Doctor Who: 2012 Season Part One
observations by: GF Willmetts
As with the SFCrowsnest Forum in recent years and this time there and here on the SFCrowsnest.org.uk, my comments on the latest season of ‘Doctor Who’. These will mostly be impressions – here’s my Doctor one, ‘Geronimo!’ – rather than plot spoilers. If you’re living in a country that hasn’t seen these episodes yet, read with caution but I’m not going to give too much away. If you can watch it first, that’s even better.
Asylum Of The Daleks 01 September 2012
The oddest thing about this story is how easy it was for the Daleks to capture not only the Ponds but also the Doctor. Surely, if they wanted him dead that easy, why have they been messing about with him all these years? Then again, considering that the Daleks are also time-travellers, there’s no real way of knowing where in their history this happened. Well, there is one. Skaro is still around, so it must pre-date the seventh Doctor’s destruction of their planet. Whether the Daleks are actually from this time frame, how are we to know?
Added to this, a Dalek nanotechnology which unprotected can turn humans into Daleks is also the ultimate weapon. Why invade? Drop some of that into a planetary atmosphere and instant converts.
The colour foam bottle Daleks from the last appearance appear here as well but, thankfully, are vastly outnumbered by the better traditional looking Daleks.
Another new factor out of this is that the Daleks call the Doctor the predator. Are there any more surprises we are going to learn from these malevolent beings?
Oddly, this is a very well constructed story, made so this time by showing the Daleks are more than exterminating machines. One can only hope that the intention is to develop them more so we see something akin to the society as shown in the original 1960s ‘TV21’ comic back page story. Certainly there is a need to stop showing the Doctor destroying them every time they meet. It’s making him look more a mass murderer than they are.
There’s some nice twists in this story that should keep you on the edge of your seat and you’re more likely to watch and find out than speculate before the reveal. A great way into the latest season.