Sunday, 31 August 2014

Doctor Who: The Gallifrey Times Team Reviews Into the Dalek!

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Into the Dalek.

Last night saw the Twelfth Doctor go up against (and inside) the Daleks for the first time in Into the Dalek - but what did our team make of it? Read on to find out:

Oliver (TGT Podcast Producer)


Doctor Who is back! And I don't just mean that in the literal sense. I mean in the sense of serious, edge-of-your-seat thrilling stuff. It's been stripped back to its roots, the Doctor is acting like an alien, we're all cowered behind the sofas in awe of his sheer disconnect with the people around him, the tone stays serious and, best of all, no slightly-irritating catchphrases. That being said I am a sucker for "would you like a jelly baby?" so catchphrases are more than welcome in certain cases. The Daleks are back, and they mean business, and I'm happy that Danny and Clara weren't irritating but actually quite funny and touching. Again, we see that Asylum of the Daleks' Dalek memory wipe has no actual purpose whatsoever which is a bit sad, but that's more of an Asylum of the Daleks problem really. Overall, great acting, great design, great tension, great Doctor Who. 9/10

Andrew (TGT writer)

Entering a ‘Good’ Dalek as miniature paramedics was a brilliant concept. The key irony being that by healing the Dalek, its evil, in a pure sense, returns. Consequently the Doctor seems oblivious to the fears of his team as his theories regarding a Dalek’s mind are complete. Clara’s development as a companion goes from strength to strength, she startles the Doctor with a major blow to the face for his nonchalance. Clara’s loyalty to the Doctor is essential in this plot, but she shows less sympathy towards his inner turmoil, instead hopefully engaging with fellow teacher Danny. 8/10

Harris (TGT writer)

Into the Dalek starts very promisingly with the introduction to new characters Journey Blue, Danny Pink and Rusty, our good Dalek. The fast relationship build between Clara and Danny is comedic yet somehow suiting to the feel of the episode. Of course the episode focuses on the journey inside the Dalek and this somehow mashes up themes from Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS, The Beast Below and Let’s Kill Hitler. In this instance it feels rather lacking, nothing in the episode is ‘new’ and once again it is the companion who stands up to the Doctor and saves everyone’s lives in this Dalek story. 7/10

Ben (TGT writer)

"This is all a bit farfetched." is what my mother thought and I agree. The shrinking was a bit difficult to accept, but once they were inside the Dalek, the effects were sublime. We don't get to see inside the Daleks enough in my opinion. The idea of a 'good' Dalek is a great concept that adds yet another layer to the creatures. Capaldi has really gotten into his stride now and is an interesting Doctor to watch. Clara - who has now discovered trousers! - is also working well as the Doctor's conscience. Danny Pink seems to be a bit of another Mickey. Overall, a visually stunning episode that shows Doctor Who can keep doing something different. 8/10

Our spoiler-free preview of Robot of Sherwood will be up mid-week, and our team's spoiler-filled review will be up this Sunday!