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Into The Dalek

Series 8

Episode 2

First Transmitted

30 August 2014

Final Ratings



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Regular Cast

Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jenna Coleman (Clara)

Guest Cast

Zawe Ashton (Journey Blue), Michael Smiley (Colonel Morgan Blue), Samuel Anderson (Danny Pink), Laura Dos Santos (Gretchen), Ben Crompton (Ross), Bradley Ford (Fleming), Michelle Morris (School Secretary), Nigel Betts (Mr Armitage), Ellis George (Courtney), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek), Nicholas Briggs (Voice of the Daleks), Michelle Gomez (Missy)


Written by Phil Ford & Steven Moffat
Directed by Ben Wheatley
Produced by Nikki Wilson


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 Doctor saves rebel fighter Journey Blue from her space shuttle, which is under attack by Daleks. He returns her to the rebel command ship Aristotle, a former hospital ship converted for military use. To prevent his being executed as a potential Dalek spy, Journey offers The Doctor’s services to assist with their “patient”: a damaged Dalek the rebels found floating through space. This Dalek, surprisingly, declares that the Dalek race is evil and must be destroyed. Somehow, the damage inflicted upon it has given it a sense of morality-a”good” Dalek.

Meanwhile, Danny Pink, an Afghanistan war veteran emotionally scarred from his experiences, begins teaching Maths at Coal Hill School. In the staff room, Danny is introduced to Clara Oswald, who invites him to a retirement party for one of their colleagues. Danny declines, feeling awkward due to an obvious connection between them. However, when Clara finds him in his classroom despairing over his actions, she invites him out for a drink instead. He agrees. Back at her office, Clara comes face to face with The Doctor, whom she hasn’t seen in three weeks since he left her to get coffee in Glasgow (as seen in”Deep Breath”). He tells her that he needs her help. He begins by asking her for her honest opinion: is he a good man? Clara hesitantly replies that she doesn’t know. The Doctor then briefs her on what happened aboard the Aristotle. Clara agrees to assist his efforts to help the “good” Dalek, despite The Doctor’s contention that Daleks cannot be turned good.

Back at the Aristotle, The Doctor, Clara, Journey and two rebel soldiers, Ross and Gretchen, are miniaturised so they can enter the broken Dalek-nicknamed “Rusty” by The Doctor-to determine what is making it good. Entering through the eyepiece, they begin exploring the upper part of the Dalek. They come upon its”cortex vault”, which The Doctor describes as Dalek technology designed to suppress any developing compassion within the living mutant inside the shell, as well as store all of its memories. Ross shoots a griphook onto the floor, and he is incinerated by autonomic antibodies, much like in the human body. The Doctor coldly uses Ross’s death to lead the others to Rusty’s waste centre, which he correctly concludes is unguarded. From there, they enter an area of high radiation. Rusty, speaking to The Doctor, relates the beauty it had witnessed in the galaxy, including the creation of a star. Rusty drew from this that Daleks must be destroyed for wanting to destroy that beautyat Rusty’s power center, The Doctor discovers a large crack leaking radiation, causing the malfunction within the Dalek. He uses his sonic screwdriver to seal the crack and repair the damage. However, this unintentionally causes the Dalek to revert to its normal thinking pattern, and the Doctor realises that the Dalek was never good, just broken.

The rebels are helpless as the Dalek breaks its chains and begins exterminating them. Determined to aid the Dalek cause, it contacts the main Dalek ship, which sends other Daleks to destroy the rebel command ship. Inside Rusty, Journey and Gretchen plan to destroy the creature from the inside. Clara, appalled by The Doctor’s callousness during the entire mission, slaps him in the face and convinces him to reconsider his conviction that Daleks are “irreversibly evil”. He persuades the soldiers to try and reawaken the Dalek’s morality. They split up, Clara and Journey heading for the cortex vault to revive Rusty’s past memories now being suppressed, and the Doctor preparing to link with the Dalek’s consciousness. Gretchen sacrifices herself to set up another griphook to get Clara and Journey back to the upper level, and she is destroyed by antibodies. She awakens suddenly after, being greeted by the mystery woman Missy at a breakfast table in “Heaven” (“Deep Breath”).

