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4.0 out of 5 stars The Daleks return for a second showdown!, 14 May 2008
This review is from: Doctor Who - The Dalek Invasion Of Earth [DVD] [1964] (DVD)
This 2-Disc DVD set takes us back to the days of black and white and the first Doctor's era of Doctor Who. Set in the twenty-second century, the Daleks have subjugated the Earth's population with brainwashed Robomen. This was the second Dalek story that was made and is one of the best stories of the Hartnell era. If you can overlook the well-dated effects, there is much to admire in the tale. There is a moody build up in episode 1, culminating with one of the series most famous scenes - a Dalek rising up out of the River Thames. We also see the Daleks portrayed as ruthless fascists, conquering and enslaving. This, made in 1964, must have made quite an impression on the viewing public, with memories of the Second World War still fresh in the minds of many. The only real problem with this story is the Daleks plan to mine the core of the earth in order to be able to pilot it throughout the galaxy. This seems to be stretching things just a little too far. Nevertheless, a fine story, and watch out for an emotional farewell scene at the end of episode 6.
The disc set contains the usual array of DVD extras, including commentaries, trailers and interviews with members of the cast, including those who performed the voices of the Daleks. With the passage of time and the arrival of modern special effects, William Hartnell and his era tend to be overlooked by fans of the programme today. A pity! It may look a bit dated now, but if you want a taste of early Doctor Who stories and want to get some idea why the show became the national institution that it was (and still is) then here's a very good starting point.
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