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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Davison's Doctor meets the Daleks
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...
Published on 6 April 2005 by D. Evans

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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 daleks. The Doctor arrives in London to discover killer policemen and a bomb disposal squad that have been despatched to an old warehouse to investigate strange events. The warehouse is the portal...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Peter Davison's Doctor meets the Daleks, 6 April 2005
D. Evans "dantheman95" (Southport) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks [1983] [DVD] (DVD)
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.
In contrast to his previous story, Earthshock, here the writer and also the script editor, Eric Saward, does compact too many story threads into this serial. Certainly, a few elements could have been eliminated from his script. It also has quite few famous faces, such as Rodney Bewes as Stein, Rula Lenska as Styles, and Leslie Grantham as a dalek mercenary, cast just months before he achieved national fame as Den Watts in EastEnders. Mel Smith was the original choice for the role of Stein and maybe would have been better than Bewes, who is often remembered by fans for the bad delivery of his line, "I can't stand the confusion in my mind".
All in all this is highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and depressing, 5 Mar 2003
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks [1983] [DVD] (DVD)
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 One of the best ever, 16 Jun 2005
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks [1983] [DVD] (DVD)
Undoubtedly the Daleks in their most classic form and in their greatest outing. The Story is well worked and the whole build up to the end seems to lead to very little escape for Davros who the Daleks once again wish to recover for their own ends.
Peter Davidson is excellent as the Doctor, and he interacts well with the pepperpot monsters. The Daleks are shown as much more than one dimensional killing machines and the programme makes them appear as the master manipulators they should have always been.
The programme is filmed in London in the year of the programme's release and this cuts down on the amount of tacky inconsistences in the set, however the space arena where the rest is shot does resemble an early episode of Star Trek.
This doesn't detract from the programme, which is undoubtedly well written and well presented.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Welcome Doctor', 14 May 2006
This review is from: Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks [1983] [DVD] (DVD)
The Peter Davison Doctor Who was often said by fans to be 'one of the lesser Doctors'. I, however am a Doctor Who fan who disagrees with this opinion.

In this DVD release, we see the Doctor and co. battle Davros and the Daleks yet again.

There is not much to say about this story only that its written by opne of most talented Doctor Who writers (Eric Saward), features Davros and the Daleks,and ends with an interesting and unexpected plot twist.

The acting in this story is top quality (particularly Davros and the Doctor.)

Resurrection of the Daleks is truely on of the best Davison stories (only beaten by Earthshock) and even one of the best 80's Who's. A must have for Dalek and Davison fans.

Great Stuff!

(But when are the BBC finaly going to bring out Mawdryn Undead on DVD.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Fifth Doctor fights Davros and the Daleks and saying goodbye to Tegan Jovanka, 10 Dec 2013
This review is from: Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks [1983] [DVD] (DVD)
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'). `Resurrection of the Daleks' was truly a remarkable and enjoyable experience and I'm so glad that Peter managed to get his battle with the Daleks as the Doctor before he would depart the series shortly after this. It's a story full of ideas (too many perhaps for Eric Saward's liking) and is quite gruesome in certain parts, but is certainly a thrilling ride. Truly to be worthy in the long line of Dalek stores in `Doctor Who'.

The story was written by Eric Saward (Doctor Who's script editor at the time). It was meant to be the season finale of the 20th anniversary season, but due to strike action was later shifted to Season 21 (Peter's third and final season as the Doctor). Eric was commissioned to write a four-part story featuring the return of the Daleks and Davros who hadn't appeared in the series for a long time in five years. It's a story that Eric's not entirely happy with, as he felt he did the Daleks an injustice when writing this. It's true there are too many ideas running around in this story to keep track of, but it certainly is a remarkable tale and doesn't bore all the way throughout with its various action sequences and intense dialogue between characters.

