The Doctor who New Year Special has just wiped out an important element of the classic series – U.N.I.T., the Unified Intelligence Taskforce. Chris Chibnall & # 39; s Doctor who has had an interesting relationship with earlier seasons of the BBC's flagship science fiction series. On the one hand, the show has ensured that every episode is on its own feet, so viewers have precious little previous exposure to it Doctor who – or the complex continuity – to understand it all. On the other hand, there are some subtle references to remind viewers that this is the same series with the names of Tom Baker, Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant or Peter Capaldi.
In the case of the New Year special, & # 39; Resolution & # 39 ;, Chris Chibnall's script contained a single scene that cleverly fitted into the classic series. Fearing the threat of a Dalek on earth, the doctor called for help-the first time she ever needed since her regeneration, an indication of the extent of the problem the planet is facing if a Dalek were to live long. She has made a call to U.N.I.T., the Unified Intelligence Taskforce, an organization that has collaborated with several doctors alongside the Patrick Troughton era.
Unfortunately for the doctor it turned out to be U.N.I.T. does not exist anymore. The organization has been suspended and it looks like there are two simple reasons. The first seems to be austerity, with an indication of expenditure; In the United Kingdom government spending has declined sharply in recent years for many government functions, and between 2010 and 2015 even the budget of the armed forces was reduced by £ 8 billion in real terms. Critics of government austerity policies claim that even essential services have been cut, and in the world of Doctor who it appears that the government has completely withdrawn funding for U.N.I.T ..
A second factor seems to have played a role here too. In Doctor who surrender, U.N.I.T. was conceived somewhere in the 1970s and was established under the auspices of the United Nations. In 2019, multilateral ideas such as the United Nations or the European Union are obviously out of fashion, particularly in the United Kingdom and the United States. It seems that the British government is not the only one that U.N.I.T. leave, and the organization is now completely defunct.
This makes the earth extremely vulnerable. UNIT. had accumulated a vast amount of experience dealing with everything from Daleks to Daemons. They had developed specialized means for assuming extraterrestrial presences on Earth; through the story of the Seventh Doctor "Battlefield", they had silver bullets for werewolves, gold-tip for Cybermen, high explosive rounds for Yeti, armor piercing for robots, and even teflon anti-Dalek shells. Against the Tennant era, U.N.I.T. had their own mobile Helicarrier base, which they used to curb an invasion of Sontaran. All that knowledge, and all those specialist means, are no longer available in the defense of humanity.
It is a smart move Doctor who showrunner Chris Chibnall. It means that the earth is now only protected by the doctor and her. "extended fam,"without extra back-up or support to help them, so the effort is infinitely higher in the future Doctor whoseason 12 (due to air in 2020). Chibnall has promised that more classic monsters will return, and the doctor will have no help to deal with them.
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