Reviewed By: Mercury
Review Date: 12/10/18 11:35 pm
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Occasional good quality lines and some entertaining moments mean that in my opinion it would be slightly overly harsh to give this a score of 1/10 or 2/10 but there are big issues which detract a lot from what could have been easily a lot better and this is very weak episode of Doctor Who.
Amy Pond continues to show early signs of problematic behaviour in that she tends towards unlikely recklessness and inconsistent actions as well an over confidence which is slightly unlikeable. She again steps in and saves the day so for 2 episodes running has proved more capable than the 11th Doctor in solving problems with her sudden moments of perfect judgement!
The big problem here though is too many implausible aspects in the plot such as far too quick development/building of spitfires using Dalek technology, less than believable character actions, Daleks allowing The Doctor to strut freely around their mothership with a jammie dodger, allowing him to leave in his TARDIS when he wants, Daleks being built on Earth by humans apparently being entirely non organic which would make them just robots rather than actual Daleks, Bill Paterson's character not realising that under his shirt he is a robot and then overcoming his programmed self destruction in a far too easy, unscientific and unbelievable way by simply thinking about his unrequited love. All nice if you can TOTALLY suspend disbelief but I prefer to keep some sort of logic.
There are also lots of awkward dialogue exchanges that do not ring true with for instance The Doctor veering from fury and darkness to total flippant disregard for the gravity of the situation. This is not in the way Tom Baker is flippant, it is jarring in the mood swings 11 demonstrates.
At one stage The Doctor confronts a Dalek apparently about an inch apart on a small monitor viewed somehow in real time in Churchill's bunker whilst we see this cutting back and forth to a different shot aboard the ship where they are clearly several feet apart. Also the whole story is nothing clever with a lot of similarities to Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks (which was also not very impressive but was better than this episode for sure): Daleks in a historical setting manipulating events and attempting to rebuild using humans and featuring a new Dalek evolution which is misguided.
Fairly entertaining TV at times compared to a lot of TV dross but not in Doctor Who's usual quality at all. A big disappointment.