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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Save The Daleks!



Teaser trailer for the season 33 opener of Doctor Who, Asylum Of The Daleks.

As always the Beeb is being cagey about when exactly this will air, but at least we get a mini-introduction to the episode:
"Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission - to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter... the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route. But with Amy and Rory's relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond's marriage."
The Daleks need saving... from Steven Moffat!

Great to see the most terrifying species in the universe being emasculated once more ("a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter"), but if nothing else this is supposedly the episode that uses every iteration of Dalek in it, which should make for some decent eye candy.

Of course, don't be surprised if they're just tucked away in the background of some wide shot...

Meanwhile, the titles of the first five episodes of the upcoming season have been confirmed as:
  • Asylum of the Daleks, by Steven Moffat
  • Dinosaurs on a Spaceship, by Chris Chibnall
  • A Town Called Mercy, by Toby Whithouse
  • The Power of Three, by Chris Chibnall
  • The Angels Take Manhattan, by Steven Moffat

7 comments:

  1. I could do without more weeping angels. Their first appearance was stunning, especially as the Doctor barely featured so it was mainly regular people coping with a huge supernatural threat. Bringing them back diminishes that a little for me.

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    1. Couldn't agree more. They've been turned into just generic, not-really-scary-anymore "monsters-of-the-week".

      But to be honest, I've become increasing disillusioned with the whole Steven Moffat era - it's all about flashy visuals and little substance (sturm und drang, signifying nothing).

      The Weeping Angels typify this as they have clearly been brought back because they are popular with the kids watching and not because they are the RIGHT creatures for a particular story the writer wants to tell. You get the impression that there are meetings where it is dictated that "this is our Angel story slotfor this season... that'll help us shift some toys".

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  2. I agree. Moffat turns out to have been a bit of a disappointment. And I had such high hopes.

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    1. We all did :( I look at his run on Who, then look at Sherlock and think: "Why couldn't it have been THAT good?"

      I can't decide if he's dropped the ball so badly because he was too much of a fanboy or not enough of a fanboy?

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  3. Tim, I agree the Daleks are a bit overused. Last season had some highs and lows, but I'm still excited for the season. Dionsaurs looks good.

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    1. It's not that they're being overused so much as they are being used poorly. Daleks are supposed to be the ultimate badasses of the universe, but they're not even a credible threat these days.

      Look at the Pandorica episodes from the end of the first Matt Smith season: they were just part of a mob of aliens. Daleks aren't team players! Daleks enslave other aliens. Daleks rule! They don't cower, they don't get "too terrified", Daleks exterminate!

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  4. The thing is, Daleks do fear their say their don't but lots of times their are shown to be terrofried of the Doctor. I do think it takes a lot to make a Dalek scared, but their do feel fear.

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