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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A chunky reissue
So here it is, the third release of this story (while the other three stories of the 1988 season aren't even on the horizon...), which everyone else here is arguing about, possibly rightly.

This is a divisive story from a divisive period of Dr Who. Basically, you either love Sylvester McCoy or hate him; he started as a comedian who stuck ferrets down his...
Published on 19 July 2009 by Sophie

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3.0 out of 5 stars How special is special?
Just now "special" this Special Edition release of REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS is does rather depend on whether you bought the original version released back in the early 2000s. The new material on the main disc was all included in the DAVROS box set a couple of years back and consists of a 35 minute "making of" documentary; a 15 minute piece looking at the connections (or...
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A chunky reissue, 19 July 2009
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So here it is, the third release of this story (while the other three stories of the 1988 season aren't even on the horizon...), which everyone else here is arguing about, possibly rightly.

This is a divisive story from a divisive period of Dr Who. Basically, you either love Sylvester McCoy or hate him; he started as a comedian who stuck ferrets down his trousers etc, and then, as the Doctor, was called upon to be dark and mysterious. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. This is his first story as the dark-and-mysterious Doctor, and it doesn't always sit comfortably. However there is plenty else going on; finally the series has abandoned the pantomime that blighted the previous series, and here we have a story of warring Dalek factions attempting to steal the uber-powerful "rrrremote stellar manipulator" from the Doctor - but why does he want them to have it? There is a good cast here (stunt casting of comedians is restricted to a minor character for once) and a complex plot which moves quickly enough to jump any plot holes. In one of Doctor Who's all-time cool moments, Ace beats up a Dalek with a baseball bat; another high point is the Doctor's philosophical musing about whether to have sugar in his tea. And lots of stuff gets blown up. I love it. Your mileage may vary.

Extras (2 hours)
Commentary track with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred. ***
Production and trivia subtitles. ***
"Back To School" (36 min) documentary on the making of the serial. Informative and fun. ****
"Remembrances" (15 min) documentary on the many, many continuity references in the serial. Essential viewing for anyone new to Old Who, and good fun to watch. ****
"Davros Connections" (43 min) Interesting, if rather static, overview of Davros's life and portrayal, which draws on his appearances in the series up to Remembrance and also on the various audio plays about him (but not the novels). However, being a reissue from 2007, it drops the ball by failing to include any mention of Julian Bleach's portrayal from last year. ****
Photo gallery (8 min) (beefed up mightily from the original version) ***
Deleted scenes and outtakes (12 min and 4 min)(with linking narration) ***
Multi-angle sequences (2 min) (that actually work this time) ***
Trailers from the 1988 broadcast (5 min) (got me nostalgic for Joan Hickson's Miss Marple and anti-nostalgic for Colin's Sandwich)***
5.1 surround sound, a music-only option and a Radio Times article. ***

To sum up:
Definitely buy this if:
*You never had a copy before. It's a cracking story with over 90 minutes of interesting documentary material, including a very interesting 43-minute documentary on Davros which partly draws on the various audio releases.

Maybe buy this if:
*You have the original version of the disc but found it a let-down with all the general quality lapses and puny supporting extras. You're basically only paying for the extras.

Don't buy this if:
*You already have the Davros box set version. There's nothing new here.
*You can't stand Sylvester McCoy's Doctor. Obviously :)

I'll be keeping this and taking my old duff version to the charity shop.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nostalgia, 1963 and the Daleks", 22 July 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks [DVD] [1987] (DVD)
`Remembrance of the Daleks' is very much one of my favourite Dalek stories in `Doctor Who' on TV. I'm very fond of this story when I first saw it. It was the first time I encountered Sylvester McCoy's Doctor and his companion Ace (played by Sophie Aldred) and it was a story that kept my interest all the way throughout without any problems or convulsions understanding it.

This story is set in 1963 and is actually a return to the place where `Doctor Who' all started - at Coal Hill School, Shoreditch, London. Back in 1963, the first Doctor Who episode was transmitted - `An Unearthly Child' and it's where we met Susan (the Doctor's granddaughter), who took off with the First Doctor along with Ian and Barbara in a police box in 76 Totter's Lane to go off on adventures through time and space. We return to that same 76 Totter's Lane in this story, where the Daleks are waiting.

