Doc­tor Who

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Satur­day, 7.30pm, ABC1 Last Sun­day Aunty proved what a mod­ern girl she is by whack­ing this de­but episode of the new sea­son up for stream­ing on iView just a half hour af­ter it was shown in Bri­tain and al­most a week be­fore its of­fi­cial TV de­but here. The rea­son? To thwart pi­rate down­loads, of course. In any case, like most of the new Doc­tor Who, Asy­lum of the Daleks is a lit­tle too smug and whim­si­cal for its own good. Some­thing quite fi­nal hap­pened to me in­ter­nally when I saw a Dalek of this new age serv­ing a cup of tea to Win­ston Churchill in sea­sons gone by. How many times can the doc­tor van­quish the Daleks? I sup­pose it ages me dread­fully to ad­mit that I used to hide be­hind a couch as a child in com­plete ter­ror of what were then mur­der­ous, soul­less crea­tures. All ef­forts in this episode, in­clud­ing the massed par­lia­ment of the Daleks, the Dalek PM (I kid you not) and an en­tire planet full of mad ones con­signed to live in an asy­lum for eter­nity, fail ut­terly to make them men­ac­ing. How­ever, there are some ter­rific sur­prises in store tonight for the young and newly faith­ful.

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