The Aftermath of “Into the Dalek” *Spoilers*

And we’re back with a review for the second episode of Doctor Who‘s eighth season, an episode that saw the Doctor venture into the darkest, most dangerous place in the universe–the inside of a Dalek. As with last week’s review, there will be spoilers, so you have been warned if you haven’t watched it yet.

I’ll be honest–I have kind of mixed feelings about this one. Don’t get me wrong; Capaldi was brilliant, but too much of the story felt like a rehash of 1977’s “The Invisible Enemy”. Because of this similarity, it was kind of difficult to enjoy the story; it would have been better if they had gone with a more original plot. I will say this, though–the twist with Rusty’s taking his inspiration from the Doctor’s hatred for the Daleks was definitely unseen.

I also enjoyed Danny Pink’s first appearance. He seems like a nice enough guy, and it would appear they’re setting up for some conflict between him and the Doctor. After all, the Doctor is not fond of soldiers, and Danny used to be one…but Danny obviously regrets what he’s done just as the Doctor regrets his service in the Time War. Even if things are tense between the two at first, they’ll inevitably find that they have more in common than they first thought.

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