He Who Moans: Doctor Who Review: Into the Dalek

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“Morally confused special effects porn”

Stuart Hardy

ALL FOOTAGE IS USED FOR THE PURPOSES OF CRITICISM AND REVIEW, ALL CREDIT IS GIVEN, DOCTOR WHO IS A TRADEMARK OF THE BBC AND I AM NOT PROFITING FROM THIS VIDEO IN ANY WAY

And now here is my artist’s conception of what this episode basically entails in a picture:

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One thought on “He Who Moans: Doctor Who Review: Into the Dalek

  1. Speaking as someone who found Prometheus easy to follow… 🙂

    I’m not going to add too much to this, although you quite effectively challenged my belief that Moffat is a genius of marketing… then why the hell is he still running this show?)

    I normally judge a piece of film or television program by how willing I am to watch it again. I watched the first episode twice. It’s hard to put my finger on why I would not want to watch this one again. Although it was more accomplished than the first in the series and had an interesting premise, it just wasn’t as entertaining. That is precisely because of the way the ending was framed.

    In fact, it was so badly done that I’m considering giving up on the series.

    Different people look for different things when watching a program. I guess you look for the kind of things Big Finish did. You have a reference to compare with. Me, I have a short memory. I have seen ‘Dalek.’ The thing is, a morally conflicted Dalek may not be a completely new idea, though for a Dalek to reach the conclusion that Daleks must be destroyed without some externally induced catastrophe forcing the existential crises is kind of new…. But similar ideas have already been done; not just in ‘Dalek’ but ‘Evolution of the Daleks,’ (with the first Dalek human hybrid who suddenly wanted to peace out) and ‘Journeys End’ (which also saw Dalek Khan wanting to destroy all the other Daleks).

    Still, a genuinely moral Dalek would seek to persuade the other Daleks to replace their death rays with daffodils, return to nature and sing hippy tunes while getting stoned in front of an open bonfire. And this moral Dalek would probably be zapped into oblivion the moment it made this suggestion to other members of its species. Given that Daleks have time travel, they would probably go back in time to make sure this hippy Dalek was never allowed to exist.

    Still, a moral Dalek might well appreciate this…

    The desire to destroy your own kind because you consider them immoral doesn’t make you good. It makes you a stiff necked twat. This message is buried in there. Playing with that would have been more interesting. Maybe.

    As for continuity, well, a brief not to explain that the part of the reason the Doctor hates the Daleks because they thwarted his attempts to liberate Gallifrey from the time capsule might have ironed that out. For a show so keen to reference itself, its lack of continuity is bewildering.

    The surreal moral quandary was contrived for one purpose only; to show how dark the new doctor is. Yet i don’t see the point. The Doctor has always been somewhat morally ambiguous. He is very human in the sense that he sometimes does bad things for a good cause. The difference between RTD and Moffat is that the latter feels the need to trumpet this from every rooftop. The Doctor’s darkness is being turned into a shovel with which he’ll batter critics over the head with, before standing over their prone bodies and triumphantly declaring that he is, indeed, a genius of story telling.

    Yes, the Doctor is well dark. That was the point of this, beyond trying to entertain and way beyond exploring the notion of morality. It succeeded in this I suppose. What is rare is that this success made this episode a chore to watch with an utterly unsatisfying conclusion.

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