There are lots of references in this story to that particular episode of `Doctor Who' such as the French Revolution book that Ace found which Susan read and the undertaker mentioning the Doctor being a `white-haired old man'. There are also references to other Dalek stories such as `The Dalek Invasion of Earth', `Planet of the Daleks' and `Revelation of the Daleks'. There's also a reference to `The Web of Fear' with the Yeti and also `Terror of the Zygons' with the Zygons'. Omega is also mentioned, or his `hand' as a matter of fact, which becomes a pivotal plot device in this story

The Seventh Doctor has come back to Earth in 1963 for a spot of unfinished business. To pick up and retrieve the legendary 'Hand of Omega', which is a 'remote stellar manipulator of Time Lord society'. But he also wants to sort out the Daleks who also are intent on getting the Hand of Omega for themselves. And it's in London, 1963 where the Doctor sets his agenda into operation and has his battleground and showdown with the Daleks.

I had the original DVD cover signed by Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred who I first met at a convention in Earl's Court, London, and most recently by Terry Molloy who plays the Emperor Dalek (guess who that is then?).

Sylvester McCoy's Doctor certainly interests me. When I first encountered him in this story, he seemed quite a whimsical character who seemed to be hanging in the background. But as I watched his stories on TV as well as listening to the Big Finish audios, it turns out he's got a secret agenda and tends to be more proactive than some of the other Doctors have been. He also seems to hint about him being more than just another Time Lord (as indicated in one of the deleted scenes of the story). I really liked the scene the Doctor has with that African café owner at night where he's contemplating about making decisions on saving the universe. Half of that scene's in the actual transmitted story, but it's really sweet and seems to define Sylvester's Doctor really clearly.

I've had the pleasure of meeting Sylvester twice at conventions, and seems to be a really nice chap. Recently he's been in `The Hobbit' film series as Radagast the Brown and I got the chance to talk to him about his work on that. I'm hoping to meet him again soon to talk more about his work as the Doctor.

This story also features the Doctor's companion - Sophie Aldred as Ace. I immediately liked Ace when I first saw her. She seemed cool and a really feisty and compassionate character. I liked the scenes where she plays her huge tape recorder (out of time) in 1963, and when she's fighting the Daleks with her powerful baseball bat. I liked how she gets on well with the Doctor in how she protects him and wants to know about the Hand of Omega and the Daleks. I found that scene really funny when the Doctor and Ace are bickering in that van trying to get somewhere, the Doctor not liking her driving, and they immediately switch places when going under a bridge. It was really funny. I found Ace's character development really interesting, particularly her anti-racist views when she discovers a `no coloureds' sign in the window of Sergeant Mike's house. Also when she falls in love (or fancies) Mike for the first time, and eventually when she's let down/betrayed by him when she discovers he's been working for the Daleks.

I met Sophie at the same convention in London back in 2011, and she was really nice when I met her. She told me this was her first story as a proper companion, and the story certainly demonstrates her true potential and being able to move the story forward. I met Sophie again at two more conventions later in the year and hoping to see her again at two more conventions this year. I've already written for Ace in one of my own Doctor Who stories and am currently writing one at the moment with Ace and Sylvester's Doctor.

Terry Molloy appears in this story as the Emperor Dalek of the Imperial Dalek faction. You probably guess who the Emperor Dalek actually is, but it took me by surprise when the actual reveal of him happened. He told me recently at a convention in Chiswick about working in the Dalek suit with the dome over his head, and found it interesting him telling me the challenges of working in that Emperor Dalek casing.

This story also featured the Counter-Measures team, led by Group-Captain `Chunky' Gilmore (Simon Williams), Rachel (Pamela Salem - who I know from `Ever Decreasing Circles' and also in the Doctor Who story `The Robots of Death') and Allison (Karen Gledhill). The Doctor utilises this team's support, even when Gilmore becomes sceptical (more like the Brigadier's character, especially when the Doctor mistakes him for one), and when scientist Rachel challenges the Doctor's scientific knowledge about Daleks and the gadgets he uses. The Counter-Measures team have recently had adventures of their own in Big Finish and it's clear that the success of this Dalek story made that team possible.

