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2nd September 2012 10:39:00
Posted by Amy Jones

Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks - Review

Review of Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks from the BBC, starring Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill.
There are going to be spoilers, here, so unless youíve seen it I wouldnít read any further. You have been warned. Go and watch it on iPlayer, go on. We'll wait.

So, the first episode of the seventh series of Doctor Who. The Daleks need the Doctorís help, Amy and Roryís relationship is in tatters and a mysterious babe is helping the Doctor navigate through a labyrinth of insane Dalkes. How was it?

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We all knew that these episodes, the ones that make up the first half of series seven, are the final few we get with Rory and Amy. Considering that in their first two series they were engaged, then Rory died so Amy killed herself for Rory, then Rory ceased to exist, then Amy created a plastic Rory, then Amy died and was locked inside a prison which Rory guarded for 2000 years, then they got married, then Rory died again, then Amy had their baby, then Rory travelled the universe dressed as a Roman in order to rescue Amy and the baby, then their baby is stolen from them, then Amy waited 36 years for Rory and went a bit batshit, then they settled down with a house and a car, and then Amy couldnít remember Rory but Rory fancied her and their daughter got married...it didnít seem like there were many more ways The Moff could explore or develop their relationship.

But he found a way, and he did it jolly well. It was predictable that they would get back together, but I didnít expect the fight and the resolution to come about the way they did. Rory finally admitting what we all think ó that the Pond relationship is based on the fact that he loves her more than she loves him ó and Amy respond with hurt incredulity was surprisingly powerful. Itís always emotional when Amy admits that she loves Rory (See also: Amyís Choice).

The fact that Amy canít have children is also heartbreaking, and Iím not ashamed to say I was crying during that exchange. However, if this storyline isnít resolved with the Doctor taking Amy to a planet full of nanogenes whoíll be able to fix her baby-making machinery up in nanoseconds, Iíll be cross. Itís just the easiest way to fix it and something the Doctor would think of.

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The star of the episode was Oswin, played by Jenna-Louise Coleman who is going to be playing the new companion. Having never seen Jenna in anything before, Iím now really excited for her taking over as her acting here was superb and Oswin was a wonderful character. Now we just have to see whether the new companion is Oswin in an earlier life or if theyíre going to do a Addy/Gwyneth and Martha/Gwen thing, and have her back as a relative or something. I hope itís Oswin, as the relationship between her and the Doctor worked really well and it would be interesting to see him travelling with someone as clever as he is.

Whilst Amy/Rory and Oswin were the highlights of the episode, the whole thing was excellent. Suitably actiony for a series premiere and very enjoyable. The twist where the Daleks canít remember the Doctor should make for a few interesting and new Dalek episodes ó which can only be a good thing as theyíve been a bit repetitive recently.

All in all, a strong start to the series. Or do you totally disagree? Let us know in the comments.

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