...with a brief, SPOILER FREE REVIEW of Asylum of the Daleks, the first episode of DOCTOR WHO Season/Series 7, which debuts this weekend (Saturday Sept 1) on BBC One in the UK, BBC America here in in the States, and Space in Canada.
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Docbacks are regularly visited by participants from across the globe - which is tremendously cool. Global visitors are cool. Alas, DOCTOR WHO is shown in different times in different places across the world...
For example, it transmits in the UK early evening - which is early afternoon US time.
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More on Asylum below, but first...
HERE’S THE ENTIRE POND LIFE SERIES OF S7 PREQUEL MINISODES!!
Over the the last few days, BBC issued a series of prequel minisodes ramping up to this weekend’s debut of DOCTOR WHO Season/Series 7.
ALL CONNECTED (thanks supertoyslast for pointing it out!)
A FEW DAYS AGO, BBC ISSUED NEW PROMO ART FOR SEASON/SERIES 7...
We've already seen some spectacular promotional art from Asylum of the Daleks, the first episode in DOCTOR WHO Season/Series 7.
BBC has issued further art from the first five installments in this Season/Series run. In keeping with WHO-overlord Steven Moffat's assertion that this new batch of episodes will be more self-contained and cinematic in nature (I'm paraphrasing), this art is very clearly designed to evoke theatrical one sheets.
CLICK IMAGES FOR HUGELY EMBIGGENABLE VERSIONS...The fifth image appears in my review below.
Asylum of the Daleks [Spoiler Free Mini-Review]
I want to be able to say, every week, we’ve got a big standalone blockbuster, and then a trailer that makes it look like nothing compared to what’s going to happen next week! That’s the form for next year.
I want slutty titles and movie-poster plots. I want big pictures and straplines. The first episode I’m writing is called [Spoiler] of the [Spoilers]. And it’ll feel a bit like Die Hard, that first episode.
Steven Moffat said this in DOCTOR WHO MAGAZINE December 2011. If Asylum of the Daleks...or the movie poster-styled S7 promo art we’ve seen recently...or the agreeably titled Dinosaurs on a Spaceship follow-up to Asylum...are indicative, he’s very much living up to the mandate he so brazenly put forth last Holiday Season.
Taken on its own, Asylum suggests a cleaner, more succinct path for Season/Series 7 than S6’s previous run of stories - offering a self-contained tale which most assuredly leaves room for further exploration, while resolving itself internally quite nicely. Should several of its primary plot points never, ever be revisited, AotD could well be viewed as the end of a massive narrative arc. But it’s a safe bet one or two of the threads introduced here will come back around, perhaps to resonate quite loudly, somewhere down the line.
In several key regards - Asylum feels like a funky, hybridized throwback to “classic” DOCTOR WHO - in pacing, in execution, even in concept. This isn’t to say the tried and true trappings of Moffat Model (Moffel!) WHO have been completely abandoned...they’re still very much present...but they’ve been stripped down to his reinvention’s most base ingredients, with a commendable sensitivity towards avoiding excess. In Asylum, there’s never too much smugness, never too much angst, never too much exposition or confusion. The Powers That Be seem to have recalibrated their measuring devices.
While the episode is quick on pacing and focuses predominantly on a straight-ahead mission-driven storyline (Moffat’s DIE HARD analogy is very fair in several regards), it does swoop in for a few emotional gut punches - which it delivers sharply and succinctly. These scenes are smartly written and edited - wisely sidestepping melodrama and turgidity, they go in for the kill while remaining sensitive to overstaying their welcome. Another example of that recalibration mentioned above.
None of this is to imply that Asylum represents a complete reboot of Moffle WHO. It does not. It does, however, re-consider and (to a degree) reset the show’s staging. It’s the same DOCTOR WHO in many regards - merely delivered differently, via a markedly adapted thought process. This capacity for reinvention has fueled DW’s longevity since its earliest years - and will continue to do so in the forseeable future I’d imagine. Which is exactly as it should be - may it remain vital, unpredictable, and...regenerative...for a long time to come.
Asylum of the Daleks...9EST/8C on BBC America (7:20pm BBC One, 8pm Space)
Dinosaurs on a Spaceship (S07E02)
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"Day of the Daleks" (Story #60) + Preview of the DotD Special Edition
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"The Greatest Show in the Galaxy" (Story #151)
"Doctor Who: The Movie" (aka TVM) - McGann)
Merrick's Personal Journey With The Doctor (How Merrick Got Hooked On DOCTOR WHO)
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