For this season of The Doctor, Ross and Kwame Opam will be sounding off on each episode in a series of emails we’ll be publishing on the site. Warning: spoilers ahead.
After a season premiere all about Peter Capaldi finding himself as the new Doctor, “Into the Dalek” is his first true post-regeneration adventure. Or rather, it’s more of a parable: an outrageously weird story that serves to highlight a darker truth of the Doctor’s own soul. “The Doctor goes literally into his worst enemy to try and understand good and evil… and comes out learning about the good and evil in himself.” It’s a great pitch for an episode that mostly pulls it off. Mostly.