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Asylum Of The Daleks Recapped!

So, Asylum Of The Daleks, eh? What’s that all about then? If only somebody could provide a useful recap to tell you…

Lured to the original planet of the Daleks by a distress call from one Darla Von Karlsen, the Doctor swiftly works out that he’s been lured into trap. Once he figures it out, a Dalek eyestalk and gun emerge from Darla’s body and the Doctor is shot.

Fortunately, not only is he not dead, but the maritally-challenged Amy and Rory have been captured by similar methods and all three are now in rather a lot of trouble.

See, they’ve been captured by the Daleks, who take up the unusual chant of “Save the Daleks!” and fire the Doctor and co at a planet containing the Asylum of the Daleks (after giving them protective wristbands), from whence is coming an unusual signal; a song from Carmen…

On the surface, they find the remains of a downed ship (the Alaska) and the remains of her crew. Surprisingly, they promptly turn into more of the pseudo-Roboman Dalek puppets seen earlier. It turns out that happens to anyone who stays there too long due to the Nano Cloud (nanogenes, making a return from The Empty Child) without the protection of wristbands. Shockingly, the Dalek puppets took Amy’s off her wrist.

Keeping his wristband very firmly on his wrist is Rory, who got separated from the others upon landing and is now right in the middle of the Dalek asylum. He accidentally wakes them up (in a chilling scene) and is guided to safety by Oswin Oswald’s voice on the intercom while the Doctor and Amy make their way to them. Along the way, the Nano Cloud infection causes Amy to go a tiny bit mental; she sees dancing ballerinas and people dressed up, when they’re actually the insane Daleks having a ball.

Once Amy and Rory are reunited after an incident with a self-destructing Dalek, they still have to keep Amy loved-up, so the Doctor leaves them alone while he goes to retrieve Oswin (played, in what must be one of the best-kept secrets of Nu Who, by new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman). This presents the Ponds with an all-too-convenient chance to solve their marital difficulties (in which Rory brings up the perfectly valid point that he loves her more than she loves him). This whole plotline is possibly cleared up much too quickly and is symbolic of the whole “fairytale relationship” aspect of the Ponds’ marriage.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, the Doctor has to go through what passes for the Dalek equivalent of Intensive Care. This naturally terrifies the living [Kaled - Language Ed] out of him and he hammers on Oswin’s door, begging to be let in. After a while, she does, seemingly delaying merely to delete all information on him from the telepathic database of the Daleks. Once he’s in, his problems are just beginning. Because Oswin is a Dalek herself - the end stage of the process seen earlier with the Dalek puppets.

Jenna Louise Coleman as Clara Oswin in Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

This is rather troublesome to say the least; obviously the Doctor can’t take an insane Dalek back with him (albeit a Dalek that used to be human - Oswin was one of the former crewmembers of the Alaska, a genius working as a Junior Entertainment Manager). And Oswin, upon realising the truth of her situation, almost immediately tries to kill the Doctor. She backs down at the last minute, and turns off the force-field. Since that’s the only thing stopping the Dalek ship in orbit from blowing up the planet, it’s probably best that the Doctor and company get out of there sharpish.

Taking advantage of the teleporter that Amy and Rory have been standing on for the last several minutes after having resolved their marital difficulties with a quick discussion (too quick if you ask us), they beam back onto the Dalek spaceship…right into the TARDIS. This rather neatly gets round the difficulty of beaming back onto the ship without getting shot on sight (the Daleks were hoping the Doctor would be taken out with the planet, see) and serves to antagonise them further by serving them with a mystery (since their collective memory was erased, all they see is a mysterious stranger teleporting aboard and taunting them).

This leaves the Daleks repeating Dorium Maldovar’s mantra: “DOC-TOR WHO? DOC-TOR WHO?” and once he’s dropped Amy and Rory off home, the Doctor starts chanting it in jubilation, marvelling at the new power this gives him over the Daleks. Fade out…

Next week: Dinosaurs On A Spaceship!

Arthur Darvill Graces Gay Times Cover

October’s issue of Gay Times is out soon, and features Arthur Darvill on the cover and in an exclusive interview with the magazine.

Arthur Darvill is the Gay Times Cover Star for October 2012It turns out that this is Arthur’s first proper fashion shoot and he gives GT exclusive highlights of his series finale and what lies ahead for the never-ending Rory…

[quote]Arthur spills on working with the Daleks:

“It feels right, it’s really easy to forget that you’re doing Doctor Who, because you’re just kind of doing it, but then I turn up to work and there’s loads of Daleks everywhere. It’s like, oh, right, this is what I imagined it would be like. I’ve had quite a few where I’ve started talking to them and you realise there’s not actually anyone in it, I’m just talking to a piece of plastic…”

On leaving Doctor Who at the same time as co-star Karen Gillan:

“I think the worst thing to do would be to outstay your welcome on a thing like this. We were both very keen to do a really good chunk of time on it and get the best out of it that we could. We’re pushing it to a peak and then we’ll leave it there.”

Arthur’s finale:

“It’s amazing, when we were discussing how we were leaving, Steven [Moffat, producer and head honcho] just said, “you’re going to go out on a bang.” And it’s more than that, it’s brilliant. The last scene we did properly was – it was really nice actually – it was the three of us going into the TARDIS at the end of an episode.”[/quote]

This is just a hint of the full interview, which can be found in the October issue of GT which is on sale Wednesday 5 September and available to download digitally from the App Store and Android Market/Google Play.

Finally, The Rory Williams Action Figure!

