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The Doctor is stuck in a time loop (with Daleks!) in teaser for 'Doctor Who' New Year’s special

"Here we go again."

By James Comtois
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“Anyone else got a proper Déjà vu?” Although the final series of Doctor Who featuring Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor has just concluded, we’re still getting three more specials in 2022 before Whittaker’s Doctor regenerates. And the first of these specials is coming on New Year’s Day. 

In keeping with the recent and still unexplained tradition of moving the annual Doctor Who holiday special from Christmas to New Year’s, the BBC has unveiled the first teaser for "Eve of the Daleks," which has the Doctor, Yaz (Mandip Gill) and Dan (John Bishop) stuck in some sort of time loop battling her oldest enemies. 

In "Eve of the Daleks," Sarah (Aisling Bea) owns ELF storage, and every New Year’s Eve is visited by Nick (Adjani Salmon), a customer of her storage facility. But this New Year’s Eve takes a turn when Sarah discovers that they’re “stuck in a time loop with killer robots.” (Okay, for the record, they’re not robots, but we get this is Sarah’s first time dealing with these monsters, so she gets a pass.)

Fortunately, the TARDIS team is here to help combat the extermination-happy aliens (and explain to Sarah that the Daleks aren’t robots even though they look like they are). Unfortunately, since they’re all stuck in a time loop a la a nightmarish Groundhog Day, they all get exterminated again... and again... and again. 

Check out the teaser below. (Hope you like the song “Auld Lang Syne.”)

“We all need a little romance in our lives around New Year. Less so, Daleks,” said current Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall in a statement. “But Aisling Bea and Adjani Salmon’s characters will have to deal with both in a New Year’s Eve from hell. Together with Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor, it’ll hopefully prove the perfect New Year’s Day tonic.”

Eve of the Daleks is one of three Doctor Who feature-length specials airing in 2022 before Whittaker passes the baton to the 14th Doctor (whomever that may be) and Chibnall hands the reins of the series to once and future TARDIS master Russell T Davies to helm in 2023. So even though Whittaker's time as The Doctor is drawing short, she still has a few more adventures left — and it almost certainly means we still have a long wait until we find out who will be taking over the TARDIS.

"Eve of the Daleks" airs Sunday, Jan. 1 on BBC America.