Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E2 Into the Dalek

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Peter Capaldi as the Doctor: S8 E2 Into the Dalek

The Lat­est of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doc­tor Who (a few days late due to Comcast)

Sum­mary: Is there such a thing as a Good Dalek? or a Good Doctor?

Plot: The Doc­tor saves a sol­dier about to be killed by the Daleks, and is asked by her com­man­ders if they can heal a wounded Dalek who has appar­ently turned Good, He pops over to pick up Clara from work where she is flirt­ing with a teacher named Danny Pink and with a team from the ship are minia­tur­ized & injected into the Dalek. Can they heal and save this “good” Dalek and if they do will it still be good when they are done?

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Writ­ing: As a rule I don’t care for Dalek sto­ries and they don’t really impress me as a vil­lain but Steven Mof­fat & Phil Ford man­aged to do some­thing great with it. The whole con­cept of what is good and what is evil comes into play with­out sac­ri­fic­ing any of the action that a Dalek episode implies. It also empha­sizes the new style and thought process of this incar­na­tion of the Doc­tor with­out sac­ri­fic­ing wit. I’m really start­ing to think that while River Song is the char­ac­ter that has been in Moffat’s head nearly for­ever this is the incar­na­tion of the Doc­tor he’s dreamed of all his life. I’m hop­ing to see more than the “bro­ken sol­der” when it comes from Danny Pink and I found myself wait­ing for the School Sec­re­tary to say “Nudge Nudge wink wink say no more” but all of that stuff will likely be resolved over the next few episodes.

Act­ing: I have a feel­ing that this sec­tion is going to be rather repet­i­tive until Capaldi does some­thing wrong or stu­pid. For the 2nd episode in a row he doesn’t put a foot wrong. He remains the best part of the this sea­son and has Moffat’s 12th Doc­tor down cold. Jenna Cole­man mean­while proves she isn’t lim­ited by which doc­tor she is with to shine. As I said Samuel Anderson’s Danny Pink is almost stereo­typ­i­cal as the sol­der with regret but does an OK job with it. The rest of the cast from Zawa Ash­ton to Michelle Mor­ris do yeoman’s work and Laura Dos San­tos takes her one big scene and runs with it to the point where you are delighted to see her have a cup of tea.

Mem­o­rable Moments: Please and thank you, what are you children?,I bet you did, , You’re my hobby, I was sav­ing us, I see Hatred, you passed the test.

Doc­tor Who Flash­backs: Shades of both Journey’s End (10th Doc­tor) II have seen the Dalek & Evil of the Daleks (2nd Doc­tor) mak­ing good Daleks in this plot.

Odd­i­ties: Why would a Dalek have an area for dead peo­ple or things? If this is basi­cally a Dalek’s waste does that mean Daleks have to eat and if so what?

Pet Peeves: I seem to recall the Doc­tor was quite fond of sol­diers his best friend being some guy named the Brigadier.

Even with the ele­ment of sur­prise Rusty had no busi­ness out­fight­ing all those others.

Great Quote(s):

The Doc­tor: What are those ones for? I don’t need armed baby-​sitters.
Gretchen: We’re not baby-​sitters.
Ross: We’re here to shoot you dead if you turn out to be a Dalek spy.
The Doc­tor: Well, that’s a relief. I hate baby-​sitters.

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Gretchen: Tell me the truth. Is he mad, or is he right? I’ve come this far. Prob­a­bly going to die any­way. Wouldn’t mind some­thing to do for the rest of my life. Is he mad, or is he right?

Clara: Hand on my heart? Most days he’s both.

Gretchen: One ques­tion, then. Is this worth it?

The Doc­tor: If I can turn one Dalek, I can turn them all. I can save the future.

Gretchen: Gretchen Ali­son Carlisle. Do some­thing good and name it after me.

The Doc­tor: I will do some­thing amaz­ing, I promise.

Gretchen: Damn well better.

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The Doc­tor: I saved your life, Rusty. Now I’m going to go one bet­ter. I’m going to save your soul.
Rusty the Dalek: Daleks do not have souls.
The Doc­tor: Oh, no? Imag­ine if you did. What then, Rusty? What would hap­pen then?

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The Doc­tor: See, all those years ago, when I began, I was just run­ning. I called myself the Doc­tor, but it was just a name. And then I went to Skaro. And then I met you lot and I under­stood who I was. The Doc­tor was not the Daleks

Final Ver­dict: Five stars. Unusual for the 2nd episode of a Doc­tor to be this good. The job of a 2nd episode is to keep you from being let down after a pre­mière and keep you want­ing more, Into the Dalek does the job in spades.

