Episode 34 – One Man Can Change the Course of History

Episodes discussed: Doctor Who 3×5 Evolution of the Daleks and Buffy 2×21 Becoming: Part 1

Evolution of the Daleks

Written by Helen Raynor; Directed by James Strong

The Doctor and Martha continue their investigation of the Daleks’ plan in Depression-era Manhattan.  Discussion points include:

  • Do the Daleks evolve in the episode?
  • Survival and change
  • Nostalgia and romanticism of the Depression
  • The Doctor’s mercy
  • The Doctor’s death wish
  • Martha’s ethical dilemma
Becoming: Part 1

Written and Directed by Joss Whedon

Angel’s back-story plays out in flashback while in the present he tries to wake a demon who will open a portal to Hell itself. Discussion Points Include:

  • Angel’s sordid and epic back-story
  • Darla and Drusilla
  • The enigmatic Whistler: A mystery wrapped in a riddle
  • The Buffy movie redone for TV
  • Acathla and the Sword in the Stone
  • Just how much of a jerk is Xander being?

Next time: Buffy 2×22 Becoming: Part 2 and Doctor Who 3×6 The Lazarus Experiment

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About Katherine Sas

I graduated from Messiah College in 2009 with a B.A. in English Literature. I'm a student of all things arts and humanities, in particular Tolkien, the Inklings, and the fantastic and imaginative tradition in storytelling.

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