Doctor Who

Season 7 Episode 1

Asylum of the Daleks

Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Sep 01, 2012 on BBC America
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    Doctor Who's Series 7 Premiere: The Daleks Return

    "Asylum of the Daleks" had some sparks to it, changing up the Daleks, messing with Amy and Rory, and introducing us to the new companion, but it didn't give me goosebumps.

  • Episode Summary

    The Daleks summon the Doctor, Amy, and Rory to help them by traveling to an ice planet on a perilous mission.

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    • joke dalek

      the dalek is the squid in the the tin pepperpot not the thing that that moves about, why would the most ruthless race in the universe have an asylum or even a parliament. they are mutants anything not fitting their ideal is exterminated, for further explanation see second story of so called classic doctor who and then ask yourself who wrote the story for this travesty.
    • Dalek Asylum Made Me Laugh!

      The whole story was a joke! Daleks have been destroying Daleks for decades! With no problem! So ALL OF A SUDDEN they have a problem with this? Why? Because Steven Moffat has no respect for the history of Doctor Who! He practically spat on every classic fan with this vile story of his. The ONLY emotions Daleks have EVER had were HATE AND ANGER! That's it! No Fear! No appreciation of beauty! Moffat continually makes a mockery of any character he didn't create. (Oh wait, he's actually did unintentionally make a mockery of his Angels. lol) When they scream at the Doctor is past episodes it is NOT done with fear but with anger! (shaking head)

      Sadly he had all of the original Daleks but didn't bother putting them in the cells bearing their name. Instead putting new era Daleks instead. Go figure. And again, if a Dalek malfunctioned, No Dalek would hesitate to destroy it!

      Oh and speaking of DESTROYING THINGS, How the Heck did they get to Skaro?! The 7th Doctor destroyed Skaro in 'Remembrance of the Daleks'. And there was no dialogue indicating that they traveled to a time before that. If it isn't in the dialogue, IT DOESN'T EXIST!

      But this is classic Moffat! He just ignores the past except when he wants to steal from it!

      (A) A crack that removes a person from time and space. (5th season)

      (B) Demat gun which removes a person from time and space. The 4th Dr used this gun to fight against the Sontarans. 'Invasion of Time'.

      (A) The Silence have been influencing the development of the Human Race for thousands of years. And the Doctor is livid! (6th Season)

      (B) The Daemons have been coming and going to Earth for thousands of years, influencing the development of the Human Race. 'The Daemons' And the 3rd Dr Couldn't have cared less. lol

      (A) The 11th Dr wears a bow tie, acts befuddled and has (had) a Scottish Companion.

      (B) The 2nd Dr wore a bow tie, acted befuddled and had a Scottish Companion.

      The Daleks do NOT belong to a hive. They are part Kaled, and part machine. They were mutated and had every emotion removed except Hatred and Anger! This was according to Davros! The one who created them in the first place! 'Genesis of the Daleks'.

      Who the heck does Moffat think he is?

      I laughed at how Moffat THANKED the reporters for not revealing any "spoilers". What spoilers?! There was nothing for them to spoil! Moffat does a good enough job of that himself, anyway. lol

      And let me guess, Clara or whatever name she travels with the Dr with, will be meeting the Dr out of order! WOW! Like we haven't seen that before.

      Oh wait! We have! First companion to meet the Dr out of order was Melonie Bush! The Melonie that The Master brought to the Gallifrey space station to testify on the Sixth Doctor's behalf, had already traveled with some time with the Dr, BUT this was his first meeting, ever of her.

      Next (YAWN) was River. A character who started out so promising in the library and then quickly deteriorated into a sick twisted joke! She became a sociopath or we found out just how sick and twisted and cold-blooded she was, the further back into her past we went. And then that sick puke held the entire universe hostage(unless the Dr married her) and some sick mentally unbalanced fans see nothing wrong with this?!

      Thankfully that sick farce of a marriage ended the minute that alternative timeline ended! Even if some extremely immature fans can't accept this reality. lol

      Moffat needs to be fired!

