The 5 Best (And 5 Worst) Doctor Who Dalek Episodes

By Chris Cummins in Daily Lists, TV
Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 8:00 am

The Worst:
5) Asylum of the Daleks
Because of the unexpected appearance of Jenna-Louise Coleman (i.e. the Doctor's next companion) and her great performance, Whovians were quick to overlook the fact that "Asylum of the Daleks" was a bit of a mess. From Amy and Rory's forced martial woes to the contrivance that is the Dalek nanopods and the "love conquers all" subtext of the episode, it feels like Steven Moffat isn't quite sure what to do with the Daleks these days. Clearly he's setting something up by wiping their memory of the Doctor. But unless he figures out a way to reinvent them, they'll remain as menacing as they are in this Kit Kat ad.

4) Journey's End
Unlike John Simm's hammy portrayal as the Master, Julian Bleach brought a gentle madness to his role as Davros. Unfotunately, his character got lost in the self-indulgence of Russell T. Davies script -- which was way more interested in getting the Doctor (well, a Doctor) reunited with Rose than paying the Daleks and Davros their due. The lesson to be learned here is that no one is immune to the temptation of fanwankery.

3) Victory of the Daleks
Here's a question for you, does "Victory of the Daleks" exist to tell a rollicking WWII tale featuring Winston Churchill? Or is the entire episode a sly advertisement for Character Options' multi-colored Dalek toys?

2) Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks

This two-parter had Nu-Who returning to its cheesy monster roots with the hybrid human/Dalek version of Dalek Sec. It shouldn't have bothered. If you can somehow overlook the logistical flaws in the Cult of Skaro's plans, inane pig slaves and the rather shouty David Tennant performance and actually enjoy these goofy episodes, you are a bigger Who fan than I. (What's worse, the Great Depression featured within this pair of adventures, or the one that comes from watching them?) Any discussion of these installments would be incomplete without mentioning that a pre-The Amazing Spider-Man Andrew Garfield co-stars as Frank, the plucky young Hooverville resident who encourages his neighbors to let a deformed pigman live amongst them. What a guy.

1) Abduction of the Daleks
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Okay, this is a total cheat. But I just want to take this opportunity to remind you that a few years ago a Dalek-themed porno was released. (The events of which are obviously not canon). Yep, Doctor Who is now so big that it has its own copyright-shunning porn parody. Well, it did until the BBC intervened. Maybe I was a bit too hard on "Journey's End," as the only reason for this one's existence really is fan-wankery. Eww.

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