Air Date: 26th September 2015
Writer: Steven Moffat
We left The Doctor stuck in a room with Davros and Clara and Missy dead.
Surprise! They're still alive and working together (reluctantly) in order to get back inside the city. As opening stories go, it's a good one and making it a two-parter worked.
With the scale of the entire story it would have felt rushed otherwise and as a way to introduce the Daleks again, it makes them deadly. They're at full strength again and I expect we'll see a lot more of them in this series and through the show.
There's a few call backs to 'Asylum of the Daleks' but I'm not going to say how because it's a lot of the episode and a lot of the emotional punches.
As I said about 'The Magician's Apprentice' (and no, I don't understand the titles either) everyone is on form here. Peter, Jenna, Michelle, they're one hell of an ensemble team and despite the odd dynamics, they're still firmly in character.
It's an explosive start to the series and it gives a bit of insight into the Daleks that goes right back to 'Dalek' and 'The Big Bang'. I said that roughly 75% of questions from episode one would be answered, turns out it's more like 65%, but that's not a bad thing. Mystery is good and in Doctor Who, the mystery is half the fun.