Season Eleven had plenty of standout moments and episodes.  The fresh view of the ancient time travelling alien was often unexpected and lean.  I asked many a disgruntled fan to relax with their nastiness concerning this season and its dare to be bold vision of the Doctor Who universe.  I trust that Chibnall knows what he is doing . . . even if we have to wait until 2020 to see what happens next with Whittaker’s take on the role AND her newest travelling companions: Bradley Walsh as Graham O'Brien, Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, and Mandip Gill as (the often underused) Yasmin Khan.  Have faith in the process. 

For many, Resolution was the episode – regardless of it not being an official part of Season Eleven – they needed and, yes, it absolutely delivered an emotional story.

Directed by Wayne Yip and written by Chibnall, Resolution will be the only NEW Doctor Who we will get this year.  And, so, as if to let the fans know that he is listening, the episode features a classic Doctor Who villain as a Dalek attempts a scout mission on the back of a human host to call in an invasion of earth.  Crossing through multiple time periods, the story is a big one and definitely hits all the sweet spots in Doctor Who’s history with the Daleks.

The episode begins in the 9th Century as one Dalek is being separated from its “base” and split into three segmented parts.  This type of evil must never be reunited.  We know the Daleks.  We know their bloodthirst.  We also know of their desire to wipe out Earth.

Fast forward to the modern day and, thanks to the discovery of two archeologists, we have the Dalek exhumed and ready to find his missing bits in order to call in the reserves and get that attack underway.  Which is how The Doctor and her companions are summoned.   Doctor Who: Resolution - blu-ray

But a funny thing happens along the way when Ryan’s real father, Daniel Adegboyega as Aaron, shows up.  Suddenly, Ryan’s relationship with Graham intensifies and becomes more emotional than it has been, even if their story has had to most attention this season.  With Yas and The Doctor hot on the trail of the Dalek, these two men have yet another chance to bond and solidify their father/son relationship. 

Resolution is a solid Doctor Who story.  It is both exciting and emotional and, while it doesn’t leave us with a lot of questions about the future of The Doctor, we get a very satisfying narrative that pleases both old and young fans of the show.  There are some great moments in the special episode that are punctuated by Whittaker’s charm and with in the Doctor Who role.

The Daleks are back! And in Resolution they are more violent than ever.  The special is now available on blu-ray thanks to the BBC.

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Doctor Who: Resolution - blu-ray

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Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor: BBC
Available on Blu-ray
- February 19, 2019
Screen Formats: 1.78:1
Subtitles
: English SDH
Audio:
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Discs: Blu-ray Disc; single disc
Region Encoding: Locked to Region A

The 1.78:1 1080p/AVC-encoded video presentation seriously flexes its muscles on this blu-ray presentation.  Colors are crisp and bold and blacks never falter.  The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track doesn't disappoint either.  While it never looks cinematic, the presentation on this set is remarkably solid.  Now having said that, there are some spots where the bit rate drops and when this happens, attentive viewers may notice that things don't look quite as sharp.  This isn't a constant, but there are scenes where this happens and the picture quality does drop a bit.  By and large, however, the good outweighs the bad and the transfer is solid.

Supplements:

Commentary:

  • None

Special Features:

With about 30-minutes of supplemental material, the purchase of this awesome episode is definitely worth it. 

  • Series 11 Recap
  • Behind the Scenes
  • A Dalek Re-formed,
  • Closer Look

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