For all Doctor Who fans (:
“Into the Dalek” is a solid episode but is simply not the most original contribution to Doctor Who. The idea of miniaturizing people and inserting them into another living being in order to solve a health problem may be a new experience for the Doctor but is certainly nothing new for science fiction (and honestly made me immediately think of The Magic School Bus, though the miniaturizing there was accidental).
“Into the Dalek” also draws very heavily from past Doctor Who episodes, sometimes in good ways and sometimes in lazy ones. The Doctor asserts that inside the Dalek is the “most dangerous place in the universe.” Yet I’m pretty sure the Dalek Asylum was supposed to be the most dangerous place in the universe. (And we’re working on a technicality that the trip outside the universe in “The Doctor’s Wife” doesn’t also earn this designation.) Declaring…
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