At last they get it right! I’d almost given up hope. Top marks to writer Steven Moffat and the BBC for this episode.
The Doctor is snared by the Daleks and commanded to ‘save’ them. The Dalek asylum seems to be out of control, and none of the Daleks on the outside is either crazy enough or powerful enough to go inside to set things to rights. Therefore, they quite sensibly bring in the only being powerful enough to master a bunch of mad Daleks – a being known as ‘The Predator’ aka The Doctor! (Suitable homage to the Alien v Predator context.)
The plot is a tight and decent scifi riddle (although I note in the press that Doctor Who is now referred to as a ‘fantasy’ series), the dilemmas are decent, there are fresh ideas, there are scary monsters, and even the Amy/Rory subplot works as a part of the whole rather being an inane distraction. Better than all that, they’ve managed to save/rehabilitate the whole Dalek/Doctor Who relationship. Let’s face it, out of desperation, the BBC had started to overuse the Daleks and the Cybermen. And they were starting to screw things up badly. Some extremely good scripting has saved them at the last. Rejoice, humankind, for all is now well with the universe!
Next week: dinosaurs!