The Doctor and Rose travel to the year 2012 and land in a museum of extra-terrestrial objects accumulated by the very wealthy Henry van Statten. He's an avid collector - the TARDIS lands on... See full summary »
The Doctor and Rose travel to the year 2012 and land in a museum of extra-terrestrial objects accumulated by the very wealthy Henry van Statten. He's an avid collector - the TARDIS lands on the museum's 53rd floor below ground level - but he's also using alien technology to develop new weapons from which he derives his large income. He's particularly proud of one device he's acquired but has not yet been able to make functional and to the Doctor's horror, it turns out to a very old and very dangerous enemy from the past. Written by
This episode was watched by 8.63 million viewers on its original transmission, winning a 44.89% audience share. See more »
The map of the US shown on Van Statten's monitor is missing the upper peninsula of Michigan. See more »
So, what is it? What's wrong?
Don't know, some kind of signal drawing the TARDIS off course.
Where are we?
Earth, Utah, North America. About half a mile underground.
And... *when* are we?
God, that's so close. So I should be... 26.
[the Doctor flicks a switch and lights flood the area]
Blimey! It's a great big museum!
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"Dalek" is, arguably, the episode that solidified the "new Who" as something respectful to the legacy of the show while also able to move things forward in exciting and interesting ways.
The Doctor and Rose end up in a strange museum, overseen by the rich and powerful Henry van Statten (Corey Johnson). The TARDIS was drawn there by a signal, a cry for help, but the source of that call isn't immediately obvious. It's not long, however, until The Doctor realises, with horror, what the prize item in this particular collection is. A Dalek.
There have been a wide range of memorable villains throughout the years of Doctor Who, but the Daleks remain my personal favourite, and the favourite of many other people who grew up with the show. They made many viewers cower behind the sofa cushions in terror, and their power to instill fear hasn't diminished one bit, mainly thanks to their unflinching determination to destroy everything that isn't a Dalek.
The acting on display here is superb, with Eccleston really relishing scenes in which he reveals more of the background of his character, the decisions that he's had to make, and the well of anger and regret that he keeps buried deep within himself. Piper is also good, as the outsider looking at the relationship between The Doctor and the Dalek, while Johnson, Anna-Louise Plowman and Bruno Langley all have fun in their roles.
Writer Robert Shearman takes the essence of the iconic baddie, gives things a fresh twist and provides viewers with the first unmissable episode of the relaunched, and reinvigorated, franchise.
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