`Resurrection' features the Doctor with his companions Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough (Mark Strickson). They are caught in a time corridor following on from 'Frontios' and find themselves dragged down to Earth in London on the Shad, Thames in 1984 where the Daleks are waiting to capture him. In another time zone in the far future, a space station is under attack by Daleks and their human Dalek troopers who have come to rescue Davros in order to save them from a virus created by the Movellans, who the Daleks fought in 'Destiny of the Daleks', and it's now killing them. Davros agrees to help them, but only for his own needs as he intends to create a new race of Daleks; kill the Doctor and turn against his Dalek subordinates whom he believes has abused him disgracefully.

Davros returns in this story as the creator of the Daleks, now played for the first time by Terry Molloy (who signed the original DVD cover of this for me recently). This for me was the first I encountered Terry Molloy's Davros with Peter Davison and I found his performance as Davros truly mesmerising. He has captured the essence of the original Davros in 'Genesis of the Daleks'(who was played by Michael Wisher in that). He would later appear as Davros again in two further Dalek stories on telly as well playing him in some of the Big Finish audios. I've had the pleasure of meeting Terry thrice at conventions and is truly a pleasure to meet and is for me my favourite actor to play Davros as he brings such a believability to the part.

I like it when Terry rants and raves as Davros in this story. He obviously did his research to get the part when watching Michael Wisher in `Genesis'. I loved that scene where the Doctor confronts Davros and is on the verge of killing him but is reluctant to do so. Davros taunts the Doctor in that moment, knowing full well that the Doctor won't. That moment when Lytton and his second-in-command release Davros from his frozen tomb and that camera shot where the prison cell rises up to reveal Davros in his frozen state was truly an inspired and thrilling moment to watch. I also found it funny when Davros thinking he's won in killing the Daleks with the Movellan virus, finds himself infected and he shakes and shudders, denying that he can be killed and that he is not a Dalek going `I cannot die! I...AM...DAVROS!!!" Terry certainly knows how to play the part of Davros very well and doesn't disappoint.

I enjoyed seeing the Daleks in this one, though it would be fair to say they are slightly underused when Davros casts his shadow over the thing. The voices of the Daleks include Brian Miller - who played Dugdale recently in `Snakedance' and is the husband of Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith) - and Royce Mills. Brian Miller signed the original DVD cover for me as well for this story, and was a pleasure for me to meet too.

The Daleks are quite manic in this story as they usually are. I love that moment in `Part Two' when the Dalek's eyestalk gets blown up and it goes into a panic saying `My vision is impaired! I cannot see! I cannot see!' before being thrown out by the Doctor, Colonel Archer and his men out of a window of the warehouse building. I like that moment when the Dalek chants `exterminate' repeatedly over the credits of `Part One' when he arrives to attack the Doctor and friends in the warehouse. The Daleks also do a lot of exterminating in this story, killing many of the crew members aboard the space station with their death rays. The climax of the story has the battle ground with Daleks killing many of the Dalek troopers as well as the Dalek duplicates of Colonel Archer and his men. Some of these deaths are over the top when people get exterminated by the Daleks, including Colonel Archer who goes into a strange disco dance shaking his hands in the air when falling to the ground dead. I can't take that seriously, it's too funny in my opinion.

This story contains a number of gruesome scenes, especially at the start when policemen are shooting people down in cold blood on a London street, including an old man who's smoking a cigarette. Also when the Daleks attack and let off a gas and many of the crew members have their faces disfigured and look pretty gruesome as they die. There's lots of people get shot down with Dalek guns and ordinary guns in this story too as the death toll and violence is pretty high in this story.

A notable guest star worth mentioning who appears in this story is Rodney Bewes playing Stein in this story. He, for my dad, is well known for appearing in the sitcom `The Likely Lads' with James Bolan back in the 60s and 70s. Here he plays a ragged character who's scared and afraid of encountering the Daleks and seeing death, and has a bit of stammer about him when he talks. I really like Rodney's portrayal of this character, as it makes him the heart and soul of this story. The Doctor invites Stein to come along and join him to rescue Turlough from the Dalek ship, but once they arrive there Stein turns against him as his apparent Dalek conditioning kicks and reveals he's working for the Daleks as their agent. That was something I did not expect as a cliffhanger in `Part Two' . The Doctor tries to break Stein out of his conditioning in order to save him and retain some of his old memories. This works as Stein eventually `can't stand the confusion in his mind' and eventually frees the Doctor from the duplicate machine he's wired up to. Stein does all he can to help the Doctor and his friends to defeat the Daleks. Eventually he sacrifices himself by activating the self-destruct mechanism aboard the space station to stop the Daleks, as he realised in the end `which side he was on'.

