More thoughts about the two Dalek stories.
got me thinking more about Manhattan/Evolution.
This is an episode just dripping with what might have been.
Let’s assume that Sec was serious about reforming. What if he had gone about converting one, two or even all three of the other Daleks with… well, classic Dalek ruthlessness, forcibly humanizing them, perhaps even destroying one in the process? A mighty conundrum, that, leaving the Doctor (and us) wondering exactly how Sec defined change and whether it would last. And much more satisfactory, I think.
What if one of the other Daleks had evolved willingly, leaving the Dalek race split–literally–in half, and no doubt ultimately destined for civil war? How would that have affected Sec’s plans for reform? Would the human Daleks eventually have become as kill-crazy as the ‘classic’ Daleks, from necessity?
And what if Sec was just stringing the Doctor along…?
Oh, what might have been. These were episodes just brimming over with promise, that fell down and went boom. They weren’t horrible… but they could have been so amazing.
And one other thing. It’s time for Tennant to dial it back a little–he’s starting to go from ‘manic’ to ‘damned annoying’. When you start making Colin Baker’s Doctor look like a model of quiet sobriety, a re-examination of your approach is in order. He doesn’t have to dial it *all* the way back… just a bit. Kthx.