Victory of the Daleks
Episode / March 10, 2016

Aired 17 April 2010 Any Doctor’s first battle against his most infamous foes is a monumental moment for the programme; however, rather than re-hashing another variation of the same plot with the Daleks firmly in control, writer Mark Gatiss wisely chooses to place Matt Smith into a rather unique take on the Daleks. The Doctor and Amy arrive in London during the Blitz and, picking up the plot thread from the end of ‘The Beast Below,’ quickly meet up with Winston Churchill who proudly reveals his new secret weapon, an Ironside created by the Scottish scientist Bracewell. Of course, the Ironside is a Dalek, albeit one seemingly devoted to the British cause as it startlingly even offers to serve tea. It’s at this time, when nobody except the Doctor understands the intrinsic threat of the Daleks, that Matt Smith really lets loose and delivers a stirringly raw and angry performance that easily gets to the heart of his ages-old battle. Bracewell quickly becomes vital to the central plot, though, initially defensive about his creations and eventually revealed to actually be a part of the Daleks’ plan for conquest. However, the Doctor becomes even more important to their plan, and it…