Let’s not kid ourselves, some of this episode felt like Dalek (the story, not the species), but that isn’t much of a concern. Fans seem to want lots of grunt red shirts to be exterminated just because we don’t get a lot of exterminations these days. Killing a bunch of people whose names I don’t even know…don’t even remotely care. However, given that this story seemed to balance the senseless killing fans want with a very intriguing plot which is what I wanted without spilling anything, I’m willing to accept the former. That is not a bad Dalek story; that is a story Dalek story.
Onto Clara…what an insensitive bitch! “You shoot people and then you cry about it afterwards.” Are you f**king kidding me? That is her idea of being funny? Even if you love Clara to bits (which I don’t btw), you have to admit that she was really rude and insensitive to Danny there. I mean at first I thought the kid in the class room was being rude until I realized he was just being curious. As a kid, I don’t imagine you get to ask that question every day. But Clara’s quip about it really hurt me. Every episode, she's turning more elitist. Worse still…slapping the Doctor? Let me just get this out of the way: I HATE DOUBLE STANDARD: FEMALE ON MALE ABUSE! I hate the idea that when circumstances call for it, it is alright for a woman to hit a man in anger/frustration. When it's played for laughs or some kind of comedy, it's a lesser offense, but this was not comedic in the slightest. The moment she raised her hand in violence, the last bits of Clara Oswald died in me. She is now just Clara-Sue. Don't make sport of shit you don't understand. That is not a good Dalek story; that is a bad Dalek story.
I really liked the Doctor in this episode. Not that I didn’t like him in the last, but he just gets better and better. I still miss about 10% of what he says thanks to that accent, but no biggie. Peter Capaldi was fantastic in this. His incarnation’s quirks and habits are slowly showing. From the very start with him telling Journey Blue off and making her ask him nicely to help was epic. Made even better by the fact that she was pointing a weapon at him. As was his pension for nicknaming people. Rusty? That was hilarious. Ladies and gentlemen, Doctor number 12 is the Nicknamer! He showed us that he is evolving into a more callous and cold individual with him ‘murdering’ that one soldier and defending it by saying ‘he was already dead’. I can just see the fan outrage right now. To those people – stuff it! That is not a bad Dalek story; that is a good Dalek story.
It seems I was wrong about the budget. The CG is still spectacular! It feels like the whole budget was used up on this episode. Proof that Doctor Who is mainstream baby! We’re two episodes in and the CG already looks like the budget equivalent of a whole season. I doubt anyone complained about the very Star Wars space fighting going on during the pre-credits. I didn’t and heavy SCI-FI usually puts me off. That is not a bad Dalek story; that is a good Dalek story.