While I’m not planning to go into a lot of plot details, it’s likely that the random mutterings that follow will reveal some things you might prefer not to know if you haven’t seen the episode yet, so in my usual way, I’ll include this warning:
Right then. Episode two with our new Doctor. This is where things should settle down a bit, as the Doctor gets a better idea of who he is. So that’s a good time for him to run into his oldest enemies, isn’t it?
The story hinges around two thoughts: can a Dalek be good, and (as heavily featured in trailers) is the Doctor a good man. Now these are notions the series hasn’t really toyed with before – Daleks have always been a force of implacable evil, and the Doctor? Hmmm…
Lots to enjoy, with Clara almost hitting it off with new teaching colleague Danny Pink, a man with a Past that we’ll no doubt learn more about over the coming weeks, and some nice cultural references (miniaturising people is a “fantastic” idea, apparently), and the Daleks appearing as they should: deadly.
And there was some nicely done banter. The Doctor introduces Clara as “not my assistant, some other word…”, to which Clara replies that she’s his carer. That would be nice enough, but the Doctor replies
Yes, my carer. She cares so I don’t have to
And we learn why that odd Dalek voice in the trailer sounded so different, and why it could see into the Doctor…
Good fun all round.
This week’s Doctor Who Extra concentrated on the Daleks, and for the benefit of those who can’t get it on iPlayer, it’s on the BBC YouTube channel. And indeed right here:
 Well, except for the ones who got infected with the human factor a long time ago