This is a weekly feature (Wednesdays) where Christa of Hooked on Books and myself will be watching and discussing all of the reboot of Doctor Who. Posts will contain spoilers for that episode and ones before it, so you may want to watch the episode before reading. I hope you’ll join us in enjoying this fantastic show, and don’t forget to check out Christa’s post (with past posts over here) as well! Allons-y!
Victory of the Daleks by Mark Gatiss
The Doctor answers a call for aid from Winston Churchill, bringing Amy along to London during the London Blitz. There the Doctor discovers Mr. Churchills new secret weapon: an old enemy the Doctor had hoped he’d seen the last of.
I absolutely adore Godtiss, I mean, Gatiss as a writer, so I’m really sad to say that I didn’t enjoy this episode. The secondary characters were underutilized, the deux ex machina felt more ridiculous than usual, and I am just going to ignore the hints of Amy/Doctor because it is just wrong on so many levels.
Starting with the secondary characters, I felt like there was an extreme focus on the Dalek-Doctor relationship, and in fact the most powerful scene was the Doctor’s “testimony” where he lost control very similar to Eccleston’s terrifying performance in “Dalek.” While I understand why this was, this made the secondary characters feel superfluous. Amy wandered around looking pretty, and while she’s great at that, I would have loved for her to do a little more than talk about how much it hurts to love someone you shouldn’t. There was also a subplot of one of the female workers who lost her husband (boyfriend?), but it’s basically ignored and felt like an unnecessary addition. If Gatiss was trying to remind us of the personal losses war brings, he should have made one of the fighter pilots have a personality.
Speaking of the fighter pilots, I realize there were those plans for the gravity ball whatever, but do they seriously want us to believe that those things were able to go into space? I’m sorry. I can suspend my disbelief as well as the next Doctor Who fan, but that was pushing it.
Redeeming features of this episode were the Doctor tricking the daleks with a cookie and the dalek pretending to be a regular soldier. It’s attempts to get the Doctor to stop beating it up were way too amusing.