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on 30 March 2013
The TARDIS is drained of power on planet Exxilon and an expedition from Earth is stranded.

Part 1:The TARDIS suffers a power drain and is forced down on the planet Exxilon.
Part 2:Dalek weapons are useless due to the power drain so they make a truce with the Doctor.
Part 3: The Daleks force the Exillons to work as slave labour to mine the life-saving parrinium.
Part 4:The Daleks prepare to launch a deadly plague missile that will kill everyone on Exillon.

23 Feb - 16 Mar 1974
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The third story of Jon Pertwee's fifth and final year as Doctor Who comes to dvd. With all four episodes on one single dvd. The story will be familiar to many via being the first Pertwee released onto VHS, back in 1987. That version was slightly edited and ran the whole together, but this is all complete and unedited and digitally remastered.

The story sees the TARDIS forced by a strange power failure to land on the planet Exxilon. A harsh and barren world with naturally lots of quarries, the Doctor and Sarah Jane find a human spaceship crew who have come there to look for a precious mineral that is urgently required to cure a plague. They're stranded as well. Something is draining the power of passing vessels. The natives lurk in the shadows and are seemingly hostile.

And then another vessel arrive. With beings on board that aren't too pleased to see the Doctor...

Death to the Daleks was written by Terry Nation, who created them for tv back in 1963 via scripting their very first story. Nation was a capable tv writer who produced a lot of things to formula, but who was very good at doing that. Thus what you have here is a routine script. But it's a very capable one, and it produces a perfectly decent rather than a classic story.

The location work is very good, and guest actor Arnold Yarrow as Exxilon Bellal turns in a superb performance, making him very convincingly alien.

It also does do something a little different with the Daleks as it forces them to have to be cunning rather than rely on brute force.

Beyond that though it's a capable production, and although it doesn't offer many surprises or classic moments, it's a perfectly decent bit of old Doctor Who.

The DVD has the following language and subtitle options:

Languages: English.

Subtitles: English.

It's also English audio captioned.

Extras are the usual:

Commentary. From one member of the cast, one of the Dalek operators, and four production staff.

Radio times listings for the story as a PDF file.

A photo gallery of pictures from the story and it's production.

A trailer for the next in this range [as ever with these epileptics beware fast editing and flashing images].

There's also:

A typically excellent twenty six minute long making of documentary. Which does point out some of the more curious plot points most amusingly.

Twenty three minutes worth of footage of the story being made. Rather than being poor quality film with nothing to tell you what's going on as these features once were, this is very good quality and it has subtitles to explain what's happening. It's worth watching for the way it highlights some of the tricky aspects of Dalek operation.

On the Set of Doctor Who and the Daleks: shows us footage from the production of the first of the 1960's Peter Cushing as the Doctor V the Daleks films. This is via footage cut from a 1960's programme that had a report from the set. Said programme no longer exists but these edits do. Thus there's not too many of them but some are interesting viewing, and the whole thing is surrounded by footage of interviewees who talk about the production and put it all in context. They're all very good, and this only runs seven minutes, so it's a good watch.

Doctor Who stories: As with others in this series it's footage shot for a 2003 documentary. It features two veteran Doctor Who monster operators talk about their experiences in that role being Daleks and other creatures. With some great anecdotes and a running time of thirteen minutes, this is very good.

For an easter egg watch the disc on dvd and move the pointer over the screen when on special features till you light up a Doctor Who logo then click on it. Or select photo gallery on the menu and click on right. But all this is are the titles for this season of the show without any text on them.
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on 16 February 2013
Over the years i hear many people not liking this story, but i think it works well, out doors and in studio, Jon Pertwee & Elisabeth Sladen worked very well together and this story has the only inside the Tardis scean for this season and the only time we see Sarah and the Doctor inside the Tardis, the Daleks look good and its nice to see them work with the Doctor as well. its a good story and the picture is very good, its worth looking at again
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on 5 May 2000
Death to the Daleks is surley the best Dr Who Dalek story. It has a great story and possibly the best cliifhanger(Part 1)EVER! With fantastic music by the unique Carey Blyton I would recomend this video strongly!
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on 13 April 2012
There's a rumour Dr Who writer/script editor Robert Holmes came up with the title "Death to the Daleks" hoping this would be the end of them. In fact a game devised by fans of the series involves guessing at which point in this story Jon Pertwee decided to hand in his notice.

Not that this story isn't without its good points. The first episode is great, has a real feeling of rawness, mystery and suspence, and the scenes with the religious fanatic natives are well-done and quite creepy. In a way it predates the far more gothic-feeling Hinchcliffe era of Dr Who stories. The idea of the Daleks being powerless is an interesting one, and seeing them armed with real weapons (machine-guns) as opposed to sci-fi lasers is effective. Also intriguing is the idea of a society being fragmented and driven to dark corners by a city which has become a living thing.

The problem is that this story would have been more interesting as a tale concerning the living city. The Daleks in this story are just there as a crowd-pleaser. Not only that, but they come across as feeble. One of the Daleks, upon discoverings a prisoner has escaped, has a nervous breakdown and self-destructs rather than informing its superiors or mounting a search. There is also a scene in which a Dalek explodes apparently because some natives hit it with sticks (Dalek armour has survived far worse). What makes it worse is the strange choice of theme tune accompanying the Daleks and the fact the tacky-looking bright silver casings are used rather than the far more dramatic gunmetal-grey versions. Later episodes feel padded, full as they are of all the usual Terry Nation "Daleks enslave and kill people" and the "goody" space travellers are kind of wooden (apart from Galloway, who at least has some dramatic edge).

This might be worth a look if you're a fan. It's mildly entertaining and has its moments. And let's face, the Doctor impersonating a cricket commentator whilst a Dalek battles a killer vacuum cleaner on a string is the kind of thing that makes dodgy sci-fi films worth seeing.
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on 19 March 2015
Very good
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on 17 September 2014
Very good
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on 3 February 2013
A decent enough story but nothing out of the ordinary. Nice to see Sladen and Pertwee working well together though and Belal and the Root are both memorable and worthy additions to Who-lore.
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