Also appearing in this story is Maurice Colbourne playing Commander Lytton. Lytton is a mercenary working for the Daleks and leads his own army of Dalek troopers who are humans that wearing quite strangely Dalek helmets on their heads. Lytton is a real tough guy, and Maurice knows how to play tough guys pretty well. He's a man who's easily frustrated when working with the Daleks and saving Davros, but manages to keep his cool when he's under a lot of pressure. He manages to escape the death scene with the Daleks at the end of the story, and acquires the two policeman duplicates when he goes out to walk the streets of London as a police officer. He would return to `Doctor Who' again as Lytton in the Colin Baker story 'Attack of the Cybermen' the following year.

Other guest star appearing in this story include Rula Lenska playing Styles, the chief medical officer aboard the space station; and Leslie Grantham playing Kiston, an engineer working for the Daleks (who to many people will be later known as `Dirty Den' in Eastenders). It's a truly remarkable cast for such a remarkable Dalek story.

The regular cast are also lovely to watch in this. Peter Davison delivers as always his best performance as the Doctor and does remarkably well in facing the Daleks on screen. Janet does a remarkable job as Tegan as she gets to have an adventure and use her initative in this tale, especially when she and Professor Laird realise that Colonel Archer and his men aren't what they seem and try to decieve them using a cannister containing the Morvellan virus to bluff their way out. Mark Strickston seems a little short changed as Turlough since at first he seems to be lurking about corridors avoiding Daleks onboard their ship, but eventually he meets up with Mercer, Styles and the others and gets to witness them setting the self-destruct mechanism to blow up the space station along with Davros and the Daleks onboard.

Most of the story seems to focus on the supporting characters of this story, which left little room for development for the main cast which is a slightly a downfall for this story containing so much going on in it.

One of my favourite moments in this story is where we get to see the Doctor's past lives and his companions on screen when he's plugged into the duplicate machine recording his memories. We see images of his companions (except Leela) and the Doctors from Willaim Hartnell to his current self in reverse order. Nyssa's featured in that montage of companions as well, which for me was a joy to see.

This story is where we say goodbye to Janet Fielding as Tegan Jovanka, who was companion to Peter Davison's Doctor for most of the duration of his tenure. Tegan has left before in `Doctor Who' first time in `Time-Flight' but eventually came back the following year in `Arc of Infinity'. This is where we actually see Tegan off a second time and possibly to never see the Doctor again for a long time. I actually found Tegan's departure very moving and rather sad and upsetting, since she's had enough of seeing all this death and destruction and considers it not being fun anymore with the Doctor. It's truly a heartbreaking way for Tegan to leave, since she's leaving on bad terms with the Doctor and can't bear to look him in the eye. When seeing this for the first time, I found it very hard-going and a strong dramatic way for Tegan to go.

In saying that however, I didn't really like Tegan's departure since it all seems rushed and there was no build up to her leaving. They obviously put Janet's farewell into the Dalek story at the last minute, without considering the character development required to make Tegan's departure all the worthwhile. Sarah Sutton had a much stronger build up to her departure in her last story `Terminus' as Nyssa, whereas Janet Fielding was rushed off hurriedly and to my mind was rather unfair and a cheat since if Tegan was supposed to be `the companion' for Peter Davison's era of Doctor Who, why was she sent off so quickly. And also it doesn't provide dignity to Tegan's character since after all they've been through she's still moaning and doesn't seem to realise there's death and destruction wherever they go, and it just seems to be rather poorly developed on her part.

