Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 5: Evolution of the Daleks  » TV  »
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  • In an interesting twist, Solomon's words actually do reach Sec, who comes to the conclusion that the ways of the Daleks won't work and that they need to embrace emotions once again

    • by David Finniss


      The newly ascended Dalek Sec makes his debut, and pretty much proceeds to steal the show. At first, it doesn’t seem like too much has changed. Sec’s initital assessment of mankind is less than positive. On the contrary, he seems to see a lot of Dalek in mankind. He orders an assault on Hooverville, and the Daleks are all too eager to comply, especially after they discover that this is where the Doctor is located.

      Solomon takes a stand and tries to appeal to the Daleks’ compassion. It was a touching speech, and with any other race in the universe, it might’ve worked, but with the Daleks, it fails miserably and he is subsequently exterminated.

      In an interesting twist, Solomon’s words actually do reach Sec, who comes to the

      conclusion that the ways of the Daleks won’t work and that they need to embrace emotions once again. The jarring shift is a bit unnerving, even the Doctor is taken aback by the altered rhetoric.

      As I said before, Sec steals the show. Eric Loren did a great job. The stilted line delivery was a bit odd, but it ended up working out rather well. I would’ve loved to see him return as he really seemed like a character who could shift the status quo, or at the very least add a new dynamic to the Doctor/Dalek conflict.

      Not surprisingly, the other Daleks don’t take too kindly to the idea that they are not supreme and mutiny. It’s perfectly in character, heck, even the Doctor pointed out that ...

      • there’s no way that the other Daleks would get behind his plan, but things don’t pan out for Sec, which is rather unfortunate.

        When all is said and done, there is only one Dalek remaining. I’m torn on this plot development. On the one hand, a single Dalek doesn’t seem like much of a threat after hordes have been defeated, but they certainly gave the Doc a run for his money way back in season one. They’ll probably play up the parallel between the two both being the last of their respective kinds, but that’s just conjecture on my part.

        This was a very solid episode. There was strong character drama as well as a riveting conclusion as the Daleks come close to creating a new army. Martha helps and

        plays a significant role, but she is somewhat sidelined. Heck, even Tennant doesn’t seem to get as much to do since Sec spends so much time monologuing.

        I did rather like the Doctor’s big speech as he vowed to save Laszlo. It was in keeping with his take on the Doctor, but also seemed to have a bit of Eccleston’s in there as well.

        All in all, this was a fitting conclusion to part 1. It built on everything that came before in such a way that it didn’t feel like a letdown. Tallulah becomes a tad peripheral, but her relationship with Laszlo does bring some heartwarming moments to the proceedings. This episode comes quite recommended, although seeing part 1 will probably help if you are just jumping into the show.

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