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Victory of the Daleks?

‘Victory of the Daleks’ is a generous description of what happens to the Doctor’s direst enemies in Series Five, Episode 3. Perhaps ‘Escape of the Daleks’ would be more accurate as it is only when the Doctor chooses to save planet earth (again) that the new, improved Daleks make their getaway.

This was a big adventure for Amy. Not only did she meet (and outsmart) Winston Spencer Churchill but she managed to save the Doctor too. Well, she saved him from failing to prevent the detonation of the robotic Professor Edwin Bracewell. So technically, Amy saved the planet on this occasion. Any time you disarm an ‘Oblivion Continuum’ (a captured wormhole that provides perpetual power) so that the Earth will not ‘bleed through into another dimension’ you deserve at least some of the credit.

The key word here is ‘enemies’.

‘So, you have enemies then?’ Amy asks the Doctor.
Everyone’s got enemies,’ he replies.
‘Yeah, but mine’s the woman outside Budgens with the mental Jack Russell. You’ve got, like, you know, arch-enemies,’ says Amy.

Of course, Churchill has enemies too.
‘Yes, Doctor. Death to our enemies! Death to the forces of darkness, and death to the Third Reich! We stand at a crossroads, Doctor; quite alone, with our backs to the wall. Invasion is expected daily. So I will grasp with both hands anything that will give us an advantage over the Nazi menace.

Winston’s pretty clear; anything.
The Doctor is not far behind him with his plan to purge the Universe of the Dalek menace.

‘No! This is my best chance ever! The last of the Daleks! I can rid the Universe of you, once and for all!’ he tells the White (Supreme) Dalek.
‘Then do it. But we will shatter the planet below! The Earth will die screaming!’ says the White (Supreme) Dalek. (Let’s ignore the juxtaposition of ‘White’ with ‘Supreme’ for now; the Doctor is facing a difficult choice.)
‘And if I let you go, you’ll be stronger than ever; a new race of Daleks,’ he says.
‘Then choose, Doctor! Destroy the Daleks or save the Earth. Begin countdown of Oblivion Continuum! Choose, Doctor! Choose! Choose!’ insists the Supreme one.

Well, what do you think? Does a good end ever justify violent means?
What about self defense?  In Gethsemane, when his disciples wanted to protect Jesus from arrest, one resorted to sword play. “Put your sword back in its place,” Jesus said to him, “for all who draw the sword will die by the sword. Do you think I cannot call on my Father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels? But how then would the Scriptures be fulfilled that say it must happen in this way?”
Matthew 26:52-54.

Interestingly, Luke says that Jesus himself warned them beforehand like this, ‘He said to them, “…. if you don’t have a sword, sell your cloak and buy one. It is written: `And he was numbered with the transgressors’; and I tell you that this must be fulfilled in me. Yes, what is written about me is reaching its fulfillment. The disciples said, “See, Lord, here are two swords.” “That is enough,” he replied.’
Luke 22:36-38

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