Episode 050 “The Waking Ally”

Ok, so let’s address this point: the Slyther just looks terrible. I like the series for taking chances and doing interesting and different things (the Daleks, for example), but the Slyther just doesn’t work.

“Less Slyther, more Slytherin?” I got nothing here.

Thankfully the creature departs the scene fairly early on, and we then get to watch Barbara and her new friend traipsing about the English countryside. They run into some people who make clothes for the slave workers, which begs the question of why the Daleks care about the workers being clothed.

The more I think about it, the more this story is very clearly an allegory for the fears that the British felt over a Nazi invasion during WWII. All the elements are there; cruel masters, deprivation, starvation, people willing to sell out to the invaders for a little extra for themselves, etc. It’s kind of interesting when viewed through that lens.

The Dalek master plan (not to be confused with The Dalek Master Plan), is to do something with the magnetic core of Earth. We don’t know what yet, but suffice to say, I’m pretty sure Kylo Ren was making notes when he watched this story.

There’s really not much to say about this episode beyond what I’ve said already (well, and noting that Susan is getting it on with David). It’s a bit slow, and a bit dull, but it works overall.

Right before I watched this, I watched The Third Man. Waaaaay too many Dutch angles for me tonight!

Next time: “Flashpoint”


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