Why Into The Dalek Was Proper Doctor Who
- Passed the Bechdel test with flying colours.
- Challenged gender roles: Journey is a soldier, fierce, ruthless, career orientated, ready to get the job done; Danny Pink, although framed as a ‘ladies’ man’ is painfully shy when interacting with Clara, cries over a remembered death, finds the expected traditional make gender role of ‘ladykiller’ uncomfortable and difficult to deal with.
- Let’s be honest Danny Pink is the most interesting, relatable, likeable, and realistic male character since Moffat took the helm of Doctor Who.
- Clara Oswald is a bloody good teacher.
- Clara Oswald is a career woman.
- Clara Oswald reads The Guardian.
- Gretchen Alison Carlisle.
- Journey was possibly lesbian or bi or pan. Simple easy normalising representation. The type I enjoy.
- The Doctor does not like guns. He does not like soldiers. He does not like the military…
- But he’s also portrayed as a hypocrite, and his words and sentiments are questioned by Clara.
- Complex exploration of the Doctor’s moral core while keeping him both empathetic, unpredictable, and shockingly (at times) alien.
- The most amazing slow motion sequences and CGI.
- A return to the story arc of this series.
- Complex exploration of hatred, vengeance, mercy, empathy, and hope.
- The interior of a Dalek. Need I say more?
- We are inspired to show compassion for the monster/villain of the entire show and to hope that somewhere inside it is the capacity for growth and change. If that’s not the message of Doctor Who, then I don’t know what is.)