Days left till the 50th: 14 (TWO WEEKS!)
Episodes watched: 89
Today’s Episode: Asylum of the Daleks
Writer: Stephen Moffat
Welcome to Season 7! Just TWO WEEKS TO GO!!
I have tons to talk about… as we begin this season.
First off is Story Arcs..
1.) Season 1 – BAD WOLF
2.) Season 2 – Torchwood
3.) Season 3 – Saxon
4.) Season 4 – Missing Planets
5.) Season 5 – Cracks in Universe
6.) Season 6 – Who killed the Doctor/How the heck will he get out of his death from a fixed point?
7.) Season 7 – Who is Clara Oswin Oswald?
Now, this season’s arc really isn’t clear until the Snowmen. Thus we have to finish our adventures with the Ponds to move on, as there are NO two part episodes at all this season. Speaking of the Ponds, here’s one of the pre-quels called “Pond Life” that shows their lives at home when they are not traveling with the Doctor..
So, the Ponds aren’t doing that well apparently. I’m sad that Amy is sad. This is not good. Luckily we have an adventure coming up!
There is a prequel explains why the Doctor went to Skaro in the first place. I was confused for a moment, because I thought it had been time-locked in the time war. Apparently it was already a wasteland.. thus no need to lock it. I was surprised at how well they managed to merge the Daleks with humans.. I had no idea that the Daleks could do that. It was also good to see that his death has become common knowledge thought the universe. Sadly this was a trap.. and the poor Doctor got kidnapped.
Then we see Amy getting photographed. You recall back in the episode “Closing Time” this picture?
Well apparently Amy has become a model. Which isn’t too far from Karen’s gigs since she left our dear Doctor, kinda sad eh? So due to the info in Pond Life, for some reason, Amy kicked Rory out and Rory is there getting the Divorce papers signed. Right after though, Amy gets kidnapped by her make-up artist, which boggles my mind. Then Rory gets kidnapped by the bus driver which boggles my mind even more.
They both wake up in a white room, and the Doctor enters…
YAY A SPINAL TAP REFERENCE!!!
Look at these spiffiy credits, each of the first 5 episodes of this season has this.. ohhh looks like a DALEK!
Thus we begin with learning about this girl and its her mum’s birthday and she likes baking soufflés, and the one she made was too beautiful to live..
I adore that bop at the end, she just can’t help but show her trash can some love. We also learn that she crashed and was a Jr. Entertainment Manager on the star ship Alaska. Now my problem with this, is if she is human, then this episode must be in the future, as she identifies herself as human, thus the Daleks have the ability now to travel throughout time? Just thought I’d point that out.
Then we head back to the parliament.. and Amy gives this great monologue..
Lo, the first line of the Daleks is a WTF line.. “SAVE US!”. He finds out there is a problem with the Asylum planet that the Daleks have. That they send the ones that go insane, or refuse to fall in line with the Dalek philosophy. They hear “Carmen” coming from the planet, and the Doctor decides to fold back the signal, thus giving us perspective on this soufflé girl, as the Doctor asks how she’s been fighting the Daleks..
Then it is determined that the Doctor, Amy and Rory will get be fired at the planet. This is his reaction..
Sadly, the firing goes bad, and everyone gets separated. Amy and the Doctor end up on the surface, where we learn that soufflé girl’s name is Oswin. They end up on Alaska, and realize that everything living or dead gets turned into a Dalek due to the nanocloud. We first heard of the nanogenes back in Moffat’s first outing with Who in the Doctor Dances. Remember that? Well, luckily the Doctor, Amy and Rory are wearing bracelets to protect them. However dead humans that have been converted into Daleks steal Amy’s bracelet! Oh no! Luckily Amy and the Doctor escape down a hatch into the Aslyum.
Now we are back to Rory.. and a Dalek begins to wake up and says.. “eggs”. So Rory thinks it’s asking about the round balls on the base. Uh no.. as it begins to add “term”… then “iate”.. and fires! Luckily at that moment, Oswin comes up on the speakers and lo, she gives instructions on how to get out of there. Then she has no shame but begins to flirt with Rory calling him Nina. So funny.
Amy and the Doctor are climing down the ladder and the Doctor explains how the nanocloud is changing Amy, and it has begun since she has asked him to repeat the info 4 times already. He calls for Oswin, and she informs him she has Nina, I mean Rory and will get them together. Sadly Amy sees people dancing, and decides she wants to join them. The Doctor manages to wake her up, and telling her what she is seeing are Daleks, and one decides to join them in the corridor they have been hiding out in. Sadly that Dalek’s gun is broken. So the Doctor decides to activate the self destruct, and send it in reverse to destroy all the Daleks in the room.
They manage to catch up with Rory..
Apparently Karen is heavy according to Matt Smith.. and that was a hard scene for him to pull off.
DOCTOR: Amy, you’re still with us. (strokes her head)
RORY: Amy, it’s me, do you remember me? (she slaps him) She remembers me.
DOCTOR: (smiles) Same old Amy. (stands)
Well! Somebody’s never been to Scotland.
Then the Doctor holds a pow wow with Oswin, and Ponds listing the tasks:
DOCTOR:In no particular order, we need to neutralize all the Daleks in this asylum, rescue Oswin from the wreckage, escape from this planet, and fix Rory and Amy’s marriage…
Which Amy sees THREE lost causes.. they realize that the room that Doctor, Amy and Rory are in is a teleport, so the Doctor decides to get it up and running again. Oswin demands that the Doctor heads her way. After much reluctance he realizes he has to, otherwise she won’t drop the force field that is surrounding the planet, and after the forcefield is dropped the Daleks will destroy the planet. So they will survive a bit longer.. well 4 seconds according to Rory.
And off the Doctor goes to rescue Clara!
Meanwhile… Amy and Rory get down and deep about their marriage…
RORY: (stops pacing) OK. Look at me. (AMY turns around) I’m going to be logical. Cold and logical, OK? (walks towards her) For both of our sakes, for both of us, I’m going to take this off my wrist and put it on yours. (starts to unfasten wristband)
AMY: Why? It’ll just start converting you, that’s not better.
RORY: Yeah. But it buys time. Because it’ll take longer with me.
AMY: Sorry, what?!
RORY: It subtracts love. That’s what she said.
AMY: What’s that got to do with it? What does that even mean?!
RORY: It’s just arithmetic. It’ll take longer with me, because we both know, we’ve both always known… (bends over to be face-to-face) Amy, basic fact of our relationship is that I love you more than you love me. Which, today, is good news, because it might just save both of our lives.
AMY: How can you say that?
RORY: (straightens) 2,000 years, waiting for you, outside a box. Saying it because it’s true, and since you know it’s true, give me your arm… Amy!
AMY slaps RORY in the face.
AMY: Don’t you dare say that to me. Don’t you ever dare!
RORY: Amy, you kicked me out!
AMY: (tearful) You want kids! You have always wanted kids, ever since you WERE a kid! And I can’t have them. (sniffles and turns away)
RORY: I know.
AMY:(tearfully) Whatever they did to me at Demons Run, I can’t ever give you children. I didn’t kick you out. I gave you up.
RORY: Amy… I don’t…
AMY: Don’t you dare talk to me about waiting outside a box, because that is nothing, Rory, (stands) nothing… compared to giving you up!
RORY: Just give me your arm, let me put this on you.
AMY: (puts her arm behind her back) No get off me!
RORY: Just give me your arm!
AMY: DON’T TOUCH ME!
They stop, realizing something his different. RORY removes his hand from AMY’S wrist to show a band on her arm.
RORY: It’s the Doctor’s. When you were asleep, he must’ve…
AMY: Time Lord. What’s the betting he doesn’t even need it?
AHHH… so that’s why she kicked him out. It makes sense, but it just kinda upsets me that she never discussed this with him after finding out? Instead she just kicked him out with no explanation? Oy. At least they are on better terms now.
So as the Doctor gets close to Oswin, she mentions intensive care that he has to pass through. All of the Daleks are survivors of encounters with the Doctor on planets such as Spiridon (TV: Planet of the Daleks), Kembel (TV: The Daleks’ Master Plan), Aridius (TV: The Chase),Vulcan (TV: The Power of the Daleks), and Exxilon. (TV: Death to the Daleks) This confirms that some version of these stories has happened in the current timeline, as well as the Fourth Doctor‘s trip to Skaro and Big Bang Two. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks, The Big Bang).
Also take note that the Daleks themselves are borrowed, and are all from different points in the show’s history, both those in the parliament and in this intensive care scene..the production team begged and borrowed any Dalek they could find, thus leading to so many different Daleks in these scenes.
The Doctor manages to wake up the Daleks, and hangs out right outside the Door that leads to Oswin. She can’t figure out how to get the door open, so she deletes all info about the Doctor from the database all Daleks share. Thus they stop trying to kill him.
She opens the door, and we are treated to the BIGGEST PLOT TWIST.
We see Oswin as a girl in a room. Turns out that room is in her mind and that she is has been converted into a DALEK.
My jaw hit the floor with this revelation when I saw this the first time.. WTF MOFFAT!!! OMG!!! He managed to keep this twist under wraps, and that Jenna Louise was even IN the episode, as she wasn’t scheduled to begin this role until the Christmas Special. He showed this episode to people and swore them to not tell another soul, thus keeping this off the interwebs.
Oswin of course doesn’t believe she is a Dalek, then slowly it comes back to her..
The nanocloud got to her, and since she is so smart, they did a full conversion to her, rather than making her into a human puppet. She then asks why the Daleks hate the Doctor, and he explains how often he has fought them, and so she decides to tell him to RUN…
One thing I need to point out here is that chair.. Remember it? Yes? No? Well look at it again..
And look at this one..
BBC props department… saving money again!!!
Anyway… the Doctor manages to get back to the teleport room as Oswin drops the shields, thus making everything explodey-woodey, and Amy and Rory are taking a nice long facesmash, thus forcing the Doctor to activate the teleport!
He’s so good at teleporting, he teleports them back onto the Tardis. The Daleks have no idea who he is.. and thus we are left with the final line..
Till tomorrow.. Dinosaurs on a Spaceship? WTF?