Asylum of the Daleks

Doctor Who | Season 7 | Asylum of the Daleks

Kidnapped by his oldest foe, the Doctor is forced on an impossible mission – to a place even the Daleks are too terrified to enter…


The Doctor (Matt Smith) being captured by the Daleks, along with his companions Amy (Karen Gillan) and Rory (Arthur Darvill), who are about to divorce. They are sent by the Daleks to the Asylum, a planet where insane Daleks are exiled, to enable the Asylum to be destroyed before the insane Daleks can escape. The Doctor is helped along the way by Oswin Oswald (Jenna-Louise Coleman), a woman whose spaceship had crashed on the planet a year ago and has been trapped there since then.

“Asylum of the Daleks” incorporates many of the different varieties of Daleks seen throughout the program’s 50-year history, and was intended to make the Daleks scary again. Coleman makes her first appearance in Doctor Who in this episode, before returning as the Doctor’s new companion in the 2012 Christmas special; her appearance was successfully kept a secret from the general public prior to the episode’s broadcast, as her casting as the new companion had already been announced.

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Originally Aired: 09-01-2012
Director: Nick Hurran
Writers: Steven Moffat
Starring: Matt Smith
Karen Gillan
Arthur Darvill
Jenna Coleman
Anamaria Marinca
Naomi Ryan
David Gyasi
Nicholas Briggs
Barnaby Edwards
Nicholas Pegg