So, we’ve all had a couple of days to bask in/mull over/gripe about “Deep Breath,” but unlike the last couple Doctor Who episodes, we don’t have upwards of a month to wait for the next one. BBC America has released a series of images from episode 2 of Series 8, which we know to be called “Into the Dalek,” written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat (congrats on your Emmy win, BY THE WAY!!) and directed, as was “Deep Breath,” by Ben Wheatley.
The official plot teaser is as follows: “A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… With the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side. Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever, he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, ‘am I a good man?'”
This episode will also introduce the character of Danny Pink played by Samuel Anderson (The History Boys). Danny is supposedly a co-worker of Clara’s, and possibly a companion or ally at some point in the future. Who can say? (I think he will be, otherwise why would they have made such a big deal about him?) Also guest starring on the episode are Wheatley staple Michael Smiley (Kill List, A Field in England), Zawe Ashton (Fresh Meat), and Ben Crompton (Game of Thrones, Pramface).
So that’s fun. Looks exciting. And how about another peek at that thirty-second spot for the episode, eh?
If, as many including Steven Moffat have said, “Deep Breath” was Peter Capaldi’s “Robot” (the first Tom Baker serial; very silly and very not in keeping with the tone of the rest of his first season), then “Into the Dalek” might well be Capaldi’s “The Ark in Space” (Baker’s second story and still in the top five Fourth Doctor serials full stop). I’m quite excited for the prospect of Daleks actually being Daleks, and one that’s so malfunctioned it becomes “good.” Quite a thing.
How excited are you for “Into the Dalek”? Are you tired of Dalek stories or can you never get enough? And how’s Capaldi’s driving so far? Let’s talk below, shall we?