Days left till the 50th: 97
Episodes watched: 6
Today’s Episode: Dalek
Writer: Robert Shearman
This is one of the best episodes of the first season. It’s the first time we are introduced in NuWho to the Doctor’s most formidable enemy, a DALEK! The Doctor and Rose are tracing some signal in an underground bunker in Utah in 2012… yup 2012! Of course they set off some alarms.. and we meet Mr. Henry Van Statten, whom is the opposite of the Doctor; A very smart guy whom uses technological advances for profit. The first thing we see in Van Statten’s museum is the head of a Cyberman.. whom is another enemy that we haven’t met. Turns out Van Statten has a Dalek in his collection, that is still alive. Of course van Statten decides to just throw the Doctor into the “cage” with the Dalek.. and the following happens…
Dalek: [scared] Keep back!
Doctor: [the Doctor confronts the Dalek] What for? What’re you going to do to me? Because if you can’t kill, then what are you good for… Dalek? What’s the point of you? You’re nothing! What are you doing here? What the hell are you here for?
Dalek: I am waiting for orders.
Doctor: What does that mean?
Dalek: I am a solider, I was bred to receive orders.
Doctor: Well, you’re never going to get any. Not ever.
Dalek: I DEMAND ORDERS!
Doctor: Well they’re never gonna *come*! Your race is dead! You all burned, all of you. Ten million ships on fire. The entire Dalek race, wiped out in one second.
Dalek: You lie!
Doctor: I watched it happen. I *made* it happen!
Dalek: You destroyed us?
Doctor: [the Doctor walks away from the Dalek] I had no other choice.
Dalek: And what of the Time Lords?
Doctor: [pause] Dead. They burnt with you. The end of the last great Time War. Everyone lost.
This was supposed to be said in a whisper… but Eccleston had other plans.. knowing his Doctor would confront the Dalek rather than shy away from it, which lead to one awesome memorable scene.
Rose wasn’t there, as this other guy that worked for Van Statten, Adam was wooing her. It was kinda funny as he was talking about this awesome stuff that fell to the earth and that there were Aliens, and Rose had no choice but to kinda nod her head like.. “Yup, WOW! New Information that I didn’t KNOW already!” So he tries to impress her by showing her the Dalek, and she mistakes it for a poor hurt Alien that Van Statten was torchuring. So, she goes and meets the Dalek and just by touching it.. it becomes alive, and mutates and has.. FEELINGS!!!
Then of course it escapes the “cage” and goes on a killing rampage! The Dalek then wants to talk to the Doctor…
Doctor: All right then. If you want orders, follow this one.
Doctor: Kill yourself.
Dalek: The Daleks must survive!
Doctor: The Daleks have failed! Why don’t you finish the job, and make the Daleks extinct? Rid the universe of your filth! Why don’t you just *die*?
Dalek: [evenly] You would make a good Dalek.
Rose the manages to get the Dalek to feel, and question itself. By doing that, she also makes the Doctor question his motives for killing the Dalek. Making them both realize they are the last, and that they both have to change to survive. However that becomes too much for the Dalek and requests permission from Rose to die. Rose refuses at first.. then grants the request.. and poof no more Dalek.
I love this episode as we find out more about the Time War, learning that the Doctor killed everyone, that he’s the “coward” by running away and surviving alone. Luckily he has Rose there to remind him that he still has to go on, and live his life. Eccleston has said in quite a few interviews that the Doctor slowly does fall in love with Rose, and that it is a love story… that is to be continued.