Triumphant return for Doctor Who

(C) BBC - Photographer: Todd Antony/Adrian Rogers
(C) BBC - Photographer: Todd Antony/Adrian Rogers

THE Boston Standard’s very own ‘Whovian’ Darren Sykes gives his verdict on the return of the Doctor...

Doctor Who returned in triumphant style on Saturday with the intriguingly entitled: Asylum of the Daleks.

The last time the Doctor’s arch-enemies appeared in a series-opener was 1988’s Remembrance of the Daleks. This weekend’s adventure was a remembrance of a different kind for The Doctor as he battled against an insane menagerie of Daleks from across all eras of the show’s history, locked away in the eponymous asylum.

From the glorious planetscape in the opening scene, the scale of the Dalek Parliament and the location filming in Sierra Nevada, the visuals certainly stack up.

Meanwhile, the plot contained several twists: the breakdown of Amy and Rory’s marriage, the novelty of the Daleks asking for the Doctor’s help (albeit on their own terms) and a major surprise with the apparent introduction/demise of the Doctor’s latest companion, played by Jenna Louise Coleman, who wasn’t expected to make her debut until this year’s Christmas episode.

Lead-writer Steven Moffatt, famed for his timey-wimey plots, will surely lead us a merry dance on how Coleman’s character avoids her grizzly fate. But perhaps by having this interesting plot at the heart of the story, the episode lacked a big climatic showdown between the Doctor and the Daleks.

Overall, though, one of the best opening episodes since the series returned in 2005.

(Rating: 4.5/5)

This week’s episode: Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

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