Van Statten leads the Doctor to the cage, and taps in codes to let them in: "We've tried everything. The creature has shielded itself, but there's [sic] definite signs of life inside." The Doctor's like, "Inside what?" but too late, they're dealing with Simmons now, who says, "Welcome back, sir. I've had to take the power down -- the Metaltron is resting." Van Statten's very proud of having come up with the "Metaltron" name for the specimen, although this is a man who calls his company "Geocomtex," so I'm kind of proud of "Metaltron," too. Van Statten wants to know the creature's "real" name, and Simmons gives the Doctor some gloves: "The last guy that touched it...burst into flames." The Doctor's like, "Um, I won't touch it, then?" Goddard kind of giggles, like we're supposed to be ambivalent about her, but I'm not ambivalent about her. She's an asshole. She is in league with assholes. The end. Van Statten and Goddard watch the Doctor calmly (and a little bit smirkily) enter the Cage, and wait to be impressed. "Don't open that door until we get a result," says van Statten. The door shuts behind the Doctor.
Some of the "world-gripping" products offered at the Geocomtex website are "ether beam sensing technology," "telebiogenesis," "bonded polycarbon," and "reduced stature nebulalloy." Which are interesting in a retro-engineered kind of way, but not as interesting as the "argentum ordnance" or the node stabilized in two variants: "lupus" and "nocens."
Inside the Cage,the Doctor checks out Simmons's torture devices. In the darkness and scary music, he spots a dim blue light and says, "Look, I'm sorry about this. Mr. van Statten might think he's clever, but never mind him. I've come to help. I'm the Doctor." And, out of the darkness, there's a tiny, high voice: "Doc-tor?" And the Doctor recognizes the voice, but you can't say he really believes: "Impossible." The hidden creature gets more excited: "The Doctor?" The Doctors mouth hangs open. The lights come up, revealing the alien to be a Dalek. Which is screaming in that hysterical way they do: "Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!" The Doctor goes apeshit, screaming and beating on the door of the Cage, begging to be let out. That's a new thing to see the Doctor doing. It's kind of pathetic. It certainly helps make the case for the Dalek being scary, considering that the Doctor laughs at, like, actual apocalypses and stuff. Close on the Doctor's face, terrified.