Fallout: Resolution. No, this is not a title of the next Fallout game. I was thinking about the world of Doctor Who because we often ignore realistic elements in favor of a good story. The thing is, some of those elements might make for a good story on their own. Maybe if the writers of Doctor Who put a little more time into considering the ramifications of a story, they could create a living universe for the Doctor to exist in. Take a look at this…
Resolution was the 2019 New Year’s Day special; the first of its kind. In it, a lone Dalek is unearthed and exposed to UV radiation bringing it back to life. The Doctor finds out about it and gets to work. In the end, she defeats it after hooking the internal components of a microwave up to its shell while at the GCHQ, the Global Communications Headquarters. But what about the fallout of what happened? The Non-Unit military, who play basically the same role as Unit just without anyone we actually care about being on the staff, is attacked and annihilated. There are two dead cops. And GCHQ has been destroyed. Shouldn’t there be some fallout from this? Ramifications??
At the very least, Lin should be a wreck. Yeah, we see her holding hands with Mitch with a beautiful closing shot, but what happens ten minutes after the credits end? Does the light bulb suddenly turn on? Does Lin realize that she’s probably on CCTV somewhere and is now “responsible” for the death of two law enforcement officers? How likely is it that no one will come looking for her; after all, her car was used right up until she stole a police car. It’s not going to be rocket science to identify her as the criminal and no amount of “I was possessed” will get her off those charges. The chances of her tentacled passenger being on camera anywhere is next to zero and even if it were, anyone viewing it would think it’s some form of prank or camera manipulation. So for all intents and purposes, she was involved in two police deaths and at least one civilian (who worked at the factory), grand theft auto (of a police car), and her testimony might link her to a “terrorist attack”. Think about that: the military encountered something but unless Lin tells the authorities what “really happened” no one would link that to her. How could they? The problem is that the only way to explain her actions in the death of the cops is to explain everything and the moment she does, she will implicate herself in this “terrorist plot” because she built the tank that took out the army! (Fingerprint identification will verify that she was at least in contact with the worker and at the metal works.) Mitch won’t be of much help because the “we were in a space ship” ploy might just have him committed with her. Or labeled a love-sick sycophant and dismissed, if he’s lucky!
So the terrorist attack comes down to this: the army was wiped out and there is no record of what caused it, but in conjunction with the attack on the GCHQ, it can’t look like anything but a terrorist attack. So what should happen next time the Doctor is on modern day earth is that the UK would be on high alert due to the events of this episode and Lin would be in jail. (Without Unit or Torchwood around to clean up the mess, it’s down to the regular guys to sort it out and it’s going to cause huge problems for the British Government. Since the episode went out of its way to show that Unit is not around anymore, they’ve set themselves up for failure – sorry, Chibbs, that funny scene didn’t pay off. Remember: what doesn’t add to a story, takes away from the story!) This could be the start of a bigger arc that the Doctor has to face. Not that I expect it to happen! In 55 years of Doctor Who, we only get the slightest implications of concern for ones actions; so why change that now? But what we have here is a plot point that can be picked up: the Doctor may have saved the world but left a lot of mess in her wake. The funny thing is, this is the first “big” adventure this Doctor has and look at the results. So I want to look at all of her visits and see just what fallout there might have been from any of her adventures. Maybe we can see other potential stories in her episodes… and beyond!
Just what is the after-effects of the Doctor’s involvement here on Earth? ML