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PaulFlint
PaulFlint

Hope it's as good as Russell T Davis's last two dalek episodes , I think I'm going to love this one :)

Noybusiness
Noybusiness

Which stories are The Abomination and The One in a Million Dalek from?

joesocwork
joesocwork

Wow I feel a sense of relief that we Whovians can also be psychotherapists!

Noybusiness
Noybusiness

"The complex was named after the titular emperor, Napoleon I of France, who, similarly to the Daleks, was a short being who sought authority, war and victory."

That's a myth popularized in the Tory press. In reality, Napoleon was 5' 6'' tall, or 1.68 metres, average height for the time period.

You've not met Danny Pink? Bit of a lady killer
You've not met Danny Pink? Bit of a lady killer

I hope Into the Dalek explores the mind of a Dalek even further and changes how I view them. So when I watch previous Dalek episodes I can watch and be like "Ohhh yeah, they're doing that because they're programmed to do this and that" or something.

Old Floridian
Old Floridian

I feel sure that Clara has no awareness of her splinters. She is only somewhat aware of the Doctors she met in the timeline.  As or the Daleks, maybe we will learn how much is organic and how much is electronic ?, programmed?  Hope to learn more about them.

ChrisWalton1
ChrisWalton1

Reading that description of extermination in Prisoner of the Daleks, it makes them sound so deadly, like properly deadly - Just having Peter Capaldi as the Doctor now even makes them deadlier in my mind

Unibot
Unibot

Excellent article. Really well done. It was a thorough investigation into the psychology of those thoroughly beloved, psychotic pepper-pots. I think the Small Man Syndrome fits the Daleks the best - they seem most dangerous and hateful when they themselves are shortest. I think this is why they hate The Doctor so much and hates what he believes, because he is always in their way, standing tall and confident with a cheeky smile on his face. I'm sure we all know someone like that at one time or another and have considered firing a death ray at them...

Sharaz_Jek
Sharaz_Jek

"Other Daleks have also displayed evidence that they have a flair for poetry, even through their battle cries, which is an effective style of self-expression)" - I can't stop thinking about the "Dalek poetry reading" from Mock the Week. God, that was hilarious :D

Anyway, a great article and inside into the Dalek mind. I would have wished for a closer look at the emperor, the Cult of Skaro and especially the Dalek Time Controller, as those Daleks do act a-typical for their kind. Especially the Time Controller shows a perverted understanding of the human (and the Doctor's) psyche and seems to be less ruled by several of the possible personality disorders Dalek suffer from.





TardisKid101
TardisKid101

Amazing Article. If this is a Dalek story tonight then I'm sure we can expect a lot!

BJAMES
BJAMES

Great article. Just when a lot of folks talk about the obligatory Dalek story, or the notion that the Daleks are overused, it's quite simple to be reminded of how credible an adversary they actually are. Taking them to new places, in my opinion, is the ticket, and exploring the shades of how they have evolved and adapted, specifically in the Time War, still seems ripe with possibilities. With an adversary like the Doctor, they have had to think more and more "outside the box". That never really gets them to question, at least en mass, what they are doing but how they go about doing it. Even with the occasional story misstep (merely my opinion there), I still find them formidable.

Mercy Reborn2
Mercy Reborn2

A great article and I think it will be interesting to see inside a Dalek see what makes them evil, and the Doctors reaction to it will be fascinating

PaddyB
PaddyB

Into The Dalek sounds like an episode title from last year's 'blockbuster' series and since Phil Ford said that he had been discussing the idea with Moffat for a while, perhaps it originally was. However, something tells me that the concept will be presented deftly, in a more subtle manner than many stories from series 7.

For example, the next time trailers from last year were always very keen to promote the digestible central concept of each episode:

"DOCTOR: 'Dinosaurs! On a spaceship!'"

" CLARA: 'Where are we going?'

  DOCTOR: To the centre of the TARDIS'"

However, the trailer for Into The Dalek didn't include the supposed slogan of the week "we're going into the dalek" which leads me to believe that the episode may be more complex than it first appears.

dschram
dschram

I find it interesting that it is because the Dalek cannot imagine, or think metaphysically, that it is evil.

bringmeknitting
bringmeknitting

A hugely entertaining and thoughtful article David, thank you :)

The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make...
The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make...

