Doctor Who s33 ep 1

If the Daleks have a problem, if no one else can solve it, maybe they can hire…. the Doctor?

“Well, this is new,” indeed.

Trouble in Pondsville, the Parliament of the Daleks and a big junkyard where the broken ones are left to fester all add up to make “Asylum of the Daleks’ a decent but not earth-shattering return for our favourite Raggedy Man and his two pals.

It’s nice to see them again although Amy (still a model, still no explanation as to when that happened) may look absolutely gorgeous but has become even more annoying over the hiatus.  At least Rory has a nice new hairdo (amazing what a spot of product will do) and is as sweet as ever.   There is, however, a definite sense that their story is played out and it is time for the Pond-Williams to go, although I imagine the final farewell will still be gut-wrenchingly sad.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Thankfully, Matt Smith’s Doctor is his usual self this week and therefore ace.  New friend Oswin meanwhile is awesome at first, then irritatingly, but logically I guess, Mary Sue-ish for a while, before becoming heartbreakingly awesome again in the end, taking the prizes for both best twist and best scene, bless her.  Yes, the episode takes a bit of time to get going but, once it does, it’s a lot of fun.  Not the best episode of Who ever written, then, but still a very enjoyable one.

6 thoughts on “Doctor Who s33 ep 1

  1. e September 1, 2012 / 11:43 pm

    Loved it. Touching and scary, fun and silly.

  2. Capt. Harold Dobey September 2, 2012 / 12:17 am

    Contrived buncombe.

    Whilst the Cybermen need large factories to assimilate humans, Daleks can now do it through… what… nanosomething?

    And all you need is love to stop it, well slow it down a bit.

    They can send these humaleks through time and space to nab whoever they want, but they can’t shut down a forcefield on a planet. Not that they really explained why the planet needed destroyed.

    Excellent performances let down by a gossamer story.

    • e September 2, 2012 / 12:33 am

      It’s Doctor Who. Depth of story has *never* been the point. It’s all about the emotions, not the logic.

      The point is that Moffat once again ramped up the terror — nanobot seeding transforming you against your will into a Dalek? Just brilliant! The scene with the “we’ve had this conversation four times already” was perfect.

      Plus the twist at the end greatly appealed to me. As did the notion that some people are incapable of cooking properly — even virtually.

  3. CJ Cregg September 2, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    e :

    As did the notion that some people are incapable of cooking properly — even virtually.

    Well, that part of the ep was clearly inspired by me but I’d just like to re-iterate that I only ever set fire to a tea towel that one time, and it was totally the tea towel’s fault.

  4. Tim September 2, 2012 / 12:50 pm

    Eggs. Stir. Minate. Well, it had me laughing, anyway.

    Lots of great moments for me. In addition to the ones you’ve listed, CJ, I also rather liked “I’m looking for … reverse” bit.

    Oswin’s self-realisation is heart-breaking and beautifully played by J-LC. On the evidence of this episode she’s going to be fantastic, although her character did remind me a lot of Lady Wots-fer-name-from-Eastenders in that special with the flying double-decker bus. The one of which we do not speak.

    Totally agree about the A-Team thing – funnily enough I’ve picked that up in my review too (link below). The A-Team was, of course, led by John (Hannibal) Smith, the Doctor’s preferred alias. And there’s the whole breaking-into-an-asylum-to-get-Murdoch-out thing. At least the Doc didn’t light up a cigar and say that he loves it when a plan comes together …

    http://slouchingtowardsthatcham.com/2012/09/02/doctor-who-season-7-episode-1-review-asylum-of-the-daleks/

    8/10 for me. Yes, the story has more holes in it than a Swiss cheese, but it was proper fun and properly scary too. I can’t believe the BBC standards people let this go for a 7:20pm transmission. Good on them.

  5. CJ Cregg September 2, 2012 / 12:54 pm

    Heh, I forgot about “I’m looking for reverse.” That made me laugh. The eggs business was funny too and the running seemingly throw-away gag about the milk which turned into a much more important plot point was pure Moffat gold.

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