      He puts sexually sick jokes into the dialogue of River Song, that are about as subtle as a sledgehammer falling on one's foot.

      Of course the solution for emotionally immature fools is to simply stop watching! BRILLIANT! Stop watching a show that I have loved for over 30 YEARS?! Those so-called fans are insane! The solution is NOT for me or the millions of disgusted fans to "stop watching" The ONLY INTELLIGENT solution is for the BBC to grow up and fire Moffat and NOT let him pick his successor!

    • Asylum of the Daleks Review

      I was expecting more. The design of everything was exactly what i thought it would be but the episode itself was not. I love the Parliament of the Daleks scene. It was big and filled with excitement even though it didn't have any exciting parts. It was more of a sitting on the edge of your seat kind of moment. I was expecting for the entire episode to be a kind of sitting on the edge of your seat episode, but it was not. It was kind of slow. It had exciting moments but the episode was not exciting. Also, Amy and Rory don't do much in this episode. They figure out a bunch of stuff but don't have big roles. Neither do the Daleks. The Daleks are not shown in this episode much because it is centered around the Doctor and Oswin. Oswin is an amazing character and i am shocked that Jenna Louise Coleman was in this episode. Oswin was so smart and clever and sweet and just made me laugh so much. I love her. I can't wait to see her as the Doctor's new companion.moreless
    • Wow - just wow.

      Words cannot describe this episode. Not only my favourite episode of Doctor Who, but also potentially my favourite episode of any TV show. Ever. Bam. It was that good. We were promised a shock twist moments after the opening titles and blimey did Moffat deliver. Sneaking the new companion into the show, a few months early, under the radar, only to then reveal her to be a Dalek AND kill her off was pure genius and the sheer cheek of it is incredible. And more than that. Jenna-Louise's biggest impact wasn't simply the fact she was in it. Because she stole the show. She was brilliantly funny, gorgeous and the final scenes with her and the Doctor are truly heart-breaking. Away from the Oswin twist, the Daleks were at their best, scarier than they've been under Moffat and the final twist of them all screaming Doctor Who is inspired. Matt Smith is fantastic as ever and Karen and Arthur are both brilliant, with the Amy/Rory side-story deflecting nothing from the gusto of the episode and managing to be both poignant and touching. After 9 months of Who and the frankly awful The Doctor, The Widow and The Wardrobe, i was worried Who would not be at its best. But boy, was I wrong.moreless
    • A clever title goes here!

      I thought this episode brought another bit of what Amelia holds so guarded to light. Sure, yes, she can adopt. But I think it was nice to hear that a character didn't just jump to adoption upon learning they were unable to have any more children. It takes time (often a VERY long time to get over this and the feelings of inadequacy.) And I liked the presentation of how flawed and human Amy actually is, not this Stepford smiler, super-heroine without one defect she tries to present herself as at times. She decided for Rory but did so out of good intentions. This was very human and it showed how deeply she cares for her husband. A deep demonstration of her love instead of her usual heroism or more physical manner of demonstrating affection. *shrug* I thought it was nice.moreless
    Jenna-Louise Coleman

    Jenna-Louise Coleman


    Guest Star

    Anamaria Marinca

    Anamaria Marinca


    Guest Star

    Naomi Ryan

    Naomi Ryan


    Guest Star

    Nicholas Briggs

    Nicholas Briggs

    Voice of the Daleks

    Recurring Role

    Barnaby Edwards

    Barnaby Edwards

    Dalek 1

    Recurring Role

    Nicholas Pegg

    Nicholas Pegg

    Dalek 2

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • Trivia: When Oswin tells the Doctor about the Intensive Care unit, she mentions that they are survivors of failed Dalek campaigns on the planets Spiridon, Kembel, Aridius, Vulcan, and Exxilon. This refers to events from the classic series' stories "Planet of the Daleks," "The Dalek Master Plan," "The Chase," "The Power of the Daleks," and "Death to the Daleks," respectively.

