Season 8 – Episode 2
Written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Here we are almost five days after the latest Doctor Who episode, and I am barely getting around to writing down my thoughts. Let me just start off by saying that the episode did not disappoint. Capaldi, Coleman, and the supporting cast all shined once again.
The episode essentially is about a Dalek being held captive by the crew of the space ship “The Aristotle”. With a Dalek ship in pursuit of one of the Aristotle’s smaller fighter crafts, and on the verge of being destroyed, the Doctor manages to rescue the pilot a second before this occurs. The pilots name is Journey Blue, and her immediate reaction and confrontation with the time lord reveals a little more of the personality changes in this eleventh/twelfth doctor.
The doctor delivers Blue back to her ship, and immediately notices a medical device that has the capability of reducing the size of matter and or people, enabling them to get inside their patients. He also quickly finds out that the crew of the Aristotle is holding a Dalek prisoner that is in need of medical attention. What is wrong with this particular Dalek is that it appears to have developed a conscience, more on this later.
Meanwhile back on Earth, we are introduced to a new character in Danny Pink, an ex-soldier and now teacher and co-worker of Clara. The Pink character is being set up as a possible romantic interest for Clara, but a man with a mysterious past. Something that came to mind with the Blue and Pink characters was Tarantino and Reservoir Dogs. So anyway, before Clara gets the chance to meet Pink for that drink, the doctor arrives and off they go. The dynamic between the doctor and Clara is entertaining to say the least, as he probes her about her love life, and then questions her about whether or not he is a good man. Coleman’s rapport with Capaldi continues to progress nicely after only two full episodes together.
The doctor and Clara arrive back on the Aristotle, and proceed to journey into this wounded Dalek. This was somewhat reminiscent of the classic episode “The Invisible Enemy” with Tom Baker, when they too were miniaturized and cloned to stop other body invading clones. Long story short, once they are able to repair the damage, the Dalek quickly remembers his primary role and begins to attack the crew, so the Doctor, Clara, and Blue still inside must find a way to help Rusty (the Dalek) recall those beautiful memories that temporarily gave him scruples. They successfully accomplish this, and Rusty once again reverses his position and begins defending the Aristotle from the Daleks who have now infiltrated the ship.
So many positive things about this episode, I like that we once again see the mysterious Missy and her Utopian after life. Is she the Master or another time lord? Can’t wait to find out where the writers are going with her character. Another thing that I did not even realize until the day after I watched it was Clara and the possibility of a connection to our impossible girl and the Daleks (see Asylum of the Daleks). I enjoyed the supporting cast here and the perhaps unintentional homage to a couple of characters from Reservoir Dogs. The Innerspace and Invisible Enemy similarities in this story were amusing and well done. The dialogue is clever, the humor holds up, it had just enough action; it featured a classic enemy in a unique light, and continued with the fascinating character development of this new older and less sociable doctor. My only gripe is that I do find the accent a bit difficult to follow, so much so that I have considered using captions while I watch. I was a bit embarrassed to admit this, but have read on social media that many people do this already. Besides, it should save time by eliminating my need to rewind and rewatch a scene because I can’t make out the dialect. Overall, another strong episode from Moffat and Ford.
REVIEW: DOCTOR WHO – INTO THE DALEK
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