Doctor Who Episode 3: 17.04.2010
Gut-reaction. Be careful of spoilers if you haven’t seen it yet.
There really must be a limit to how much they can change the Daleks and still make them an effective menace. Surely their sensors could tell jammy dodgers don’t have any mechanical parts.
The new Daleks look like smarties, coming in all flavours ready for a new merchandise sweep.
If anything, the Daleks need to be more schemer than they have done in the past but I suspect that single episode stories aren’t likely to let that happen.
One very obvious glitch in this episode is that even if the Daleks turned on all the lights in London, every place with windows would have been covered with drapes so little light would have shown. Maybe it would have lacked dramatics but it is a flaw.
I’m a little more undecided and unsettled about this episode than the others. Too often when Doctor Who mixes history and Science Fiction, it tends to be careful about historic figures. Even with Marco Polo back in the 60s, they were careful not to reveal their origins.
If Churchill knew about the Doctor then he would have to be aware of Torchwood and at least have them as advisors. Granted there was probably a desire not to complicate things too much in one episode but the complication already exists, not to mention the possibility of the Doctor crossing his own time-line. Then again, that might explain why he was a month late.