Matt Smith as The Doctor in Order: S5 EP: 3 Victory of the Daleks

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Matt Smith as The Doctor in Order: S5 EP: 3 Victory of the Daleks

Vic­tory of the Daleks (Ini­tial review here)

Sum­mary: Has Win­ston Churchill made an alliance with the Doctor’s great­est enemy in order to defeat Hitler?

Plot: The Doc­tor arrives in Lon­don dur­ing the blitz to find the new secret weapon of Churchill’s strongly resem­bles the Daleks. Are these actu­ally the Iron­sides invented by a Scot­tish genius or do the Daleks have a cun­ning plan, and why doesn’t Amy remem­ber them the Dalek inva­sion of earth anyways?

Writ­ing: There is a lot to digest here, the sup­port­ing char­ac­ters are writ­ten pretty card­board, but Churchill is much bet­ter as is Bracewell. The “lit up city” busi­ness while a fair plot device isn’t earth shak­ing. The “spit­fires” were a lot of fun, a tad corny but had to love it. On the down side the res­o­lu­tion to the final prob­lem was meh.

Act­ing: McNe­ice did Churchill very well and Patterson’s Bracewell was just as good and we see another Angry Doc­tor episode sequence. While I didn’t like some of the res­o­lu­tion I really like Gillian’s pond in this one. As for the rest of the sup­port­ing cast, I found them over the top.

Mem­o­rable moments: Jammy Dodgers, Spit­fires in Space, Pais­ley boy

Odd­i­ties: The Dalek prog­en­i­tor device is designed to cre­ate Daleks based on a totally dif­fer­ent design rather tan an exist­ing Dalek one, appar­ently after being teased by the Cyber­men they have devel­oped a sense of elegance.

Pet Peeves: Shouldn’t Brits of the 40’s be treat­ing Amy dif­fer­ent than they do, par­tic­u­lar­ity with her clothing.?

Great Quote(s): Dalek: “You do not require Tea?”

Final Ver­dict. A stronger episode that the pre­vi­ous one but the first of sev­eral that will have weak resolutions.fun episode if you don’t think about the plot holes too much but I’ve found the more I’ve watched it the more the plot hole scream out at me.

Three 12 Stars

Rank­ing in Series 5 to date 2nd out of 3

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Vic­tory of the Daleks
3. The Beast Below

Rank­ing in Matt Smith Era (out of 2)

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Vic­tory of the Daleks
3. The Beast Below

Victory of the Daleks (Initial review here)

Summary: Has Winston Churchill made an alliance with the Doctor’s greatest enemy in order to defeat Hitler?

Plot: The Doctor arrives in London during the blitz to find the new secret weapon of Churchill’s strongly resembles the Daleks. Are these actually the Ironsides invented by a Scottish genius or do the Daleks have a cunning plan, and why doesn’t Amy remember them the Dalek invasion of earth anyways?

Writing: There is a lot to digest here, the supporting characters are written pretty cardboard, but Churchill is much better as is Bracewell. The “lit up city” business while a fair plot device isn’t earth shaking. The “spitfires” were a lot of fun, a tad corny but had to love it. On the down side the resolution to the final problem was meh.

Acting: McNeice did Churchill very well and Patterson’s Bracewell was just as good and we see another Angry Doctor episode sequence. While I didn’t like some of the resolution I really like Gillian’s pond in this one. As for the rest of the supporting cast, I found them over the top.

Memorable moments: Jammy Dodgers, Spitfires in Space, Paisley boy

Oddities: The Dalek progenitor device is designed to create Daleks based on a totally different design rather tan an existing Dalek one, apparently after being teased by the Cybermen they have developed a sense of elegance.

Pet Peeves: Shouldn’t Brits of the 40’s be treating Amy different than they do, particularity with her clothing.?

Great Quote(s): Dalek: “You do not require Tea?”

Final Verdict. A stronger episode that the previous one but the first of several that will have weak resolutions.fun episode if you don’t think about the plot holes too much but I’ve found the more I’ve watched it the more the plot hole scream out at me.

Three 1/2 Stars

Ranking in Series 5 to date 2nd out of 3

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Victory of the Daleks
3. The Beast Below

Ranking in Matt Smith Era (out of 2)

1. The Eleventh Hour
2. Victory of the Daleks
3. The Beast Below