While we await BBC confirmation of the actual broadcast date of Asylum of the Daleks, various press releases from the broadcaster cover the thoughts and opinions of Steven Moffat, Matt Smith, Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill concerning the opening episode of Doctor Who Series 7.
The man behind the episode, Steven Moffat, hasn’t written a Dalek story before (not since The Curse of the Fatal Death, anyway…)
“There have been many monsters to face the Doctor over the years, but only one that can sum up the whole series just by being there.
“Also, it’s my first go at writing for them. I LOVE the Daleks, and I’ve held off till now. But I had what I thought was a good idea, and couldn’t resist any longer!!”
It’s been over two years since the Daleks were last seen in force in Doctor Who. As the monsters are something of a defining moment for the series’ leading man, Matt Smith seems suitably excited about the reaction that the episode is going to receive.
“Asylum Of The Daleks is going to be a cracker. Steven has written an absolute belter and we have made the Daleks scary again, something I am not sure we got right before. The day we filmed with all of those Daleks there was such an excitable atmosphere on set from cast and crew alike. It was a brilliant few days at work!”
Since-departed Amy Pond actress Karen Gillan is also excited by how the episode is going to “go down”, echoing the “scary” mantra of her co-star.
“It was AMAZING! We have totally made them scary again. I expect everyone to be watching from behind their sofas, I know I will… I think my favourite is the 1960s Dalek with the white and blue armour, there is something more menacing about them as they are smaller and they just look so original. If I was going to own one, it would be one of those, I would keep it in my kitchen.”
Finally, Arthur Darvill follows suit with a more imaginative approach. I’m not saying they’re scripted responses, but they’re certainly all singing from a very narrow song sheet.
“What is fantastic is that the Daleks are actually scary in this episode. It was quite an odd experience being on set that day, not only because of all of the Daleks, but because there was generally a lot more people on set as they were so excited about what was about to happen.”