Because of my low opinion of these episodes I currently have no plans to invest in the DVDs, and there's no sign of them cropping up on Netflix yet, so this is my only opportunity to see them again and see if my first reactions are still valid.
Or do the episodes hold up better now that we know where they were heading?
Sadly, with Asylum Of The Daleks I still stick by my original comments. In fact, I wonder if I might have been too generous (I'm a sucker for a dalek story).
This episode highlights the fact that Steven Moffat is all about the soundbite, the 'shocking' image that will work well in a trailer and draw viewers in - regardless of whether or not the story holds up ("oh no, The Doctor's carrying Amy's corpse!"; "oh no, the Ponds are getting divorced", "oh no, The Doctor's most resilient enemies are having to turn to him for help" etc etc).
Having watched Asylum Of The Daleks again, I'm still left with a couple of major questions:
- How come the daleks could so easily capture The Doctor and his companions - and yet they've never done this before?
- If the "most technologically advanced warrior race" has access to a weaponised nanobots that can transform living and dead matter into "dalek puppets" why aren't they using it on every other planet in the galaxy?