This weekend marked the start of series seven of BBC One drama Doctor Who. Matt Smith reprised his role as the eleventh doctor, complete with the signature bow tie and tweed jacket. The inaugural episode, intriguingly entitled ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ begins with the Doctor, and his companions Amy and Rory, who are also having some earthly troubles, being ‘acquired’ by the Daleks and being taken to their parliament. The Daleks have an unexpected request for the Doctor and his companions and after the sharp new opening titles, the adventure ensues. Steven Moffat is back to fine writing form in this episode with some very well placed and rather clever dialogue throughout. A particular scene featuring just Amy and Rory is poignant and intelligently adds a whole new dimension to the episode by showing that this show is more than just about fighting the bad aliens. Similarly, the heartbreaking plot twist at the end of the episode gives a story an interesting concept and leaves viewers asking more questions- questions that can only be answered by watching the rest of the series. Of course, Doctor Who would not be the show we all know and love without some spectacular visual effects, and once again, the special effects team do not disappoint.
With the perfect blend of intuitive storytelling and fast paced action, ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ is an excellent start to series seven which viewers surely now will have high hopes for.
It’s Kinda Cool Score: 4/5