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January 1st, 2019 12 comments

Doctor Who Magazine Issue 534

Doctor Who Magazine’s Paul Kirkley delivers his verdict on Resolution, the New Year’s Day Special:

Jodie Whittaker is on winning form throughout her festive debut, and her first encounter with her oldest enemy. When the Doctor realises exactly what it is she’s up against, her reaction is one of real, visceral terror, while the stand-off at the farm (“Me and a Dalek – it’s personal”) feels properly iconic. But she’s also gauche and goofy and charming and, thankfully, gets a day off from the slightly clumsy speechifying.

Director Wayne Yip takes Chris Chibnall’s most blockbuster script and runs with it, delivering a punchy, adrenaline-fuelled actioner worthy of any Hollywood franchise. Or maybe it would be more accurate to talk about Hollywood franchises being worthy of Doctor Who: if only bloated beasts like Justice League and Avengers: Infinity War were as nimble and light on their feet as this, or had the chutzpah to save the world armed with nothing more than a ready wit and a portable combination oven.

Read the full review in Doctor Who Magazine issue 534, on sale Thursday 10 January.

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  • Anonymous

    January 11th, 2019 - 11:25am

    Last issue I’m buying didn’t realise it’s £6 and to be honest not that much in it not as good as it used to be.

  • Anonymous

    January 10th, 2019 - 4:09pm

    I subscribed and I didn’t get it

  • Anonymous

    January 3rd, 2019 - 3:54pm

    Remember the days when Covers used to have Tag Lines for features; something that was only in that issue?

    Every single tagline on that cover (bar one “Space 1979”) is for a regular column.

    I stopped subscribing a year ago, and now I don’t buy at all

    • Kevin225

      January 9th, 2019 - 9:23pm

      I’m a ‘since Issue 1 purchaser’ and it has finally hit me why I have struggled with DWM for the past year or so – it is all so lightweight. ‘Interviews’ that last 2 pages and it seems very little support from the production office to actually publicise the show properly.

  • Anonymous

    January 2nd, 2019 - 11:37am

    It says did Resolution deliver? Mmmm yes and no…

    • Bundy

      January 2nd, 2019 - 2:17pm

      It is DWM – it will be a resounding YES!!!!

      I gave up my subscription a couple of years back as a result of its rose-tinted view on everything.

      I know they’ve said they are restricted in what they can say by virtue of being an offical magazine, but it was getting like the opening song in the Lego movie.

    • Rob W

      January 2nd, 2019 - 2:36pm

      My opinion, for what it’s worth is, it’s the only current British science fiction show I watch. Is it as good as it was in it’s ’70s heyday? No, but neither am I.


    January 2nd, 2019 - 8:05am

    At least they haven’t a dodgy hat this time.

    • TARDISGuy

      January 2nd, 2019 - 8:06am

      *haven’t added

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 11:44pm

    Kinda wish it would’ve had the junk yard dalek, or something resolution related for the cover, but then, who can ever really get enougth of Tom Baker.

  • Anonymous

    January 1st, 2019 - 8:21pm

    When is this out?

    • booboo

      January 1st, 2019 - 8:27pm

      10th January

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