Reviews, Photos from ‘Doctor Who’ Premiere Screening in London

‘Doctor Who’ stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill at the British Film Institute’s London screening of the season premiere ‘Asylum of the Daleks’ on August 14. (Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

While we wait for the brand-new season to arrive, we jealously gaze across the pond at the select fans and journalists who caught a first look at “Asylum of the Daleks,” Doctor Who‘s season opener, at the British Film Institute’s premiere screening in London last night (August 14). The first (spoiler-free) reviews of the episode have been quite splendid.

The Daily Telegraph writes, “The fiendishly clever script is packed with [Steven] Moffat’s trademark dazzling wordplay and several guffaw-out-loud gags, while there are two scenes that will have viewers sniffling on their sofas. Best of all, the story makes the Doctor’s pepperpotty arch enemies truly scary again and contains several killer twists.”

Den of Geek adds, “The sum total of all of this is a really, really good slice of Saturday night fun, that puts a good Dalek story at the heart of an episode that’s impressive for reasons beyond its foes. It’s frequently funny – Moffat hasn’t lost his touch with excellent one-liners – and emotionally involving too. It also takes the Daleks to some quite dark places, with a fresh, unpleasant edge. And, as with many of Moffat’s episodes, it’ll ignite the Internet within seconds of it finishing.”

The Guardian promises that “Asylum” is “worth the wait,” and SFX‘s Nick Setchfield tweeted that he was “utterly blown away by ‘Asylum Of The Daleks.’ Strongest season opener yet. Epic, heart-punching, hilarious… and sneaky.”

Meanwhile, at last night’s event, Steven Moffat revealed titles for the first five episodes, which are as follows:

1 – Asylum of the Daleks (by Steven Moffat)
2 – Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (by Chris Chibnall)
3 – A Town Called Mercy (by Toby Whithouse)
4 – The Power of Three (by Chris Chibnall)
5 – The Angels Take Manhattan (by Steven Moffat)

Series stars Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill popped up to the screening in dapper evening wear, and here are some photos. Note Darvill’s socks.

(Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

(Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

(Photo: Yui Mok/PA Wire)

Matt Smith arrives (Photo: BBC)

Kevin Wicks

Kevin Wicks founded BBCAmerica.com's Anglophenia blog back in 2005 and has been translating British culture for an American audience ever since. While not British himself - he was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri - he once received inordinate hospitality in London for sharing the name of a dead but beloved EastEnders character. His Anglophilia stems from a high school love of Morrissey, whom he calls his "gateway drug" into British culture.

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