Tonight’s episode, “Into the Dalek,” written by Phil Ford and Steven Moffat, features the first appearance of Samuel Anderson as the new recurring character Danny Pink, who is a teacher with Clara (Jenna Coleman) at Coal Hill School. But, perhaps even more significantly, it pits the 12th Doctor (Peter Capaldi) against his most persistent foes, the merciless Daleks, for the first time!
Executive producer Moffat has been dropping some pretty big hints in print about the storyline. For instance, he told Doctor Who Magazine:
What’s the most dangerous place you put the Doctor, we wondered. And then we put him there. Oh, it’s a proper blockbuster, this episode. So many explosions that Peter Capaldi came in on his day off to watch the Daleks blowing up.
Moffat told SFX magazine:
It’s actually quite a gritty Dalek adventure. We go without question into the most dangerous place in the universe – the last place the Doctor should be. And you will know that by the end of the pre-titles [sequence].
And, finally, the Grand Moff told Radio Times (Warning: Don’t read if you don’t want to be spoiled!):
Imagine the worst thing in the universe – and then don’t bother because you’re looking at it right now. This is evil refined as engineering. What’s the most dangerous place in the universe? Where is the last place The Doctor should ever stand? He’s faced with his deadliest mission yet – a journey into the heart of darkness, one even he’s scared to make. In the dying days of a bitter war, a beleaguered army has one last hope: a Dalek so damaged it has become good. But can it be trusted? To find out, a miniaturized team, led by the Doctor and Clara, embark on a fantastic voyage into the Dalek itself!
Here are the “next episode” teasers for “Into the Dalek” as seen in the UK and the USA…
Yeah, they are essentially the same; just the order of the clips has been altered.
“Into the Dalek” premieres tonight at 9 o’clock on BBC America.