Dalek Exterminates ITV

According to the overnight ratings, reported at Outpost Gallifrey, last nights episode of Doctor Who was the most watched programme of the day, beating even Casualty.

The BBC Web Team have been busy as usual, having now updated the Fear Factor Panel with details of the episode, and also updated the spoof Who Is Doctor Who? site with an interview with Henry VanStatten, the main human enemy last night, and even a link off to his company website, Geocomtex.

I had been told in advance that this was one of the best episodes, and it didn’t let me down. We got some more of the time war back-story, including the fact that the Time-Lords were fighting the Daleks. This leads to some big question marks over the Doctor, especially the way he reacts to the Dalek after the war. Although there is a lot of character stuff in the episode, the Dalek does escape pretty quickly for the usual round of Dalek induced chaos. As with previous Dalek episodes, this had a pretty high death count (apparently Resurrection Of The Daleks had a higher body count than The Terminator). Classic moments were the “What are you going to do, suck me to death?” when it escapes, and also the moment when after surviving a hail of machine gun fire from a squad of soilders without a scratch, the Dalek floats into the air, and shoots the sprikler control, and you suddenly realise what it is going to do! After the slightly wobbly stair climb back in Remembrance Of The Daleks which was done by brute force and metal poles, the modern CGI effects gave us several flying Dalek sequences.

The episode finishes with a view of the creature inside, and a very touching character moment as the Dalek struggles with the humanity it has recieved from Rose, (echoes of The Evil of the Daleks with the effects of the human factor) and the realisation that it is alone.

The BBC then followed the episode up with a good Doctor Who – Confidential, which included a couple of interesting stories from the filming of past Dalek stories. Apparently somebody called an ambulance and fire engine after seeing and hearing the results of one explosion during filming of Remembrance Of The Daleks – the ambulance driver got a bit of a shock when he arrived to be met by three Daleks coming out of the smoke! As was said about the special effects guys, “Thank heavens for Doctor Who, as these guys would be positively dangerous in the outside world!”

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