The Doctor Goes “Into The Dalek” And Survives In This Week’s “Doctor Who”

Photo: BBC
Photo: BBC

Welcome back #TeamTARDIS to the second episode of this season of Doctor Who.  We all just about survived “Deep Breath” and this week’s episode to me really feels like the first proper episode of the season.  Bear with me as I explain my reasoning behind this, the Doctor has got over the trauma of his regeneration, Clara has come to terms with her Doctor’s new face and we are heading “into darkness”.

So hold tight as head “Into the Dalek” and we finally meet the third member of #TeamTARDIS Danny Pink.

What You Need to Know:

  • Clara is not travelling with the Doctor all the time, she is still teaching English at Coal Hill School. The Doctor is still really bad at geography.  We discover that three weeks have passed between the end of “Deep Breath” and the events in this week’s episodes, and Clara was left stranded in Glasgow.  The Doctor also did this with Sarah Jane Smith, only he left Sarah Jane in Aberdeen.
  • The Daleks are still hell bent on their attempt to take over the universe. In an unknown time, there is a Galactic Resistance fighting against the Daleks. We see a pilot, Journey Blue, about to be shot down, however she is saved by the Doctor, who then ends up on The Aristotle. Even though the Doctor may have a different face, he still doesn’t like guns.  Shows he really is the same man.
  • The Doctor is taken to treat an unknown patient, which is strange because the Daleks leave no survivors.  The unknown patient is not human.  That’s right people, we have a sick Dalek who calls out for the Doctor, but not in the way we are used to.
  • Well hello there Danny Pink!! We meet Coal Hill’s newest maths teacher, who as an ex-soldier also runs the Coal Hill Cadets.  His student asks him if he had ever killed someone who wasn’t a soldier.  That question did not receive an answer, however it would seem that Mr. Pink has a secret past, as a question like that should not reduce someone to tears.
  • The Doctor has definitely calmed down and is nowhere near as frenetic as last week.  He is also still trying to find out who he really is especially with “Clara, be my pal. Tell me, am I a good man?” Well that is a loaded question, especially when the Doctor has been dealing with the Daleks. We also discover that this is when the Doctor and Clara are heading “into darkness”.
  • The Dalek patient still seems like a relatively normal Dalek until it announces “All Dalek’s must be destroyed, I will destroy the Daleks. Destroy the Daleks. Daleks must die”. Hold the phone, that is not the norm.  It appears that when a Dalek is badly destroyed it seems to turn good. A good Dalek, now that is definitely a new one.
  • The Doctor and Clara, along with some of the crew of The Aristotle under take a mission to discover what is wrong with the Dalek.  They do this in a manner reminiscent of the Issac Asimov novel The Fantastic Journey, or the Dennis Quaid movie Innerspace. They get shrunk to nano size and enter the Dalek through the iconic eyestalk. The Doctor simply welcomes them to “the most dangerous place in the universe”.  We are yet again reminded that Capaldi’s 12th Doctor is still the man we all know and love, as he tells Clara to “follow me and RUN”!!  The Doctor doesn’t know how to introduce Clara, but he doesn’t call her his assistant.  Clara says “I’m his carer.” The Doctor’s response “Yes, she’s my carer. She cares so I don’t have to”.
  • The Dalek, whom the Doctor christens Rusty says he has seen the birth of a star and witnessed “the silence and the cold”.  Rusty also reminds the Doctor that “Life returns, life remains and resistance is futile.”
  • The Doctor discovers that Rusty is suffering from radiation poisoning as there is a crack in his power source.  Of course, the Doctor seals the crack, and well if Rusty doesn’t return to the type of Dalek we know and fear. One small problem of course, everyone is still inside Rusty.  As the Doctor realises there are no good Daleks, Clara literally slaps some sense into him, and he works out how to return Rusty to his previous state and therefore get out alive.
  • In order to save themselves, the Doctor must show the Dalek the birth of the star again, however getting to the memory banks of Rusty is virtually impossible. One of the soldiers, Gretchen Carlisle asks Clara “is he right or is he mad?”. Clara replies that he is a bit of both.  Carlisle sacrifices herself to save the whole team, and wakes up in heaven and is offered a cup of tea by Missy!! I think we are going to see Missy a lot before her big reveal in the season finale.
  • The Doctor tells Clara to do a clever thing to return the suppressed memories to Rusty.  Of course the Impossible Girl does this and with Clara unlocking the memories, and the Doctor letting him into his own memories, he turns on the Daleks again.  “I see beauty, I see divinity, I see hatred of the Daleks”.
  • As Clara and the Doctor get ready to leave the Aristotle, Rusty is on a mission to destroy the remaining Daleks.  Journey Blue runs after the Doctor and asks him to take her with him.  The Doctor says no “I just wish you hadn’t been a soldier”.  This is a line that will prove interesting for Danny who will meet the Doctor in Episode 6.
  • Clara returns to Coal Hill School, ready for her drink date with Danny, however the Doctor tells her he will see her “soon, or later”. As she leaves, Clara finally answers the Doctor’s earlier question saying that she doesn’t know if he is a good man, but he tries to be.

I have to say all in all, I really enjoyed this episode, and Moffat really is leaving us a number of breadcrumbs which will lead to the events of the season finale.  I have a feeling we may see Rusty again, and we know we haven’t seen the end of Missy.
So there we have it, we have been “Into The Dalek” and survived.  What did people think of Danny? Will he be the new Rory or will be more of the Tin Dog Mark 2?

If you want to see all the behind the scenes action, check out this week’s episode of Doctor Who Extra below:

Tune in next week as we head off to Sherwood Forest, to meet the “Robots of Sherlock”, which I am so excited for because it is penned by the wonderfully talented Mark Gatiss. Check out what Steven Moffat has to say about what we can expect from “Robots of Sherwood”.  See you all next week.

“There’s no such thing as Robin Hood!” In a sun-dappled Sherwood Forest, The Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars. But with of Nottingham at stake (and possibly Derby), there’s no time for the two adventurers to get into a fight about who is real and who isn’t – which is probably why they do very little else!


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