Inside the cortex vault, Clara manages to awaken Rusty’s memory of seeing a star’s creation. The Doctor then links his mind to Rusty’s consciousness, showing him the beauty of creation and life, along with the destruction the Daleks caused. However, Rusty not only regains his morality, he also assimilates The Doctor’s own deep-rooted hatred towards the Dalek race. He exterminates his fellow Daleks as they attempt to destroy the rebel ship. After leaving the inside of the Dalek, The Doctor parts with Rusty, disturbed that the Dalek saw only darkness within him, he’d hoped for a ‘victory’ in creating a ‘good’ Dalek. Rusty’s response is that The Doctor himself is a good Dalek, while Rusty is not. Rusty sends a signal to the Dalek mothership, causing it to believe the Aristotle has self-destructed, and vows to continue with his mission to destroy the Daleks.

The Doctor and Clara depart. Realising she is not a soldier at heart, Journey asks to come with them. The Doctor turns her down, telling her that though she has a kind heart, he wishes that she hadn’t been a soldier. The Doctor returns Clara to her office, moments after she left. Clara tells him that, although she is still unsure of whether he is a good man, she knows his intentions are well-meant. On leaving, she bumps into Danny, who is glad that his being an ex-soldier hasn’t put her off dating him. Remembering The Doctor’s treatment of Journey, Clara tells Danny that she is not so judgemental.


  • Into The Dalek was the second episode of series eight.
  • The Doctor greets Clara with the coffee he got in Glasgow. (Deep Breath)
  • Clara is still getting used to the new Doctor following his regeneration. (The Time of the Doctor, Deep Breath)
  • Colonel Blue suspects The Doctor of being a Dalek duplicate. (Resurrection of the Daleks)
  • ‘Rusty’ tells The Doctor that he is a”good Dalek.” The ‘Metaltron’ encountered by the Ninth Doctor previously told him that he”would make a good Dalek.” (Dalek)
  • Rusty sees The Doctor blowing up numbers of Daleks and also the Crucible, when looking into his mind. (Journey’s End)
  • This is not the first time The Doctor has encountered shrinking for the use of medical purposes. (The Invisible Enemy)
  • The mininaturisatedition technique used to enter Rusty is not unlike that of the Teselecta. The Dalek also houses defensive antibodies just as the Teselecta did. (Let’s Kill Hitler)
  • The Dalek’s heartbeat sound is heard several times in this episode. It was originally used in the very first Dalek adventure and has featured in many subsequent stories including Destiny of the Daleks and Victory of the Daleks. In fact the Dalek heartbeat was heard before their iconic battle cry of &lsquo,Exterminate!&rsquo,
  • The Doctor recalls his first encounter with the Daleks on Skaro, (The Daleks) and comments on how that experience shaped his identity.
  • Rusty somewhat mingles the ideas of beauty and hatred, a similar comment having been made by the Prime Minister of the Daleks. (Asylum of the Daleks)
  • After Gretchen is apparently killed by the Dalek antibodies, she encounters Missy, who welcomes her to “Heaven”. (Deep Breath)
  • Despite her request, The Doctor refuses to allow Journey Blue to travel with him, much as he did when Lady Christina de Souza asked the same. (Planet of the Dead)
  • Danny Pink retiring from the army and teaching Maths is much the same thing that Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart did upon retiring from UNIT. (Mawdryn Undead)
  • Colonel Blue suspects The Doctor of being a Dalek duplicate. (Resurrection of the Daleks)
  • The Doctor states that morgues are easy to break out of. The Eighth Doctor previously broke out of a morgue shortly after his regeneration. (The TV Movie).
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