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This review is from: Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks [DVD]  (DVD)I was impressed at how quickly Amazon.co.uk sent this item. The last few have taken longer than they should have. As for Day of the Daleks, I too fondly remember the story and perhaps we Aussies had the advantage over the Brits in one sense - my Doctor was Peter Davison as I was growing up, yet the ABC continually did repeats from Spearhead from Space (Pertwee's first story) right through to Tom Baker's last story; so in a sense, Pertwee/Baker are just as much 'my Doctors" as Davison was.
I liked Day of the Daleks as a kid, although it had some shortcomings. Production-wise, it seemed basic, yet I went with my imagination and imagined that there were 40 daleks attacking the house, etc. I won't go through the extras, etc (other reviewers have done that), but if you want to see a thoughtfully remastered 'classic' Dr Who story, then buy this DVD. It has been cleaned up wonderfully and the improvements really add to the story. I love what happens to people/ogrons when the guns go off now!! Nick Briggs' Dalek voices are certainly an improvement, but sometimes his interpretation gets on my nerves...they always sound like they're having a nervous breakdown or continually have anger management issues. That's cool for some of the time - not all the time. Small complaint though.
The question is this - this is the most 'tampered with' classic story on dvd. It looks great certainly, but should it be tampered with so much? Depends on your viewpoint and what you want as a viewer. Revamped story which produces a distinctly different story or purist? It doesn't really matter, as the BBC have included the original version anyway for those who like things untouched. And Pertwee...what a fantastic Doctor! He and Tom Baker were so good - I don't hate Matt Smith at all, but he's got nothing on these guys!
With only a few troublesome dvds left to release (Pertwee b/w ones, etc), the BBC really needs to use Day of the Daleks as a template to fix 2 stories in particular - Invasion of the Dinosaurs and Terror of the Zygons. Both are great stories, but the dinosaurs makes the first one laughable. It's probably too late, as I heard that nothing is being done to Invasion..., but please, if any story needed new cgi graphics for monsters, it's this story. With Terror of the Zygons, the same thing applies (thankfully, the monster's not in it as much and therefore less money is needed to sort out Pts 3 and 4 appearances). With these 2 issues sorted, then wow, what a DVD release these would be!!
So, its definitely worth buying Day of the Daleks. The masters have been cleaned up considerably, the new effects look great and the extras are generous and insightful. It's well worth including this dvd into your collection for sure!
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Initial post: 2 Jan 2012 15:54:08 GMT
Yes, i was disappointed that there will be no CGI dinos in Invasion of the....
What will probably occur is that the BBc will release a spacial edition in about five years with all new special effects and the like, meaning we will have to buy it all over again.....
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Jan 2012 03:22:08 GMT
Yes, totally agree. Such a pity they couldn't invest in some CGI. The thing is, with new effects, Invasion of the Dinosaurs would be a fantastic story...classic Pertwee. In its current state, the playdo saurs look like a joke...especially with what we're used to nowadays...
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Posted on 22 Jan 2012 17:27:21 GMT
Mr G Turner says:
I am glad that you gave this story 5 stars as it kicks starts the nine season of the Jon Pertwee era. This is when the Daleks return, and with new CGI images and new voices to the Daleks it doesn't take the value away from this classic 1972 adventure. Its a pity the BBC did not do the same with Tom Baker's 1975 adventure 'The Revenge of the Cybermen' with my new CGI and Nicholas Briggs voicing the 1975 Cybermen it could be sold as a stand alone separete DVD along with the orignal classic version, but unfortunately it clubbed together with the absolutely awareful panto 1988 Slyvester McCoy 'Silver Nemesis'.
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