This story has a feeling of 1960s nostalgia about it, and I like how writer Ben Aaronvitch depicts that in this story, particularly with the scenes at the café, the school and with music in the background. Watching scenes in 1963 makes me want to go back in time and visit that particular period of history, since it seems so relaxing and straight-forward - I'm thinking probably wanting to have a cup of tea and four bacon sandwiches like Ace does.

Aaronvitch also depicts the racism and political themes in this story, not just of the Daleks but also of the humans such as characters like Radcliffe and Mike with their bigotry.

The Daleks were impressive in this story. There's big gun battles and explosions between two Dalek factions - the Imperials (white Daleks) and Renegades (black Daleks). The Special Weapons Dalek was incredibly terrifying, with its big armoured canon on its casing when it rolled about London and blew with Daleks up with heavy explosions. This story is also the first time we have Daleks levitating and getting over stairs since that had been a problem mentioned in `Destiny of the Daleks'. It would be a while before we would get Daleks levitating in the series again when it came back in 2005 with `Dalek'. But certainly `Remembrance of the Daleks' did it first with levitating Daleks.

The special features of the original DVD release back in 2000 are very limited, but if you want more extras try out the 'Special Edition' version of this story which was released in 2007.

The original 2000 DVD has the aforementioned `deleted and extended scenes' compilation which adds more to the story. There are trailers for the first two episodes of the story. An entertaining audio commentary track with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred, as well as an isolated music track. There's also outtakes/blooper of the story between Sylvester, Sophie and other members of the cast during the story's recording. A multi-angle demonstration of Ace's fight with a Dalek. And there's a photo gallery and an info text option throughout the story.

The `Special Edition' is a 2-disc DVD set. The special features from the 2000 DVD are also included in the `Special Edition', with the photo gallery updated a bit and a lot better and having more trailers and continuity announcements. The `deleted and extended scenes' are also given introductions by Sylvester and Sophie. There's also on the Special Edition release a flagship documentary looking at the making of `Remembrance of the Daleks' called `Back to School' with cast and crew interviews such as Sylvester, Sophie, writer Ben Aaronvitch, script editor Andrew Cartmel, Simon Williams (Gilmore) and Karen Gledhill (Allison). There's also a rather nostalgic feature with cast and crew about their first memories of Doctor Who and referencing the past called `Remembrances'.

On Disc 2 of the Special Edition, there's special documentary chronicling the history of Davros called `Davros Connections', with includes connections between the TV stories and also Big Finish stories that Davros was in such as the `I, Davros' mini-series; `Davros' and `The Juggernauts' with Colin Baker; and `Terror Firma' with Paul McGann. Terry Molloy and David Gooderson (who played Davros in `Destiny of the Daleks') are interviewed, which is very exciting.

To sum up then, `Remembrance of the Daleks' is a really good strong Dalek story with a good strong setting in London, 1963. It's a good story for the Doctor and Ace and is a terrific way to celebrate (as it was then back in 1988) 25 years of the show's history along with 'Silver Nemesis' in the 25th anniversary season. It's even terrific to celebrate 50 years of the show now. I will always have fond memories of this story in years to come.

Just on a final note, I did find that little school girl really scary.

The next story with the Doctor and Ace is 'The Happiness Patrol'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sylvester McCoy story well worth remembering, 19 May 2010
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After a messy and unsatisfying first season in the role, Sylvester McCoy's Doctor emerged from a bit of a rethink as a more satisfyingly enigmatic, more proactive and slightly darker figure in Remembrance of the Daleks, a really rather splendid entry celebrating the show's 25th anniversary that works both as a nostalgic look back on the series' past and a pretty good yarn on its own terms. Set in 1963, the references to the show's history come thick and fast - not only does it feature the same junkyard where the TARDIS was discovered in the very first episode as well as the school his granddaughter went to as key locations but at one point a character leaves the room just before that episode is about to start on TV. There's even a reference to Bernard Quatermass' rocket programme at one point. If you don't know the show's history or your British scifi TV they don't get in the way, but if you do they add a nice additional layer that doesn't get too obsessively self-referential that it stops the story dead in its tracks as with the homage overload in Die Another Day. Nor is the increasingly tiresome but contractually obligatory Davros allowed to dominate the proceedings for once.

