I know I'm up to my chin in story ideas (Dalek 42 mostly...), but I'm done resisting for this one.
I have a like/utter loathing for the Daleks in Manhattan storyline of Doctor Who. I agree with most of the problems critics have with it. Such as...
1. The Doctor being painfully out of character, especially in Evolution of the Daleks. Especially with being surprised that the Daleks would kill a dude, AND for agreeing to help Sec with the plan to convert the human "shells".
2. Human Sec's design...psst. No one call him a dickhead.
3. The Pig Slaves
4. "Lol lol lol kill ALL the cyberman!" "Oh GOD less humans than there were cyberman! We can't possibly kill them all! Let's hide in a sewer!"
5. So...the Daleks are able to create loads and loads of guns...kill thousands of humans and fill their bodies with human essence, with an entire laboratory...but they can't get new Daleks with strong enough flesh to live? Umm...
6. Time period...there was no Hooverville in Manhattan at the time the Empire State Building was being built.
And my issues.
1. Remember in Doomsday when the Doctor was mocking the Dalek's inability to touch? And how it was framed like it was going to be important? Oh look, a Dalek's come out of his shell!
2. Most things about Sec's conversion. I personally would really have liked for him to have become a companion, so he would get to really, truly examine his new body and come to terms with what that means for him.
3. The Dalek embryo in the sewer. HOW. DID. IT. GET. THERE. Sec says embryoS, and "their"...there were several grown, apparently. How did the one the Doctor found end up in the middle of the sewer, and how come Sec doesn't question the Doctor finding it.
4. <Morbo>EVOLUTION DOESN'T WORK THAT WAY!!!</Morbo> Daleks aren't Pokemon! Further, the transition presented was metamorphosis, in which a single creature goes through a process in the change of it's shape, but it technically stays as the same individual and the same animal, in the way that a tadpole is still a frog, though it doesn't look like one...or a caterpillar is a butterfly, though it is in larval form. Likewise, Sec is an individual simply changing its shape. If it were to be "evolution of the Daleks", they would be constantly manipulating the genes of future Daleks so that they may pass on certain traits and regain the ability to walk.
So, here's my thinking.
Most everything in the story can be fixed by it not taking place in Depression New York...but in a small (fictional) concentration camp during the Holocaust, where the Cult of Skaro has taken over, deep beneath the surface of the operation. No need for pig slaves, just use the prison guards as your dirty workers. Need access to a lot of bodies? Forget snatching them from Hoovervilles, you've got a lot of people who are going to be put to death anyway! Waste not, not want.
And of course, it's "Metamorphosis of the Daleks"
Sec, once in a human body, is given plenty of opportunity to examine his humanity, and perhaps even start to mourn the failed embryos. He also wouldn't be able to keep his hands to himself.
It seems a little insensitive to the lives lost to do that kind of storyline, but it really kind of works. I even had an old idea that it was actually in Auschwitz, and that the Daleks had Dr. Mengele under their "thumbs"...and would later be the ones to kill him while he was swimming, and the reason for why his experiments were both so strange, but his notes were absent. That's the part that seemed REALLY insensitive.
But it worrrrrrks D8 .