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Before Resolution aired, I was considering writing a fun review, similar to a screenplay on a fictional Chibnall coming up with the series and the new Daleks.
But the time for that has past.
What a terrible, terrible, terrible story.
Oh my actual god, I HATED IT!
So basically, we start with no titles. That really disappointed me. And then we have this info-dump about some war between Daleks and people of different nationalities with some really bad font. So basically, even after the Doctor has said that one Dalek is capable of destroying entire planets, the Dalek is destroyed by knights with axes. And then, instead of being burned, it is broken up into three pieces and split across the globe. I should mention here that none of the other pieces became relevant to the story. Even though we get that scene where the other Dalek pieces come to life, it is literally ignored.
Okay, so now we come to the underground Sheffield area. We get the two archaeologists who are literally the most boring characters. All they want is to be romantically involved with each other. So they dig up a Dalek mutant, which is still alive. We see it crawling on the wall. But then we get the scenes with the Dalek mutant controlling the woman. So Chibnall has now given the Daleks magic superpowers! Oooooh! And now they can talk!
We also get bogged down in this story about Ryan's Dad coming back. I don't mind the fact that Ryan is mad, he has a right. But the Doctor and Graham go COMPLETELY OUT OF CHARACTER and literally say that Aaron is a worthless human being who should die in a hole. My Doctor does not do that. They believe in redemption and hope. I understand that she may care about Ryan and disagree with what his Dad did, but it is not her battle to fight. So for the whole story, we get this half-bovvered tale about Ryan's poor Dad, who isn't even that much of a good character anyway.
Also, UNIT is dissolved due to monetary problems. Thanks Chibnall. We get a somewhat comedic scene that bashes the digital age and kids who were born in it. Thanks Chibnall.
The acting is no good anyway. No one (maybe except Bradley Walsh) was believable. Even Jodie. I was watching this with a friend who had not seen the 13th Doctor before, and she said that she didn't like Jodie, not because of her gender, but her acting, and I must say, this is her weakest acting in Doctor Who so far.
Aaaanyway, we then get the new redesigned Dalek and did I absolutely scream at the screen. That's not a Dalek. It looks like something that appears in a really low-budget fanfilm. It looked like a really skinny woman. I was so excited to see a new redesign of Dalek, but this one just looks dreadful! I'd rather have the 2005 ones back! Or even the 1960s ones! I just laughed after a while. It's what I should have expected.
We also get a really pointless scene with the Dalek fighting the army. There's literally no story reason why that should occur. No one called the authorities. No one saw the Dalek. So why should the army suddenly appear and fight it? Oh Chibnall!!!!!
And now, Daleks can be destroyed with microwaves! Yay!
The scene with the Dalek on Aarons's back and him almost getting sucked out of the TARDIS could have been a really nice character moment for Ryan. He could have sacrificed his life for his Dad. Or even better, the Dalek could have been on Ryan's back, and Aaron could have sacrificed himself to save Ryan. That would have been so good. But no. No.
The last potentially saving grace for this story would have been if Ryan or Yaz had left the TARDIS (not Graham!) I don't mind Ryan, even though he is written inconsistently, but I absolutely HATE Yaz. After rewatching a lot of Series 11, she really grated on me for being really bland and being written like a cardboard box.
I'd probably give this story a 1/10. I am still really tempted to go lower, but I'll be nice. That's saying something.
So, no Doctor Who until 2020. To be honest, I'm glad. This Series has given us some really terrible stuff, and Resolution is included in that. Oh well, I've recently gotten into the EDAs. That'll be my Doctor Who this year.
Appendix: For those sad that there'll be no Doctor Who this year, I should mention that I have a website on which I upload fanfiction with the Eighth Doctor + original companions. This year I will put up Series 5-7. So check out that if you want to.