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Sunday, 1 July 2012

Doctor who: Asylum of the Daleks




So the new series of Doctor Who is fast approaching, with rumours circulating concerning what is in store for the Doctor, Amy and Rory in 2012. It has been announced that Karen Gillian and Arthur Darvill will be leaving the TARDIS after the first half of series 7, making way for the new, unnamed companion played by Jenna Louise Coleman. There final battle will see them tackling the Weeping Angels, a fan favourite monster that has captured the imagination of the most recent generation of Whovians. However, another foe is set to reappear in the first episode of the series. I am of course referring to the Doctor’s ultimate enemies: the Daleks.

The last time we saw the pepper-pots on our screen was back in Victory of the Daleks, when we saw them posing as the creation of Edwin Bracewell’s, the “Ironsides” in World War II London with Winston Churchill. Head writer Steven Moffat decided to rest the Daleks, with the demonic dustbins making sideline appearances in The Pandorica opens and The Big Bang, along with a very brief cameo in The Wedding of River Song. Moffat expressed his attitude towards the Daleks before series 6 was released. He said: "There's a problem with the Daleks. They are the most famous of the Doctor's adversaries and the most frequent, which means they are the most reliably defeatable enemies in the universe."

Their return is scheduled to be in the opening episode of series seven, with the title 
Asylum of the Daleks. It has been reported that not only the newly designed and 2005 style Daleks will make an appearance, but every single Dalek throughout the history of the show, including iconic designs such as the Special Weapons Dalek! As you can guess, this is exciting news, but will it pay off? If it works, this is billed to be the most elaborate and boldest Dalek episode ever, but if it doesn’t, it may appear to be just an idea that was thrown together for the sake of trying to bring back the Doctor’s greatest adversaries after a long hiatus. However, I personally cannot wait, and think that the fan concerns and criticisms regarding the Daleks recent incarnation – such as the Power Ranger style designs – will be put to bed forever. Moffat has rarely (well, never thinking about it) let us down, and I don’t think he will do any time soon!

So what do you think about the Daleks returning? Is there another foe of the Doctor that you would like to see return at some point? Let me know below or via twitter!
@Rohanseal221B

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