Fri, 22 October 2010
Oh! It's the eleventh episode of The Cloister Room, a podcast about Doctor Who and other things.
The reason why Dalek is the most important Doctor Who story ever made? Because it took everything that the show used to be laughed at and mocked and made it completely terrifying. That Dalek plunger we all laughed at? It sucks people's faces off. Daleks can't climb stairs? Now they can fly upstairs. Daleks are slow and you can easily hide from them, right? Now their midsection can swivel round to shoot you. And one solitary Dalek can destroy an entire underground base, relying mostly on its wits and cunning, something that was never really portrayed as Dalek traits in the classic series. By showing that what were once considered a joke to actually be full of menace, "Dalek" not only returned the Daleks to respectability in the yes of fans, but also in the eyes of the average viewing public. And, in doing so, it eliminated many other preconceptions of the show being cheap and silly. There's no more wobbly scenery jokes to be made here. Doctor Who was back and it meant business, and it set the tone for the rest of the series to date.