In just one more day, fans of Doctor Who will be treated to a very Dalek New Year. On New Years Day, the BBC will release the coveted Doctor Who New Year special. Marking the end of both Chris Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker’s tenure on the series this season, the special, titled the Eve of the Daleks will find the Doctor once again ringing in the New Year battling Skaro’s deadliest. To ramp up excitement for the upcoming special, BBC released a very lengthy trailer teasing at the insanity that will surely ensue.
The 8-minute long trailer released by the BBC features Whittaker as Doctor Who alongside Mandip Gill and John Bishop who return as companions Yaz and Dan. The special will welcome to the TARDIS a lineup of special guest stars including Aisling Bea (This Way Up), Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black), and Pauline McLynn (Holding). Bea’s character, Sarah, owns and runs ELF Storage. When Nick (Salmon) takes a trip to his storage unit on New Year’s Eve as he does every year, he’s in for the surprise of his life when he finds his unit overrun by Daleks. To make matters worse, the duo, alongside the Doctor and her companions, finds themselves stuck in a deadly time loop. Cleverly playing into the pitch with the first line of the traditional News Years Eve song, Auld Lang Syne, the trailer may seem a bit long, but it’s actually set on a time loop to further convey the mood of the upcoming special. You can see the trailer below.
Eve of the Daleks will mark an end of an era as it plays to the tradition of the science fiction series that has awed fans since 1963. Along with the regular series, special Christmas episodes have become custom to the series since its 2005 revival. Initially broadcast on Christmas day, the first special, named The Christmas Invasion debuted the tenth and possibly most beloved Doctor played by David Tennant. Considered by many to be the best Christmas special, it paved the way for more Holiday fare on Doctor Who.
Beginning with the Thirteenth Doctor, the traditional Doctor Who Christmas special episode was moved to the following New Years Day timeslot. And this time around, Eve of the Daleks is being considered by many to be the ending of a trilogy for outgoing executive producer Chris Chibnall. Both Chibnall and Jodie Whittaker will return the keys to the TARDIS to former showrunner Russel T Davis, who revived the show originally in 2005. As fans are delighted for Davis to once again take the reins, it’s still unclear who will hold the next beloved mantle as the Doctor.
Following suit with previous holiday specials, the fan-favorite Daleks will be front and center once again in the upcoming special. First appearing in 1963, the Daleks were the first proper aliens to fight the Doctor. The extraterrestrial race of mutants is violent and merciless as they demand total conformity to their will. Easily the most popular protagonist in the long list of villains the Doctor has taken on over the centuries, the diabolical race of trash can-looking aliens will send the good doctor away surely with a blast. The BBC will air the special tomorrow, New Year’s Day.