“Doctor Who: Dalek” (Doctor Who: Into the Dalek)

Into the Dalek Poster (S8 Into Dalek)
A theatrical poster for Into the Dalek.

Finally, this season is underway. I’ve been waiting for this for a while now, and it’s finally happening! How good it is happens to be arguable, though.

After the Doctor saves a lone rebel ship from the Dalek fleet, he finds that the rebels have taken a Dalek captive, and mean to travel inside of it. However, the Doctor learns that this Dalek hates the rest, and wishes to exterminate the heartless race. Is there any such thing as a good Dalek?

Anyone of you remember the season one episode Dalek? I, personally, think it’s one of the best of the series. In it, the ninth Doctor encounters a Dalek who escapes from it’s enclosure in a collection, and starts changing into a better creature after absorbing a bit of Rose’s DNA. This episode was very similar, except for the whole shrinking plotline (utilizing absurdly hand-wavy science), and the fact that there were multiple Daleks in this one. Not even quotes are safe, as in the original Dalek episode, the Dalek tells the Doctor that he would make a good Dalek. In this episode, the Dalek tells the Doctor that he is a good Dalek. 7 out of 10.

While this episode was, in all accounts, not bad, it was not good either. Asking for more suspended disbelief than usual, and strangely hugging a plotline from a (much better) episode dated nearly a decade ago, Into the Dalek is still not the good episode I’ve been wanting from Season 8.

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