Rory Williams action figure releasedShortly after Rory Williams leaves the show, fans can (finally) re-enact his adventures with an action figure for the first time!

The figure is based on his initial “life-preserver” appearance and boasts no trappings from his “Lone Centurion” alter ego. Something tells us that will be saved for a later action figure.

It’s interesting to note that the synopsis of the toy features no mention of his adventures past the end of Series 5. We wouldn’t mind this but it completely ignores the fact that he’s had a baby (who turned out to be River “spoilers” Song), left the TARDIS full time (temporarily) and had to condemn an older version of his wife to death…

Amy Pond’s fiancée who, on his stag night found himself whisked away in the TARDIS. After defeating the Saturnynes and the Dream Lord, Rory was killed saving the Doctor’s life during a battle with the Silurians. However, his body was absorbed by the time energies leaking across time and space – resulting in him never having existed. However, his essence was placed into an Auton replica of himself in Roman times and after briefly reuniting with Amy, he accidentally killed her. To restore her, the Doctor placed her in the Pandorica and for two thousand years Rory stood guard over her, the legendary Lone Centurion. When time was finally rebooted, Rory became human again, married Amy and once again joined her and the Doctor in the TARDIS.

What do we think? It’s hard to tell based on one picture, but this should make a fine addition to any fan’s collection. And at least it bears some resemblance to Arthur Darvill…

You can pre-order the action figure from Forbidden Planet for £8.99, and it will be released on October 5th.

Brandon Seifert Discusses IDW’s Doctor Who

The Eleventh Doctor and Rory appear in the new Doctor Who series from IDWRecently, IGN caught up with Doctor Who writer Brandon Seifert (who writes not for the television series but for the IDW comics range of Doctor Who) about his upcoming work with the company and his new Time Lord adventure.

Seifert’s work can be enjoyed through either his Witch Doctor series or his Hellraiser: The Road Below comics but his most exciting piece that’s due to come out is his new Doctor Who two parter starring the Eleventh Doctor and Rory! Whilst not giving too much away, he spoke about the plot for his latest story:

[quote]“It’s a time-travel “road-trip” buddy comedy between the Doctor and Rory! I love Rory, and I love his dynamic with the Doctor… This is Rory and the Doctor, lost in a malfunctioning TARDIS trying to get back to where they left Amy, squabbling throughout time and space!”[/quote]

Covering the whole of time and space (or as much as Seifert could fit into a two part comic) this adventure will be an unforgettable tale with more than a few comedy bits to enjoy! But does the task of writing a tale for a comic rather than television make things easier or harder for Brandon:

[quote]“The Doctor has a time machine that’s also a spaceship, he can go anywhere in the whole life-span of the universe… as long as there’s enough money for the costumes, sets and special effects. But in comics, that’s not a problem. Famously, comics are said to have an unlimited budget — it just comes down to the creators’ imaginations and the amount of time the artist has.”[/quote]

So with this new adventure, expect plenty of scope and imagination to shine through! To find out who is Seifert’s favourite Doctor and companion plus for more information about his other comic book tales, you can check out the full interview at IGN.

Enter the Asylum…

With the Asylum of the Dalek premiere at the British Film Institute on Wednesday the BBC Doctor Who team were on hand to grab interviews with Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, Steven Moffat, and Caroline Skinner.

In this exclusive video, the team have managed to capture the excitement and the anticipation of a brand new series of Doctor Who and there hopes for the future.

The screening was followed by a Q&A hosted by Richard Bacon who shares his opinion on the episode along with all the other action from the night’s festivities below.

Head to www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/doctorwho/articles/Enter-the-Asylum and get a feel for what the evening was like…

Asylum of the Daleks airs on BBC One and BBC HD soon.

Funky Doctor Who Paper Toys

Amazing new paper Doctor Who caricature figures

Once in a while a brand of Doctor Who merchandise comes along that’s just too… cute to ignore and with a new range of paper toys that includes monsters and different incarnations of our favourite Time Lord, that’s exactly what’s happened!

Ryan Hall has designed a tremendous range of handmade 3D toys for you to purchase that would make an ideal gift for any Doctor Who fan or, quite frankly, anyone with a love for quirky shelf trophies.

The newest range from Hall is of the Fourth Doctor, looking suitably moody and flanked by a Cyberman, a Dalek, a Sontaran and his missus the TARDIS. But the range doesn’t stop there; look a little closer and you’ll also see a rather angry looking Sixth Doctor with a rather bald Peri, Sarah Jane Smith in her Ealing attic, the Eighth Doctor in his gargantuan console room alongside an earlier incarnation of the Master, and the Eleventh Doctor (with a wonderful swirly thing emanating from his sonic screwdriver) alongside Amy and Rory.

Other incarnations and characters include the Seventh Doctor and Ace on the run from a very innocent looking Dalek, the Tenth Doctor (complete with 3D glasses a la Army of Ghosts), the Second Doctor at his beloved TARDIS console, the Third Doctor and Jo facing off against an Ice Warrior, the Fifth Doctor and Adric changing the events of Earthshock by facing off against a Cyberman together, the Ninth Doctor and Captain Jack standing outside an ominous looking shop window and even the First Doctor standing outside I.M. Foreman’s junkyard, where the whole story started almost fifty years ago. Now that’s a lot of hard work! They also come in some brilliantly inventive packaging as well!

Other popular characters from the He-Man and Star Wars Universe are also available. Ryan Hall’s work has been part of many a display, especially around the city of Cardiff in the Made in Wales exhibition.

To find out more about his work or to purchase one of his creations, visit: http://dougy74.wordpress.com/