Asylum of the Daleks...all I have to say is, wow. It's the best series opener since it began in 2005. It starts off with a huge CGI shot of the Daleks homeworld, Skaro (which has previously been destroyed in Rememberance of the Daleks) which can cause some questions - how is Skaro still around?
The titles in this episode aren't really what I was expecting. I like them, but I don't have any issues with the changes made. I do hope there is some improvement to them in the next episode as colour correction didn't look that well to be honest. But thats a mear aspect of a truely amazing episode.
As the story develops we see Amy (in a rather sexy photoshoot) and Rory (looking as dull as ever) who are both taken aboard the Dalek Spaceship (with the Doctor). Praise must be given to people at 'The Mill' for designing such wonderful CGI for this episode! Also the set designers in the BBC made such fantastic use of colour to portray such an epic scale Dalek Spaceship with a twist.
The Story itself isn't that much Dalek-y (that's a new word for my vocab) it more features on the Doctor, the companions and the mysterious Oswin (more on her later!). The Daleks are more of a background story to pad the episode out and add a sense of danger (well...thats the Daleks are all about really!).
The humor in this episode is added by Arthur Darvill, who plays Rory Williams. For some reason this episode lets us see him in a totally different light - he's no the longer the hero who waited 2000 years for Amy, but a regular caring family type man. I swear at one point when Rory was saying 'Shhhh....' the word was originally going to have 'it' at the end of it, if you get my drift. The highlight of the episode is The Dalek beginnings its classic line; "Eggs..." which then prompts Rory to lift up a Dalek 'Ball' and offer it to the Dalek as an 'egg'. But you need milk to make souffle...
Another thing that makes this episode so amazing is the work of Murray Gold! His much in this episode is one of the best bits of music I have ever heard produced for this show. The intention of the Daleks in this episodes was to make them scary again, and it really did. But I feel this wouldn't have worked as well without Murray and the BBC Orchestra of Wales. I pray that Murrays as good music for the next 4 episodes, as he has with this!
Now we know Moffat is used to doing things backwards (No sexual pun intended) like he did with River Song but I just feel like this time she won't be saved (unlike River). An opinion on this companion has already formed in my head - I love her! I may even go as far as to say 'I love her as much as Amy, maybe more'. But there is something different about her. I think from the point we are seeing her, is after her time with the doctor - not before and hes not going back to save her, not this time.
It was just the way that she questioned the Doctor when she asked if he was going to save her, her response (Facial and emotional) was...odd, for the situation. Which has taken me to this conclusion. But credit is due - Jenna Louise Coleman steals this story! To me, she is the companion in this episode not Amy and Rory, they are just 'passers by'.
My only criticism is that we didn't get to see a lot of classic Dalek action, and none from Special Weapons Dalek! But I think an early glimpse compensated for that! Overall this episode to me in 9/10, which is the highest I probably will ever rate an episode, as I don't feel we would ever get a 'perfect episode' because life is never perfect and Doctor Who is great at showing life!
Overall this episode to me in 9/10, which is the highest I probably will ever rate an episode, as I don't feel we would ever get a 'perfect episode' because life is never perfect and Doctor Who is great at showing life!