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It’s official – Doctor Who’s next New Years special will be called Eve of the Daleks, with Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop battling the terrors of the tinpot alongside guest stars Adjani Salmon, Aisling Bea and Pauline McLynn .

However, there’s a new twist on “The Dalek Invasion of January 1,” the series has been so popular with in the latest festive specials – this time it’s all about Groundhog Day.

Yes, according to a new episode synopsis Eve of the Daleks will see the Doctor and his friends trapped inside a building (especially the festive-sounding ELF storage), facing the Daleks over and over while being trapped. in a time loop.

“The trailer for the special, released after the Series Thirteen finale, finds the cast trapped in ELF storage and stuck in a terrifying time loop with the Daleks,” the BBC said in a statement. “Will the gang manage to dodge the extermination and escape the warehouse in time to see New Years?” “

The story of the time loop is also teased in a first teaser image for the episodes, which sees the cast threatened by Daleks as a menacing red clock ticks near midnight in the background. Presumably, in the episode itself, the hands will never actually reach 12, resetting over and over again as Team TARDIS is forced to relive the same moments.

Doctor Who: iconic image of Eve of the Daleks (BBC)

In recent years, there has been a resurgence of time looping stories in popular culture – Andy Samberg’s comedy Palm Springs and the Death Loop video game come to mind – and in hindsight, it seems perfectly fitting. to a Doctor Who story. What better show to have a looping timeline than a time travel show?

Plus, the limited location and distribution of the time loop – they’re all trapped in one building, remember – may have been a practical fix when filming under strict COVID conditions, in a workaround. similar to the serialized structure of the 13 series.

Overall, it looks like an intriguing new spin that will do a lot to keep Dalek’s attacks fresh. At the very least, fans won’t feel guilty watching this one on repeat …

Doctor Who: Eve of the Daleks airs on BBC One on New Years Day. For more information, check out our sci-fi page or our full TV guide.

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