The new Doctor was thrown in at the deep end on Saturday, August 30, as Peter Capaldi came face to face (and face to interior workings) with the Daleks in only his second episode. Refresh your memory with our recap of the Phil Ford and Steven Moffat-written “Into the Dalek” as we kick off another week rounding up all that’s new in Doctor Who land.
Once again, many reviews of what’s generally being accepted as one of the stronger Dalek stories of recent years have focused on the performance of Capaldi as he quickly finds his feet in the role, and of the new relationship between the Doctor and Clara. “There is already a feeling of a different sort of magic between them,” say The Telegraph. “It’s early days, but they seem like a partnership to last.” “Capaldi’s Doctor remains the star attraction,” agree Den of Geek, who also add that the episode “emerges as one of the most downright enjoyable episodes of Who in the past year or two.”
“Never mind youngsters hiding behind the sofa because of the monsters,” conclude SFX magazine in their appraisal of the new Doctor. “Here they might be behind the sofa because of the Time Lord himself!”
Here’s the “Into the Dalek” edition of Doctor Who Extra:
Coming up next, we have what looks set to be one of the lighter and more enjoyable episodes of Season 8, with “Robot of Sherwood” by Mark Gatiss. The episode guest stars Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons) as Robin Hood, and Ben Miller (Primeval, Death in Paradise) as the Sheriff of Nottingham. And if you haven’t seen them yet, check out the trailer and synopsis below:
In a sun-dappled Sherwood forest, the Doctor discovers an evil plan from beyond the stars and strikes up an unlikely alliance with Robin Hood.
With all of Nottingham at stake, the Doctor must decide who is real and who is fake. Can impossible heroes really exist?
Here’s the BBC One trailer, which is slightly different:
“Robot of Sherwood” airs on BBC America on Saturday, September 6 at 9/8c.
While we wait patiently for that, however, here’s what else has been going on in space and time this last week:
• In all the kerfuffle around “Deep Breath” last week, we managed to overlook this glorious song by The Brett Domino Trio—commissioned for the children’s channel CBBC—which tells the history of the show in the form of a rap:
• How does “Into the Dalek” compare with the tinpot exterminators’ previous greatest stories? Decide for yourself with our latest Brit Binge, in which we run through our pick of ten of the best.
• WalesOnline, meanwhile, have put together a fantastic gallery of pictures of the Daleks from the last 50 years, including some behind-the-scenes and candid shots in unusual environments.
• Once again, the Radio Times have commissioned artist Stuart Manning to design a fantastic, retro-inspired poster for the latest episode. His piece for “Into the Dalek” is “based loosely on Disneyworld’s 1950s Tomorrowland poster art”, as well as drawing inspiration from the Jon Pertwee-era Doctor Who title sequence. Here it is in all its glory:
• Radio Times have also put together a quiz to test how closely you were paying attention during the episode. You could, of course, cheat by referring to our recap, above, but we know you wouldn’t dare do such a thing.
• Following the latest brief appearance by Michelle Gomez as the mysterious “Missy” in “Into the Dalek”, Digital Spy are the latest website to speculate about her identity – and they’ve rounded up nine fan theories over who she might turn out to be.
• Karen Gillan is the latest Who alumn to take part in the ALS research ice bucket challenge, doing so—for some reason—dressed as a Power Ranger:
• Doctor Who has become one of the rare properties to get an official “skin” pack in the phenomenally popular, world-building game Minecraft. The upcoming downloadable add-on will enable gamers to play in the block-based world as the Twelfth Doctor, Clara or several monsters including Zygons and Daleks, and there are further packs planned to include other Doctors and characters.
• Let’s go out dancing, shall we? Here’s a rather good dubstep version of the Who theme performed on a laser harp by Steve Thompson. What’s a laser harp, you ask? Watch and learn: