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3.5 - Evolution of the Daleks

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 1/29/19 2:37 pm
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This is the second part of a two part story following Daleks in Manhattan. The first part was flawed but a decent episode with many strengths. This second part is weaker. It does have strengths and positives continuing from the first part because the acting, effects, period atmosphere, costumes and the menacing Daleks still remain really good. The problem is that the development of the plot goes in an unsatisfactory and muddled direction. The attempt to create Dalek-human hybrids using a solar flare storm and a convenient lightning strike through Dalekanium does not come across as a good idea to me in the way it is presented and elements of how it all progresses and concludes are not good enough. The Doctor clinging to the lightning conductor putting Time Lord DNA into the mix does not ring true. The 'empty shells' of humans that are said to not contain any rescuable part of the people they once were are then shown after they are revived as hybrids and one of them speaks in his original American accent. It is hard to know how he should speak but using his original accent suggests there WAS a part of that person still within him. I also am not keen on the design of the hybrid.

I just do not like how everything pans out and rather than an exciting conclusion I feel it is more of an anticlimax. It is not terrible but just feels a bit of a mess. The good elements and strong production values mean this should not be dismissed as a very poor episode but I would rate it as a below par 6/10.

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Reviewed By: NewWorldreviewsReview Date: 9/29/17 10:17 pm
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Evolution Of The Daleks continues the mess that Daleks In Manhattan started, and brings it to a pretty limp conclusion. It doesn't build upon the ideas that the first part presents: rather, it just continues to juggle several ideas, and fail to bring them to a satisfactory pay-off.

The idea of a human/Dalek hybrid is a great one, but that's all tempered by one major flaw in the story: the design is terrible. It just looks awful, and I'm genuinely amazed bits of it were allowed on television. It doesn't help that Raynor doesn't do anything novel with this concept. Sure, it's novel to be doing it at all with the Daleks, but it's clich├ęd to the point of impotence. 'The human-Dalek starts to feel emotion things, and the other Daleks betray him'. Oh please. And, at the end of the story, we're back where we started. Sure, the Daleks are now even closer to extinction, but neither the Doctor nor the Daleks have learned anything. And nothing's changed. For a story that seems like it planned to revolutionise and change the Daleks, nothing really seems to have changed by the end.

Sure, the same problems from the first part persist (poor plotting, structure and character development, terrible CGI, a flat performance from David Tennant), and doesn't build on the few elements that could have made this story work. The Daleks really should have been rested in 2007 - if only to prevent things like this happening.
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Reviewed By: AshantaiReview Date: 7/1/14 12:57 am
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Poor, dull on all levels and tedious. One of the worst of the 10th Doctor's era.