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Doctor Who: Victory of the Daleks – What did you think of episode 3?

Posted by LiveFor on April 18, 2010

Third episode of Matt Smith’s adventures in the TARDIS and this time he is back in war torn London helping Winston Churchill fight the Daleks. Spoilers ahead.

Mark Gatiss (The Leage of Gentlemen) wrote the episode. It was good, but did have some faults. Mainly that it was all a bit quick. They were no sooner in London, then zip, zoom, zam it was over.

Still we did get to see a new generation of colourful Daleks (all the better to make kiddies buy each version). Nice to see them changing as well, but I am not sure of the new look. They’re taller so as to match Smith and Karen Gillan’s height, but they just seem a bit too bulky and sleek. The various colour schemes are a good nod to Peter Cushing’s Doctor in the old movies – wonder if they will try and tie that in to continuity somehow.

I liked the idea of the Brit scientist who wasn’t actually human. Would be nice to see him crop up again in some way.

My biggest bugbear is the fact that, like last weeks episode, the Doctor didn’t really do much and that Amy Pond again saved the day. Always cool that the companion does stuff, but it is the Doctor you tune in to watch each week.

Still, lots of foundation building for future Dalek episodes (was each one given a name? I missed that bit when they were introduced) and what is the deal with Amy not knowing about them? Did the Doctor pick her up from the early 1990s so they had not yet invaded? As we know from the first episode the Doctor has taken her on board for a reason that involves the cracks in the universe – when young Amy heard the TARDIS did she have an adventure with him that she has forgotten?

Looking forward to next weeks episode, The Time of Angels, with the return of the Weeping Angels and Alex Kingston as River Song.

Things to ponder. Now over to you. What did you think of the episode and the ongoing plots developing in the series?

6 Responses to “Doctor Who: Victory of the Daleks – What did you think of episode 3?”

  1. My biggest bugbear is the fact that, like last weeks episode, the Doctor didn’t really do much and that Amy Pond again saved the day. Always cool that the companion does stuff, but it is the Doctor you tune in to watch each week.

    I watched this with a friend of mine and this was my biggest beef (among others) with the episode. The “companion as plot device” is getting a bit old and makes them seem more adversarial than a partnership.

    Great review, I enjoyed reading it!

  2. anotherzen said

    i for one thought it was horribly written, the whole scene with the Doctor getting mad and “i am the Doctor your are the Daleks” thingy just was laughable written, i just sat there wondering “why the hell would he say that, what is going on here, why why?” And the bomb that stopped because he “remembered” a girl.. yeeaahh, not bloody likely now is it😛

    Also as stated before, the Doctor didn’t do anything this time, we didn’t even get to see how he turned of the shields.. and he gets thrown in to the other Doctor characters alot, that cookie imo. had “Would You Like a Jelly Baby?” written all over it. BUT! i liked the way the Smith behaved in this episode, not so superoverdramatic.

    Worst ‘New’ Doctor Who episode to date for me😦 and the next is rehash of the previous Doctor.. again. oh well, if i don’t blink, i might catch a good episode😛. Don’t get me wrong tho, i love Doctor Who, and Smith has potential, but the writers, producers and directors need to get it together faster than superglue dries.

    I liked the “Retro” Daleks tho hehe and the war setting was very good, as with the previous episode, great setting, good story, but this one was poorly written.

    /end rant

  3. Cate said

    I am a huge Doctor Who fan and can honestly say I am really enjoying the new series. I do find it strange that his companion has saved the day in both episodes but it’s early days and the clip for next week looks great.
    Not sure about the chubby backed Daleks though!!!

  4. Scarlett said

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  5. Ethan said

    Although this episode was definitely rushed, and in my opinion could have been broken into a couple of episodes, or even a movie, it was still fantastic. As for the design of the Daleks, I think the new design was chosen to make them seem imposing. More liable to stand up to the Doctor. And I personally like the side-kick-as-a-plot-device thing. Shows that he might be a little off his game toward the beginning. And shows that she’s not afraid. Just a different approach, I believe, and not a misstep by any means. Just different. And that’s what Doctor Who’s about.

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