Daleks in London during the Second World War. You know it can’t be good, even though they’ve got little union flags under their eyestalks.

Cast and Crew

Matt Smith as the Doctor
Karen Gillan as Amy Pond
Ian McNeice as Churchill
Bill Paterson as Bracewell
Nina De Cosimo as Blanche
Tim Wallers as Childers
Nicholas Pegg as Dalek 1
Barnaby Edwards as Dalek 2
Nicholas Briggs as Dalek Voice
Susanah Fielding as Lilian
James Albrecht as Todd
Colin Prockter as Air Raid Warden

Written by Mark Gatiss

Produced by Peter Bennett

Directed by Andrew Gunn

Originally aired on the 17th of April 2010 on BBC One/BBC HD in the United Kingdom.

Premise

Winston Churchill telephones the Doctor from the middle of the London Blitz, inviting him to come and take a look at something. The Doctor finds the ‘something’ to be rather worringly Dalek-shaped.

High Points

  • “But I was promised tea!”

Low Points

  • The attack on the Dalek saucer was horribly, horribly overstereotyped.
  • Every scene with the air raid warden in. Totally, utterly superfluous.

The Scores

Originality: A bit ho hum, nothing surprising, but it’s not like you can write out the dialogue before it’s said. Three out of six.

Effects: If you ignore the dialogue during the bits of space battle, it’s extremely pretty. Also, I really love the Dalek teleport effect. Five out of six.

Story: A decent story, but kind of throwaway. I think it might have been better to go with something deeper over two episodes. Four out of six.

Acting: Ian McNeice played a stereotypical, propaganda-heavy Churchill which I found rather unconvincing. Matt Smith had a few moments looking very young, which seemed out of character for this Doctor, as although he looks young he’s not really looked like it before. Four out of six.

Emotional response: Oh no, more Dalek escapees. Three out of six.

Production: It looks more or less like the Cabinet War Rooms, but with higher ceilings. I happen to have visited them (they’re still there, and in pretty close to the original condition), so perhaps I’m not the best audience for that. I do know it would be difficult to film there as it’s quite cramped. I did like the interior of the Dalek ship, which I think has a lot to do with camera angle choices as well as the set design. Four out of six.

Overall: Overall, it was disappointing compared to last week’s episode. Four out of six.

Victory of the Daleks receives a grand total of twenty-five out of forty-two.