So after the introduction of a human dalek (Erik Loren) last week, where does Evolution of the Daleks go? Written by Helen Raynor the episode premiered on 28 April, 2007.
The Doctor (Tennant) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) are still in the 30s, and confronting the Cult of Skaro as they seek to evolve and change into something more. However as they change, and adapt some human characteristics, the daleks realise that Dalek Sec, the human dalek is no longer a true dalek.
As Hooverville rises up to fight the enemy, the climax of the story rockets along, and while it is by far and away, not my favourite dalek story, Tennant just thunders along, and all you can do is bounce along behind him as he out thinks and out maneuvers the daleks.
Martha helps a lot, as does Frank (Andrew Garfield – protecting New York, even then – makes your Spidey Senses tingle).
I do like the fact that the Doctor and Sec have an actual dialogue about the nature of daleks, and what they should become, or can become. Of course, the rest of the Cult of Skaro refuse to accept these new beliefs, and eventually turn against him, and changing his plan to their own.
Part of the problem is that Dalek Sec looks so goofy, I never believed him as a character, or found him interesting, or scary. He just annoyed, whether his character had some pertinent dialogue or not.
I know not all of them can be winners, but this one could have been a bit better.
The Lazarus Experiment written by Stephen Greenhorn aired on 5 May, 2007, and is basically a monster of the week story.
The upside is, we get some interaction with Martha’s family.
The Doctor and Martha return to Earth, and the present, just 12 hours after they first left. They learn that Martha’s sister, Tish (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is working for an elderly man named Richard Lazarus (Mark Gatiss) who has made the claim that this night he will transform himself to a young man.
The Doctor’s interest is piqued, and he goes with Martha, meeting the rest of her family, who are less than impressed with him, and they are all caught up in Lazarus’ experiment when it goes dangerously wrong, turning him into a monstrous beast with murder on its mind.
To keep the season arc on track, Prime Minister Harold Saxon gets a couple of mentions.
Next time around the Doctor makes everything happen in real time, when we dig into 42.