I'm a little late on this since I waited for both parts to be finished to discuss the new two-part "Daleks in Manahattan" and "Evolution on the Daleks" episodes of Doctor Who.
Well... even though I've only been a Who fan for a few years now, I have totally immersed myself in as much older stuff as I can get my hands on and I think that was a mistake to do.
Like any adult fan of any "geek" related fiction one reaches a point where being a part of fandom crashes right into the enjoyment of the thing you are a fan of. The more and more knowledge you have of a given geek thing, the harder and harder it is to just enjoy it for what it is.
Doctor Who is much like Transformers in that respect.
No matter how much we want them to be otherwise, both of these geek things were and are aimed for children.
An adult of course can enjoy them, but for me, I want so much more out of the typical fiction that just never can be.
The 2-part "Daleks in Manahattan" and "Evolution on the Daleks" has come and gone and I feel ultimately let down.
I basically called every major plot point exactly like it would happen.
That means I'm now either too familiar with Who or RTD's producing is just too predictable.
On second viewing, the 2 episodes are a bit better than the first time but they still don't change the status quo much.
So after Series 2's finale, Dalek Sec and the Cult of Skaro boys pull a deus ex machina time-shift and escape the destruction of the Cybermen and the genesis ark Daleks via the Void.
We find out that they've time-shifted to the early 1930's and are manipulating the building of the Empire State Building to take advantage of a solar flare.
Seems like good old Sec has finally realizes that the Daleks, for all their supposed superiority, seem to get their asses handed to them in every single appearance they make whereas the humans seem to exist against all odds.
So what does he want to do?
Yup! Evolve the Daleks and hybridize them with humans making what else... Human-Daleks.
There's a lot of stupid human-pig slave hybrids running around and a very annoying Welsh attempt at a "New Yoik" accent. I mean, this New York accent has to the BBC's revenge against Dick Van Dyke's accent in Mary Poppins!
Eventually, Dalek Sec becomes a hybrid and of course, begins to be influenced by the new emotions he's feeling and totally sees where the Dalek race has to go.
And of course, the episode collapses into the usual cliches of Who sci-fi after that.
Instead of actually doing something fresh and exciting with the Daleks, regardless of how crappy the hybrids look, the produces chose to just go right back to the status quo.
The remaining 3 Daleks immediately consider Sec an abomination and turn on him, they then proceed to kill a lot of people, all the while the Doctor interferes with their plans to make totally subordinate Dalek-humans out of dead bodies.
In less than 5 minutes all these Dalek-humans are dead, Daleks Thay and Just and the new Sec are killed, the 1930s Depression era is saved, and Dalek Caan, now the last remaining Dalek in existence, plays his deus ex machina card and does another temporal shift.
It actually kind of sucks.
While I thought the Sec-human hybrid looked crappy (he needed much longer head tentacles that didn't look udder-like), I was really hoping that Sec would survive and somehow become another major force in the Doctor's world. Hell... he should have done some kind of thing where he felt Kaled again.
That way, we'd get the traditional Daleks that have to remain and then another new race that we get to learn about.
Alas. No. We basically got the Star Trek big red reset button hit and returned to the status quo at the very end.
Oh. And the pig-slaves? This is where my earlier comments about knowing too much who and trying to enjoy these as an adult clashes.
There was absolutely no real story need for the pig slaves other than their effect on kids watching the show.
The Daleks have used a shit load of races, and quite frankly I would have loved a fan wank to "robohumans" from The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Plus, it would have cost a lot less and tied back into the early days without anything being different.
Martha was excellent and she's fast becoming a favorite of mine. She's totally above Rose's chav-level stupid and definitely is a cross between Sarah Jane and Zoe and Liz Shaw.
Oh. And a lot of reviews I read, mostly from my favorite Who blog Behind The Sofa, seem to not like David Tennant so much and his typical "screaming" of dialogue and such.
I love Tennant. I had never seen him in anything before Doctor Who and he's just different.
I tend to think of his portrayal of the Doctor as this just being the 10th Doctor. No more. No less.
He's not exactly like any of the others. He's his own Doctor.
All in all, the episodes could have been a bit better in conclusion.
But frankly, I'm just happy to still have new Doctor Who.
Now this past week's episode "The Lazarus Experiment"?
Oh my god... it fucking rocked the balls of awesomeness!
Well. For me at least.