Doctor Who - Daleks in Manhattan/Doctor Who - Evolution of the Daleks
episodes 3.4, 3.5
Phil Collinson, Russell T.Davies (executive), Julie Gardner (executive) for BBC Wales/BBC
directed by James Strong
starring David Tennant, Freema Agyeman, Hugh Quarshie, Miranda Raison, Ryan Carnes, Andrew Garfield, Eric Loren, Felix Schwimm, Alexis Caley, Paul Kasey, Earl Perkins, Peter Brooke, Ian Porter, Joe Montana, Stewart Alexander, Nicholas Briggs (voice)
written by Helen Raynor, Daleks created by Terry Nation, music by Murray Gold
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Doctor Who (David Tennant) and Martha (Freema Agyeman) visit Manhattan
1930, the midst of the Great Depression, where the Doctor can't help but
investigate the disappearance of a few people from Hooverville, the
township of the unemployed in Central Park ... and soon enough he finds
out that everything is linked to the Empire State Building and the last
four Daleks (who escaped the war with the Timelords in which both races
were pretty much erradicated).
Out of necessity to survive, the Daleks have acquired the services of a
corrupt builder, Diagoras (Eric Loren), who helps them luring people to
his company and turning them into shortlived and lame-brained pigslaves -
but they also have a masterplan: to merge with the humans and to as a
result be able to move outside their contraptions again (for those not
familiar with the Daleks: because of genetic deterioration, they are
confined to living inside metal vessels that look like pepperpots but that
are fully armed and able to move around and even fly). Especially the
Daleks' leader is fascinated by that thought and he soon merges with
Diagoras and becomes a Dalek-human, but what's more important, he really
becomes human, has feelings, shows compassion, wants peace for his race -
and before long he has even convinced the Doctor that he is no longer a
threat ... however, now the other Daleks see him as a threat and soon
enough remove him from command and make him their prisoner.
... and now, as always, it's up to the Doctor to save the world again,
helped by Solomon (Hugh Quarshie), the leader of hovverville (who is
eventually atomized by the Daleks), young unemployed Frank (Andrew
Garfield), blond actress Tallulah (Miranda Raison) and her boyfriend
Laszlo (Ray Carnes), who has already been turned into a pigslave by the
Daleks but not yet brainwashed. Eventually the Doctor learns that the
Daleks want to use the Empire State Building (that's still being built
back in 1930) as a conductor for a solar flare to bring to life their army
of human slaves and overrun Manhattan ... but somehow the Doctor fills the
human slaves up with Timelord DNA that makes them turn against the Daleks
in the end and destroy them ... all but one, who has to get away to ensure
future Dalek-stories ...
Despite leaving a few too many questions open (like why do the Daleks
turn humans into pigs), this is not a too bad Dalek-tale
(especially considering it's an episode of the new series of Doctor
Who), it's just sometimes way too much in love with its special
effects and forgets its story over it - and another thing, I just can't
get used to flying Daleks (they didn't do that in the old series) ...