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"Doctor Who" Asylum of the Daleks (TV Episode 2012) Poster

(TV Series)

(2012)

Trivia

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The BBC had to put out a call asking anyone who owned a Dalek to contact them because they did not have enough to make this episode and that they needed Daleks of different eras.
This has the second showing (if you look carefully) of the special weapons Dalek in the background which was only ever seen in Remembrance of the Daleks - 4 of 4 which has a single 'cannon' weapon and no domed head.
Russell T. Davies loaned the production a TV Dalek he owns for use in this story.
Karen Gillan admitted that she had not been scared of the Daleks before working on the episode.
The scenes with Oswin were filmed in two days.
The presence of Jenna Coleman in this episode was successfully kept secret, despite the episode having several preview showings prior to broadcast. After broadcast, Coleman and Steven Moffat both issued statements thanking fans and the media for keeping Coleman's debut - months before her official first episode, the 2012 Christmas special - a secret.
Oswin was originally conceived as being a fan of Elvis Presley, whose music would play throughout the episode and inspire the Doctor to give her the nickname "Blue Suede Shoes". However, when obtaining the rights to use these songs proved problematic, it was decided that the soundtrack to Bizet's Carmen would feature instead.
Rory was originally meant to have a beard in this episode, which Amy would hate and he would shave off at the story's conclusion. Between seasons, Arthur Darvill was appearing on stage as Mephistopheles in Doctor Faustus, and Steven Moffat planned to have him keep the beard grown for that role. However, this plan had to be abandoned when it was decided to make this as part of the second recording block alongside "The Angels Take Manhattan".
This story marks the first appearance of a new title sequence.
25 different Dalek props were used in this episode.
The snow scenes on the asylum planet were filmed in Spain during the production of "A Town Called Mercy"
The logo in the title sequence featured the texture of a Dalek, in keeping with the varied "blockbuster" themes for each of the opening titles of the first half of the series.
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Steven Moffat wanted this episode to make the Daleks scary again.
Jenna Coleman's scenes were filmed over six days on a closed set with a green screen which she acted to.
This episode was shown at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in August, just as was done with "Let's Kill Hitler" in 2011.
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Ruthie Henshall was originally cast as Darla.
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The continuity-patching placement of the Dalek Parliament on "Skaro 2" was cut from the script.
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This is the second time the Daleks ask the Doctor to save them. The first time was during Season 2 Episode 3, with Martha Jones in New York during the Great Depression.
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When the Doctor tells Amy and Rory,on a scale of one through ten, 11. This is the 11th Doctor.
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In the very first scenes of Amy Pond's photo shoot, her hair is done up all curly and remarkably resembles River Song's.
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When Oswin accesses the dalek database for information on the Doctor, the three words visible on her screen are "Predator", "Doctor", and "Hatred". The daleks had told the Doctor that he possesses, "...such divine hatred."
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When The Doctor askes why these daleks are special. Oswin says they are survivors of wars. One of them being Vulcan. The planet where Spock comes from in Star Trek.
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Oswin is played by Jenna Coleman. Coleman was originally cast as the Doctor's new companion and scheduled to make her first appearance during the Christmas special. Steven Moffat came up with the idea to cast Colemen in this episode in order to generate speculation about her character. The Christmas special later revealed that the new companion's name is "Clara Oswin Oswald" and that she is somehow connected to Oswin.
Steven Moffat realised that the Doctor would never actually see Oswin in her human form. This meant that the actress portraying Oswin and the actress cast as the new companion could be one and the same. As such, Moffat did away with a suggestion that Oswin might be a Dalek whose insanity has caused it to believe itself to be human.
Although stressing that the first syllable of "Exterminate!" sounds like eggs was new to television, it was not the first time the notion appeared in licensed Doctor Who. It was done about 20 years earlier by Paul Cornell in Metamorphosis. The usage is remarkably the same in that Doctor Who Yearbook comic, except that it's the Seventh Doctor who is turning into a Dalek and saying "eggs".

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