It also looks like they've put enough money into the show for once: a mechanical effect of a full sized shuttle landing in a school playground is especially impressive. Focussing on a race war between black Daleks and white Daleks carried out on Earth with hidden Timelord technology the prize, the theme of racial purity is taken further with a group of human racist fascists collaborating with one faction. There's even room for one wonderfully wistful philosophical exchange about the ramifications of having sugar in your tea or not - after all, if no-one developed the taste for sugar, one minor character's grandparents would never have been sold into slavery and he'd have been an African instead of a Londoner. It's ultimately quite pertinent to the story's payoff, which even the Doctor isn't sure is a case of doing the right thing or the wrong thing (and which some fans consider the cause of the catastrophic Time War that preceded the revamped series in the 21st century). But most of all, as well as being clearly thought through, it's also highly entertaining without being patronising, which can't be said of most of the latter `Classic Who' episodes on much-loathed producer John Nathan Turner's watch. Oh yes, and this was the story that first answered the question `How do the Daleks handle stairs?'

As for the double-dip special edition DVD, the improvement in picture quality isn't that big (and at a couple of points the digital noise reduction is on the verge of being overdone and flattening out facial detail), but the new special features are an improvement over the original single-disc issue, with a good making of documentary and a nice retrospective featurette on all the script's references to past stories, though whether the 48-minute documentary on Davros quite merited a disc of its own is open to question. All the other extras from the original release have been retained.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars McCoy's First Classic, 23 April 2007
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks [DVD] [1987] (DVD)
OK, let's get the gripes out of the way first. YES, the Daleks are seen to wobble, YES there are times when McCoy's delivery could have done with a little tighter direction in places, YES the time controller is a plasma ball (but hey they were new at the time, how was it their fault if the Gadget Shop then bought loads?)and YES there are appaling continuity errors (most notably the 1980's block of flats in clear view, when the Headmaster dies, in what is supposed to be in 1963).

Right, now that's done on with the praise. Remembrance of the Daleks has what the last Dalek stories didn't; a really, really good script. After Genesis of the Daleks, the stories were essentially about Davros, NOT the Daleks, here they come to the fore and are allowed to be more menacing than they had been in years. The two factions of Daleks slugging it out at the climax (especially the Special Weapons Dalek-where is he in the new series?!), them going up the stairs, and a clever use of the Emperor all bring them to a new high.

The script is incredibly complex, you watch and see racism, fascism, ethnic clensing, use of children as soldiers, teenage crushes, dealing with mistakes from the past all rush through. The Doctor, though condeming the Daleks for their genocidal ways, essentially deals the same to them, and these are the first seeds of what would become McCoy's REAL performances later to come (watch him in the undertaker's. Superb). This is where the (sadly) deleted scenes come in to their own, they do add SO much more to the telling.

The cast is excellent too. The late Dursley Linden, Simon Williams, George Sewell, Pamela Salem and Michael Sheard all give their parts the seriousness they deserve, lifing it from the 'pantomime' criticisms of the late period, and the little girl is chilling! Sophie Alrdred's performance brings the series back to track companion wise. The only thing I have trouble with is Terry Malloy as Davros, a good attempt, but no Michael Wisher.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The REAL 25th celebration story, 18 Jun 2006
This review is from: Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks [DVD] [1987] (DVD)
When you look at the 'Doctor Who' era of Sylvester McCoy, you think of junk like 'Time And The Rani' 'Delta And The Bannermen' and 'Silver Nemesis', the silver year celebration story. But you overlook masterpieces of television like 'The Curse Of Fenric' 'Battlefield' 'Survival' 'The Greatest Show In The Galaxy' and this. This is possibly the standout of the McCoy years, and this stories Daleks are much more menacing than the newer 'Daleks'. Sophie Aldred is my favorite companion and Sylvester is possibly my favorite Doctor. This should have been the story to celebrate 'Doctor Who's' 25th year.

Come on, buy it! You'd be mad not to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Razor sharp wit & the return of the Daleks - classic Who, 21 April 2008
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks [DVD] [1987] (DVD)
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Daleks fighting Daleks! It's great stuff and Remembrance marks a memorable last appearance in the classic series for the Doctor's famous adversaries. Things start slowly with lots of skulking round and investigating but the pace quickly picks up in an initial scrap-yard shoot-out where Ace's infamous Nitro Nine is put to explosive effect. Having picked up Ace in previous serial Dragon fire, her relationship with the Doctor blooms with every scene in this story and the two of them play brilliantly against each other. As Ace proves though, she is just as capable on her own as she jumps through a lab window and smashes up a Dalek with a baseball bat.

