Doctor Who Ep. 7.01, “Asylum of the Daleks”: Tightly-paced premiere glosses over flaws with fun

Doctor Who, Series 7, Episode 1: “Asylum of the Daleks”

Written by Steven Moffat

Directed by Nick Hurran

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on BBC America

This week, on Doctor Who: The Daleks hijack the Doctor, Amy, and Rory to save them from their most crazed brethren.

I have a confession to make. I don’t like the Daleks. I understand and respect their history with the show, their origins as a clear parallel to Nazi Germany, and their role as the ultimate antithesis of the Doctor’s philosophy. But after 10 episodes in 6 seasons with them as the main antagonist, including 3 two-part season finales, not to mention their uneven track record in Classic Who, I’m Dalek-ed out. They’re no longer interesting, they’re no longer scary, and they’re certainly no longer surprising. A mysterious force has come perilously close to destroying the Universe? It’s probably the Daleks,
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