We Are the Daleks (#201)

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I found this story to be predictable in many ways – this person will understand what is really going on whereas this one will side with the Daleks. Not a comment on politicians at all!

The Doctor and Mel are on Earth in 1987, where a Dalek-shaped building has been constructed in the middle of London. And there is an “offer” from the Daleks to invest in England, which will be the middle country between the rest of the universe and Earth for trade and technology. Making England great again is the siren call of the Daleks and it certainly works for some. Then there’s the story of the video game that ends up being an Ender’s Game sort of thing. I like these ideas but they’ve been done before in different stories and I don’t feel that they’ve been improved here.

This story is ultimately a very transparent commentary on politicians and their willingness to side with whomever fits their agenda. Or 50% of them, at least. It appears to be something happening in England and the USA, where I am. Don’t get me started… Politicians can only see as far as their next election these days, it seems. And it is definitely very problematic. But this story doesn’t take either side, except for the fact that the more prominent politician takes the side of the Daleks. And even wants to improve them, ultimately. Blind to the consequences of what she’s doing for sure but nothing will convince her, it seems. I’m sure she’ll be back in a few stories with the Daleks in tow! A decent story but a bit too predictable for me.

Sylvester McCoy(The Doctor),Bonnie Langford(Melanie Bush),Kirsty Besterman(Serena Paget),Angus Wright(Alek Zenos),Mary Conlon(Celia Dunthorpe),Robbie Stevens(Niles Bunbury/Frank Lewis),Ashley Zhangazha(Brinsley Heaton),Lizzie Roper(Shari),Dominic Thornburn(Afrid),Nicholas Briggs(The Daleks)

Writer: Jonathan Morris

Director: Ken Bentley

Release: July 2015

Laura Vilensky 2019