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

Jon Pertwee , Elisabeth Sladen , Michael E. Briant    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007EAFV58
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,269 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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

Synopsis

A video adventure of the popular, time-travelling Doctor Who.


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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly entertaining DVD!!! 13 Jun 2012
By Luke73
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Favourite of Mine 11 Jun 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When Doctor Who was released on VHS i only ever owned two titles, this was one of them.
Fascinating story, well told and well acted. Sure there have been many Dalek stories and some
probably better than this but for me its the one. Watched the tape to death now will do likewise
with the dvd. Enjoy it and get it as well as every single Doctor Who dvd or blu ray cause there is
no other sci-fi show that comes close.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By MeisI
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This was my first ever Doctor Who story, along with Day of the Daleks, that I ever owned back in the 80's and indeed my first videos given by my dad when i was barely 5 years old. Through the eyes of a child you could see the terror this tale brought, with it's shaggily dressed Exxilons that blended perfectly into the background like rocks and shadows and weren't visible as threats until they moved and indeed in the cave scenes when they emerged slowly from the walls. This may not be a dalek masterpeice like Genesis (indeed the Daleks are in as much of a pickle as the heroes for most of it...) it's model shots, hauntingly wonderful music score and tense atmosphere really makes it a true timeless classic that i can attest to will scare children of any era.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Death to the Daleks? 1 July 2003
By Kat
Format:VHS Tape
This is a great Jon Pertwee adventure. The third Doctor at his most noble and gentleman like having verbal battles with the Daleks, trying to sort out a scientfic problem and ensure that the good guys get away with the life saving drugs they need and on top of all that a little humour thrown in. Elizabeth Sladen is great as our intrepid journalist Sarah Jane Smith thrown in the deep end by the Doctor as per usual going through all sorts of experiences and still battling on and replying to the Doctor's one liners. The majority of the Space Corps are forgettable the only exception being the single minded Galloway who will stop at nothing to get the Parrinium played by Duncan Lamont. Add to that the atmospheric surface Exillons' temple, the rather sweet Balal and the moment when 2 Daleks look at each other and lower their eyestalks after one of their number is destroyed by the City and you've got a sure winner. I've only got one question, why did they call it 'Death to the Daleks'?
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who - Death to the Daleks 19 Aug 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I have all the best period of Doctor Who on video, which was the 1970's. I bought Death to the Daleks back in 88. It is still one of my top Pertwee stories. This 1974 adventure has plenty of atmosphere. Dark landscapes. An amazing white city. The more classical soundtrack music is one of the best, and it helps the story. The story is strong. The exilions and the adventure into the city is very good. It's a definate must to own. I always enjoy watching it.
Finally, it's been released on DVD. Since early 1988 I've been collecting videos the DVD's of the classic and current series and Death to the Daleks is still in my top three. Very underated story. I cannot undrstand why these so called Dr Who experts who write damning review's of the story? The late Liz Sladen liked the story too. Looking forward to replacing my worn 1987 issue video once on sale.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hoist by their own petard 29 Sep 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This 1973 serial has had its fair share of critics over the years; however I have just watched the DVD for the first time, after becoming a fan of the story via the excellent Target novelisation, with its terribly exciting image of an exploding Dalek on the front cover, (not nearly as impressive when seen on TV of course!)
To be honest I think it actually stands up very well, and in many ways is much more indicative of the direction in which the TV show was going to go in the 70s than how it had been previously. Running around a quarry made up to look like an alien planet, The Third Doctor and his (relatively) new companion Sarah Jane Smith encounter a band of Earth mineralogists, and are soon stunned by the arrival of a Dalek flying saucer, as well as being ambushed by a band of natives, seemingly mutated beings in tattered cloaks.
There is a twist in the tale, meaning that the Daleks and the humans (plus the native Exxilons) have to join forces for a while, in order to unearth what lies within the gleaming white citadel on the hill and save their own skins. The real strength of the story lies in its depiction of the labyrinthine citadel innards, and there are some great SFX considering when this was produced.
Admittedly, neither The Doctor, Sarah, nor the Daleks have much to do in this story, but it remains a tautly directed and well produced nugget from what was really the start of a golden era for Doctor Who, and is well worth a look, whether you're a fan or just curious.
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5.0 out of 5 stars JOHN PERTWEE THE DR
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
Classic. Jon Pertwee was amazong as always. The Daleks makes everything darker, nastier, scarier and better. They are the best evillans.
Published 3 months ago by David Bolton
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
The DVD itself when it got delivered was in excellent condition and the DVD itself was a great choice to be added to my collection :-)
Published 5 months ago by MB523
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Pertwee Classic
I have always loved this tale, from the moment I watched its first broadcast to the numerous UK Gold repeats and domestic video releases. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good Dalek yarn.
Not only did you have Daleks, But huge, metal, snake-like beasties as well, plus a decent documentry about the whole thing as well. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Matthew Harrex
5.0 out of 5 stars love this story
you cant beat the old doctor who's for entertainment its a pity they lost so many episodes
excellent quality dvd and cheap too.
Published 6 months ago by peter
5.0 out of 5 stars Death To The Daleks... Chance it!
Had my doubts about this story judging by reviews, but purchased in the hope of a good quality story, and wasnt disappointed,Helpless Daleks getting clubbed to death, A Mysterious... Read more
Published 7 months ago by L. Lockwood
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Admittedly, much of the plot was used a year previously in Planet of... Read more
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