Rank­ing of Sea­son: 1st of two. Anx­ious to see what the crew is going to offer to knock it off.

1. Into the Dalek
2. Deep Breath

The Latest of my reviews of the Peter Capaldi Era of Doctor Who (a few days late due to Comcast)

Summary: Is there such a thing as a Good Dalek?  or a Good Doctor?

Plot:  The Doctor saves a soldier about to be killed by the Daleks, and is asked by her commanders if they can heal a wounded Dalek who has apparently turned Good,   He pops over to pick up Clara from work where she is flirting with a teacher named Danny Pink and with a team from the ship are miniaturized & injected into the Dalek.  Can they heal and save this “good” Dalek and if they do will it still be good when they are done?

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Writing:  As a rule I don’t care for Dalek stories and they don’t really impress me as a villain but Steven Moffat & Phil Ford  managed to do something great with it.  The whole concept of what is good and what is evil comes into play without sacrificing any of the action that a Dalek episode implies.  It also emphasizes the new style and thought process of this incarnation of the Doctor without sacrificing wit.  I’m really starting to think that while River Song is the character that has been in Moffat’s head nearly forever this is the incarnation of the Doctor he’s dreamed of all his life.  I’m hoping to see more than the “broken solder” when it comes from Danny Pink and I found myself waiting for the School Secretary to say “Nudge Nudge wink wink say no more” but all of that stuff will likely be resolved over the next few episodes.

Acting:  I have a feeling that this section is going to be rather repetitive until Capaldi does something wrong or stupid.  For the 2nd episode in a row he doesn’t put a foot wrong.  He remains the best part of the this season and  has Moffat’s 12th Doctor down cold.  Jenna Coleman meanwhile proves she isn’t limited by which doctor she is with to shine. As I said  Samuel Anderson’s Danny Pink is almost stereotypical as the solder with regret but does an OK job with it.  The rest of the cast from Zawa Ashton to Michelle Morris do yeoman’s work and Laura Dos Santos takes her one big scene and runs with it to the point where you are delighted to see her have a cup of tea.

Memorable Moments:  Please and thank you, what are you children?,I  bet you did, , You’re my hobby,  I was  saving us, I see Hatred, you passed the test.

Doctor Who Flashbacks:  Shades of both Journey’s End (10th Doctor) II have seen the Dalek & Evil of the Daleks (2nd Doctor) making good Daleks in this plot.

Oddities: Why would a Dalek have an area for dead people or things?  If this is basically a Dalek’s waste does that mean Daleks have to eat and if so what?

Pet Peeves:  I seem to recall the Doctor was quite fond of soldiers his best friend being some guy named the Brigadier.

Even with the element of surprise Rusty had no business outfighting all those others.

Great Quote(s):

The Doctor:  What are those ones for? I don’t need armed baby-sitters. 
Gretchen:  We’re not baby-sitters.
Ross: We’re here to shoot you dead if you turn out to be a Dalek spy. 
The Doctor: Well, that’s a relief. I hate baby-sitters

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Gretchen:   Tell me the truth. Is he mad, or is he right? I’ve come this far. Probably going to die anyway. Wouldn’t mind something to do for the rest of my life. Is he mad, or is he right?

Clara: Hand on my heart? Most days he’s both. 

Gretchen:  One question, then. Is this worth it? 

The Doctor: If I can turn one Dalek, I can turn them all. I can save the future. 

Gretchen:  Gretchen Alison Carlisle. Do something good and name it after me. 

The Doctor:   I will do something amazing, I promise. 

Gretchen:  Damn well better. 

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The Doctor:   I saved your life, Rusty. Now I’m going to go one better. I’m going to save your soul. 
Rusty the Dalek:   Daleks do not have souls.
The Doctor:  Oh, no? Imagine if you did. What then, Rusty? What would happen then? 

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The Doctor:  See, all those years ago, when I began, I was just running. I called myself the Doctor, but it was just a name. And then I went to Skaro. And then I met you lot and I understood who I was. The Doctor was not the Daleks

Final Verdict: Five stars.  Unusual for the 2nd episode of a Doctor to be this good.  The job of a 2nd episode is to keep you from being let down after a premiere and keep you wanting more, Into the Dalek does the job in spades.

Ranking of Season: 1st of two.   Anxious to see what the crew is going to offer to knock it off.

1.  Into the Dalek
2. Deep Breath