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Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks [1983] [DVD]

Peter Davison , Janet Fielding    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Janet Fielding
  • 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: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006JI23
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,985 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Doctor Who adventure "Resurrection of the Daleks" marked the Doctor's first encounter with his most famous foe since 1979's "Destiny of the Daleks" five years earlier, and Peter Davison's only full-scale battle with the cybernetic aliens. Weakened by a Movellan virus the Daleks assault a space station prison where Davros is being held. The Daleks plan to use duplicates of the Doctor and his companions to assassinate leading Timelords, and further duplicates to take over the Earth. The action is split between the space station and abandoned London riverside warehouses, and is notable for its grim tone and high body count. The duplicate police-assassins recall the Autons from the Jon Pertwee "Spearhead from Space" (1970) and proved controversial on original broadcast. Also notable is that although the show was designed as a four-part adventure it was transmitted in two double-length episodes.

This edition presents the story in the original four parts. Meanwhile there are more than the usual quota of name guest stars, including Rodney Bewes, Rula Lenska and Lesley Grantham. The tale also marks Janet Fielding's final appearance as Tegan. In every respect this is a key adventure in the history of Doctor Who, even if the tense, incident-packed story is ultimately weighed down by too many elements to resolve them all satisfactorily.

On the DVD: Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks is accompanied by a warm and highly jocular commentary from Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and director Mathew Robinson. A new 18-minute "On Location" documentary intriguingly revisits the now upmarket waterfront locations with interviews featuring producer John Nathan Turner, writer Eric Saward and Matthew Robinson. A seven-minute clip from Breakfast Time spotlights Janet Fielding and John Nathan-Turner, and composers Brian Hodgson and Malcolm Clarke. Also included are seven minutes of deleted and extended scenes, a BBC1 trailer and a photo gallery that plays automatically for three minutes, set to sound effects. There is optional on-screen information text and selectable subtitles for the programmes and commentary. The sound is available in broadcast mono, a remarkably effective Dolby Digital 5.1 remix, and as a mono music only track. TARDIS Cam No. 4 is a very short new digital animation. --Gary S Dalkin

Product Description

The Daleks are once again seeking their creator, Davros (last seen in 'Destiny of the Daleks'), to discover a cure for the Movellan virus. Mercenaries free Davros from his prison ship, but the Kaled scientist has other ideas, and soon a Dalek civil war is underway. On twentieth century Earth the Doctor (Peter Davison), Tegan and Turlough are caught up between the rival factions and the Earth rebels, but they are already part of a larger plan to destroy Gallifrey.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Davison's Doctor meets the Daleks 6 April 2005
The writer of Resurrection of the Daleks, Eric Saward, stated that his story was the worst one in the programmes history. This is far from true. Resurrection boasts some excellent scenes, an engaging if somewhat convoluted storyline and good pace direction from Matthew Robinson. Broadcast as part of Peter Davison's final and best season, Resurrection never pauses for breath, and is a real contrast to other stories from this period such as Terminus and Four to Doomsday which seemed slow moving and padded out. This probably makes it more appealing to viewers today who want to see fast moving television. The dark and gritty adventure has an air of gloominess about it, from the opening scene in which a group of escaped prisoners from the far future, are ruthlessly murdered by Police officers, in the derelict docklands of 1980s London, to the final scene in which long serving companion Tegan unhappily works away from her life with The Doctor. The docklands of London are a central location for this story, prior to their redevelopment as luxury apartment blocks. Here they present an image of a decaying, haunted area of London, abandoned for nearly a century. An ideal location then for The Daleks to hide some canister's of a virus, which has infected their race. Meanwhile in the far future, The Daleks rescue their creator Davros from his prison on a space station, with the intention of getting him to develop an antidote to this virus. The Doctor and his companions, having been dragged in the Tardis to modern day London via the Daleks time corridor, come across the lone survivor of the earlier massacre Stein, but is he all he seems, and why are The Daleks so intent on capturing The Doctor. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and depressing 5 Mar 2003
This is what the 1980s turned Doctor Who into. All of a sudden, after all the puns and clowning around we have this story, in which pretty much everyone dies and a pervading sense of hope is hard to find. Yet isn't that what the Daleks are about?
There's a moment here when the Doctor reaches the overrun space station, picks up a weapon and uncomfortably announces his intentions to kill Davros. This is a fine moment, both in terms of acting on Davison's part but also in Doctor Who chronology. The Daleks could easily have slipped into self-parody after two decades as TV's biggest bad guys, yet this injection of nihilism and fatalism reaffirms them as the baddest of the bad.
In terms of production values, they only get slightly creaky on the space station, but never to the point where it shatters the illusion of reality. This is an absorbing story, written and acted by people who totally believe in what they're doing. Those who accuse the series of being TV's answer to a Christmas panto need only watch this particular story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Gruesome Dalek Adventure 4 July 2014
By Timelord007 TOP 500 REVIEWER
Doctor Who: Resurrection Of The Daleks.
Region 2.
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1.
Number of discs: 1.
Classification: PG
Running time: 100 minutes

