Eleventh Doctor: Asylum of the Daleks


Writer: Steven Moffatt

Director: Nick Hurran

Producer: Marcus Wilson

Series: 7, episode 1

Companions: Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), Rory Williams (Arthur Darvill), Clara Oswald(splinter)(Jenna Coleman)

Summary: The Doctor, Amy, and Rory are captured by the Parliament of Daleks. They discover that the Daleks want him to “cleanse” their Asylum. They’ve reanimated human corpses into Daleks and a human named Clara Oswald is trapped with them in the snow. She’s hacked into the Daleks’ technology and is protecting herself from them, as well as making soufflés. Oh and Amy and Rory are in the process of a divorce.

Review: This was intense! Clara was an interesting addition. I never realized until rewatching it that the soufflés are actually a clue to Clara’s big reveal. In a way, this episode is also part of the celebration of the show’s 50th anniversary, as you can see Daleks from previous episodes (even my favorite, the Special Weapons Dalek!) The nano-cloud turning everyone into Daleks was a great idea. The reanimated corpses were very scary. The only thing that I didn’t like was Amy and Rory going through a divorce. I felt it slowed down the story. I know I should be used to Amy and Rory’s bickering, as it’s part of what makes them such great characters, but here it was a weakness as they didn’t get along as well as they had up until this point. I’m so glad the divorce wasn’t in the rest of the season.

Continuity: As I’ve stated, if you look around at the Parliament, you can see Daleks from previous stories. Rory mentions his two-thousand year long wait for Amy in “The Big Bang”. We get the worst version of the “Wibbly-Wobbly phrase, “space-wacey” (really, Moffatt? I’m sorry, but I can’t defend that one!) and of course “humany-wumany” (UGH!) The Doctor says that a Dalek is useless without its gun, which the Ninth Doctor said in “Dalek.” Dalek puppets would again appear in the finale for the Eleventh Doctor.




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