Warning: This blog post contains both personal opinions and especially SPOILERS about the Series 8 episode of Doctor Who “Into the Dalek”. Reading beyond this point guarantees that you will encounter information regarding the episode that will ruin any and all of its surprises for you. Spoilers…
What did I even just watch? My brain hurts. I didn’t really enjoy this episode of Doctor Who at all. It felt a little too all over the place – even with a Doctor who still doesn’t quite know who he is. Is it just me or is this Doctor aloof and unapologetically so? This episode made him seem like an asshole.
Honestly, I’m just sort of left with a lot of questions.
For starters, The Doctor goes off on what is apparently a 3 week long trip by the standards of those of us taking the long way ’round – to get coffee. In typical Doctor fashion, he gets distracted. He (seemingly) randomly saves a female soldier who is within seconds of being blown up by a Dalek ship. Her brother on the other hand? Nope. He’s gone and they never really explain whether he was already dead. Even if he were – why not save his body? Isn’t that the respectful thing to do? It reminded me a lot of the Invasion of the Cubes / Power of 3 episode where The Doctor saves Amy, Rory and Rory’s Dad from a space ship… but as far as we know, he just sort of leaves a dozen other bodies on the ship with no indication whether or not those people are alive. It has always weighed on my mind – seriously, wtf?
The whole episode is like that… a lot of things just sort of happen without explanation. It’s like we’re supposed to accept things as factual as 2+2=4.
Why does Danny Pink (rumored as being a new companion) sound exactly like Mickey? Jeremy and I have a bit of an inside joke of sorts. We make fun of Mickey often “Mucking about with the Doctor”. And thus, I am well tuned to how Mickey sounds. Danny sounds just like him and it’s weird.
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(Please excuse the fact that I apparently suck at videos and my big, white thigh in the end.)
I “get it” and often find it charming when The Doctor makes pop culture references. It adds realism to the show when he acknowledges past or present things. But “Resistance in Futile” being said by a Dalek? That just seemed ill placed and well… kind of stupid. What was the point? I realize that it doesn’t have to be related to Star Trek when you say it, but come on… we all reference it that way and surely the writers knew as much.
Why were both female soldiers “Journey Blue” and “Gretchen” calling the commander, “Uncle”? Were they actually related? That didn’t even make sense. It reminded me of the episode The Doctor’s Wife where they kept referring to the being sucking the life out of the TARDIS as Uncle – despite there clearly being no sort of bloodline between them. Why do they do this? It’s weird and confusing. Someone feel free to explain and/or clue me in.
We encountered Daleks and not once did the episode bring up Clara’s unique Dalek experience. You’d think they would have being that this is the first episode in which we’ve encountered them since her companion debut. Why no nod?
Ouch. Was Clara slapping The Doctor really necessary? Something tells me that when Clara leaves (reportedly at Christmas), it won’t be because she’s dead but because she’s fed up with him.
Gretchen gives her life so that others may prevail. She dies and ends up with Missy in whatever “heaven” it’s supposed to be. Is this an ongoing thing?
I really didn’t like this episode. It just did nothing for me. It was just a bunch of things that happened, smushed together into an episode for the sake of having one. I’m so disappointed – especially after just a strong opening.
The upcoming episode preview seemed awesome. I’ll just look forward to that.