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Apr 26, 2007

Her Name is Tallulah

After watching Daleks in Manhattan I am beginning to wonder if they have taken the Daleks as far as they can. I mean they now seem to have gone into property development. I know some people do think that property magnates are evil but this is taking that allusion to its ultimate incarnation of evil. Is that what Terry Nation would have wanted of his cash cows, I mean, metal meanies!

Apart from that rather bizarre plan of the Daleks, which doesn't really makes sense to me at the moment but probably will do in the next episode, Evolution of the Daleks, I really enjoyed Daleks in Manhattan. It was nothing like any of the previous episodes so far this series, which is nice, showcasing the programmes diversity.

The first couple of minutes of the episode, right up until the pre-titles cliffhanger, seemed like they belonged in a completely different programme and, completely atypically of the Doctor Who that we grew up with, there was also a love story.

Her_name_is_tallulah Having said that the opening scenes did remind me of the opening scenes of The Talons of Weng-Chiang, so perhaps that was deliberate, as the rest of the episode did seem to be more like an old series episode than any of the previous episodes so far this series..

So apart from having the Daleks moving into Bob the Builders Patch, we also have a song and dance number in the middle of the episode just for the sheer hell of it. I suppose it is only fitting that we have a musical number in an episode due to the amount of Doctor Who fans that are into "musical theatre", as Tallulah would say! Having said that after the Doctor's comments to Martha and Frank after they meet up in the New York sewers the Doctor seems to swing both ways!

Now not being American and having never been to America before I don't think that the accents are all that bad, and I would say that Hugh Quarshie's accent is quite good and even Miranda Raison's typically gangsters moll type accent also works within the confines of the story. It did, however, remind me a great deal of the Paul McGann audio adventure Invaders from Mars and whether or not that is a good thing or not is open for debate

What with the Empire State Building and a blonde it does make you wonder if we are going to get a King Kong style ending with Tallulah being rescued from the top of the building. Well it could happen. Stranger things have happened after all.

Just_a_sec As for the cliffhanger, I thought it worked quite well considering that we all knew what was coming although with the next episode title being Evolution of the Daleks it might have been fairly easy to work out what might have happened at the end of the episode. Quite what the Daleks plan are now is also open for debate as they can hardly turn the entire human race into human Dalek hybrids can they as there are only three other Daleks on the Earth at that moment in time. Although having said that perhaps that's the reason why there is that antenna at the top of the Empire State Building.

I do have to say that I felt that it took quite a while to get anywhere in this episode but, it has to be said, that after seeing the preview of the next episode a lot of the action does seem to take part there, rather than in the first episode, which is there to se the scene and the mood of the piece, which, I have to say, that it does admirably. We will have to wait until next week to see where it all leads and hope that it doesn't all peter out in the second episode like it has done in other two-parters of this revival.


As a New Yorker and an accent enthusiast, I can tell you that the accents in "Daleks in Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks" were surprisingly good. The game is only really given away when someone calls an elevator a lift, but apart from that it's actually quite difficult to tell who's putting on their accent and who isn't.

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