August 4th, 2007


Doctor Who: "Daleks in Manhattan" / "Evolution of the Daleks"

Oy. Bad writing, bad acting, bad directing. The idea of this two-parter is interesting, but the execution lacks...everything. I'm not sure it's quite as rubbish as the season two episode "The Idiot's Lantern", but it's up there. I mean, come on - pig slaves? Really? Also, it has almost exactly the same plot device as "The Shakespeare Code", with an alien intelligence helping to create a famous architectural landmark for a secret purpose: the Globe Theater in "Code", the Empire State Building here. (Not to mention a bit of cribbing from the 1967 serial "Evil of the Daleks", where they try to Dalekize the Doctor, but instead it backfires and humanizes some of them, causing civil war to break out between factions.)

I did enjoy how the Daleks call themselves the Cult of Skaro (Skaro being the name of their home planet, which the Doctor tricked them into destroying in the 1988 serial "Remembrance of the Daleks"), as well as the Doctor's allusion to the Daleks' creator Davros (fingers crossed for a season four appearance!), and the big lasergun shootout in the theater, but that's pretty much it. Everything else had me slapping my forehead.

Here's hoping season three recovers quickly!