But I still find Tegan's departure very moving and heartbreaking to watch, and found it very touching when she ran back just to have one last chance before the TARDIS leaves her behind forever. She will miss the Doctor, but will soon meet her again in years to come when Janet Fielding reprises her role for Tegan in the Big Finish audio 'The Gathering' where the after-effects of her leaving the TARDIS are dealt with. `Brave heart Tegan!'

This story came out on DVD in 2002 as a four-part story on 1 disc which my mum and dad bought for me after my A level exams back in January 2007. The special features on this DVD are as follows.

There's `On Location' - a insightful making-of feature where members of the production team return to London's Shad Thames to discuss the making of `Resurrection of the Daleks'. This includes Eric Saward (the writer), Matthew Robinson (the director) and John Nathan-Turner (the producer) who died shortly after filming this interview for the DVD. It was great to watch this with JNT's perspective of the story and a great way to get to know some of the production process into making this story, by actually going on location. I enjoyed Matthew and Eric's conversation with each other as they walked down the street in the pouring air, with Eric holding his umbrella in hand.

There's also a `Breakfast Time' feature, featuring interviews with Janet Fielding and John Nathan -Turner talking about Tegan's departure as well as the making of `Resurrection'. There's some deleted scenes, a trailer for `Part One' of this stoy; a 5.1 sound mix; a music-only option with a score composed by Malcolm Clarke, a photo gallery and an info-text option to watch during the story. There's also a very entertaining commentary on the story from Peter Davison, Janet Fielding and Matthew Robinson who watch this story. There's also some Easter Eggs to look for and a fourth CGI sequence that's part of the `TARDIS-Cam' website series.

This story was eventually re-released in a brand new `special edition DVD' for the new 'Revisitations 2' box set. It contains the original special features as well as new ones made exclusively for this DVD. It is a 2-disc set and the specials features are as follows.

On both discs there are two versions of the story. On Disc 1, there's the original 2-part bumper edition of the story that was broadcast back in 1984 that's released for this DVD first time, and on Disc 2, there's the 4-part version that was on the original DVD as well. There are commentaries on both discs including the first one on Disc 1 with Terry Molloy, Eric Saward and visual effects designer Peter Wragg, moderated by Nicholas Peggs (one of the Dalek operators for the new series) and on Disc 2 the original commentary with Peter, Janet and Matthew.

There's also some new documentaries on this special edition DVD. There's `Casting Far and Wide' with Toby Hadoke meeting up with five actors who appeared in the story such as Roger Davenport (as Lytton's trooper - named Bill possibly according to him); Del Henney (Colonel Archer); Leslie Grantham (Kiston); Jim Findley (Mercer) and William Sleigh (Galloway). There's also `Come In Number Five', a very special retrospective documentary about the Fifth Doctor era in general, presented by Tenth Doctor David Tennant himself with interviews from Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, Eric Saward, Fiona Cumming, John Nathan-Turner, etc. There's also `Tomorrow Times - The Fifth Doctor' that's presented by Frazer Hines (who played Jamie with Patrick Troughton's Doctor) and is now doing newsreader covering new articles on the Fifth Doctor's tenure from 1981-1984.

There's also `The Last Dalek' - a behind-the-scenes look of `The Evil of the Daleks' that was featured on the original `The Seeds of Death' DVD but has now been transferred on this DVD for the Revisitations 2 box set. There's also a `Walrus' short with a Dalek that's a bit too comedic for my liking.

If you want a DVD with all the special features spread out on two discs, then this you should get with `The Seeds of Death' and `Carnival of Monsters' in the box set.

So `Resurrection of the Daleks' is certainly an enjoyable Dalek story to watch. It's quite violent and gruesome in certain places, but is certainly a thrill to watch and an action-packed adventures with lots to go on in this. It's a moving story for Janet Fielding who leaves as Tegan in `Doctor Who' and certainly one of the best for Peter Davison to fight off his foes in the match he deserves in his tenure as the Doctor.