Clara: "have you ever seen one before? a good Dalek? The Doctor: "Yes, in fact, the last good Dalek I met was you" Clara: "What?" The Doctor: "Oh come on, please don't tell me you don't remember! being a Dalek isn't a thing you should easily forget!"

JustJordsss
JustJordsss

Interesting article :) I personally believe the dalek in the window didn't spare Adelaide for a one-off nice reason, but because it recognised her importance not just in human history/ future, but also in the Dalek's. My reasoning for this is that it's possible the Dalek recognised that Adelaide is the woman who leads the human race to the stars. If this doesn't happen, then the Daleks may never discover the human race and will never be able to conquer them in events such as The Stolen Earth etc :) great article though!

Freezenifitweet
Freezenifitweet

I thought the Dalek in the window spared her because he HAD to. He knew that she was a fixed point in time and thus couldn't kill her without causing a huge problem in time. Obviously they were eventually going to kill her anyway but that's a different debate...

Chris502
Chris502

..Probably shouldn't have known that thing from ITD


TheEleventhWheatley
TheEleventhWheatley

This was really, truly interesting. A great read - nicely done, David!

MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions
MetamorphmagusWho likes Conventions

I'm reading Engines of War at the moment and from what I've read it's certainly an excellent Dalek story, developing them, informing us as to the genuine effect that they have on worlds they invade. Also regarding The Dalek In The Window it may be a case of "if the winds in the right direction, you let one of them go. That's how you live with yourself" as the Ninth Doctor would say (though I may be paraphrasing). Mind you do the Daleks need to do that to live with themselves? Maybe it was just that particular Dalek.

The Finn
The Finn

"In Into the Dalek, it is explained that the cortex vault, a supplementary electronic brain, extinguishes the tiniest glimmer of positive emotions. The view the show seems to take on emotions is that they resemble entities themselves; they are able to spread and occupy, to suggest and remain. By keeping the Daleks’ hatred ‘pure’, they’re denied the ability to fulfil the second half of their nature vs nurture development. They are incomplete beings." Is this spoilers?






The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make...
The Lazy Cat Has a Terrible Decision to Make...

Wonderful article David, a very interesting read :-) It makes me much more excited for this episode actually.

And I really hope we hear an Oswin reference as well, I'd love to see Clara's reaction if Capaldi actually said that line!

Also, the two soldiers with them would be like "what the hell are you talking about? how is this woman a Dalek?" though you'd think that if it was any more than a throwaway line DWTV would have mentioned it in their review, oh well.

Ivegotkidneys is missing Ian Chesterton
Ivegotkidneys is missing Ian Chesterton

Good article not only is this making me excited for the episode but it's also making me excited to learn about abnormalities when I go back to A level psychology in a few days (ok that may sound quite weird)

tombaker64
tombaker64

@Noybusiness The One in a Million Dalek is apparently from a TV Century 21 comic from 1966 called Shadow of Humanity

The Abomination is from an Eleventh Doctor graphic novel called The Only Good Dalek

Clara Laurinda
Clara Laurinda

@Mercy Reborn2 Very true, but I have to admit that I am fascinated with what CLARA's reaction will be, gvien her fragmented self's past reaction to life as a Dalek.

mrclever
mrclever

@PaddyB I'm sure there was something the name of the doctor and maybe something in hide

Galax
Galax

Well that's basically like the emotional inhibitors in The Age of Steel in a bit more complex way. That's honestly not a big spoiler, surely the episode will go much further into the Daleks' system and their moral fonctionnement.




They're all my favorite Caretaker
They're all my favorite Caretaker

I don't think so. At least not from the leaks. I avoid anything not from the BBC and I knew about this. It may be from moffat's extended description in DWM or SFX.

PaddyB
PaddyB

@The Finn It's taken from the episode preview in Doctor Who Magazine so I doubt that it is overly revealing.

PaulFlint
PaulFlint

Peace and Love hippy a Daleks Yeah!

BJAMES
BJAMES

@Clara Laurinda @Mercy Reborn2 That IS going to be interesting. Will she have conscious memories? Or will the Doctor have to reluctantly fill her in? There are some SERIOUS dramatic possibilities there.

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