In a subterranean museum in Utah lies a vast collection of alien artifacts- the pride of which is sending a distress call that the Doctor receives. What is this prized artifact? Well the title of the episode may give a clue, it's a Dalek- the Doctor's most hated enemy.
The theme of this story is to hold a mirror to the Doctor. Previously we have seen him take a relaxed view to what goes on around him, only getting involved if he absolutely has to- but this time he's involved due to personal hate and fear, not entirely unlike a Dalek's motivations. Due to this, this episode is quite an important one for the series as it shows the first time the Doctor's really been torn up by his actions in the Time War, which some have speculated we haven't seen the full ramifications of until this year's 50th anniversary special.
Regarding the supporting characters... oh dear. Poor Americans, they just can't catch a break from us Brits-
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First Impression: Pretty good, but aren't Daleks meant to be terrifying? Yet a single human can cause them to question their own existence? Sounds a bit lame...
In Retrospect: Still pretty good, wish we'd seen a Dalek story before this though just so we'd know how terrifying these creatures are supposed to be. Unfortunately, this won't be the only time RTD attempts to make the Daleks 'sympathetic' villains...
Also, this episode features a topless Christopher Ecclestone, which I'm sure is good enough reason for some of the female fans to watch it (and probably some male fans too).
Next Time: The Long Game.