So we got jammy dodgers, Where Eagle Dare, Asimov, Troughton and Daleks references for fun.
Nice Dalek model on the plotting table to set them up and I thought the olive drab Daleks looked really good with the little Union Jack. The new look Daleks don’t look quite so good. I wonder if the main idea was to make them taller and more threatening. Maybe it means they can fit taller people inside to operate them. Nice to see the variety of colour as my first memory of Dalek’s has them in a variety of colours from the films. The best thing about them is the eye in the eye stalk.
Lots of fun Dalek dialogue. Really fun to see them carrying files and making a cup of tea.
Letting the Dalek’s get away was an excellent choice. We don’t have to yet another Sherlock Holmes coming back after the falls to get them back. Leaving Bracewell in the wild nice too. I really didn’t see the Bracewell is a machine coming – nice twist.
The War Rooms nicely put together. Not authentic but authentic to the story. Beautiful set design and dressing.
Churchill played nicely. Plenty of biting one liners from him. Nice twist by playing with the usual Doctor meeting a historical figure plot. Having them already knowing each other leaving the question of where they met. An opening for a prequel or sequel perhaps?
This didn’t bother me during the episode but afterwards I’m trying to work out: no one blinked an eye at the length of Amy’s skirt. It’s a miracle men around the War Room didn’t keep walking into things.
I’m starting to feel like a stuck record: for the third episode we got all the pulp goodness but with the inclusion of logic. The Spitfires in space could have been played as someone just comes up with the idea and then they appear. That would have been easy. All the references needed were dropped in as throw away lines earlier on, then later starts the ball rolling and then they appear. It makes the whole story hang together so much better.
Next week to look forward to: River Song and the return of the monsters from Blink. Interesting to see if Steven Moffat’s excellent touch runs to a two parter. Fingers crossed they can keep up the excellent quality of the series so far.