For many Doctor Who fans, it has been a while since the Daleks have been a scary adversary for the time travelling hero, but according to star Matt Smith that is all going to change in the first episode of the new series, Asylum of the Daleks.
In the last few years we have seen the Daleks become the most defeated enemy of the Doctor, and although their spectacular demise at the end of the fourth series was something of note they have been a bit of a joke for the most part in comparison to, say, the arrival of The Weeping Angels. We’ve even had a Dalek/Human hybrid. So can Steven Moffat really bring the fear factor back to the greatest villain in the history of the show?
“We have made the Daleks scary again, something I am not sure we got right before,” Matt Smith said in an interview with TV Guide.
So how exactly has Moffat managed to turn around the mobile dustbins from boring baddie to fearsome foe again? Well, they are hardly going to tell anyone that before the show airs, although reports from the recent BFI Southbank premiere of the episode did say that the episode had a claustrophobic feel to it. Doctor Who meets Ridley Scott’s Alien perhaps? We can only wait and see.
Asylum of the Daleks airs on September 1st on both BBC One and BBC America, and is preceded by mini-adventure Pond-Life, which can be found exclusively in five parts on the Doctor Who website from August 27th.
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