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Oswin (as Jenna-Louise Coleman)
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The Doctor along with an Amy and Rory who are headed for divorce are kidnapped by the Daleks. They find themselves before the Dalek Parliament and the Doctor is quite surprised when he learns why: they want the him to save them. A ship has crashed on the one place they will not go - the Asylum, where mad Daleks are sent to spend their days. Once there, they are assisted by the only survivor of the crash, Oswin, who has been there for a year awaiting rescue and making soufflé's to pass the time. Which leads the Doctor to ask the most important question of all: where does she get the milk? Written by garykmcd

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Russell T. Davies loaned the production a TV Dalek he owns for use in this story. See more »


When being shot at the Dalek Asylum, Rory yells "Wrong way up!" twice, but his mouth only says "Wrong way!" See more »


[first lines]
Darla: [voice over] 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.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits sequence is skinned differently for each episode of the season starting with this one with the Doctor Who logo and episode title covered in Dalek sensor globes. See more »


References Star Trek (1966) See more »


Habanera (L'amour est un oiseau rebelle)
Written by Henri Meilhac and Ludovic Halévy (uncredited)
From the opera Carmen
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Good, but confusing
3 September 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Generally loved this episode, as it delivers everything you want in a season premiere; risk of life, the possible end of everything, a tonne of Daleks and a sneaky plot twist that sets things up to be VERY interesting for the rest of the series.

The only thing that is puzzling me is Jenna-Louise Coleman. Playing the central new character in this episode, I can't recollect her name, but I am pretty damn sure it wasn't "Clara" ("Oswin" or something like it)

  • yet checking her out on IMDb shows no mention of her or her character

name in this episode. It shows her only as appearing in a few episodes' time as this new companion girl. If this is the case, why on earth didn't they get a different actress for this episode?! OK, so Karen Gillan may have made a cameo appearance as a background character long before she reappeared as Amy Pond, but that was in make-up, in a role where few would notice - but playing two very different, very central characters in the same series is surely a bit of a no-no? Unless she turns out to be her own twin or something.


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