Doctor Who–“Asylum of the Daleks”

Credit: Nerd Bastards

WOW. Just…wow is all I can say about this season premiere of Doctor Who. I can only say that and a few plot details because to say any more would be spoiler-y–fyi, if you haven’t seen it, don’t click that link–and I don’t want to do that to you guys.

Suffice it to say that this episode proved that, even after 2 seasons as showrunner and juggling the runaway concurrent success of Sherlock, Steven Moffat has still got it as a writer. He knows how to play with your emotions enough to keep you guessing and keep you intrigued from beginning to end.

Moffat has said repeatedly that this season–which will mark the legendary British sci-fi show’s 50TH year on the air–will contain movie-style episodes and he’s right here. This felt like watching an action movie; heck, I felt like I was watching Inception at some points.

As to how the actors are–in this story that begins with the Doctor roaming around the universe at random and his married companions Amy and Rory Pond estranged and this close to being divorced–they are phenomenal. Matt Smith has gotten better and better as the Doctor with each episode and here, he’s finally nailed it. That combination of deathly serious and slightly touched in the head that makes up the Doctor, he has made his own. And it’s wonderful to see.

Karen Gillian’s Amy and Arthur Darvill’s Rory are in a different place for me now than they usually were. At first, Amy was the one companion you liked due to her rough Scottish attitude and stubbornness as well as her B.A. moments when they came and Rory was “The Other One,” the goofy one kept around to fill out the character dynamic but he wasn’t that engrossing.

Now, however, they’ve switched roles, at least for me, my sister and the friends I watched this episode with. I find myself rooting for Rory much more as he’s become much more than the Shaggy of the show; Darvill’s increased confidence with each appearance has definitely helped that. Amy, on the other hand, I’ve grown tired of. It’s not Gillian’s fault; she gives it her all and yes, she is very attractive, but it feels like Moffat and co. have stopped introducing new sides to Amy and are just coasting on what came before. That’s kinda lame.

You know what’s NOT lame? The villains themselves, the Daleks. Yes, they still look like salt shakers, but Moffat scaled them back from their overuse and sometimes-ridiculous sympathizing that was done to them in the David Tennant/Russell Davies era. These guys are monsters. Make no mistake.

I don’t know what to say any more except go watch this episode because it isn’t just a great Who episode, it’s a brilliant piece of television. Can’t wait to see whats next.

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One comment on “Doctor Who–“Asylum of the Daleks”

  1. Adri Z. says:

    nothing on the Jenna-Louise Coleman thing? For shame.

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