The Daleks are getting their own spin-off! As part of the Time Lord Victorious plot arc, the metal mutants from Skaro will be starring in their own series of adventures, which will span five, ten minute episodes and star Dalek Supreme himself Nicholas Briggs (from Big Finish, and New Who.)
But will this new mini series be worth tuning into? Can it really tide us over until the next episode of Doctor Who (which is currently scheduled for this festive season)? If you’re unsure about the next chapter in the Time Lord Victorious saga, here are three very good reasons to start getting excited…
1) It’s animated (and it’s GOOD animation!)
Is animation really a selling point for a science fiction show that has traditionally been live action? Yes, I’d say so. It’s a bit of an old adage (like when people say, ‘The scenery is so much better on radio!’) but the advantage of doing an animated series is much the same. The limits as to what is technically achievable – or affordable – are fewer. Of course, these things still cost money, and sometimes corners have to be cut even when it’s just paper and paint, but it’s no exaggeration to say that this spin-off (titled simply Daleks!) will be able to do so much more. So! Much! More!
And then we come onto the quality of the animation. At the time of writing, the Whoniverse is somewhat split as to whether this is ‘good’ animation or not. And it’s hard to say, as we’ve only got one short teaser trailer to go on. But in my opinion – on the strength of what’s been revealed – this series is going to look very, very pretty. No, it’s not hyper-realistic animation, and nor was it intended to be. This is a highly-stylised affair with a rich, comic-book colour palette, and personally this makes me all-the-more-excited to watch this release. Power to the art team, I say. (And no, the BBC isn’t paying me to say that.)
2) It’s free
There’s every chance that Daleks! will be terrible. Well – not ‘every’ chance. It’s a possibility, as with any form of story that’s ever released. Until we see it / hear it / consume it, we just don’t know. And sometimes we pay the price with our wallets.
The good news is, Daleks! is being made available for free. You won’t have to pay a penny to tune in – save for your internet bill, and a little bit of electricity. This new spin-off is being released on YouTube as of November 2020, so not only will your bank account be safe, you won’t even have to wait for it to fall through the letterbox. So even if it’s a piece of Doctor Who lore that makes ‘The Twin Dilemma’ look like a masterpiece, it will only have cost your time. Rejoice! REJOICE!
3) The storyline sounds epic
Daleks! – like much of the Time Lord Victorious plot arc – takes place within the Dark Times near the start of the universe, a premise which is intriguing enough in itself. But the series’ synopsis is even more tantalising…
“The Dalek Empire comes up against a terrible force. The Daleks’ plundering of the Archive of Islos unearths something ancient and deadly. Soon Skaro is under attack and the Dalek Emperor is on the run! Can the Daleks defeat their adversaries and regain their planet, even with help from an old enemy? Will this be the end of the Daleks?”
Colour me intrigued. Moreover, the episode titles themselves are similarly appetite-whetting, with the first one being called ‘The Archive of Islos’ and the second ‘The Sentinel of the Fifth Galaxy.’ So definite points to series writer James Goss for trying, even if the episodes themselves aren’t much good. (Not that I think they won’t be! Why do I keep saying that? Maybe because I’m a Who fan. I’ve been burnt so many times…)
But enough from me. Are you excited for the new Daleks! spin-off? Will you be tuning into the first episode in November? And how do you feel about the animation? Let me know in the comments below.
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