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Doctor Who - The Dalek Invasion Of Earth [DVD] 
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The Tardis materialises in London sometime after the year 2164. Dalek invaders are now ruling the Earth with the aid of humans converted into zombie-like Robomen, but they are opposed by a group of resistance fighters led by the wheelchair-using Dortmun. The travellers discover that the Daleks have established a huge mine in Bedfordshire, their aim being to remove the Earths core using a huge bomb and replace it with a powerful drive system so that they can pilot the planet around the galaxy. Ian manages to create a barrier in the shaft in order to intercept the bomb. The resulting explosion destroys the Daleks and their mine and creates a huge volcanic eruption. Susan has fallen in love with resistance fighter David Campbell, and the Doctor decides to leave her on Earth to find a new life with him, while he continues on his travels with Ian and Barbara.
Running Time: 150 minutes approx.
The second story of series two, Doctor Who--Dalek Invasion of Earth sees William Hartnell's Doctor in a six-part adventure pitted against his greatest nemesis, the Daleks. The Doctor, Susan (Carol Ann Ford), Ian (William Russell) and Barbara (Jacqueline Hill) arrive in the London of 2164, where the Nazi-like Dalek's have turned the remnants of the human race into slave workers or "Robomen", who unfortunately foreshadow Monty Python's hilarious "Gumbies". The Dalek's plan involves a vast mine in Bedfordshire and the final destruction of the human race, while pitted against them is a WWII-style resistance movement led by Dortmun (Alan Judd) and David Campbell (Peter Fraser). One of the most famous of all Doctor Who stories, Dalek Invasion of Earth features such iconic moments as a dalek emerging from the Thames, and a remarkable flight across London showing daleks crossing Westminster Bridge and patrolling Trafalgar Square and the Albert Memorial. Terry Nation's story is almost insanely ambitious for the budget, and while sets and effects are primitive, the location work is highly evocative. Lavishly remade for the cinema as Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150AD (1966), the plot here is more detailed, mercifully free of comic relief, and delivers a surprisingly sensitive ending to mark Carol Ann Ford's departure from the series.
On The DVD: Doctor Who--Dalek Invasion of Earth is a comprehensive two-disc set with a generally excellent black-and-white 4:3 picture and mono sound. The highlight of Disc One is a warm and very informative commentary hosted by Gary Russell and featuring director Richard Martin (all episodes), producer Verity Lambert (5 episodes), Carol Ann Ford and William Russell (4 episodes each). There are optional subtitles for the episodes, as well as for the commentary, and further text titles giving detailed background information. Optional new CGI-effects shots have been added, which via seamless branching can be selected over the original 1964 model work. The new material obviously lacks authenticity, but looks about 1000 times better. Disc Two offers an abundance of extras including an amusing extract from Blue Peter (6 min) showing how to make edible Daleks. There is a photo gallery and some very poor quality Rehearsal Footage, but most fun of all is a 27 minute 1994 BBC spoof radio documentary which asks Whatever Happened to Susan Foreman?. Jane Asher plays Susan in an SF comedy as ingenious as it amusing and irreverent. This is a remarkable set, which belongs in any Who fan's collection. Gary S Dalkin
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This is Doctor Who at its best. The beginning episode sets a dark tone (check out the posters on the wall about dumping bodies).
The flying saucers are the worse I've ever seen - and this I think adds to the charm of the series. It shows how a low budget production can be great if the scripts, plot, and acting is just right.
This actually feels quite epic and is great watched in one go as well as being watched over a period of time.
The special features are top notch (if the flying saucers REALLY bug you then you can watch CGI smooth ones instead!) interviews are fab and the commentary is worth listening to.
The end of this story maybe explains why the Doctor seems rather obessed planet Earth and its people. It gets people who think Hartnell's doctor is self obsessed and heartless to re-assess their views on him.
The Dalek coming out of the Thames is one of the all time great Doctor Who moments.
Not only does the strength of the cast / script shine brightly 40 years later, but for me the passage of time has helped make the 60's East London Docks seem more strange then they could ever have seen at the time and I find myself moved by the discontinuity of the unreachable past posing as the future yet to be.
Oh and it's a lot better than the film!
Despite the very low budget, the whole 6 episodes have an epic feel, making good use of location filming and a huge number of sets (mostly crammed into one small studio), in a way that was almost unheard of in the days of early sixties television. Most of the London exterior scenes were shot in a single morning, enabling wide shots of daleks roaming a deserted capital.
As well as a credible departure for the doctor's grand-daughter, Susan (with a romance built up over the 6 episodes), there are also several iconic moments (daleks over westminster bridge, dalek emerging from the Thames, Barbara crashing through daleks in a dustcart, etc).
In places it gets over ambitious and there is an unnecessary extra monster, the slyther, which looks laughable today (but was quite popular in 1964). Also the dalek saucers don't really work - but there is an option to watch a new cgi version of those, which slips seamlessly into the existing footage.
As well as a great commentary with two of the shows stars, plus producer and director crammed into the studio, plus the usual information text running along the bottom of all episodes, giving insights and trivia about the making of each scene. Disc one also includes the original trailers from 1964 and those new cgi clips as a separate show.
Disc two features over two hours of additional features.Read more ›
Most people who have heard of this story are much more familiar with the Peter Cushing colour movie than the original TV version. The plots are virtually the same, although the original is in black and white with a much smaller budget.
There are times when the cheapness of the sets and limited techical effects (especially sound) really show, but as a piece of early 1960s TV production, it is excellent.
The Doctor Who main cast know they are acting in something special and really put their hearts into it. The additional cast also play it deadly serious and bring class to the production. It is a powerful piece as not only do the daleks appear genuinely terrifying but Susan leaves the cast and the character dynamics make their first big change.
It is not high-tech but it is a compelling watch.
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Good episodes now one of my favorites as William Hertnall is now one of the best doctorsPublished 2 months ago by Kirsty burns
The cheapness of the production won't deter Whoians. Good storyline. Acted (I I can say no better), but that doesn't matter. It's hokey fun.Published 3 months ago by I. A. Wright
Since I wasn't born when the series started I was interested in seeing what it was like. The DVD was exactly in the condition you said thank you.Published 6 months ago by Janette
Oops sorry! Have had this a long time, and forgot to review it! However, I am not disappointed. Picture quality is excellent, even though it is monochrome (Black and White), and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Greg Chapman
This is the original story on which the 2nd Doctor Who film with Peter Cushing was based. I had the disadvantage of having seen the film version first, as it is in colour and had a... Read morePublished 11 months ago by M. Kidger