Fallout: Resolution

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…

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This is gonna cause problems…

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!

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“I swear, I wasn’t myself!”

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

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5 Responses to Fallout: Resolution

  1. scifimike70 says:

    I imagine that this would be where UNIT can get back on track as similarly as before.

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  2. scifimike70 says:

    I would like to say that Charlotte Ritchie’s brave portrayal of Lin fighting the Dalek as it violates her from within, especially with Lin finally winning, is Dr. Who realism at its most profound. Because it reminds us today of what women are finally and globally conquering in regards to violations. With Jodie as the Doctor assuring Lin that even when the Dalek made her do things, it was never at all her fault and that her final triumph against the Dalek is worth being proud of, that gave me greater respect for Jodie as she makes her female Doctor a natural counsel for female victims of violence.

    Where this can propel Dr. Who for Series 12 will be intriguing. But I’m optimistic enough that even with the justly mixed reviews for Series 11, Jodie can still give it her best.

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    • ML says:

      While I agree with what you’re saying, I’m saying that there’s fallout that gets ignored. No amount of “it’s not your fault” will convince a jury that this woman did not murder two cops and a factory worker. The old “oh she had an octopus controlling her” ploy has never worked in courts of law before and it won’t again.
      Being more down to earth, and slightly more brutal, to even say she was violated won’t absolve her of the crime. Sadly women are violated in very real terms in terrible easy sometimes. If they then go out and kill cops, they are still guilty of the crime regardless of misguided motivations.

      And that’s my gripe with the writing lately. It treats it like Jodie’s “it wasn’t your fault” actually absolved her. News flash: it didn’t.


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      • scifimike70 says:

        You make a very understandable point. Perhaps I for one am just reflecting more on the tragedy of Maddox in Warriors Of The Deep. Because Resolution is science-fiction with the genre’s ability to permit a certain margin, which was pushed quite often in the classic Star Trek to a point that I admit now bewilders me somewhat, the idea was clearly for its story to be action-adventure packed and, as seen in many SF/action-adventure tales for both television and the cinema, consequently didn’t leave us as much room for sufficient moral realism as we’d naturally prefer.

        It’s quite a reminder for how Resurrection, Revelation and Remembrance Of The Daleks worked similarly for how the relentless evil of the Daleks forced the Doctor and others in those stories into situations where morals and ethics were so easily questionable. So in regards to making Jodie’s first Dalek story just as harsh for that sake, I couldn’t help but appreciate that Lin wasn’t treated like a criminal afterwards. It was a rushed story and I can quite fairly criticize it for that. But the subject matter of how much control we might have over our minds when usurped by evil aliens, or by other humans (Warriors Of The Deep), has always been made questionable to intensify the Doctor’s battles against the realism of evil.

        So speaking for myself, it has often gotten depressing to the point where simply being forgiving enough towards Lin can adequately work as a remedy. Yet in reality, it would easily be seen as escapism. So the next Dalek encounter for Jodie’s Doctor can have quite a tougher job regarding whatever differences it may have to most previous Dalek ordeals. Thanks, ML.

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      • scifimike70 says:

        Additionally, Resolution was a New Year’s Special and having a Dalek involved, it would naturally be challenging to mix the optimism of New Year’s with the darkness of how the Daleks have violently impacted the Whoniverse. With The Next Doctor’s challenge as a Christmas special while having the Cybermen as the villainy, coupled with Jackson Lake coming to terms with his own traumatically self-induced amnesia, that may have worked better. Again speaking for myself, maybe it was Tennant’s portrayal of the 10th Doctor’s emotional support for Jackson that I likened to Jodie’s Doctor’s support for Lin.

        Knowing how mercilessly evil the Daleks are, the closest that Dr. Who has ever come to softening them up has been through parodies like The Curse Of Fatal Death and A Very Dalek Christmas. Then of course there were the Daleks in The Time Of The Doctor and Twice Upon A Time which, as Christmas specials, kept the Dalek dangers to a minimum and certainly with Rusty. But how often would that work? Even in the modern Dr. Who’s science-fantasy standards? Resolution was understandably conflicted in that sense and yet, thanks to Jodie and her cast who can still give their best even in problematic stories, we can at least permit ourselves our own reasons for enjoying the adventure. But when police are killed in a Dr. Who story, like Russell in Attack Of The Cybermen, it was proof that the Whoniverse will always have its challenges in mixing realistic darkness with the chances for hope and optimism.

        In all agreeability, Resolution’s happy ending seemed tacked on and in that sense could quite undeniably be called escapism. So my hope and optimism for how S12 can boost the Whoniverse is fueled by the nature of learning from error. How’s that for Resolution where this New Year’s special titular significance is concerned?

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