Into the Dalek
Written by: Phil Ford and Steven Moffat
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Broadcast Date: Saturday 30th August at 7.30pm on BBC One
Reviewed by Louis Rabinowitz for The Gallifrey Times
The Gallifrey Times have seen Into the Dalek and have put our spoiler-free preview together:
|Journey Blue (Zawe Ashton)|
Into the Dalek is in many ways what it says on the tin - the Doctor, Clara and a collection of soldiers head into a Dalek that has been damaged to the point where it has become 'good' - but despite the movie-poster title, Into the Dalek is a little bit more cerebral than you might expect.
|Daleks vs soldiers...|
Clara once again proves that she's a better fit for the Twelfth Doctor - casting the 'control freak' as more of a moral compass to the Doctor - and outside the TARDIS, there's promise of romance for Clara as maths teacher Danny Pink arrives on the scene. Danny is a while off meeting the Doctor, but his introduction here is an effective one - Samuel Anderson turning in a sympathetic performance that very much distinguishes him from Rory and Mickey, and leaves this viewer intrigued to see how Danny collides with the Doctor later on. The episode's main guest stars - Zawe Ashton and Michael Smiley, are also excellent.
|Danny Pink, looking sad.|
Into the Dalek is still flawed - the episode's conclusion is somewhat rushed (even if the episode fits the 45 minute runtime surprisingly well), a couple of ideas from very recent episodes are reused wholesale and the Danny Pink material, even if it is strong, is fairly tangential to the main plot.
Overall, however, Into the Dalek is a solid and often thrilling second outing for Capaldi's Doctor that manages to keep up the gritty, more talky tone seen towards the end of Deep Breath and adds new shades to the Doctor's greatest foes, even if it fails to conclude in a satisfying fashion and reuses some ideas from episodes barely three years old.
The Gallifrey Times Rating: 8/10
Thanks to BBC for providing a preview copy of this episode.