Six Smart Women Discussing Doctor Who

We start off our year of sevens with the first story in series 7a. Join Deb, Erika, Katrina, and Tansy as we discuss “Asylum of the Daleks”. Sure there are Daleks, but there’s relationship angst, and we really dig into that, which should surprise nobody.

Have you (re)watched this story recently? Let us know what you think about it in the comments!


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Comments on: "188 – Soul Asylum of the Daleks" (6)


    If you would like to enjoy this story yourself and not read the spoiler, listen to “The Widow’s Assassin” first!!

    Big Finish basically fixed Peri’s ending 😀 Because unceremoniously dumping her with Yrcanos was stupid. So this story explains how Peri’s brain was in fact taken over, a mind parasite made her marry Yrcanos for the typical power-hungry reasons, and five years later the Doctor is finally able to figure it out and save her. (Sorry I don’t remember the specifics, it’s been a couple of years since I listened to this!)

    I loooooooove Older and Wiser Peri. Just as I love Older and Wiser Nyssa. Big Finish, please give us more!!!

    Anyway, on to the main topic of this episode. I agree with Kat, “Asylum” is not my favorite; Oswin was the bright spot for me and I mostly only remember her parts of the episode.

    As Tansy says, Moffat gave us two really great, really likeable versions of Clara in “Snowmen” and “Asylum”, and I would have loved for either of them to be the Doctor’s new companion. I liked the *potential* of Clara so, so much, but got bogged down because I didn’t like almost any of her storylines. “I think there are a lot of choices made with writing Amy that are repeated in slightly different ways with Clara” — THIS.

    I guess revisiting these stories means revisiting my baggage of what I wish Clara had been. Maybe someday I’ll get over it lol.

  2. Just on the madlib; no Book Lord but if memory serves, in the Big Finish story “… Ish” with Colin Baker there is a Word Lord.

  3. Charles C said:

    Can’t believe you missed the obvious. A collection of Daleks is clearly called a Nation. 🙂

  4. this episode is one of my (many) favourites, & i recently showed it to my 9 yo son for the first time. this will be my third year cosplaying soufflé girl at gally; i do an oswin/dalek mash-up. i just think her character is clever & ridiculously fun. i wish i felt the same about clara-proper, but i do not. ah well.

  5. Paul B. =:o} said:

    I’m nearly caught up with where I first encountered “Verity!”…. I definitely remember the “season of sevens” as being a current/recent thing when I Arrived.

    First, let me thank (whichever Verity it was) for that little lovesong to fannish home-recordists… Because I was ond of them, albeit a decade too late to capture anything the BBC had actually wiped that other fans hadn’t recorded. You capturedbejtifully the idea/understanding that for us, it was *our hobby*. And it was a different hobby from anyo e else at our school, although occasionally some lf us were lucky to discover a friend who had a relativewho had the same ho by.

    That was wbat “social networks” looked like, in the 1970s and ’80s.

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