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03 September 2012 @ 08:50 am
Doctor Who: "Asylum of the Daleks" Episode Review  
Doctor Who 7.01 "Asylum of the Daleks"

First of all, that was one hell of a twist.

I mean, in hindsight I should have seen that coming because of the conversions of humans to Daleks and all the parallels used, plus things never quite are what they appear to be, but I just didn't know what to expect. The Doctor kept asking how Oswin got her milk to make Soufflés even after a year of being stranded and trapped, and I just didn't really think much of it until the moment when the ultimate reveal came that she had been converted and had kept herself from remembering or realizing. Such a brilliant twist, and it really makes sense because this is something they kept under wraps which will probably explain her involvement with the Doctor in future episodes.

See, I predict that somehow Oswin found a way of getting off that planet (because she's a genius like that) and will have found the encouragement to find an alternative way of reversing the conversion. She won't be completely human, but she'll appear human once again instead of the full-conversion she once was.

Because remember, the Doctor hasn't seen what she looks like. He only saw the Dalek conversion of her.

My prediction is that once she finds the Doctor again (in the Christmas episode, I believe is when he officially meets her face-to-face) is where she uses an alias to introduce herself (as Clara) and goes off with adventures with him and either almost immediately or somewhere down the line he realizes that this is Oswin Oswald. That is why this Companion is different from all the rest, because they've met before and she had been converted into a Dalek, but has found a way around that and, because she's a genius and absolutely brilliant, uses this to her advantage. If this is in fact how it all works out, I will be thoroughly impressed. Hell, I'm thoroughly impressed now with how it all played out in this episode.


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How can you not love her? How could you not have gotten all weepy at her last scene with the Doctor? So brilliantly done, and I love her and I am anticipating her return.


As for the rest of the episode, I quite liked it.

Amy and Rory having marital problems is something that I was afraid of, but thankfully it worked out in the end. Although fandom is taking things out of proportion (again) and it's getting rather irritating. But that's why I don't hang around certain parts of the DW fandom. Regardless, their problem was mostly the lack of communication in their relationship on a particular issue that affected both of them, but in the end they realized that the love had never diminished between them. The Doctor realized something was wrong and wanted to help, but didn't know how, so he helped without actually being the one to get them back together. It had to be them on their own, he just gave them the tools and time they needed at that particular moment for them to really stop and communicate with each other. And that's what they needed all along.

I have to say, regardless of how everyone else felt about the way it happened, I think it's a realistic aspect of couples having trouble with their relationship and not properly articulating the problem to their significant other. That's what the Ponds were going through, a very human reaction and emotion to something that was holding them both back, and all they needed was that little push in the right direction to really talk about things.

So, all in all I am happy with the way things turned out for them, like I knew they would.

Of course the only part I was puzzled with was the Dalek portion, because it seemed more of an expansion of their mythology than we knew before. It being science fiction they can do that, but I found it interesting with the transforming and converting humans into their own Dalek puppets, even full conversions. I feel like this might be featured more in later episodes, that there's something significant there, esp with Oswin, but we'll see.

Overall, I very much liked the premiere. My show is back, and I am happy.
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