DVD Special Features: Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks commentary from Peter Davison, Janet Fielding & director Mathew Robinson.
A new 18-minute "On Location" documentary intriguingly revisits the now upmarket waterfront locations with interviews featuring producer John Nathan Turner, writer Eric Saward & Matthew Robinson.
A seven-minute clip from Breakfast Time spotlights Janet Fielding & John Nathan-Turner, & composers Brian Hodgson & Malcolm Clarke.
Seven minutes of deleted and extended scenes.
A BBC1 trailer.
Photo gallery that plays automatically for three minutes.
Optional on-screen information text & selectable subtitles for the programmes & commentary.
The sound is available in broadcast mono, a remarkably effective Dolby Digital 5.1 remix & as a mono music only track. TARDIS Cam No.

Special Features of Resurrection Of The Daleks Special Edition: Part of Revisitations 2 box set.
The story's original 2-part edition, released on DVD for the first time. The 4-part edition is featured as well.
Audio Commentary with Terry Molloy (Davros), writer Eric Saward & visual effects designer Peter Wragg.
Casting Far and Wide - Actor interviews.
The Last Dalek - Behind the scenes of 1967's The Evil of the Daleks (moved here from The Seeds of Death)
Come In Number Five - Fifth Doctor retrospective presented by David Tennant.
Tomorrow's Times - The Fifth Doctor.
Walrus short.
Plus all previous special features.

The Doctor - Peter Davison.
Tegan Jovanka - Janet Fielding.
Turlough - Mark Strickson.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Custard Pie Fight of the Daleks!!!! 16 Aug 2008
Sciptwriter Eric Saward was under a lot of pressure writing this adventure: he had a prickly relationship with series producer John Nathan-Turner, Who had lost viewers and fans had been severely disappointed in the Daleks' last outing in "Destiny of the Daleks".Therefore it is understandible that this effort tries far too hard for its own good.Its convoluted plot and hysterical pace unfortunately doesn't suit the Daleks' strengths: brooding menace and the prospect of sudden, violent death.

From its grim openning where a ragbag of slaves are gunned down this is an action-packed but rather charmless romp. The high body count, gunfire and the use of disturbing flesh-eating chemical weaponry reveal the show's insecurity due to, and therefore subsequent embracing of, the mid 80's fashion for dark, disturbing sci-fi. This the age that gave birth to "The Terminator" and Who is at heart a very dark show but not really an action series and the clumsy combat scenes show this all too well. In addition, Saward was a keen admirer of Phillip Hinchliffe's tenure as series producer and scriptwriter Robert Holmes' contributions to the Who canon both of whom liked to send little viewing tykes running to hide behind the sofa.The grim tone cries out for black humour but none is present. Molloy's portrayal of Davros is great but this particular adventure is really a waste of the old schemer and Davidson's Doctor looks rather out of place in what is really a souped-up Blake's 7 story. Rodney Bewes is poorly miscast as a slave with a secret and the ridiculous helmets worn by the Dalek troops invokes a crude and obscene insult that is very popular in today's Britain.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars the daleks
The called are back,this time against Peter Davison,set in London the doctor battles the old foe.a bit confusing towards the end as in who is fighting who,plus a few old stars are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by the reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good
Enjoyed this, even though the language was in Dutch and there were English subtitles. Another one to add to my Who Collection!
Published 4 months ago by Greg Chapman
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Viewing
Excellent dalek story during Peter Davidson's custody of the role. One of the better dalek stories, nestling nicely in an altogether dark and menacing atmosphere. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. P. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Aim for the eye piece!
Quickly to say that this was a good story, a nice way to end Tegan's tenure and a refreshingly darker refresh for the Daleks - as that is what they were intended for and to mix... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr K Shepherd
1.0 out of 5 stars Be careful which version you order!
This review and rating relates to the quality of product, not the story itself.

I ordered this item from ____THE_BEST_ON_DVD____ - it wasn't. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Craig Forbes
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fifth Doctor fights Davros and the Daleks and saying goodbye to...
This was the third story I'd seen from Peter Davison's era of `Doctor Who' (the first two being 'Earthshock' and 'The Five Doctors'). Read more
Published 9 months ago by Tim Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Resurrection of a decent atmosphere
It is a shame that the Peter Davison era did not continue for longer as the last stories were darker and better for it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by A. R. W. Jarvis
5.0 out of 5 stars Body Count
The blast front of celebration through the halls of residence was palpable: Dr Who has got balls again - at long last! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alex Lyon
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who Ressurection of the Daleks
The Daleks plan to replace the High Council of the Time Lords with duplicates.

Part 1: Davros is held captive aboard a prison in space but the Daleks launch a rescue... Read more
Published 17 months ago by kk
3.0 out of 5 stars Daleks in the Warehouse
It is Peter Davison's time to meet the daleks, and it's not impressive. Resurrection is a good story let down by everything else, bad acting, pathetic action scenes and tatty... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Andrew50
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