I must compliment everyone involved at the press screenings for keeping it a secret; I would have thought that the tabloids would have ended up reporting it eventually, but apparently not.
I know! It's so awesome that this happened. Last year when they did advance screenings for The Impossible Astronaut and Day of the Moon, I gather a lot of the fans who were there posted spoilers everywhere and loads of people ruined it for themselves. This time, apparently literally not one person
blabbed the big secret. That's pretty impressive.
I believe her when she says that she is a genius, but I think her hacking ability (at least in terms of the Dalek systems) comes from the fact that she is a Dalek, and she is in the system.
Yeah, this was my assessment of her abilities, too. She could hack Dalek technology that even the Doctor never could, and I don't believe any human, no matter how much of a genius, would ever normally be able to outclass the Doctor at that.
There is something I noticed, either something very clever or a plot hole: at the start the Daleks were banging on the door, trying to get to her, but later she says that the intensive care Daleks never wake up for anything. Either that shows that she is lying to herself or a plot hole. I suppose it could be Daleks from somewhere else in the Asylum, but I prefer to think it was a clever Moffat-y way of teasing us that something's not quite right.
I think this was Oswin lying to herself, in a way - but not about the intensive care Daleks, which I believe really didn't ever move for anyone but the Doctor. On my second watch, when I knew what she really was, the Daleks banging on Oswin's door seemed to be like a representation of the truth that she's a Dalek trying to make itself known through her fantasy. I see the Daleks screaming "Let us in!" as kind of a metaphor for "let in the knowledge that you are one of us", or something like that. After all, she kept defending her door by nailing planks of wood to it, and every time the Daleks "attacked", some of the defences would fall down; since that was never a real door, it's probably more of a representation of her mind's defence mechanisms against the horrible truth that she's blocking out.
I'm thinking that either: 1) the Doctor somehow discovers a relative (be it immediate family, ancestor or descendant) and takes them along (this does have precedent, by the way: Freema Agyeman played someone in Army of Ghosts. In one of the books Martha says she was her cousin. I concede, though, that Adeola was a much smaller part than Osmin)
Hmm. I doubt Freema having also played Martha's cousin earlier on gives this that much precedent. I believe Freema got the part of Martha after having already played Adeola, so, as it wasn't planned, they simply had to retcon in a reason for the similarity somehow. Since Oswin's appearance obviously was planned here, it doesn't seem likely that Moffat would force himself to fall back on the old identical-relative handwave when he has the chance to make it something cleverer.
I don't know how I feel about the Daleks forgetting about the Doctor. It has certainly dispelled my belief that the Daleks had individual memory banks; apparently they didn't even recognise him from before. It's an interesting concept and I suppose related to the new apparent story-arc of 'the Doctor making everybody forget him', but I'm not sure how I feel about so much of that history down the drain. A large part of Doctor Who, I feel, is the Daleks and their hatred of the Doctor. However, I'm perfectly happy to see where this goes and I trust that Moffat knows what he's doing.
While I really enjoy how the Daleks forgetting the Doctor is relevant to the recent arc regarding the Doctor's huge reputation and I don't expect them to ever remember him again so long as that arc is still present, I do wonder if the knowledge of the Doctor is really permanently
erased from the Daleks. If a future writer ever wanted to bring back the old Daleks-Doctor dynamic, I'm sure they'd find a way. I myself find it a little difficult to believe that the insane Daleks in the Asylum were given complete control over and ability to freely delete any of the data in the PathWeb if that really was the Daleks' only store of all their most important information, including that of their greatest foe. I wonder if there might not be some kind of Dalek data back-up somewhere in the universe - not something they'd go actively seeking right now, of course, since they have no idea who this Doctor person even is and so why should they care about information on him? - but something that they could potentially end up being steered towards by someone else, accidentally or deliberately, as the result of the plot of an episode.
Of course, this is all just my imaginings, but, yeah. If writers really want something to happen badly enough, they can find a way to make it work.
Also, I don't recall them at Demon's Run doing anything to Amy; I thought they were just experimenting with Melody.
I think what they were doing the whole time the pregnant Amy was there was trying to exacerbate the Time Lord-ness of the Melody foetus. Her being conceived on the TARDIS was a good start, but I think Vastra said something that indicated Kovarian's crew had been working hard to make Melody even more Time Lordy ever since. So, even if they weren't working directly on Amy, I'm not surprised that whatever they did to Melody in the womb had the side-effect of making Amy infertile.
And remember, never be fair to a Dalek when they're throwing you at a planet!
Hee. I love how indignant
the Doctor sounds in that line. x3