Doctor Who

Series 7 - 1. Asylum of the Daleks

Radio Times
Review by:
Patrick Mulkern

Surprisingly, this was Steven Moffat’s first proper stab at the Time Lord’s archfoes. After nearly 50 years of extermination, it’s no mean feat coming up with original angles, or restoring a measure of menace to the Daleks, but that’s just what he achieves in this superbly ambitious piece of television.

His big surprise, of course, was that the craziest Dalek in the asylum turns out to be chirpy new companion Jenna-Louise Coleman — arriving five episodes earlier than supposed. And look out for the creepy bus driver near the start: it’s Jeremy Young, who played Doctor Who’s very first villain, caveman Kal, way back in 1963.

About this programme

1/13. The Doctor, Amy and Rory are kidnapped by their deadly foe the Daleks and forced to go on a seemingly impossible mission - to enter the Asylum, a planetary prison containing the most terrifying and insane of the aliens' kind. They need an escape route, and fast - but with a mad, mechanised army closing in, and the Ponds' relationship in meltdown, it is up to the Time Lord to save not only their lives but his friends' marriage. Karen Gillan and Arthur Darvill co-star.

Cast and crew


The Doctor
Matt Smith
Amy Pond
Karen Gillan
Rory Williams
Arthur Darvill
Darla Von Karlsen
Anamaria Marinca
Naomi Ryan
David Gyasi
Photoshoot PA
Zac Fox
Voice of the Daleks
Nicholas Briggs
Enemy 1
Barnaby Edwards
Enemy 2
Nicholas Pegg
Oswin Oswald
Jenna Coleman


Nick Hurran
Marcus Wilson
Steven Moffat