Doctor Who

Season 8 Episode 2

Into the Dalek

20
Aired Saturday 8:00 PM Aug 30, 2014 on BBC America
7.9
out of 10
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142 votes
5

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A rebel ship captures an injured Dalek and asks the Doctor to treat it. To do so, the Doctor must miniaturize and enter the body of his greatest foe.

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  • The times they are a changin'

    8.0
    If you don't like change then Doctor Who probably isn't the show for you. We often watch as characters develop and are molded in their roles, none so much though as the Doctor.

    I have to admit that I wasn't that thrilled with ep1 but I realised that change in inevitable and while PC's incarnation of the Doctor is different from the previous ones, he is still the Doctor and I for one will be signing up for the long term.moreless
  • "what have we learned ?"

    7.5
    Wow, this new Doctor is really cold-hearted ! Letting a man die to facilitate escape, and then making jokes about it ? Now that's a way to distinguish him from his predecessors ! Clara's role as the voice of reason and morality feels then more earned than in "Day of the Doctor" ( now that I think about it, season 7's subplot about the Doctor's dark side would probably have suited Capaldi more than Smith ), and it was an interesting idea to have the Doctor's well-documented hatred for the Daleks derail his plans in the end. Add to that, great one-liners, an intriguing new character in Mr Pink ( was the "Pink/Blue" thing a coincidence, or is he from ... out there ? ), and the really clever idea of a Dalek turned "mad" by witnessing the endless cycle of life and the futility of the Daleks' crusade, it makes for a good, if not exactly great, episode, leagues above "Deep breath" anyway.

    And it turns out afterlife is this season's "Bad Wolf/cracks in time" subplot : the season finale should be weird ... Color me intrigued.moreless
  • Not certain yet

    7.5
    Well I'm somewhere in between the previous two reviews so far and if anything I would be somewhat more in tune with the second review. I think Who fans need to step back and realize we have a different Doctor this time, a darker and much more mature Doctor. The first Capaldi episode didn't start great for me but I did like the plot line and as Capaldi understood who he was in the progression it became much better. I know the bumbling around at the beginning was simply part of his regeneration so that made it more bearable. This episode had its fun moments and I liked Clara at the school as well as her control of her situation. I actually think she is working out rather well now. Capaldi has no problem acting the part but it is a significantly different part than the previous two Doctors and even to some extent three Doctors. Eccleston had a darker side than either Tennant or Smith but did have some levity. So far Capaldi's Doctor has not really had any. I don't know how that will play out in the future but so far I miss it somewhat. I guess this is the new Doctor though and I'll give Moffatt time to see how he develops. The episode itself was interesting and the moral story within the plot was written to develop the new Doctor. I don't recall anything quite this deep with the previous Doctors, particularly this early in their tenure. I hope we haven't seen the last of the Daleks then but I am sure Daleks will always return to threaten the Doctor and the Earth. So as I said, while I miss some of the lightness of the previous character I am going to continue to watch and see where our new Doctor goes from here.moreless
  • im done!

    2.0
    Still Peter Capaldi is painful to watch as the doctor, i really think i'm done with this series, maybe he'll regenerate soon and we'll get someone who fits better,

    i know this "review" is early, but yes ive already watched. so i will not give any thing away. but Capaldi just does not fit, he is too stiff and awkward, i'll come back after the regeneration...



    my review is a fallow up to the review of last weeks episode, i forgot most will not see that review as well. in that the 3 doctors before were judged one their first appearance just the same. but for help last review is as follows:

    I remember when Doctor who came back in 2005 with Christopher Eggleston. The first episode really worked and he fit well as the new doctor. Then the regeneration into David Tennant, again he fit the doctor very well. Then enter Matt Smith, again from the first episode he fell right into place. But Peter Capaldi, wow not even close! Can't really even blame the poor writing, because it wasn't really that bad, Capaldi just feels awkward and out of place. They should have left him back in Pompeii. I think it's time for a new Doctor!!moreless
  • Doctor Who is back, and it's about time

