Dalek
Episode / June 22, 2016

Aired 30 April 2005 The Daleks are an institution, a phenomenon that managed to transcend Doctor Who itself during the early years of the programme and that have remained firmly int the popular consciousness ever since. With the aptly-titled ‘Dalek,’ the Doctor’s most iconic foe makes the leap to the modern series to once more wreak havoc and to instill fear into a whole new generation of fans as a deadly menace with no morals or feelings whatsoever. In that sense, ‘Dalek’ is a bit of an odd choice since there is only one single Dalek and it ends up showing the most emotion and character of any Dalek in the show’s long history; however, by the time the end credits roll, it has also proven itself to be one of the most effective explorations of the Dalek consciousness as well. In a bold move, the Dalek presented is a helpless prisoner, held captive by Henry Van Statten as the crown jewel of his extraterrestrial collection. Seeing a Dalek so helpless and so easily tortured by Van Statten’s staff is quite shocking, but it’s not until Van Statten sends the Doctor in to interrogate the creature that the episode really…

Into the Dalek
Episode / February 12, 2016

Aired 30 August 2014 The Daleks are without a doubt the most iconic creatures in the universe of Doctor Who and so the stories featuring them by necessity carry a larger weight than most others. The end results are often a bit mixed, however, as the Daleks’ full evil and intelligence are rarely fully realised. There have been some standout exceptions through the years like ‘The Power of the Daleks,’ ‘Remembrance of the Daleks,’ and ‘Dalek,’ but oftentimes it is difficult to accept them as the Doctor’s most lethal foes. In a testament to the quality of ideas and the bravery to do something new with the Twelfth Doctor’s first encounter, writers Phil Ford and Steven Moffat discard the traditional Dalek storyline and instead explore a less obvious scripting tactic, excellently realised by director Ben Wheatley and the production team. In a strong move, ‘Into the Dalek’ focuses solely on the exploration of the inside of a Dalek, bypassing any prolonged explanation of how the Doctor, Clara, and a small investigative crew enter or exit this environment. What is presented as the most dangerous place in the universe is brought to life exceedingly well, from the more overt action sequences…