Doctor Who Victory of the Daleks S05E03 (BBC)

The new Doctor Who: Matt Smith

Doctor Who is a long-running, award-winning British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. The programme depicts the adventures of a mysterious alien time-traveller known as “the Doctor” who travels in his space and time-ship, the TARDIS, which appears from the exterior to be a blue police phone box. With his companions, he explores time and space, solving problems and righting wrongs.

The show’s lead character is currently portrayed by David Tennant. A Christmas special co-starring Kylie Minogue aired in December 2007, and the fourth series started on 5 April 2008. For that series, Catherine Tate will reprise her role of Donna Noble, from the 2006 Christmas special, as the Doctor’s latest companion. Midway through the series, Freema Agyeman will also return to her role of Martha Jones, following a multi-episode guest appearance in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Torchwood. John Barrowman will continue his role as Captain Jack Harkness, and Billie Piper will return as Rose Tyler for three episodes. Elisabeth Sladen is also set to return as Sarah Jane Smith in a cameo role.

After a 2008 Christmas special and three further specials starring David Tennant, scheduled to air in 2009, Doctor Who is planned to return in 2010 for a fifth full length series.

From the Doctor Who entry at Wikipedia.

Warning: spoilers ahead.

The Doctor working a smartphone

The Doctor is a long lived alien from the planet Gallifrey. He’s a Time Lord and travels through time thanks to his aging time capsule the Tardis. David Tennant is the tenth Doctor. My favorite has always been Tom Baker as the fourth Doctor. The Doctor periodically regenerates. When he does so, he changes outward appearance which let the producers change actors easily. All Time Lords regenerate 13 times. The Doctor’s nemesis is the Master, a renegade Time Lord who found a way around this limit. Other enemies include the Black Guardian, the Daleks and the Cybermen.

During the previous serials, before 2005, Gallifrey was alive and well. It appears that for the new series, the Doctor is the only survivor of the last great Time War between the Dalek Empire and the Time Lords.

This is the first of a series of specials that will air this year. Since David Tennant couldn’t commit to a full series this year, due to some previous acting commitments, we are left with a bunch of specials.

After two disappointing specials, we come to the end of David Tennant’s Doctor. Tennant has rapidly become a favorite of mine. I still love Tom Baker above all, but Tennant is very good. What is it about him? I’d say that David Tennant was almost perfect for the role. It’s too bad that he’s moving on. Already, the 5th season has been delayed until later this year because he couldn’t commit to a full serial.

It’s sad because he was so good. However, it’s good that Tennant is going out with a bang. The ending of part one of the End of Time was amazing. The Master, the Doctor, and the Time Lords, all reunited at last for one final confrontation.

I didn’t really like how the tenth Doctor died, but others will say that it is within his nature to be like that, to sacrifice himself for anyone. He did so. The end is nigh as he says goodbye to all of his companions, from Rose to Sarah Jane.

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The new Doctor is nutty. Nutty enough to be the Doctor, if that makes any sense. I don’t know much about Matt Smith, and I usually keep an embargo on myself about upcoming Doctor Who episodes so that the fun isn’t spoiled, and frankly, I was surprised. It was a good show, not extremely good, but good nonetheless. I have to say that I did really like David Tennant as the Doctor. His shoes are going to be hard to fill. Naturally, Tom Baker remains as my favorite Doctor of all time.

The new Doctor is still getting used to his new form and manages to create problems for a little girl names Amelia. The whole episode is about an escaped multidimensional prisoner, who slivers through the cracks of the universe. We never find out the reason why the multiform was such a threat to the Atraxi. We also never find out much about the Atraxi, except that they would incinerate a whole planet to kill the multiform.

The episode was good, but the tidbits that the multiform revealed to the Doctor were much more interesting. As usual, this dramatic foreshadowing will get the Doctor Who fanatics rattled. The cracks are in the skin of the universe and they will be part of the underlying theme of this season. The Pandoric will open. Whatever that means. Needless to say that these little tidbits were very tantalizing, much more than the whole episode.

How would I rate this new Doctor Who episode? Medium-ish. Since the Weeping Angels, the Daleks, and the Cybermen, will be back, I think the season will be interesting. How do I rate Matt Smith as the new Doctor? Not bad. At least we’ll have a real season, not just these stupid specials that I got really annoyed with in the end. It’s been a while since Doctor Who had a whole season, and it’s off to a good start.

There are some obvious strange things in the script. For example, why did the Doctor go on about the duck pond? Even though the script wasn’t as polished as the ones that Russel T Davies was in charge of, the narrative wasn’t that bad.

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Usually, an episode that features the Daleks is good. This episode wasn’t bad, but the Doctor was really acting nutty in certain scenes, like banging a wrench against a Daleks. He looked certifiable, which makes the reason why the Daleks didn’t disintegrate him really idiotic. They had ample opportunities, but behaved like Hollywood villains, and explained their doomsday plans to him. I don’t know. The Daleks aren’t supposed to be that stupid.

Unsurprisingly, a new race of Daleks will be in play, probably for a later episode. The new “rainbow” team will probably be the end of the Doctor. Meh, whatever. The next episode looks pretty promising, with the return of the Weeping Angels.

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The Doctor arrives to see Sir Winston Churchill. Churchill shows them their new secret weapon, the Daleks. The humans think that they invented the Daleks, which are part of their Ironside project. The Doctor tells Churchill that they are alien. Churchill isn’t listening. Amy doesn’t even remember the Daleks.

The Professor thinks that he invented the Daleks. The Doctor goes postal on a Dalek and just looks crazy. It looks like he’s trying to goad them into a reaction. They transmit this to a ship that is hiding behind the moon. They accept his testimony. The Professor was just a robot. They beam away. The Doctor goes running off.

On the ship, the Daleks talk about the progenitor. The Doctor leaves in his TARDIS to find the Daleks. He appears on the ship and threatens to destroy the TARDIS and their ship. They picked up a trace of one of their progenitor devices after falling through time. The progenitor device didn’t accept the Daleks as pure, so they used the Doctor’s testimony as proof that they are Daleks. The Daleks switch on the lights in London. German bombers are on the way already.

Amy thinks that they can send up to space using the Professor’s research. They send up a few planes in gravity bubbles. They’ve got lasers.

Shiny new Daleks step out of the progenitor. They have rainbow colors. The new Daleks exterminate the old ones. The fighters are able to destroy the beam that switched on the lights.

The Daleks threaten to destroy the Earth. The Professor has got an Oblivion Continuum inside of him, which will destroy the Earth. The Doctor goes down and knocks out the Professor. He opens him up and finds the bomb. He wants him to feel emotions for some reason and feel human. They make him remember his lost love. It disables the bomb.

Running through time, being daft and fixing stuff.

The Doctor is worried why Amy doesn’t remember the Daleks. When they leave, there is another fissure in time.

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