By Robert Shearman
“You would make a good Dalek.”
The Doctor and Rose have arrived in an underground bunker near Salt Lake City Utah in the year 2012 where The Doctor discovers that they are in the middle of a museum that has tons of alien artifacts including a Cybermen head. They are soon captured by the guard and taken to Henry van Statten for questioning. During questionng The Doctor discovers that van Statten isn’t interested in the uniqueness of the artifacts but to exploit them and keep them for his collection. It appears he also has a live specimen and The Doctor finds out that he too will be a part of his collection as he is an alien and the last of his race.
We also see The Doctor acting like a Dalek especially at the end when he has that gun and we see an ugly side of him. He was willing to blow up the Dalek without even trying to know that it had gotten feelings and wanted to have the sun touch its tendrils. This is the moment that Rose really starts getting through to The Doctor and helps to change him back from the Time War style Doctor back to the caring Doctor that we all know. That scene is probably the best moment for Rose in the first series as she really lets The Doctor have it and it makes her character grow more than just the damsel in distress.
Dalek was based on Robert Shearman’s Big Finish audio Jubilee which starred Colin Baker. The premise is pretty much the same except the Daleks had a future version of the 6th Doctor locked up in the cell that the present day 6th Doctor finds. It is a pretty good audio and if you have a chance you should listen to it.
Dalek was the first story in the new series that actually felt like proper Doctor Who. Yes we have had some simple stories leading up to it that were pretty good but Dalek had the feel and it made you truly believe that the show had finally arrived. There have been some really good Dalek stories in NuWho but nothing yet has come close to Dalek.