It’s been a tough year for fandom and popculture, with a high number of highly anticipated movies and new TV seasons delayed due to the worldwide Coronavirus pandemic.
Fans expected that this would also apply to the next Doctor Who special, and that they would have to wait longer for a resolution to series twelve’s epic cliffhanger.
However, the past few days have brought some good news for Whovians. The pandemic did not affect Doctor Who production, and we should get a new TV special by the end of the year!
Here’s everything you need to know.
The Special will be called ‘Revolution Of The Daleks’
The upcoming special following the naming conventions of classic Doctor Who, will be titled ‘Revolution Of The Daleks’. As well as the obvious confrontation with the Daleks implied by this title, the episode will also have to explain how The Doctor escapes her imprisonment at the end of Series 12.
‘Revelation Of The Daleks’ will mark The Thirteenth Doctor’s second encounter with the Daleks. Her first Dalek face-off also took place in a festive special, the 2019 New Year’s Day episode ‘Resolution’. However, where ‘Resolution’ saw The Doctor against a single Dalek, ‘Revolution’ will likely see her facing more.
Some fans are wondering whether there could be some connection between the new special and the similarly named classic story ‘Revelation Of The Daleks’. The classic story saw the Sixth Doctor caught up in the middle of a Dalek Civil War.
The Episode has already been filmed
According to actress Mandip Gill, who plays companion Yasmin Khan, ‘Revolution Of The Daleks’ has already wrapped filming. Currently, it is deep in post-production. This is good news, meaning the post-production delays that have affected other shows, such as The Walking Dead, will most likely be avoided.
Though not referred to as an individual special at the time, ‘Revolution Of The Daleks’ was most likely filmed during production on Series 12.
It will most likely air around Christmas
The special is currently scheduled to air during the festive season. This will make it the first Doctor Who Christmas Special since ‘Twice Upon A Time In 2017.
‘Revolution’ will also be the first Christmas Special for Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor. Her previous holiday episodes, ‘Resolution’ and ‘Spyfall’, both aired on New Year’s Day.
We may lose a companion
If rumours are to be believed, The Thirteenth Doctor could lose a companion or two around Christmas.
Tosin Cole, who plays companion Ryan Sinclair, has scored a lead role in upcoming U.S drama 61st Street. Later rumours suggested that Bradley Walsh, who plays fellow companion Graham, may leave with Cole. This could cut the series down to a more traditional two-hander Tardis crew of The Doctor and Yaz.
More recent reports follow the rumour that Walsh and Cole will depart Doctor Who after ‘Revolution Of The Daleks’. However, the departure may not be permanent. They may be leaving as regulars, but continue to appear as occasional guest stars.
Of course, none of this is confirmed. We won’t learn the truth until ‘Revolution Of The Daleks’ airs at Christmas.