Doctor Who, Resolution: screening at BFI Southbank

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A screening of the Doctor Who New Year’s special, Resolution was held for the press and special guests at BFI Southbank in London, Tuesday evening, December 18.

BBC Director-General Tony Hall and Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall both introduced the special prior to the screening.

A panel moderated by presenter and radio personality Yasmin Evans was conducted after the screening. The panel included Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill and Tosin Cole.

Edit: the Instagram post below was likely deleted because, along with some photos from the event, it contained a video of Jodie Whittaker speaking on the panel after the screening. Although the video did not show Whittaker speaking specifically of the special, the entire panel is embargoed until after transmission of the episode.

The director of the special, Wayne Yip, was also in attendance but did not join the panel.


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Guest cast members Nikesh Patel and Daniel Adegboyega were also at the screening.

Actress Katy Manning, who played the third Doctor’s companion Jo Grant was one of the special guests.

The reaction of the invitees was overall positive. Invitees called the special “festive”, “funny”, “awesome” and cheers were reported from the audience.

Despite the below on-screen admonition before the screening, a child in the audience managed to post a ten-second video on Instagram of Chris Chibnall specifically naming the main threat in the special. Chibnall hoped the reveal of the threat in Resolution would be experienced by the audience as an “exciting” and “rare” appearance.

The main threat was teased, not named in the trailer for Resolution and was described as “the most dangerous creature in the universe” by the Doctor.

The Instagram account which posted the video of Chris Chibnall seems to have been deleted.

Written by Chris Chibnall and directed by Wayne Yip, Resolution airs on Tuesday, January 1 at 7:00 p.m. on BBC One, and 8:00 p.m. on BBC America.