Wednesday, 5 September 2012

My thoughts on the new episode of Doctor Who

My thoughts on "Asylum of the Daleks" are a few lines down in the background colour. Don't highlight it if you don't want it spoiled.

I thought it was a good one. It was a very Moffat episode, in that he has managed to do what he's done before and shift our perception of existing characters and themes, the Daleks in this case, he kept the tension up and there was a twist in the plot, even though it was telegraphed enough that I anticipated it. It was also another example of Moffat using the "woman in trouble the Doctor can't actually help for some reason storyline" which I realised pretty quickly was what was going on, and the episode's getting some stick for this online. Moffat is being accused by some of being sexist.

The Amy & Rory break up seemed a bit out of leftfield. The tension it created made for some decent performances from the two actors but I didn't think that much of this plot point especially as they're pretty much resolved the whole damn thing by the end of the episode.

The best thing about this episode is that it has slightly recovered the Daleks from being one-dimensional consistently defeated enemies. The crazy Daleks were genuinely unnerving and the normal Daleks have been given a bit more character if not depth, so they can now be at least a little scary again. Moffat's not made them quite brown trousers worthy like the Weeping Angels but they're definitely much better used in this than they were the last time there was an episode about them and probably most of their appearances in the first four series' of the post-2005 show, I think.

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