The next story is with the Doctor and Turlough in a Big Finish audio called 'Phantasmagoria'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbingly Gruesome Dalek Adventure, 4 July 2014
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks [1983] [DVD] (DVD)
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.
Davros - Terry Molloy.
Stien - Rodney Bewes.
Lytton - Maurice Colbourne.
Styles - Rula Lenska.
Colonel Archer - Del Henney.
Professor Laird - Chloe Ashcroft.
Sergeant Calder - Philip McGough.
Mercer - Jim Findley.
Osborn - Sneh Gupta.
Trooper - Roger Davenport.
Crewmembers - John Adam Baker, Linsey Turner.
Galloway - William Sleigh.
Dalek Voices - Brian Miller, Royce Mills.
Dalek Operators - John Scott Martin, Cy Town, Tony Starr, Toby Byrne.
Kiston - Leslie Grantham (as Les Grantham).

Part One - 7.3 million viewers.
Part Two - 8.0 million viewers.

1)This story had the working titles of Warhead, The Return, & The Resurrection.
2)Although recorded as four separate episodes, it was broadcast as two forty-five-minute episodes to free up transmission slots for the broadcast of the 1984 Winter Olympics.
3)Eric Saward was unsatisfied with the story, saying in a DVD commentary that it was too frantic, with too many ideas. The main plot was the Daleks releasing Davros so he might find a cure for the Movellan virus. There were several sub-plots: the creation of duplicates to invade the Earth; the capture of the Doctor to create a clone to assassinate the Time Lords' High Council; Davros's scheme to create a new race of Daleks. As none of these are dealt with at any length, he felt they distracted from the central plot.
4)Michael Wisher (who had played the original Davros in TV: Genesis of the Daleks) was unavailable to reprise his role due to theatrical work, so he was replaced by Terry Molloy.
5)This story has an unusually high body count, even for Doctor Who. Besides the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough, only Lytton & his two policemen survive (the Dalek Supreme may also have survived, as it's unclear whether it is actually on the Dalek ship at the time of its destruction). Much of the violence appears gratuitous, such as the murder of Laird, the killing of a crew member infected by a disease, and the shooting of the man with the metal detector whose attention Tegan tries to attact.
6)Despite having been in suspended animation for the past few centuries, Davros shows knowledge of Time Lords -- something that had never been said in front of the character in his past two appearances.
7)Davros was placed in suspended animation in (Tv: Destiny of the Daleks).
8)Lytton and his two faux-police goons reappear in (Tv: Attack of the Cybermen).
9)Tegan leaves the Doctor at the end of this story.
10)Davros next appears in (Audio: Davros, He next appears on screen in Tv: Revelation of the Daleks).

Plot Synopsis
Captured in a time corridor, the Fifth Doctor & his companions Tegan & Turlough are forced to land on 20th century Earth, diverted by the Doctor's oldest enemy - the Daleks.

It is here the true purpose of the time corridor becomes apparent: after ninety years of imprisonment, Davros, the ruthless creator of the Daleks, is to be liberated to assist in the resurrection of his army.

Not even the Daleks foresee the poisonous threat of their creator. Indeed, who would suspect Davros of wanting to destroy his own Daleks - but why?

Only the Doctor knows the truth. Will he descend to Davros' level of evil to stop him?

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer & Doctor Who script editor Eric Saward has written one of the most disturbingly violent storys in Doctor Whos 50 year history as this Dalek adventure delivers a very high body count & is quite sinister & very creepy with gruesome scenes of gassing using Chemical Warfare that deforms the victims too blobs of Dalek mutants strangling a victim, this story certainly doesn't hold back on gore.

Resurrection Of The Daleks also sees Tegan's departure from the series, No long farewells here, she leaves as shes just tired of seeing such death & destruction travelling with the Doctor which has gotten all to much for her which delivers an emotional if rushed farewell superbly performed by actress Janet Fielding.

Mark Strickson as Turlough is again given little to do in this story expect hide a lot around corridors which is a shame as the character of Turlough shines in many Big Finish audio adventures.

As for Davros well new actor Terry Molloy does the impossible & almost out does Michael Wisher with his take on the Davros character who is genuinely disturbing & insane here, Molloy gives Davros such a chilling threatening edge & makes Darth Vader look like a pussycat in comparison & is one of the highlights of this adventure.

