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Doctor Who - Death to the Daleks [DVD] [1974]

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen
  • Directors: Michael E. Briant
  • Writers: Terry Nation
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Jun. 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007EAFV58
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,529 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A power failure in the TARDIS draws it off course, and the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith end up stranded on the bleak planet of Exxilon. They soon meet members of an Earth expedition in a similar situation.
The humans are searching for a rare mineral, but first they must find out what is draining their power and avoid what’s inside another grounded spaceship – the Doctor’s oldest enemies, the Daleks…

Special Features
• Commentary - with actors Julian Fox (Peter Hamilton), Dalek operator Cy Town, director Michael E Briant, assistant floor manager Richard Leyland, costume designer L Rowland Warne and special sounds maestro Dick Mills. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
• Beneath the City of the Exxilons - Cast and crew look back on the making of this story. With actor Arnold Yarrow, Julian Fox, Michael E Briant, Richard Leyland, L Rowland Warne and fan and Dalek voice artist Nick Briggs.
• Studio Recording - A rare glimpse into the production of a Third Doctor story.
• On the Set of Dr. Who and the Daleks - Behind the scenes on the first Dalek film in 1965.
• Radio Times listings (DVD-ROM)
• Programme subtitles
• Production information subtitles
• Photo gallery
• Coming soon trailer
• Digitally remastered picture and sound quality


A video adventure of the popular, time-travelling Doctor Who. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Number13 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 7 April 2014
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The Third Doctor knew how to show a girl the Universe. No back story about family ties and complications - straight into the TARDIS and one forced landing later it's a life and death struggle with the Daleks, hostile natives and an all-consuming City that drains power and life from the world around it. Welcome to your first alien world, Sarah Jane! Gloom, doom, power cuts, blackouts and social strife in a bleak wasteland. Just another lovely day on Exxilon.

`Death to the Daleks' sees Jon Pertwee's Doctor faced with the Daleks for the third and final time. It's a curious contrast with his first encounter in `Day of the Daleks'; there a strong script wasn't matched by the special effects and production possible at the time. The superb DVD special edition finally gave that story the glossy look and sound it deserved. In this battle on Exxilon, some plot elements are familiar from earlier Dalek adventures, but the original production quality of `Death to the Daleks' is excellent and remains impressive 40 years later.

Jon Pertwee still has immense charm and style as the Doctor, even though he was never supposed to like stories with the Daleks. Elizabeth Sladen has a superb `alien world' debut for her role as Sarah Jane, cleverly conveying the fear, awe and confusion that anyone would feel in that situation. Of course, Sarah's usual determination wins through to help outwit the Daleks, good work for a first trip off Earth! Sarah's discovery of the City of the Exxilons by night is a high point in the story; acting, music, model work and effects combine to create a genuine sense of wonder.

The stranded Earth expedition is brought to life by a very good group of guest actors but the basic concept and group dynamics are similar to the stranded Thals in `Planet of the Daleks'.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Luke73 on 13 Jun. 2012
Format: DVD
I first saw this story on it's original broadcast and found it entertaining as a kid. I didn't see it again until the 1987 budget VHS video release and was just as entertaining. Now this polished DVD release is the icing on the cake for this Dr Who story and the very last complete debut DVD classic Dalek story. Personally I like this Dalek story throughout, because it's different to other Daleks stories (Daleks firing bullets!).

I won't go into the storyline as other reviewers have already done so. In this story you can see why Sarah Jane Smith became such an immense popular companion. Elizabeth Sladen's early portrayal of SJS really blossoms as evidently proved in the testament of time. A character called Bellal in this story plays well opposite Jon Pertwee especially in the last two parts. Just great. Visually I think the Daleks looks stunning in their silver and black, especially on location.

I viewed the entire DVD. And WOW! the extras are worth the cost of the DVD alone, let alone the story.
It's starts off with 'Beneath the city of the Exxilons' which is an enjoyable making of the story put together.
'Studio recordings' is just simply Brilliant! Clocking in around 23 minutes, this gives an insight of Jon Pertwee's Doctor on set. I thought this was well edited together with the behind the scenes with the actors and Daleks, with various TAKES on certain scenes. Really entertaining!

'On the set of Dr Who & The Daleks' is one of the highlights of this DVD. Though short around 13 mins, it crams a lot in. Being used to the film alone it was really a treat to see various snippets of behind the scenes footage from 'Dr Who & The Daleks'. Jason Flemying gives a warm account of his father's directing of the film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sussman TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Dec. 2014
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An interesting if not unusual narrative where by the Daleks are stranded on the planet with their ship and all their weapons drained of power. They have to agree a truce with the humans, who find themselves in a similar situation, and work together to try to find a way to overcome their power loss and escape from the planet. Both groups are in the vicinity due to the need to find a rare mineral that can cure a plague that is threatening both species. Of course the Daleks have no intention of keeping the peace and co-operating for the collective good. As soon as they can they quickly try to gain the upper hand. Then throw into this mix a TARDIS and its occupants.

This adventure has well-acted human characters, great performances from Jon Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen in the lead roles and interesting use of the Daleks. The natives, the Exxilons are decent background characters with an approachable Exxilon providing an affable alien who is a well-rounded character in `his' own right. There is plenty of rawkus - action and mayhem and the use of the ubiquitous quarry scenes for the external shots. The 'roots' of the city are an attention-grabbing idea and very well thought-out especially the use of the defensive cybernetic appendages - very reminiscent of the 1950s film War of the Worlds Manta Ray-shaped Martian war machines in especially it's `head design'. The incidental music (OST) was both interesting and gelled well with the celluloid - lending an extra layer of the uncanniness of the whole situation. However, some of the other SFX does not bear well with the passage of time (no pun intended).

On first viewing in my earliest childhood I found it spooky as hell - but thoroughly captivating. On seeing it again in 2014 it is still entertaining, however, I can safely sit on the sofa and not behind it as did all those years ago.
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