    • QUOTES (13)

      • Darla: First there were the Daleks. And then there was a man who fought them. And then in time, he died. There are a few, of course, who believe this man somehow survived. And that one day, he will return. For both our sakes, dearest Hannah, we must hope these stories are true.

      • Darla: They say you can help.
        The Doctor: Do they? I wish they'd stop.

      • Rory: So how much trouble are we in?
        The Doctor: How much trouble, Mr. Pond? Out of ten... eleven.

      • Amy: Where are we? Spaceship, right?
        The Doctor: Not just any spaceship. The Parliament of the Daleks. Be brave.
        Amy: What do we do?
        The Doctor: Make them remember you.

      • The Doctor: It's never made any sense to me.
        Dalek Prime Minister: Why not?
        The Doctor: Because you'd just kill them.
        Dalek Prime Minister: It is offensive to us to extinguish such divine hatred.
        The Doctor: Offensive?
        Dalek Prime Minister: Does it surprise you to know that Daleks have a concept of beauty?
        The Doctor: I thought you'd run out of ways to make me sick. But hello again. You think hatred is beautiful?
        Dalek Prime Minister: Perhaps that is why we have never been able to kill you.

      • Darla: The gravity beam will convey you close to the source of the transmission. You must find a way to deactivate the force field from there.
        The Doctor: You're going to fire me at a planet, that's your plan? I get fired at a planet and expected to fix it.
        Rory: In fairness, that is slightly your MO.
        The Doctor: Don't be fair to the Daleks when they're firing me at a planet.

      • The Doctor: What is wrong with my chin?
        Oswin: Careful, dear, you'll put someone's eye out.

      • Oswin: So, anyway, I'm Oswin. What do I call you?
        Rory: Uh, I can't remember. Uhh... Rory.
        Oswin: Lovely name, Rory. A boy I fancied was called Rory.
        Rory: Okay.
        Oswin: Actually, she was called Nina. I was going through a phase. Just flirting to keep you cheerful.

      • Oswin: Okay, you're safe for now. Pop your shirt off, quick as you like.
        Rory: Why?
        Oswin: Does there have to be a reason?

      • Oswin: Do you know how you make someone into a Dalek? Subtract love, add anger. Doesn't she seem a bit too angry to you?
        Amy: Well, somebody's never been to Scotland.

      • The Doctor: You know what really gets me about you, Oswin? The souffles. Where do you get milks for the souffles? Seriously, is no one else wondering about that?
        Rory: No. Frankly, no. Twice.

      • Oswin: Why do the Daleks call you "The Predator"?
        The Doctor: I'm not a predator. Just a man with a plan.
        Oswin: You've got a plan?
        Rory: We're all ears.
        Amy: There's a nose joke going there if someone wants to pick that one off.
        The Doctor: In no particular order, we need to neutralize the Daleks in this asylum, rescue Oswin from the wreckage, escape from this planet, and fix Amy and Rory's marriage.
        Amy: Okay, I'm counting three lost causes. Anyone else?

      • The Doctor: As soon as the force field is down, the Daleks will attack. If it gets too explodey-wodey in here, you go without me, okay?
        Rory: And leave you to die?
        The Doctor: Oh, don't worry about me. You're the one beaming up to a Dalek ship to get exterminated.
        Rory: Fair point. Love this plan.

    • NOTES (4)

      • A new logo is introduced and a slightly altered opening sequence. The logo reflects the theme of the episode: this one has Dalek lights on it.

      • This episode features not only the largest number of CGI Daleks featured in the series to date, with the appearance of Daleks from every era of the series, old and new.

      • Great efforts were taken to make the presence of future series star Jenna-Louise Coleman's appearance in the episode, several months shy of her official appearance in the 2012 Christmas Special, a secret.

      • International Airdates:
        US: September 1, 2012 on BBCAmerica

    • ALLUSIONS (0)