Peter Davison really shines as the Fifth Doctor in his third season who's far more comfortable & settled in the role now, here Davison really pushes his Doctor morals & principals as he takes drastic steps to stop Davros & his sinister masterplan showing a slightly different darker side of the character than the usually optimistic carefree fifth incarnation.

Maurice Colbourne as Lytton is truly a vicious blood thirsty unflinching mercenary & is a very enigmatic character yet the casting of Rodney Bewes as Stein simply lacks menace & isn't convincing in the dramatic scenes that the story demands as Bewes is just seemingly miscast here.

Overall, Resurrection Of The Daleks is a fast paced disturbingly brutal Doctor Who adventure that really pushes the boundaries of violence & gore for a family Tv show, In the end there's no one save the Doctor, the companions & the enigmatic Lytton are the only survivors as the story showcases the Daleks as a bleak & unrelenting vicious race of beings who certainly earn there stripes of a classic Doctor Who villain here, With great performances by Peter Davison, Maurice Colbourne & Terry Molloy this is one of the best Dalek Tv story's to date.

The extra features are pretty decent on this dvd with a great commentary by actors Peter Davison & Janet Felding while the main documentary revisits Shad Thames, where the serial's external sequences were shot & features interviews with Eric Saward, 80's producer John Nathan-Turner who died shortly after completing his contribution here & director Mathew Robinson although it's a short feature it does offer exceptional insight into the production of the story particularly the tumultuous working relationship between Robinson, Saward & John Nathan-Turner.

Personally I recommend the two disc dvd special edition that features in the Revisitations 2 box set as the set's second disc boasts a additional commentary with Terry Molloy plus a feature-length extravaganza that looks back over the whole of the fifth Doctor's era. Presented by Tenth Doctor David Tennant (Peter Davisons Son In-Law),titled 'Come in Number Five' it delves into every production from Davison's debut in Four to Doomsday all the way up to his emotional death in The Caves of Androzani to his poignant return in Time Crash, This is a fantastic in-depth 1 hour documentary & we even get to see the Tenth Doctor wear the Fifth Doctors jacket too.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Viewing, 19 Mar 2014
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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. The opening scenes clearly echo the tones of Tom Baker's 'Genesis'. The daleks and their henchmen here are clearly nasty and the body count is quite impressive. The story still stands up well though the role of the Doctor's companions has moved on and developed somewhat since the 1980s and a modern audience will find the pace a little slow at times. Ordered and received in a matter of days. Perhaps it was me, I hadn't taken in this was a Dutch import. I needn't have worried, all spoken dialogue is in English despite the Dutch text on the DVD cover. Definitely recommended viewing if you like Dr Who and even more so the daleks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Body Count, 7 Jun 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks [1983] [DVD] (DVD)
The blast front of celebration through the halls of residence was palpable: Dr Who has got balls again - at long last! The first 45 mins kept many of us glued to the screen right from the uniformed bobbies machine-gunning a tramp to the thrilling cliffhanger - even though it didn't quite make sense - Dr Who was Dr Who again, and about time too!

The location - Shad Thames - was wonderfully grim (I made a point of checking it out the following Easter), and the studio filming does look like it really is a warehouse, not a set (if it had been in the real warehouse, they'd probably have gone through the floor), and in fact, the whole thing really does look the business, very well designed - Dalek trooper uniforms, prison staff with different coloured uniforms for medic, soldier, engineer - somebody's thought about this (and it does also look like money's been spent as well). I'm not sure where the fugitives in the first scene have escaped from, but I think it may have been Blake's 7.

The cast really is something special - Rula Lenska, Rodney Bewes, Maurice Colbourne, Chloe Ashcroft, Del Henney, Phillip McGough - but that's just the stars, everyone is good, everyone lives, which is important really, because by the end of the story only six are left on their feet.

Davros is not restored to the starry welkin of villainy that he occupied in Genesis, but he is certainly much recovered from his slough of Destiny - I'm sorry Mr Gooderson, I know you're a good actor, it's just that Mr Molloy, on this occasion, is doing a better job than you did. It happens.