Sylvester's Doctor is gloriously camp with his question mark umbrella, rolled rrrr's and little random spoutings of knowledge that are just pure charm. The air of superiority he conveys over the others, including Ace, is immense part of his appeal and we get to see him on top form in this episode as he battles against his old enemy, the Daleks.

The gritty urban settings serve as a great backdrop to this story even though he whole thing still feels and looks like the 80s despite the fact it is supposed to be the 60s (we can even see some very uncontemporary buildings in the background at the graveyard). But then that, like the incidental music and title graphics this all is part of the charm of the late 80s Who serials (and yes, the Daleks do wobble quite a lot). That said, there are some pretty nifty special effects on show here including the x-ray-style skeleton special effect as a soldier is hit by a Dalek death-ray while the Dalek shuttle landing in front of the school is pretty awe-inspiring.

The two army scientific advisors add a lovely comedic touch too while soldier Mike is sinister in his double crossing and the cruel way he befriends Ace early on only to reveal his true intentions and hold her at gunpoint later. The pace and tension is done really well throughout but the final episode is where this serials really excels itself as things reach a dramatic conclusion.

The heavy weapons Dalek is an obvious highlight as its insanely massive gun obliterates the renegade Daleks with immense explosions (so big the special effects crew set off all the nearby car alarms) while later on we see the Doctor's intricate trickery and wordplay cause a Dalek to self-destruct and Davros to apparently destroy Skaro. As Ace herself would say `well devious'. As for extras, you get a commentary from Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred and there's also some of the funiest outtakes and deleted scenes that I've seen in a long time on here.

A classic episode and full of fantastic moments (rice pudding!) - just as Doctor Who should be.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars How special is special?, 21 July 2009
Just now "special" this Special Edition release of REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS is does rather depend on whether you bought the original version released back in the early 2000s. The new material on the main disc was all included in the DAVROS box set a couple of years back and consists of a 35 minute "making of" documentary; a 15 minute piece looking at the connections (or Metatextuality if you will) to other stories referenced in the script; and a couple of the usual bits and bobs that have now become fairly standard across the range. All the rest of the extras (including the commentary) are much the same as the original release. The picture and sound have apparently been remastered since then of course, and a couple of (blink and you'll miss them) authoring errors from the original corrected. I'm probably not an eagle-eyed enough viewer to have noticed any errors on the old version which at least tells you how significant they might be to anyone not in the know.

However, this release does include a bonus second disc which includes a 45 minute DAVROS CONNECTIONS documentary that was also included in the DAVROS box set but was previously unavailable separately. To be fair, it's not the comprehensive look at Davros that I expected it to be with large chunks of it seemingly being included to promote the audio dramas produced by Big Finish. It probably made more sense to include this material in the Davros box set as that also had the Big Finish stories in it, but here those references seem a little superfluous and, of course, the story of Davros himself has already dated when you consider the new series. Whilst the documentary is, I suppose, an in-depth look at the character as he appeared on screen and CD, it is not a look at the development of the character behind the scenes and so I found it generally rather disappointing. I imagine that the feeling was that this subject was rather better dealt with in the various documentaries and "making of"s on the individual story discs, but I'm not so sure. At least, by buying this release, you do at least get the opportunity to see it without having to buy the box set release and possibly repurchasing a clutch of stories you might already have.

Despite all that, to buyers coming new to this particular story, it does have its moments. There are some (fairly) impressive visuals in there, some fine performances from some great guest stars (George Sewell, Simon Williams, Michael Sheard and Pamela Salem probably being the best known) and some pretty memorable lines and lovely moments in an enjoyable script that takes the series back to its geographic roots and probably kicks off the Dalek War... Sometimes its reach does exceed its grasp (this IS a DOCTOR WHO story after all) and the story is a very late 1980s take on the 1960s, but there's a lot of fun to be had along the way. Sylvester McCoy seems a lot more relaxed in the part of the Doctor in this his second season in the role, and Sophie Aldred has her first adventure as the companion proper after her introduction in DRAGONFIRE (as yet unavailable on DVD but you can track down the old VHS release if you want to) the previous year.

