Asylum of the Daleks Prequel
Matt Smith (The Doctor), Barnaby Edwards (uncredited) (Hooded Figure)
|Written by||Steven Moffat|
|Directed by||not credited|
|Produced by||not credited|
The Doctor receives a message from a mysterious hooded stranger – a woman called Darla Von Karlsen wants to meet him…
The Doctor is sitting in a tea room, enjoying an afternoon tea with scones, cream and jam. He glances at the table next to him and pauses when he spots a mysterious hooded figure at the end of the table facing him. He turns to face forward again, but suddenly the figure is sitting at his table.
The hooded figure, whose face cannot be seen, says that a woman wants to meet him. The Doctor tries to brush it off, saying that’s nice, but he is married, and doesn’t discuss his work in public. The hooded figure said that he knows that and waved his hand; suddenly, the cafe is empty.
The Doctor, intrigued now, asks the hooded figure who it is, but the figure merely replies it is a messenger for a woman named Darla Von Karlsen. The Doctor says he never heard of her and, standing to leave, finds himself in a dark room. The Doctor now realises that this message is a form of psychic projection and he is dreaming. The figure asks him if he knows where the room is, but The Doctor ignores him and tries to figure out how to break the message. He tries to wake himself up and comes to in a chair on a beach, but almost immediately the figure tells him he is still dreaming.
He floats in space with the hooded figure, who gives him space-time coordinates and explains that Darla wants help saving her daughter. He asks The Doctor if he recognises the planet coordinates; The Doctor is visibly shaken by them. The hooded figure tries to make him say the name of the planet, but The Doctor refuses. Unrelenting, the figure pushes him to say it until he wakes up in the console room of the TARDIS, whispering the name of the planet: Skaro.
- The Doctor has traditional british afternoon tea, consisting of tea, scones, jam and clotted crea
- The Doctor describes himself as married. (The Wedding of River Song)
The last time Tenth Doctor realised that Skaro was the source of a dilemma, he was similarly visibly shaken. Daleks in Manhattan)
- This would not be the last time a sinister, hooded messenger would summon the Twelfth Doctor to Skaro. (The Magician’s Apprentice)