REVIEW: Asylum of The Daleks

The seventh season of Doctor Who debuted at 7:20 pm on September 1, 2012 in the UK with launches in both Canada and the USA on the same day, (debuts for Australia and New Zealand are in the coming weeks).  “Asylum of the Daleks” was written by Stephen Moffatt.  Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter… the Asylum. A planetary prison confining the most terrifying and insane of their kind, the Doctor and the Ponds must find an escape route.  But with Amy and Rory’s relationship in meltdown, and an army of mad Daleks closing in, it is up to the Doctor to save their lives, as well as the Pond’s marriage.

Whotopia decided to canvass some of our readers and regular contributors for their thoughts on the episode…

“Asylum was kind of an interesting, yet weird, episode.  The episode contained some interesting bits, but then again – and this could have been me – there where bits I was wondering what the h*ll was going on.  I’m not sure if I really enjoyed it or not.  The overall concept of a Dalek asylum was kind of cool.  Love the surprise appearance of a certain Jenna Louise Coleman.  I’m curious to know what the general public made of the episode as I really felt it was somewhat of a strange episode to launch a new season on.”  5/10.”  [Bob Furnell, Canada, Whotopia Senior Editor & Publisher]

“Asylum of the Daleks was without a doubt, the best season opener for many years.  A dark and intriguing tale with an amazing suprise.  As he did last season director Nick Hurran pulls out all the stops and Matt Smith gives his finest performance to date.” 10/10 [Gary Phillips, UK, Whotopia contributor]

“Equal parts “Neat!” and “Really?”. Neat, original Dalek material! Really, they built wooden seats and made a Parliament? Neat, conflict for the Ponds! Really, they had to have an episode-long divorce? Neat, a new direction for the Daleks! Really, we’re jettisoning that much mythos from Who? Neat, Skaro! Really, Davros had no aim? Neat, a “naked” leader Dalek! Really, it’s a Prime Minister and not Dalek Caan? Overall, a mixed bag. Hopefully not an omen.” 5/10 [Jake Johnson, UK]

“I watched for all sorts of Daleks and all I got was a cameo of the Special Weapons Dalek. No faith!  That said, this was pretty decent fare. Neither terrible nor excellent. The new companion* impressed well in this, the first thing I’ve seen her act in. Not a fan of the Doctor singing “Doctorin’ the TARDIS” at the end.  Matt Smith remains mesmerising. A solid 7/10.” [Michael S. Collins, Whotopia contributor]

“I’m a bit lukewarm about the new Doctor Who at times but this one really grabbed me. The idea of a Dalek  parliament was reminiscent of the Senate in Star Wars. I would like to have seen
more of the Special Weapons Dalek, but at least we got a glimpse of it. Matt Smith was on top form and Jenna Louise Coleman gave a very poignant performance.  Over-dramatic voiceovers at the beginning of episodes are getting a bit old hat though.” 8/10 [Ian Wheeler, UK]



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