    10
    I really disagree with the previous review. Capaldi is so different to what we've had, that it seems very petty to judge him on two episodes. I, for one, think he's perfect for the role. Probably the best Doctor since the revival - but then again, it's too early to say for sure. This was proper Dalek action, with some lovely poignant interludes, and the whole thing was beautifully handled by director Ben Wheatley. Some of the visuals in this were just shiver-down-your-spine amazing. That transition into the Dalek eyestalk, the Daleks silhouetted against the flame and grit. Just stunning. And it was perfectly paced, too. Not rushed with a messy conclusion, as it has been in the past few series'. The Coal Hill scenes were great, too, and it just seems like the show has got this renewed spring in its step, and for me it's incredibly exciting.



    Onwards.



    Also, this was hilarious:



    "Is this Ross?"

    "Top layer, if you want to say a few words".moreless
Zawe Ashton

Zawe Ashton

Journey Blue

Guest Star

Michael Smiley

Michael Smiley

Colonel Morgan Blue

Guest Star

Laura dos Santos

Laura dos Santos

Gretchen

Guest Star

Samuel Anderson

Samuel Anderson

Danny Pink

Recurring Role

Barnaby Edwards

Barnaby Edwards

Dalek Operator

Recurring Role

Nicholas Briggs

Nicholas Briggs

Dalek Voices

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • QUOTES (13)

    • The Doctor: I've materialized a time capsule exactly around you and saved your life, one second before your ship exploded. But do please keep crying.
      Journey: My brother just died.
      The Doctor: And his sister didn't, you're very welcome.

    • Journey: (leaving the TARDIS) But it's smaller on the outside.
      The Doctor: Yeah, it's a bit more exciting when you go the other way.

    • The Doctor: Wow. Moleculer nanoscaler.
      Journey: You know what it does, then?
      The Doctor: It miniaturizes living matter. What's the medical application, though? Do you use it to shrink the surgeons so they can climb inside the patients:?
      Morgan: Exactly.
      The Doctor: Fantastic idea for a movie. Terrible idea for a proctologist.

    • The Doctor: It's not my fault. I got distracted.
      Clara: By what?
      The Doctor: You can always find something.

    • The Doctor: You were smiling at nothing. I would almost say you were in love, but to be honest...
      Clara: Honest?
      The Doctor: You're not a young woman anymore.
      Clara: Yes, I am.
      The Doctor: Well, you don't look it.
      Clara: I do look it.
      The Doctor: Well, that's right, keep your spirits up. Clara Clara Clara Clara Clara. Clara Clara.

    • The Doctor: What do I pay you? I should give you a raise.
      Clara: You're not my boss. You're one of my hobbies.

    • The Doctor: This is Gun Girl. She got a gun and she's a girl. This is sort of a boss one. The same one as before?
      Morgan: Yes.
      The Doctor: I think he's probably her uncle but I may have made that up to pass the time when we're talking. This is Clara, not my assistant. She's, uh, some other word.
      Clara: I'm his carer.
      The Doctor: Yeah, my carer. She cares so I don't have to.

    • The Doctor: What are those ones for? I don't need armed babysitters.
      Gretchen: We're not babysitters.
      Ross: We're here to shoot you dead if you turn out to be a Dalek spy.
      The Doctor: Well, that's a relief, I hate babysitters.

    • Clara: Any remarks about my hips will not be appreciated.
      The Doctor: Ah, your hips are fine, you're built like a man.
      Clara: Thanks.

    • The Doctor: Well, you know how I said this is the most dangerous place in the universe? I was wrong. It's way more dangerous than that.

    • Clara: That's it? Just like that?
      The Doctor: An anti-climax once in a while is good for my heart.

    • The Doctor: All those years ago when I began, I was just running. I called myself the Doctor but it was just a name. Then I went to Skaro and I met your lot. And I understood who I was. The Doctor was not the Daleks.

    • Clara: How do I look?
      The Doctor: Sort of short and roundish, but with a good personality which is the main thing.
      Clara: I meant my clothes--I just changed.
      The Doctor: Well, good for you, still making an effort.

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