Tube Watch: Doctor Who – Asylum of the Daleks

by Cap'n Carrot on September 3, 2012 · 4 comments

in Television

When the Daleks need assistance they turn to their greatest enemy, “the predator of the Daleks,” and separately kidnap The Doctor (Matt Smith), Amy (Karen Gillan), and Rory (Arthur Darvill), whisking off the threesome to the Asylum – a planetary prison even the Daleks are too afraid to enter because it contains the most unstable and terrifying Daleks ever created. And somewhere, admist all that insanity, is a single ship, with a single human crew member who has managed to survive and cause no end of trouble to the Daleks for the better part of a year. Ladies and gentlemen, Doctor Who introduces you to its newest companion – Clara Oswin (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

Against his will, The Doctor and his companions find themselves beamed to the planet. Separated from Rory, The Doctor and Amy fight of zombie Dalek puppets (admit it, that’s pretty cool) while searching for a woman whose ship crash landed on the planet a year ago and has somehow managed to stay alive. Time becomes even more short when Amy becomes infected by Dalek technology and starts to turn into a Dalek puppet. Separated from the others Rory finds himself in the bowels of the planet surrounded by malfunctioning Daleks.

As The Doctor puts it, “In no patricular order we need to neutralize all the Daleks in this asylum, rescue Oswain from the wreckage, escape from this planet, and fix Amy and Rory’s marriage (who, as the episode opens are separated and contemplating divorce).” The episode ends with a twist you’ll probably see coming (and certainly makes Clara an interesting, perhaps even River Songian, choice for The Doctor’s future companion) as well as a small but mighty shift in the relationship between the Daleks and The Doctor that will likely have huge ramifications to come.

As season premieres go “The Asylum of the Daleks” works pretty well, even if the logic behind the universe’s most feared aliens choosing The Doctor is pretty flimsy. The Rory/Amy dynamic is easily the weakest part of the show, and I’m ready to see Mr. and Mrs. Pond leave the TARDIS, but Coleman is delightful as Clara Orwain and I’ll be interested to see exactly how the show reintroduces her in this year’s Christmas episode.

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  • CoosCoos

    I was a bit let down by this episode. I’m a huge Whovian, and they have been marketing the mess out of this season for weeks now, last two seasons were absolutely brilliant, so I was really amped up. But I thought this episode was weak and predictable. I’m not too thrilled about the idea that the Daleks have now “forgotten” the Doctor. And the whole “Doctor who?” bit has been done already.

    It was interesting to see that they’re introducing the new companion at her death, which means the Doctor will be able to prevent her eventual assimilation when he meets her again. (And hopefully the Daleks will “remember” him again.) Which now explains their marketing slogan for this year: “Every story has a beginning, a middle, and an end . . . but not always in that order.”

    • Cap’n Carrot

      It will be interesting to see how they handle Clara’s reintroduction. If this really was her death and the end of her story (something, knowing Moffat’s willingness to fuck with the audience, I’m not 100% willing to buy) that means she should have already met and remembered The Doctor (like River Song did in their first meeting). This isn’t the case which means we might have some paradox problems to work out

      • CoosCoos

        As the Doctor said upon hearing of his own death, “time can be rewritten”.

  • JustPlainBob

    “Fellas, you’ll never stop asking!” – excellent way to play off the ‘Doctor Who?’ thing.

    Some of Moffat’s brilliance is in the story he tells just with visuals. IE: the Doctor silently straightening his tie (in a beautiful fish-eye lens shot, i might add) and the look Amy gives Rory at the end of the episode. That may’ve been my favorite part; one flick of the eyes and you know he’s moving back in, without any tedious explanations or maguffins.

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