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Doctor Who: Series 5, Episode 3 - Victory of the Daleks

Published April 17, 2010

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Ah, I know plenty of people have said it before, but it is so good to have regular episodes again. All that waiting to find out what the Doctor was going to do in his next special was not fun.

I really didn’t think much of this week’s story. It had tons of potential, Winston Churchill, a war room, Daleks on our side for once. It all got a bit crazy though, and as soon as they started changing colour, I kind of lost interest. As Mr C said:

“It’s all gone a bit Joseph.”

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Nevertheless, it seems even when the story isn’t that strong, the writing for the Doctor himself (and Amy) is brilliant.

The Jammy Dodger!

Also, would you ever have thought you’d hear a Dalek say: “Would you care for some tea?”

Amy is very tall, isn’t she? When they were walking down the corridor with Mr Churchill, she positively towered over the prime minister. I think it makes a difference that the Doctor doesn’t have to look down on his companion. She is every bit on his level.

I thought perhaps my take on last week’s episode - with him training her up more than bringing her along for the ride - was shot down a little this time. He disappeared off leaving her in the relative safety(!) of the London Blitz. She still managed to save the day, of course. Did he know that? Or was he really trying to keep her safe?

It was good that Amy had proper clothes on this time round, and also that she got to see how dangerous it can be travelling in the TARDIS. It’s all been crying children and cracks in the wall so far. This time, she watched people get exterminated by Daleks and sent Spitfires into space (what was that about?). She’s seen the downsides now and still wants to be there. Excellent.

The Doctor himself is really quite angry, isn’t he? I can’t blame him for wanting to take an oversized wrench to the Dalek’s head, but it’s so very out of character. DT was all talk, talk, talk.

The Doctor still is, of course. And did I mention the Jammy Dodger?

I heart the fact that he’s always late. Along with the crack in the universe, that seems to be a theme. The Doctor is always late, and Amy always gets to say something about Scotland. Are these important or just running jokes?

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