Doctor Who - Dalek

Posted by gaspode (1st May 2005, 14:05)

The latest episode of Doctor Who... (Spoilerific)

Frankly, I thought it was spectacularly fantastically great. There was a Dalek (with upgrade and shiny powers) and evil people and a huge underground alien museum and shiny things! The Dalek was really good, and Christopher Ecclestone was brilliant. He played the Doctor really quite darkly, and we got lots more of the Time War backstory.

The story was really good, with some nice action, some good tension and brilliant old-school Dr. Who conflicts/dilemmas. I couldn't help but think back to Tom Baker holding two wires in his hands and contemplating the demise of the Dalek race when the Doctor was describing the results of the Time War. His hatred of the Daleks really came through. His character is developing really nicely now, and I think it'll be a shame when he goes.

Also more shades of the Doctor/Rose thing, though the Dalek could've been lying or bluffing with its new-found emotions. The last-of-its-race store was well done, and even slightly poignant (what? feel sorry for a dalek? this is wrong somehow...). We see a Dalek being given the choice to be more that it was designed to be, and the results of that choice were also very well handled.

Kudos all round to the people who are making the new series. They are forgiven for last time's fart jokes. Oh, and we now have two companions, so the status quo is restored.

And kudos to Ecclestone for making the role his own whilst still keeping it firmly in the canon of his predecessors.

I also like the "He is a bit pretty" comment at the end :-)

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 Siberman ( 1st May 2005, 16:52, Rank: Mentat )  reply

I concur. It was a brilliantly plotted, well scripted piece of dr who drama.

I the the comment from the dalek 'you would have made a good dalek' was very sharp.

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 karne ( 3rd May 2005, 10:48, Rank: GSV )  reply

o yeah - great ep ]:=8)

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 Richard ( 5th May 2005, 18:05, Rank: Dust Puppy )  reply

yes i thoutgh it was good too. My only problems with it are purly personal - i want ed to be more scared by the dalek than i was. The effects were just a bit clean and tecnicolour for an underground ex silo lab, and the dalek was a bit shiny and not quite as industrial as i'd hoped. But yes Ecclestone was fantastic, almost literally frothing at one point. The back sorty is excellent - Of course who else would we all have wanted ot be the mortal enemies who doomed galifrey, I for one was secretly hoping it was gogin to be the Daleks - and it was YAY!

It may be a shame when he goes but it will also be a real dramatic, emotoional wrench if you've really gotten into thie series, whihc will give the whole thing a lot more weight, which can be soetimes lacking in series when the same charactes go on and on.

I cant wait till the cybermen return now ;] the comment about turning the thing of nightmares into an exhibit was very special. (also the helicoptor was badwolf 1 ;])

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 John Kirk ( 7th May 2005, 22:20, Rank: Patrician )  reply

I thought that the way they showed the Dalek was very nicely done, but it would have had more impact if I hadn't known it was coming (e.g. by putting it in the name of the episode before the big reveal!). On the flipside, I was very impressed by the Cyberman head. On the face of it, it does look a bit naff nowadays, and I knew that this wasn't a Cyberman episode, and even within the story a decapitated head is pretty harmless. But it still actually looked quite creepy when the Doctor was peering at it, and the camera zoomed in.

More generally, I think this episode did quite well for "rehabilitation of villains". They addressed the two standard criticisms (sink plunger and staircases), and I thought that using the plunger as a control surface made sense (I'm less convinced about using it as a face-sucking weapon). As for the staircases, all the long-term fans will know that the Daleks have been able to float for about 15 years, but the average new viewer won't, so I appreciated the way that it was only new characters on screen at that point, so that they could be surprised; a nice balance between maintaining continuity and not alienating the new audience.

The only thing I was disappointed by was that this undercuts the start of the film (8th Doctor), where the 7th Doctor talks about taking the Master to Skaro for execution - I liked the idea that the Daleks had been able to channel their mania into a quest for order and justice. Tha said, I also liked the Doctor's comment in this episode about "It will kill them because it honestly believes that they deserve to die".

Finally, one other frivolous complaint - the episode title seems a bit puny by comparison to the older stories. You have "Genesis of the Daleks", "Revelation of the Daleks", ..., and now "Dalek". A bit like the TOS vs TNG episode title debate :)

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