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
Davros is mentioned (but not named) by the Doctor when saying that van Statten would have liked the creator of the Daleks. See more »
The label for the Cyberman head the Doctor and Rose see in Van Statten's museum implies it is a relic of the events of the 1968 story 'The Invasion'. However, the design of the head - in particular the prominent ribbed handlebars' and head-mounted gun - is strikingly different to those used in 'The Invasion', being much closer to the version used in the 1975 story 'Revenge of the Cybermen'. 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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Solid return of everybody's favourite irate pepper-pot
In 2005 "Dalek" managed to make the Daleks frightening again. Not that the Daleks had ceased to be an inspired and fearsome creation for a legion of devoted fans. Through fiction, graphic novels and audio adventures, the Daleks had continued their war against anything un-Dalek. Only on television had their impact been reduced by the dreaded "Gay Daleks" of Victor Lewis-Smith's "TV Offal" and even an appearance in a Kit-Kat advert.
With "Dalek", the diminutive metal terrors were back with a vengeance. Or rather, to be strictly correct, one Dalek was. This "last Dalek" showed the fans what they'd known all along - that one, solitary, lonely Dalek is more dangerous than an army of armed humans.
Robert Shearman's script is tight and director Joe Ahearne leaves no time for boredom to set in. This is a return to classic "Who". No frills, no laughs, just solid, gripping story-telling.
Christopher Eccleston's Doctor is clearly more than a little upset to see the Dalek. In fact, the 9th Doctor's reaction creates a dilemma for his companion, Rose. This is a Doctor pushed to the very edge of his patience and sanity, and it's not a pretty sight.
This episode managed the seemingly impossible and made the audience actually care about the Dalek. Its appearance in the final scene, revealed without its protective polycarbide-armoured shell, is unforgettable.
Early in the episode, there's an Aladdin's cave of artifacts for the keen viewer to search for old, familiar props. No prizes, though, for those who recognised the classic "Invasion"-style Cyberman head! Excellent television and a genuine wish come true for many fans.
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