After a bumpy start for Jodie Whittaker’s 13th Doctor, showrunner Chris Chibnall has taken fan feedback onboard and delivered a much more satisfying sophomore season that features the return of several famous foes, and an old friend who delivers an ominous warning – “Beware the lone Cyberman.”
Two-parter Spyfall kicks things off with a bang and a James Bond vibe. Stephen Fry guest stars as the head of MI6, and the Doctor confronts a new regeneration of longtime nemesis The Master – played with Machiavellian relish by Sacha Dhawan.
Further highlights include the return of those mercenary space rhinos in Fugitive of the Judoon, which sets up an enigma that will pay off later in the season. Mary Shelley’s inspiration for Frankenstein is revealed in The Haunting of Villa Diodati, and Ascension of the Cybermen makes the iconic metal villains scary again, reimagining them as a relentless force to rival the Borg from Star Trek. This is easily one of the best Cybermen stories since the classic series’ Earthshock.
Then there is the polarising season finale, The Timeless Children, which boldly rewrites Who history and suggests a new direction for the programme when the Doctor returns in the holiday special Revolution of the Daleks, due late 2020/early 2021.n Speaking of Daleks, this 5-disc set also includes the 2019 New Year special Resolution – a cracking episode that finally brings the 13th Doctor face to eye stalk with her deadliest foe.
Bonus material includes episode audio commentaries, A Look Back at Series 11, What to Expect in Series 12, A Dalek Re-formed, and a behind-the-scenes featurette on Resolution.
Release Date: June 3, 2020
Format: DVD, Blu-ray
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, Bradley Walsh, Mandip Gill
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