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Doctor Who: Asylum of the Daleks

The Daleks abduct the Doctor, Rory, and Amy, and order them to destroy the one planet in the universe that the Skaro creatures are afraid of: the world that houses the Dalek Asylum. A human refugee on the planet may be the trio's only hope of survival, but not everything is as it seems.

Episode Info

Episode number: 7x1
Airdate: Saturday September 01st, 2012
Special Airtime: 07:20 pm

Director: Nick Hurran
Writer: Steven Moffat

Alternate Airdates:

AU (ABC) Sep 08, 2012


Guest Stars
Jenna-Louise ColemanJenna-Louise Coleman
As Oswin
Nicholas BriggsNicholas Briggs
voiced Daleks
Barnaby EdwardsBarnaby Edwards
As Dalek 1
Nicholas PeggNicholas Pegg
As Dalek 2
Anamaria MarinkaAnamaria Marinka
As Darla (as Anamaria Marinca)
Naomi RyanNaomi Ryan
As Cassandra
David GyasiDavid Gyasi
As Harvey
Main Cast
Matt Smith (3)Matt Smith (3)
As The Eleventh Doctor
Karen GillanKaren Gillan
As Amy Pond
Arthur DarvillArthur Darvill
As Rory Williams


On the planet Skaro, a woman, Darla, meets with the Doctor. He admits that he got her message and that not many people can contact him. She explains that she has a daughter, Hannah, in a Dalek prison camp, and asks the Doctor for his help in rescuing her. He demands to know who told her about him but Darla insists that it doesn't matter. Darla explains that she managed to escape but the Doctor points out that no one escapes a Dalek prison camp. He takes her hand and realizes that it's cold, and then tells her that it's a trap even though she doesn't know it. A Dalek eyestalk emerges from Darla's forehead and a Dalek weapon emerges from her palm and she uses it to stun the Doctor. A Dalek saucer arrives nearby and the Daleks announce that they have acquired the Doctor...

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Episode Notes
The series gets a new logo. This one has a Dalek light theme.

This episode features the most non-CGI Daleks ever seen on screen, and includes Daleks from every era of the show.

The introduction of Jenna-Louise Coleman as Clara Oswin months before the Christmas Special was a carefully kept secret. Only the character's last name is used here.

Episode Quotes
Darla: First there were the Daleks. And then there was a man who fought them. And then in time, he died. There are a few, of course, who believe this man somehow survived. And that one day, he will return. For both our sakes, dearest Hannah, we must hope these stories are true.

Darla: They say you can help.
The Doctor: Do they? I wish they'd stop.

Rory: So how much trouble are we in?
The Doctor: How much trouble, Mr. Pond? Out of ten... eleven.

Amy: Where are we? Spaceship, right?
The Doctor: Not just any spaceship. The Parliament of the Daleks. Be brave.
Amy: What do we do?
The Doctor: Make them remember you.

The Doctor: It's never made any sense to me.
Dalek Prime Minister: Why not?
The Doctor: Because you'd just kill them.
Dalek Prime Minister: It is offensive to us to extinguish such divine hatred.
The Doctor: Offensive?
Dalek Prime Minister: Does it surprise you to know that Daleks have a concept of beauty?
The Doctor: I thought you'd run out of ways to make me sick. But hello again. You think hatred is beautiful?
Dalek Prime Minister: Perhaps that is why we have never been able to kill you.

Darla: The gravity beam will convey you close to the source of the transmission. You must find a way to deactivate the force field from there.
The Doctor: You're going to fire me at a planet, that's your plan? I get fired at a planet and expected to fix it.
Rory: In fairness, that is slightly your MO.
The Doctor: Don't be fair to the Daleks when they're firing me at a planet.

The Doctor: What is wrong with my chin?
Oswin: Careful, dear, you'll put someone's eye out.

Oswin: So, anyway, I'm Oswin. What do I call you?
Rory: Uh, I can't remember. Uhh... Rory.
Oswin: Lovely name, Rory. A boy I fancied was called Rory.
Rory: Okay.
Oswin: Actually, she was called Nina. I was going through a phase. Just flirting to keep you cheerful.

Oswin: Okay, you're safe for now. Pop your shirt off, quick as you like.
Rory: Why?
Oswin: Does there have to be a reason?

Oswin: Do you know how you make someone into a Dalek? Subtract love, add anger. Doesn't she seem a bit too angry to you?
Amy: Well, somebody's never been to Scotland.

The Doctor: You know what really gets me about you, Oswin? The soufflés. Where do you get milks for the soufflés? Seriously, is no one else wondering about that?
Rory: No. Frankly, no. Twice.

Oswin: Why do the Daleks call you "The Predator"?
The Doctor: I'm not a predator. Just a man with a plan.
Oswin: You've got a plan?
Rory: We're all ears.
Amy: There's a nose joke going there if someone wants to pick that one off.
The Doctor: In no particular order, we need to neutralize the Daleks in this asylum, rescue Oswin from the wreckage, escape from this planet, and fix Amy and Rory's marriage.
Amy: Okay, I'm counting three lost causes. Anyone else?

The Doctor: As soon as the force field is down, the Daleks will attack. If it gets too explodey-wodey in here, you go without me, okay?
Rory: And leave you to die?
The Doctor: Oh, don't worry about me. You're the one beaming up to a Dalek ship to get exterminated.
Rory: Fair point. Love this plan.

Episode References
Spiridon, Kembel, Aridius, Vulcan, and Exxilon are the names of four planets from the original series.

* Spiridon - "Planet of the Daleks"
* Kembel - "The Dalek Master Plan"
* Aridius - "The Chase"
* Vulcan - "Power of the Daleks"
* Exxilon - "Death to the Daleks"

Campbell is not the name of a planet, but is the name of David Campbell, a Dalek freedom fighter from "Dalek Invasion of Earth."

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerSteven Moffat
ProducerMarcus Wilson
Stunt CoordinatorCrispin Layfield
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