TV to Disc New Release: Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks
Since its introduction in 1963, Doctor Who, the British science fiction television program has amassed something of a cult following. The show depicts the adventures of a Time Lord, referred to as “The Doctor.” This extra-terrestrial being appears as a human and explores the universe in a time-travelling spaceship of sorts, which is also known as the TARDIS (an acronym for Time and Relative Dimensions in Space).
This instalment of the franchise, Revolution of the Daleks, is a special episode that was first broadcast on BBC One on New Year’s Day this year. Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Lee Haven Jones, this hour-long special follows the 12th series of Doctor Who and is a continuation of 2020’s The Timeless Children.
When viewers last saw The Doctor, played by Jodie Whittaker at the end of the 12th series of the show, she was imprisoned and separated from what has become known as her family. The family was able to take a separate TARDIS back to present-day earth from Gallifrey.
The Doctor is locked away in an alien prison with the highest level of security. The prison is isolated, and The Doctor is alone without any hope of an escape. Back on earth and far away from her, her family, consisting of Ryan, Yaz and Graham, are being forced to carry on their lives without her. Yaz has dedicated all of her time to figuring out what might have happened to The Doctor, while the other two fret over the health and well-being of their friend. However, they quickly discover that a disturbing plan involving a Dalek is unfolding – but how can they fight a Dalek without The Doctor?
They then decide to enlist the help of Captain Jack, played by John Barrowman, and another travelling Time Lord that the captain has previously rescued. The Time Lord is slightly worse for wear after spending several years trapped in jail in space. However, their help is the friends’ only shot at getting The Doctor back. Even with the help of Captain Jack, this gang of friends is set to face one of their biggest, scariest challenges to date.
This special episode stars Jodie Whittaker as The Doctor, Bradley Walsh as Graham O’Brien, Tosin Cole as Ryan Sinclair, Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, John Barrowman as Captain Jack Harkness, Chris Noth as Robertson, Harriet Walter as Jo Patterson and Nathan Steward-Jarret as Leo Rugazzi, to name a few.
Falling in line with the BBC’s sci-fi genre, it runs for a total of 71 minutes. As this episode itself is a special, the Blu-ray pack does not feature any additional tips to win, bonus clips or interviews. Subtitles are available for the hearing impaired.
As with many other Blu-ray products, the video quality of Doctor Who: Revolution of the Daleks is crisp. This special is perfect viewing for fans of the previous 12 series looking for their next fix of The Doctor.