So, if you've never bought REMEMBRANCE before, then this is probably the version you should get, but if you already have the old one (or especially if you have the DAVROS set) then it's a much tougher call as to whether to add this version to your collection. There's also the worrying thought as to how many more stories you've already bought are going to get this "Special Edition" treatment later on. If you're a collector, this could get quite expensive.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 1988 classic, 23 July 2007
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D. Evans "dantheman95" (Southport) - See all my reviews
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In 1988, the 25th anniversary season of Doctor Who was launched. In the 5 years since the 21st anniversary, when the programme had seemed to be in the best of health, Doctor Who had seen the departure of 2 Doctor's, a decline in ratings and most significantly had overcome the threat of cancellation. With all these factors in play, it was something of an achievement that the programme even made it to its 25th birthday. For the opening story of the season, producer John Nathan Turner elected to reintroduce the series most popular enemies, The Daleks, and he also returned the programme to the location of the very serial from 1963. In the process an explanation would be offered for why the original Doctor, William Hartnell, had been living in a London scrapeyard with his granddaughter all those years earlier.
After 2 very lacklustre seasons, Remembrance Of The Daleks, is the first really good story since Revelation of the Daleks, ironically the last story to feature the aliens. Thanks to the influence of script editor, Andrew Cartmel, the series was also able to move in a new direction. With darker stories and the development of the 7th Doctor as a manipulator, who influences the events around himself, the show was able to take its self in a fresh direction. This really suit McCoys portrayal. In addition, he works very well with his new companion Ace, introduced in the previous serial.
As with The Trial of a Timelord, the serial opens with an impressive shot of a spaceship, in this case one heading towards Earth. The location of 1963 works well, although perhaps more could have been done to hide the odd modern office block in the background. A scene early on, in which The Doctor is driving along a road, is hampered by the appearances of modern day cars. Nevertheless despite this, Remembrance is very good indeed. The Daleks for the first time in some years, are very much given the central role of the villains. The script features 2 Dalek factions both attempting to steal the hand of omega, a weapon device hidden by the original Doctor on Earth. Themes of racism and fascism are also dealt with in the script. The extras include a commentary by the actors
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Oh Davros I'm more than just a Timelord", 1 July 2014
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Dedicated to my Whovian friend Tim (Fifth Doctor ) Bradley.

Doctor Who: Remembrance Of The Daleks

DVD..
Region 2.
Running time 100 minutes.
Certificate PG.

DVD SPECIAL FEATURES.

* Commentary by Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor) & Sophie Aldred (Ace).
* Back to School - Cast & crew talk about the making of the story, accompanied by rare behind-the-scenes material. Featuring Simon Williams (Gilmore), Karen Gledhill (Alison),writer Ben Aaronovitch, script editor Andrew Cartmel and director Andrew Morgan.
* Remembrances - Cast & crew discuss the influences and references to other Doctor Who adventures that are spread throughout the story.
* Extended & Deleted Scenes - Unused scenes, introduced by Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred.
* Outtakes - Bloopers and gaffes from the recording of the story.
* Multi-Angle Sequences.
* Digitally remastered picture and sound quality.
* 5.1 Mix A new Dolby 5.1 surround mix, specially produced for this DVD.
* Photo Gallery * Radio Times Billings(DVD-ROM PDFs - PC/Mac).
* Production Information Subtitles.
* Trailers & Continuity & Isolated Music Track.

Cast.
Sylvester McCoy - The Doctor.
Sophie Aldred - Ace.
Terry Molloy -- The Emperor Dalek/Davros.
Simon Williams -- Group Captain Gilmore.
Pamela Salem -- Dr Rachel Jensen.
Karen Gledhill -- Allison.
Dursley McLinden -- Sgt. Mike Smith.
George Sewell -- Ratcliffe.
Harry Fowler -- Harry.
Jasmine Breaks -- The Girl.
Joseph Marcell -- John.
Peter Hamilton Dyer -- Embery.
Michael Sheard -- Headmaster.
Peter Halliday -- Vicar.
William Thomas -- Martin.
Derek Keller -- Kaufman.
John Leeson -- Voice.
Hugh Spight, John Scott Martin, Tony Starr, Cy Town -- Dalek Operators.
Roy Skelton, Royce Mills, Brian Miller, John Leeson -- Voices/Dalek Voices.

