"Revolution of the Daleks" is a special episode of the British science fiction television programme Doctor Who, first broadcast on BBC One on 1 January 2021. It was written by Chris Chibnall, and directed by Lee Haven Jones. The episode follows the twelfth series as a New Year’s Day special, continuing on from "The Timeless Children" (2020).
The episode stars Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor and Mandip Gill as Yasmin Khan, with the final appearances of Bradley Walsh and Tosin Cole as her companions, Graham O'Brien and Ryan Sinclair. It also features John Barrowman as Jack Harkness, who returned to the series in "Fugitive of the Judoon" (2020).
"Revolution of the Daleks" was written by showrunner Chris Chibnall. The title of the special episode was revealed after the credits of the twelfth series finale, "The Timeless Children". The episode features the Daleks, last seen in "Resolution" (2019).
In April 2020, Chibnall confirmed that post-production was continuing on "Revolution of the Daleks" remotely throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Promotional stills from filming were released at a virtual Comic Con on 9 October 2020.
Bradley Walsh, Tosin Cole and Mandip Gill reprise their roles as Graham O'Brien, Ryan Sinclair and Yasmin Khan, respectively. On 23 November 2020, John Barrowman confirmed that he would return for the special as Captain Jack Harkness, after last reprising the role in "Fugitive of the Judoon".
Broadcast and reception
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"Revolution of the Daleks" aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 1 January 2021, after being announced for the "festive season" of 2020/2021. The episode aired in the United States on BBC America on the same day, and is due to air in Australia on ABC and ABC iview on 2 January 2021.