Well it’s been a week, have you managed to get caught up on the season premiere of Doctor Who yet? No? Then go shoo! Go get it loaded up or else Bonnie Burton and other Whovians will start to chase you down demanding to know why you haven’t watched.
Or you can just read through my live responses to last week’s episode (7.1 “Asylum of the Daleks”) below as I watch again in anticipation for tonight’s episode (“Dinosaurs on a Spaceship”) that makes super confused as to why motherf*cking Samuel L Jackson isn’t involved. I’m actually very excited for tonight’s new episode. It seems to promise both a heavy dose of camp, inspired by Snakes on a Plane and has TWO Harry Potter alumni guest starring. In the meantime though, while I wait, I will eat this chocolate soufflé and press begin on…
It’s finally explained: why the Dalek’s have a whisk for a hand. Betcha didn’t know they were bakers did you? Neither did I.
Opening on Skaro. Pretty desolate looking place but I thought it was destroyed completely? And the story begins in a pretty standard way: damsal needs the Doctor’s help. Those boots are amazing. I really, really want those boots. Damn.Daleks are Cylons now. Gotcha. That’s terrifying aaaaaaaaaand the Doctor is captured.
Rory and Amy are on the outs. Amy is modeling and being pouty. Gee I wonder if they will somehow get kidnapped by the cylon daleks and forced to reconcile this episode? Amy Pond and Rory Williams are captured…wait, Rory has a last name of his own?
Potentially the best line of the entire episode just happened. “How much trouble are we in?” Doctor: “Out of ten? Eleven.” Because he’s the eleventh doctor! Love it. That really was quite clever. Good job Moffat.
That’s a shit ton of Daleks though calling it a parliament is kind of….meh. They are now pleading for the doctor to save them. Well that’s also new.
Loud Opera: good. Soufflé: not so good. Girl very pretty. Stunning actually. I guess that makes up for her lack of baking skills.
The Daleks don’t kill their insane because they consider hatred beautiful. That must make Rory’s hair beautiful because I’m really not liking how it’s quaffed. Daleks are disturbed by the blaring signal of Carmen which apparently the Doctor played the triangle in. Pretty girl has a name: Oswin. Crash landed for a year on the Dalek Asylum planet hiding out in her ship.
What have you been doing for a year? Making soufflés. Bad ones. The Doctor wonders where she gets the milk. Good question! I was wondering more about the eggs. Reconstituted powdered milk could theoretically work in a soufflé but not powdered eggs.
The Daleks want the Doctor to remove Oswin from their planet without releasing the insane Daleks. Okay so this is kind of a flimsy premise. They are too scared to go down to eradicate this girl who is a problem because she keeps playing…Carmen?
Blah blah and they are all sent to the planet where R2D2 starts spying from the snow. Oh, nope, woops wrong universe. Just Oswin hacking into the security system that is composed of Dalek eye stalks. Rory has been separated from the group and is surrounded underground by a bunch of sleeping Daleks. That can’t be good.
“I forgot about dying” oh crap scary black cylon Dalek. The Doctor realizes that a nanocloud turns all organic matter on the planet (alive or dead) into a cylon. Amy realizes they are surrounded by dead bodies while the Doctor continues to be impressed with his cleverness. Now the Doctor and Amy have to fight off zombie cylon Daleks. So this episode we’ve got solidly terrifying recreations of the Doctor’s greatest enemy and also weird cylon-R2D2-human hybrids. Awesome. No really, not sarcasm, this is awesome!
Amy is being sexy and sassy but I’m liking Oswin SO much. She’s cheeky. I hope she’s a companion eventually. Adorable. Talking blah blah Amy lost her nanobot protecting wristband and now is going to turn into a Cylon Dalek if they don’t beat the clock. Dun dun dunnnnnnnnnn. Saw that coming. Yawn.
BWAHAHAHA Rory thinks those ball bearings on the Daleks are their eggs. Oh my god that was priceless. “Do you want your eggs?” No he wants to egg-egg-eggs-eggsterminate! The Daleks are trying to warm up and get stuck on the first syllable of their infamous cry. EXTERMINATE! EXTERMINATE! Would the zombie cylon daleks yell EXANIMATE? Cheeky Oswin is flirting with Rory. I like her too much to be mad that he shouldn’t be flirting with people who aren’t Amy.
Amy is still turning into a Dalek and is hallucinating.
Oswin thinks Amy seems angry. Amy says Oswin has never been to Scotland. Bwahahaha. I love them. The Doctor is still wondering about the milk for the soufflés. You should be asking about the EGGS! Oh wait, Rory explained that. She gets them from the Daleks :-P
The Doctor is still trying to fix Amy and Rory’s marriage and save them all off the planet. Time to get Oswin, lower the force field and beam off the planet to the Dalek ship…where the Daleks will then kill them on site. Sounds like a Doctor Who kind of escape plan.
Rory wants to sacrifice himself for Amy because he has always loved her more. She gets mad, she loves him just as much. She only gave him up because she can’t have children. Reconciled. Well duh.
Oswin continues to be clever as she hacks into the Daleks between her and the Doctor to make them forget who the Doctor is so he can pass by them. Too clever. Oh no. Poor Oswin. She’s been a Dalek the whole time but her brain has been fighting the conversion and created an alternate reality where she is still human. In truth she’s just a chained up Dalek. Too bad. This actress had great chemistry with Matt Smith. Oswin is going to save them even though she’s a Dalek and sacrifice herself in the process.
And now the Doctor must run as he so often does. If you asked me to pick one motif from this show it would simply be that: Run. The Doctor gets off the planet before it explodes only to discover that Oswin managed to wipe the memories of all Daleks everywhere. They don’t remember the Doctor, their greatest enemy and so a chorus erupts from Daleks “Doctor…Who?”
Alright I’m going to give this episode a B+ for being so damn clever, for finally giving the Daleks a refresh that makes them terrifying and new and for having a really awesome female guest star. The detractor? Well Amy and Rory were cute, and we got some of their relationship woes covered, but that storyline was a bit predictable and yawnish. I had a feeling that this season the drama between them would in part be related to childbirth. I mean after you’ve had your couple give birth to a baby in the last season, who turned out to be part timelord, who was stolen from them as an infant but then grew up with them in secret as their childhood friend and now is older than them, married to the Doctor and moving through her timeline in the opposite direction…well how do you suddenly go “And then they had a second baby and changed its diapers.”
And now we know that the Daleks love to bake! Sadly it seems having a whisk for an arm doesn’t help in the soufflé department which is kind of shocking since a soufflé does depend largely on whipped egg whites for the lift and structure it is known for. I’d never made a soufflé before but after watching Oswin fail in this episode I felt a need to try it out and see if I could redeem my new favorite character.
My first attempt was a smashing success. I actually feel kind of cheated when that happens. See now I know I can do it AND it felt easy which means next time I’ll be too cavalier and screw something up. There’s definitely going to be a next time because this was DELICIOUS. I forgot how much I love this pastry. Sweet or savory, it’s this amazing crusty, chewy bread on top and a warm, sticky, bread pudding on the inside. Chocolate soufflé? It’s like eating warm, semi-cooked brownie dough. Ermehgerd.
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