Production
Writer : Ben Aaronovitch.
Director: Andrew Morgan.
John Nathan-Turner (uncredited).
Script editor: Andrew Cartmel.
Producer: John Nathan-Turner.
Incidental music composer: Keff McCulloch.
Series: Season 25.
Length: 4 episodes, 25 minutes.
Originally broadcast: 5 October-26 October 1988.

Ratings.
Part One - 5.5 million viewers.
Part Two - 5.8 million viewers.
Part Three - 5.1 million viewers.
Part Four - 5.0 million viewers.

Trivia.
1)Terry Molloy was credited by the pseudonym of "Roy Tromelly" for part three to preserve the surprise of Davros' return in part four, To further avoid spoiling the surprise, Molloy was not credited in Radio Times for part four.
2)This story had a working title of Nemesis of the Doctor.
3)The Doctor tells Davros that he is "far more than a Time Lord", This actually occurs, but in a deleted scene & on the home video extended edition release but only as a deleted scene on dvd.
4)This is the first instance of a Dalek levitating up a staircase on screen, However, Davros appears to have the power of flight in Revelation of the Daleks, achieved with the same special effect. In The Chase a Dalek is seen to elevate from sand & it is implied they can move between the decks of the Marie Celeste.
5)This is the first (and only) time in the series that the Doctor Who series has been (possibly) mentioned, by an announcer on a TV, saying: "This is BBC Television, the time is quarter past five and Saturday viewing continues with an adventure in the new science fiction series Doc-" - & then the scene changes.
6)Group Captain Gilmore, Dr Rachel Jensen & Allison feature in Big Finish Productions Audiobooks mini series Counter Measures.

Plot Synopsis.
London, 1963: The Doctor returns to the place where it all began -- alongside his latest companion, Ace, with unfinished business.

Not for the first time, unusual events are unfolding at Coal Hill School. At Totters Lane junkyard, the Doctor discovers that his oldest foes -- the Daleks -- are on the trail of stolen Time Lord technology that he left on Earth long ago.

The Daleks are planning to perfect their own time-travel capability, in order to unleash themselves across the whole of time & space.

The Doctor, with the help of the local military, must stop his oldest enemies from stealing Gallifreyan secrets, but the lines between allies & enemies are tested to the limit, & the Doctor & Ace must trust no-one in order to survive.

As two opposing Dalek factions meet in an explosive confrontation, the fate of the whole cosmos hangs in the balance...

Timelord Thoughts.
This dvd originally featured as part of the Davros Collection box set & is released separately for the first time in it's special edition release.

This is a excellent Dalek story that opens up Doctor Who's 25th anniversary season with a bang in Ben Aaronovitch superb full on Dalek adventure.

Script Editor Andrew Cartmel's agenda was to attempt to darken the character of the Doctor & restore a sense of mystery to the role yet after a poor start in the appalling Season 24, Sylvester McCoy's Doctor comes into his own here as we see the first hints that the Doctor may be more than just another Time Lord as he manipulates Davros into using the Hand Of Omega which completely destroys Skaro.

This scene showcases the darker elements of his seventh incarnation walking the narrow line between good and evil that have been successfully expanded upon in many of the Seventh Doctor Big Finish Audiobook dramas & shows Sylvester McCoys performance as the Doctor in an entirely different light.

This story sees actress Sophie Aldred's first official outing as Ace who is fantastic from the get go & looking back is seemingly a early prototype companion of a Rose Tyler or Amy Pond yet Ace feels like her own person & has no problem blowing up Daleks with a bazooka yet actress Sophie Aldred allows the vunerble side of Aces character to come through & is the first companion who's backstory we get to follow throughout this season & the shows final season.

This story also sees the first apperance of Group Captain Gilmore, Dr Rachel Jenson & Allison who have recently starred in there own audio spin off series titled Counter Measures & are a great addition to this adventure in aiding the Doctor & Ace in battling against the Daleks, featuring great performance by the three actor's Simon Williams, Pamela Salem & Karen Gledhill.

