Series 8, Episode 2: Into The Dalek Synopsis

The title for episode 2 of Series 8 has finally been confirmed by the BBC: Into The Dalek promises the Twelfth Doctor battling those menaces from Skaro.

But what’s it all about?

A Dalek fleet surrounds a lone rebel ship, and only the Doctor can help them now… With the Doctor facing his greatest enemy, he needs Clara by his side.

Confronted with a decision that could change the Daleks forever he is forced to examine his conscience. Will he find the answer to the question, am I a good man?

The episode, roughly 45 minutes long and guest-starring Michael Smiley (Luther; Ripper Street), is written by Phil Ford, whose only previous credit on Doctor Who is as a co-writer on the superb The Waters of Mars. But he’s also written an episode of Torchwood (Something Borrowed, in which a pregnant Gwen goes up the aisle), and was headwriter from Series 2 of The Sarah Jane Adventures. For that show’s final series, he wrote both Sky and The Curse of Clyde Langer, the latter of which won him the Writer’s Guild of Great Britain’s Best Children’s TV Script Award.

This all bodes well for Into the Dalek!

Like Deep Breath, Into The Dalek is directed by Ben Wheatley (The Kill List), so many are expecting the start of this series to be very dark!

We’ll see what the Twelfth Doctor makes of the Daleks on 30th August…


When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates (Kasterborous' former Editor) pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. He is the co-founder of The Doctor Who Companion:

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