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Published on August 14th, 2014 | by Philip Bates

Series 8, Episode 2: Into The Dalek Synopsis

The title for episode 2 of Series 8 has finally been confirmed by the BBC: Into The Dalek promises the Twelfth Doctor battling those menaces from Skaro.

But what’s it all about?

A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… With the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side.

Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, am I a good man?

The episode, roughly 45 minutes long and guest-starring Michael Smiley (Luther; Ripper Street), is written by Phil Ford, whose only previous credit on Doctor Who is as a co-writer on the superb The Waters of Mars. But he’s also written an episode of Torchwood (Something Borrowed, in which a pregnant Gwen goes up the aisle), and was headwriter from Series 2 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. For that show’s final series, he wrote both Sky and The Curse of Clyde Langer, the latter of which won him the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain’s Best Children’s TV Script Award.

This all bodes well for Into the Dalek!

Like Deep Breath, Into The Dalek is directed by Ben Wheatley (The Kill List), so many are expecting the start of this series to be very dark!

We’ll see what the Twelfth Doctor makes of the Daleks on 30th August…


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When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything.

12 Responses to Series 8, Episode 2: Into The Dalek Synopsis

  1. avatar TonyS says:

    I have been whelmed at best and usually underwhelmed by the Daleks in Nu-Who (The Parting of the Ways excepted- that one was good). But I am looking forward to this episode.

  2. avatar Peter Thomas says:

    This is an episode that I’m looking forward to

  3. avatar Chris says:

    A lone ship surrounded by a Dalek fleet with only the Doctor to help. That sounds like a pretty much perfect Doctor Who story.

  4. avatar TimeChaser says:

    Of the first five known in this season (due to that pesky scripts leak), this is one I am most looking forward to. It’s always best when Daleks stories are taken at a tangent, because just to trot out a typical invasion story is no longer enough.

  5. avatar Eduardo says:


  6. avatar DonnaM says:

    Could this concern one of those “many mistakes” the Doctor mentions in that very snazzy trailer? Has he the right…?

    I’m really starting to look forward to this episode, and I’m another who hasn’t been exactly bowled over by the Dalek stories in recent years.

  7. avatar Ranger says:

    I’m thinking along the same lines as Donna it seems. I suspect another major ethical quandary… a decision that could change the Daleks forever? Perhaps he will change the Daleks into a force for good?!

    Nah, can’t see it happening.

    It sounds like it could be the best Dalek story since, um, Dalek! (Though I did love the Dalek/Cybermen bitch fight).

  8. avatar trekkerboy says:

    i thought it might be a some kind of dimensional size issue and he goes inside a dalek oh well

    • avatar J W says:

      As River Song is so fond of saying *Spoilers*

  9. Tiny TARDIS on standby!

  10. avatar Mugen Pharoah says:

    Premise good, but not overly keen on the title.

  11. avatar Christine says:

    Very much looking forward to this one, despite not being particularly enthousiastic about the title. And please, please, something different from just blowing the Daleks up! Of all the ways of defeating the Daleks, this one really is getting old.

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