Yet another piece of Doctor Who gets regenerated in Victory Of The Daleks, and this time it’s The Doctor’s oldest enemies. Will Steven Moffat rest until he’s eradicated every trace of Russell T Davies from [[Doctor Who (TV Series)|Doctor Who]]?
The Doctor is called by Winston Churchill himself to the Cabinet War Rooms to see the British government’s new secret weapon: The Ironsides. Except the Ironsides are better known to the Time Lord as the Daleks. Initially, they play the role of robotic soldiers created by a Professor Bracewell, but The Doctor pushes them until they reveal their true identity.
What does hate look like, Amy? It looks like a Dalek.
But here’s the big spoiler – he follows them on board their ship (hiding behind the moon) and discovers that they needed his ‘testimony’ to open a DNA vault. And they use it to create ‘pure’ [[Daleks]]. Yes, these post-2005 Daleks are an anomaly, a mutation from the pure species. And from a chamber loaded with dry ice, five classic pepperpot Daleks, all of various bright colours, emerge. They waste no time exterminating the mutations before turning their attention to The Doctor.
Did anyone else think both sets of Daleks were overly chatty for emotionless alien invaders?
Perhaps for the first time, I felt that the episode didn’t quite work for me. [[Matt Smith]]’s Doctor continues to have these massive, volatile reactions. He confides in Amy that he’ll show her that the Daleks are the parsonification of hatred. Then proceeds to pound upon one of the Daleks with a comedy-sized spanner like some kind of intergalictic football hooligan. Sorry, who’s the one with the chip on their shoulder?
Let’s talk about those new, old Daleks. Why? What? This is why they appeared in the Second World War – to reestablish a pure strain of Daleks? Bit of a gamble, expecting Winston Churchill to phone [[The Doctor (Doctor Who)|The Doctor]] for a second opinion, but I suppose they had their reasons.
But really, was it the Daleks’ desire to bring their race back to basics, or was it Steven Moffat’s obsession? Sure, it’s nice to see the old-skool pepperpot design again, but there was nothing wrong with the post-2005 incarnations of the Daleks. I liked them. They could el-e-vate. Can these ones fly?
I can only imagine that Moffat’s working his arse off to reverse the parts of RTD-era Who that he disagreed with. Isn’t there a cyberman episode pencilled in for this series? Lord help us. They’ll be regenerated into tinfoil suits. Save us from this madman!
Amateur planetary destroyers
It was a good ploy by the Daleks to load Professor Bracewell up with an oblivion contimuum capable of destroying the Earth. But it doesn’t make sense that the Daleks initially switched on the lights of London in order to attract the Nazis. Why not just activate Bracewell?
More importantly, how naive of The Doctor to leave Bracewell knocking about the planet. He just left a walking, talking bomb wandering about London. In a moment of unparalelled schmaltz, the two time travellers effectively tell Bracewell to disappear – despite being Dalek technology, and deadly. Come on Doctor, what if the Daleks had a secondary plan – OK, tertiary – for Bracewell? Don’t be such a muppet, Doctor.
Why can’t Amy remember The Stolen Earth?
Did we seriously watch a whole episode dedicated to rebooting the Daleks? Yes. But one intriguing thing came out of [[Victory Of The Daleks (Doctor Who episode)|Victory Of The Daleks]] – it was the discovery that [[Amy Pond|Amy]] doesn’t remember the Earth being moved across the universe by Davros and the Daleks.
What does this mean? As The Doctor says, you don’t forget something like that. So you must not have been present or conscious whenever the planet was moved. Or, the cracks in the universe mean that either The Doctor or Amy is not in the right reality. Thoughts?
For the third episode, I’m annoyed about the background music. It’s louder than ever before, to the point of drowning out the dialogue. Can we get the mix sorted out? It’s impossible in places to hear what’s being said.
Quotes from this episode:
- The Doctor to Amy: “Daleks. Aliens in the sky. You don’t forget that.”
- Dalek: “I am your soldier.” Amy: “Yeah, got that bit. I love a squaddie. What else though?”
- The Doctor: “I wanted to know what they wanted. What their plan was. I was their plan.”
- Churchill: “I don’t give a damn if you’re a machine, Bracewell. Are you a man?”
- Dalek: “You are The Doctor, you must be exterminated.” Doctor (brandishing a Jammie Dodger): “Don’t mess with me, sweetheart.”
- Churchill: “Think of what I could achieve with your remarkable machine, Doctor. The lives that could be saved.” Doctor: “Ah, it doesn’t work like that!” Chuchill: “Must I take it by force?” Doctor: “I’d like to see you try.”
- Doctor to the Daleks: “You’re bluffing. Deception’s second nature to you. There’s not a sincere bone in your body. There’s not a…bone…in your body.”
The bottom line: a worryingly forgettable episode, despite the spitfire dogfight in space. We’re still looking for more depth in The Doctor’s relaionship with Amy.