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Happy Doctor Who Year, and welcome to 2019

Jodie Whittaker
Jodie Whittaker
Photo: James Pardon (BBC America)

Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Tuesday, January 1. All times are Eastern.


Top pick

Doctor Who (BBC America, 8 p.m., New Year’s Day special): Christmas was a little bit smaller on the inside this year, as showrunner Chris Chibnall and the BBC opted not to air the traditional Time Lord special for the holiday. But Reader, we bring you good tidings of great joy, because they’re giving us a New Year special instead!

Go ahead and jump down to the next section if you wish to avoid some mostly baseless speculation about what might happen in this episode—and, more specifically, who or what the antagonists might be. Go on! There’s a nice bit about Marie Kondo down there and some information on our own Zack Handlen’s Series Of Unfortunate Events binge. Good stuff. We’ll see you in the next bit.

Right. Now that the rest of us are alone... y’all think a Dalek (or Daleks) will turn up? The trailer above sees the Doctor encountering “the DNA of the most dangerous creature in the universe,” which she says has been “buried on Earth since the ninth century.” If the Doctor’s going to call something the most dangerous creature on earth, what are the odds that it’s not a Dalek? On top of that, this Digital Spy piece speculates that the episode’s title, “Resolution,” might actually be “Resolution Of The Daleks.” Whether the most lethal pepper pots in the universe turn up or not, we’re looking forward to spending the first day of the year with a madwoman in a blue box.

Regular coverage

A Series Of Unfortunate Events: season three premiere, episodes one and two

Wild card

Tidying Up With Marie Kondo (Netflix, 3:01 a.m.): Speaking of resolutions, could Netflix have picked a more on-the-nose day to release its Marie Kondo series? In Tidying Up, the creator of the KonMari method—a means of decluttering by seeking out which items “spark joy”—helps people and families tidy up their homes and lives by helping them get rid of things that might be holding them back.

It’s a process that can be surprisingly emotional, even when you’re not doing it on camera, so this promises to be a warm, fuzzy, slightly weepy affair in the Queer Eye vein.