As for the Daleks well they are excellently used throughout this story that starts by featuring a war between two antagonistic Dalek factions which is being waged on Earth with the white `Imperial' faction loyal to (Davros), which are bred from non-Kaled life forms - the fruit of Davros's experiments on Necros in Revelation of the Daleks while the `Renegade' Daleks are grey Daleks who have appeared throughout the classic series who are loyal to the 'Emperor Dalek'.

Sadly this special edition release has the absence of a `special extended edition' of the serial as it doesn't contain the extended edition of the story that featured in the previous Home Video releases as the extended scenes feature as a dvd special feature, surely these scenes could've been included in the main feature as there was certainly room for a extended version of Remembrance of the Daleks on the disc & I just hope this isn't a clever ploy for another dvd release of this story in extended cut form sometime in the future.

The extras on offer are pretty good value for money with highlights that includes a great commentary by Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred, while Back to School features an informative documentary about the making of this story featuring the cast & crew who discuss the making of the story including Simon Williams (Gilmore), Karen Gledhill (Alison),writer Ben Aaronovitch, script editor Andrew Cartmel & director Andrew Morgan.

Overall Remembrance Of The Daleks is a great Doctor Who adventure featuring a clever story by writer Ben Aaronovitch that's full of wonderful twists & turns, Daleks who are at there menacing evil, A great cameo by Davros, Wonderfully written character's plus superb performances by Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred makes this a Dalek adventure that's well worth purchasing.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars Remembrance of Times Proust, 28 July 2013
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Never was a budget more gloriously exceeded.

There *had* been shadows in the Seventh Doctor before this, but viewed through the new glorious Cartmel-scope they got deepened and turned into something really rather wonderful. I don't judge Sylvester McCoy on his first four stories (with which he appears not to have been particularly happy in any case) but on his last eight.

We are back in 1963 Coal Hill; it can only be two or three weeks after the First Doctor vanished, taking two school teachers with him, and now, at long last, the Seventh Doctor returns to finish the job.

This is emphatically not the Swinging Sixties (that oscillation is not due for a few years yet) but Kennedy and King are giving their speeches over the pre-title sequence, just before the Dalek mother ship hoves into view.

References to Unearthly Child are neat and economical (though a `Missing' poster featuring Mr Chesterton and Miss Wright would have been nice) - you don't need to know why there's a book on the French Revolution in the Science room - 76 Totters Lane is the same junk yard (albeit a bit tidier), and Coal Hill School has a headmaster - isn't that Michael Sheard? Of course.

The story is very well told, following faithfully from Revelation, the only question is which Daleks are which? There's two sides, but which side are for Davros? The special chair is a very fine red herring.

And then there's the very ugly business of racism; Daleks may be the ultimate champions of genetic purity, but some humans can give them a run for their money, while the Dr chats with Jacob, the black guy in the café (and of course it's the black guy on the night shift! Nice reference to the bitter winter of 62/63 too. It's not a scene that the previous season would have had any time for), Ratcliffe is running a nasty little team of Nazis, and that nice clean cut army sergeant is one of them - and his mum's boarding house has a sign in the window - `No Coloureds'.

It's got balls this.

And it's not just that the Daleks can go upstairs, they've got a good deal harder; there's lots of explosions, a stunning cliff-hanger at the end of Ep 2, and then - just when it looks like it can't get any better, Ep 3 ends with a space ship landing in the school playground - and they really do it, no model, no CSO - blowing all the windows out of the science room in the process, and then Daleks come out of it, have a big fight with the other Daleks, more massive explosions, and the Bomb Squad really did get called out.

Finally the `Emperor Dalek' just like in the 1960s comic strips with the huge gold globe - is revealed to be Davros - sublime. And there's Sylvester conducting his manipulations via a concertina camera. Somebody's thought about this.

The Discontinuity Guide points out (a little too primly) that if the show about the start on the telly is Dr Who it should be dark outside, and that's quite right, but I still think it's a very clever moment, and I enjoy it.

I've only one question; this Group Captain `Chunky' Gilmore character, played so well by the dashing Simon Williams, surely he ought to have been named Major Alistair Gordon Lethbridge Stewart? Because in all but name isn't that really who he is?
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