And Leslie Grantham is suitably chilling, in not his first (but possibly his second) TV role, but he's still not nearly as nasty as those two policemen. They really are sinister, especially when one of them guns down an innocent beachcomber, who hasn't seen anything he shouldn't anyway.

If it has a shortcoming, it's probably in just a couple of ideas too many - assassinating the High Council is superfluous, and the replicas really don't need to be replicas - it's over complicated, and if they were just ordinary brain-washed people, Stein's fight with his conscience would be so much stronger. But those really are quibbles - this is very good indeed.

Tegan's exit - because as far as she knows, there are no other survivors - is very, very well played. It's a good story for all three TARDIS crew in fact.

And it got complaints! But not for the body count, not even for policemen killing the homeless (this was Thatcher's Britain, and many people voted for that sort of thing), but because the tramp had been smoking, as had the female crewperson on the space station; get killed by Daleks if you must, but don't smoke whatever you do! This was the 1980s.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Daleks in the Warehouse, 27 Nov 2012
This review is from: Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks [1983] [DVD] (DVD)
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 daleks. The Doctor arrives in London to discover killer policemen and a bomb disposal squad that have been despatched to an old warehouse to investigate strange events. The warehouse is the portal to a time corridor that is linked to a dalek ship, where the crew have discovered Davros who has been in hibernation since the Movellans defeated the daleks in a war. The war has been over a very long time, however the daleks haven't found a cure to the Movellan virus, which is why they have resurrected their creator. A terrible story saved by Davros.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nice Concepts, Shame about the narrative, 28 Oct 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who - Resurrection Of The Daleks [1983] [DVD] (DVD)
Watching Resurrection is akin to watching the 96 FA cup Final. It has a brief moment of magic (several) but everything surrounding it is just very grim to sit through. This is a serial which could have been outstanding (yes I do mean that!). Davison's performance here is brilliant- matched only by Maurice Colbourne's cold and callous Lytton. Davison's character range here is a wonderful prelude to the Caves of Androzani. Moreover, this is a serial which re-establishes the Daleks. These are bad Daleks, very bad Daleks; Daleks which will kill you for no reason other than they can. For the first time in a long while the Daleks have a sadistic edge to them which has not been seen since the 60s (I leave out Genesis purely because the Daleks don't feature in it much, though they are badass in that one too). Davros is also a well played balance of quiet and ranting, and the staredown in the final episode is brilliant. On the production side the serial can rank fairly high as well. Robinson's direction is majestic in places, and the set designs are good- the grim warehouse, the dalek ship, the old space station. The story itself is also not devoid of merit, there are some very good ideas floating around: the duplicates, the Movellan Virus, the double-crossing (and double-double crossing). The problems can be summed up in 2 words: narrative, characters. The story falls apart drastically in episodes 3 and 4- too many built up points are left unexplained, and quite a few elements are nonsensical (the Companion duplicates, Stein's character personality, Turlough's meandering around the Dalek ship). More importantly, the number of ideas and their combination with a companion departure means that the narrative itself is swamped by its own ambition; each idea is sound, but putting all of them together makes the serial unwieldy- in a similar way to Army of Ghosts/Doomsday. The other big weakness, which helps the collapse of the narrative, is characters. The narrative may have been more palatable had Saward written some solid, and well acted characters. As it is the story is crammed full of apathetic ship crew, voiceless mercenaries, and canon fodder soldiers- only Lytton and Stein really stand out aside from Davison and Davros. Furthermore, the wooden ciphers written by Saward translate into wooden performances. None of them seem excited by what they are playing and as such they generate no conviction in what they are doing, helping to weaken the story in the process. On the extras side, since it is an early release, the extras are fairly sparse. The location documentary is informative, but a making of documentray would have been preferable if limited to one or the other. With sparse extras what is needed is a cracking story, as it is all that is there is a frustrating one. If you are a fan of Davison, or concentrate on the good things that the story does, then get this DVD. If not, then you might be better off borrowing it off a friend.
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