The BBC has released the trailer for the upcoming festive special, Revolution of the Daleks, starring Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor.
She’s joined by Bradley Walsh as Graham O’Brien, Mandip Gill as Yaz Khan, and Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair. The episode follows The Timeless Children‘s cliffhanger, which found the Doctor locked in prison by the Judoon. That means her companions have to defend the Earth from a Dalek attack – without the Time Lord! Fortunately, they’ve got help from another familiar face: Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman!
Jack was last seen earlier this year (which still feels like ages ago) in Fugitive of the Judoon; before that, he hadn’t been in Doctor Who – on TV at least – since 2010’s concluding part of The End of Time. There were plans for him to turn up in A Good Man Goes to War (2011), but his filming on Torchwood: Miracle Day meant this never happened.
Dame Harriet Walter will also be making her Doctor Who debut alongside Nathan Stewart-Jarrett who has recently appeared in The Trial of Christine Keeler.
Writer, Chris Chibnall said:
“We’ve crammed this year’s Doctor Who festive special with an explosion of extraordinary acting talent. Where else would you get British acting royalty, a globally renowned US screen star, an (inter)national treasure of stage and screen and one of Britain’s hottest young actors — just in the guest cast! Put those together with Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole (and Daleks! Did I mention Daleks!) — and you get a cast to be exterminated for. And things will explode. Promise.”
Revolution of the Daleks will form part of the BBC’s Christmas schedules, which also includes The Vicar of Dibley, Strictly Come Dancing, and Call the Midwife – starring Peter Davison, aka the Fifth Doctor!
The trailer features a squareness gun (yay!) and the return of Jack Robinson, played by Chris Noth, last seen in Arachnids in the UK, in which he spectacularly failed to get his comeuppance. Yep, this episode is sure to have a hearty dose of political sledgehammering.
Revolution of the Daleks will air on News Year’s Day 2021.