Chris Chibnall has revealed further details about the Doctor Who New Year’s Day Special Resolution in Doctor Who Magazine’s exclusive preview:
“You want it to feel like a treat: a big, thrilling, explosive, moving, cheeky, surprising treat. Basically, you want the Special to be epic. And I promise, it’s going to be epic.”
Resolution marks the return of director Wayne Yip, who helmed The Lie of the Land and Empress of Mars for Series 10.
“Series producer Nikki Wilson had loved working with Wayne on his episodes in Series 10,” says Chris Chibnall. “[Executive producer] Matt Strevens had worked with him on Misfits and loved him. And I’d been especially impressed with Wayne’s episode of Class, which kept the characters mostly locked in one room. It’s not easy to direct an episode like that and make it continually visually stylish, but he pulled it off with panache.
“I’ve adored working with him,” Chris continues. “He’s got great visual flair, imagination and precision. He’s a brilliant collaborator with great ideas and he’s not afraid of big set-pieces. Which is a good job, because that’s what we threw at him.”
An ambitious opening sequence sets the tone for the New Year's Day Special.
“It’s Doctor Who and you’d be a little bit upset if you weren’t bouncing from place to place,” says Wayne. “But that’s what’s so lovely about the series – you can have an episode where they’re trapped in a spaceship, and then another week they can be gallivanting across time. But it’s the mark of a successful sci-fi show to always make sure there’s a strong emotional, human element to it.”
Other highlights of issue 533 include:
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