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Doctor Who XXXIV(8).2: Into the Dalek

August 31st, 2014 (02:01 am)

As I've been saying everywhere, I planned to be in bed three hours ago, and had pledged my Doctor Who writing time elsewhere; but began to put down a few words on Into the Dalek and wrote something down over at The Event Library.

ETA: I've added another paragraph at 3.30am BST.

Also posted at http://sir-guinglain.dreamwidth.org/2014/08/31/doctor-who-xxxiv82-into-the-dalek.html.


Posted by: wellinghall (wellinghall)
Posted at: August 31st, 2014 06:01 am (UTC)

Great write-up - thanks. (But, I respectfully, suggest, not worth missing so much sleep for?)

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 31st, 2014 10:09 am (UTC)

I doubt I would have got to sleep much before when I did anyway (which was immediately on hitting the pillow, very unusual for me), but you are quite right...

Posted by: daniel_saunders (daniel_saunders)
Posted at: August 31st, 2014 04:50 pm (UTC)

I'm feeling a little underwhelmed by the season so far. I didn't think Deep Breath justified its extra length, while Into the Dalek seemed both under-written and rushed, which may be an achievement in itself. And while I'm potentially open to questioning the Doctor's morality (even if it's been happening regularly since the mid-eighties and no longer seems the subversive option it is always presented as) I'm really not buying the Doctor as a Dalek. Daleks hate all other life-forms; the Doctor hates murderers. Even if the latter is morally wrong (which I'm not entirely convinced about, but that's another topic), I don't see the two as morally equivalent.

I also think Capaldi has been sidelined too much thus far, somewhat equivalent to Peter Davison in season nineteen. We need some nice set pieces to show what his Doctor is capable of, and as yet I don't think we've seen them. Compare with the way that almost every story in season twelve gives the Doctor a memorable moment to allow Tom Baker to shine.

Still, I don't think the season has been bad so far, and I admit I'm curious to know what the 'Heaven' storyline is about, even if it has been inserted rather clumsily. And there is a tradition for new Who seasons to start poorly and suddenly ignite a few episodes in, so I'll stay hopeful.

Posted by: parrot_knight (parrot_knight)
Posted at: August 31st, 2014 05:41 pm (UTC)

I appreciate the underwhelmedness, though I'm not sure underwritten and rushed are the words I'd use.

I think what's important is that the Dalek can see the Doctor as a Dalek. We know there is a difference; Clara knows there is a difference. So does Journey.

I'm not sure whether Capaldi needs more showcasing; it's been a deliberate decision to make the introduction of his Doctor more measured than Matt Smith's was. His set pieces have been the confrontation with the Half-Face Man and with the Dalek creature, and they've shown different kinds of intensities. There is bound to be more variety if the publicity is anything to go by.