Doctor Who (Matt Smith) – Asylum of the Daleks, and Dinosaurs on a Spaceship

Steven Moffat pens the seventh series opener, Asylum of the Daleks, which first aired on 1 September, 2012.

The Doctor, Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill) are travelling together again, and they are about to step into a mystery that is going to be with the Time Lord for a while, the mystery of Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman).

Amy and Rory are having a tough time with their marriage lately, and the word ‘divorce’ is being bandied about.Things change however, when all three of them are captured by the Daleks.

The trio are sent to the Asylum, a prison for insane Daleks, in the hopes that the Doctor will be able to destroy them. I love how the Doctor puts it – the Daleks were too scared to go down there themselves, so they captured the Doctor to do it for them.

They are given aid by a young woman named Oswin, whose spaceship has crashed on the planet.

Of course, not everything is as it seems, and not everything is going to go to plan. Unless the plan is total danger, and then everything definitely is going according to that. Both Rory and Amy find themselves in fear for their lives, and maybe, just maybe, if one of them is faced with certain death, maybe they’ll find one another again.

As we hope that Amy and Rory find their way back to each other, we are intrigued by the presence of Oswin, and learn new things about the Daleks, including the introduction of the Dalek Parliament.

Oswin is a fun character, and Jenna-Louise is a lot of fun to watch on the screen, bringing her souffle girl to life, the reveal at the end is heartbreaking (as is the results of Amy’s increasing infection, allowing her to see the souls within the insane Daleks), and definitely fires the imagination.

“Run you clever boy. And remember…”

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Dinosaurs on a Spaceship is a bit of a goofy episode written by Chris Chibnall. It aired on 8 September, 2012, and is of particular note for bringing actor David Bradley into the Who-universe.

Bradley plays the villain of the piece, Solomon, who is about to confront the Doctor, the Ponds, Nefertiti (Riann Steele), a big game hunter, Riddell (Rupert Graves) and Rory’s dad, Brian (Mark Williams).

Solomon’s ship, the size of Canada is heading towards Earth, on an apparent collision course in the year 2367. The Doctor is recruited by the Indian Space Agency to investigate and put a stop to the ship before it crashes, or they have to shoot it down.

Once aboard the ship they discover that the craft is a Silurian ark, carrying dinosaurs from before their great extinction, and it is now returning to Earth. Solomon has come aboard the ship as a black market raider, who killed all the Silurian and plans to steal the dinosaurs.

It’s a goofy, fun adventure, that hints at a sense of frivolity before the series continues with its journeys.

Next week the Doctor finds himself in a western when he and the Ponds travel to A Town Called Mercy.

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