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- Episode: Into the Dalek (Season 8, Episode 2)
- Starring: Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Samuel Anderson, Michelle Gomez, Michael Smiley, Zawe Ashton
- Written By: Phil Ford and Steven Moffat
- Directed By: Ben Wheatley
- Network: BBC, BBC America
- Studio: BBC
Doctor Who: Into the Dalek Review
A good Dalek?
By Kimberly McCall
August 31, 2014
Peter Capaldi is Doctor Who
The Doctor has a patient. “Into the Dalek “ thrusts our new and darker Doctor (Peter Capaldi) and his impossible girl, Clara (Jenna Coleman), into a physical and emotional journey inside the “most dangerous place in the universe”, the mind of a Dalek.
Since regaining Clara's questioning trust after his regeneration, the Doctor enlists her help as he is recruited by a ship of soldiers, being hunted by the Daleks. After saving the life of one od their pilots, Journey Blue (Zawe Ashton). the Doctor is presented with a “sick” Dalek, who is hellbent on exterminating its own kind.
Written by Phil Ford (The Sara Jane Adventures, Torchwood), this week's episode is a lovingly crafted Dalek story mixed with a bit of real world character development for Clara. We are allowed a glimpse of her everyday life as a schoolteacher where she meets Danny Pink (Samuel Anderson), a former soldier with personal demons who has just joined the faculty. The two bumble through their mutual attraction to one another and even agree on a date before Clara is whisked way in the Tardis.
The next part of the episode plays out like a 60's sci-fi movie as the Doctor, Clara, Blue, and two other soldiers are shrunk and injected into the Dalek's machinery to diagnose the problem. Given the name of “Rusty” by the Doctor, the sick Dalek tells its helpful invaders of having witnessed beauty and prevailing life in seeing the birth of a star. However, no one seems to grasp that “curing” a Dalek will mean restoring its evil quest of unmerciful universal domination. Needless to say, they lean this lesson the hard way.
In making a last attempt to bring Rusty over to the side of good, The Doctor begs the Dalek to see beauty through his eyes. The sadness comes when Rusty sees only hatred and anger in the thoughts and memories of the Timelord.
Peter Capaldi's Doctor is definitely more outwardly tortured than the last two incarnations. He is visibly still coming into who he is and struggling with what kind of a “man” he has become. Before parting ways, Rusty tells the Doctor that he is a good Dalek, referring to the Doctor being on the sie of good despite all his own hatred.
Oh, and there is yet another glimpse of the mysterious woman in Heaven. When Gretchen (Laura Dos Santos) sacrifices herself inside the Dalek to save her comrades, she awakens in that same bright garden from the previous episode and is also greeted by Missy (Michelle Gomez). This new character has our attention completely, now.
The new season has just begun and we're off to a good start. Whether you're a fan of Peter Capaldi yet or not, you've got to admit his differences from Matt Smith are intriguing enough to keep watching. Add a dash of the usual fantastic Doctor Who storytelling, and we're good to go.
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