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Doctor Who - Remembrance Of The Daleks [DVD] 
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Everyone's favourite time traveller returns to do battle with his greatest foes. Years after his peremptory departure from Totters Lane (see the first ever story, 'Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child'), the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) returns to 1963 London to discover that the military have been called in to do battle with an alien invasion force at Coal Hill School. The aliens turn out to be none other than the Daleks, whose Emperor wants to obtain a Gallifreyan stellar manipulator - known as the Hand of Omega- which was left in the Doctor's care. However, a group of renegade Daleks are also after the Hand, in league with a fascistic human group. Can the Doctor defeat both Dalek armies and prevent the Hand of Omega being misused?
"Remembrance of the Daleks" was the final Doctor Who story to feature the titular mutant cyborgs, and is a particularly notable adventure for the way it ties the plot into the very first story, "An Unearthly Child" made 25 years before.
It is 1963, and the Seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy arrives in London with new companion Ace (Sophie Aldred), where two Dalek factions are engaged in a deadly search for the Hand of Omega. Ace quickly proves herself a dab-hand with high explosives, and while there are references to the history of the show, including some nice in-jokes, the drama is played much straighter than in McCoy's first season as the time traveller. This is Doctor Who with a decent budget; the period setting is surprisingly lavish and there are some fairly intense action sequences. The Daleks remain as menacing as ever, the plotting has an intriguing air of mystery, and McCoy injects some steel into his characterisation. Aldred serves an ace as a heroine with attitude, (very much post-Sarah Connor from The Terminator), and if this really does prove to be the Dalek's swansong, at least they go out with a bang.
On the DVD: Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred provide a warm and friendly commentary track, which also offers optional subtitles. The audio possibilities continue with an isolated music track, though the sound is Pro-Logic stereo, not the stated Dolby Digital. There are trailers for two episodes, a collection of out-takes, 13 deleted or extended scenes, and the raw footage from two different camera angles for two major scenes. Optional on-screen production notes complete a package which, with animated menus and very good 4:3 picture quality puts many Hollywood releases to shame.--Gary S. DalkinSee all Product description
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Great Script, excellent SFX for the time and a story that connects right back to Foreman's Junkyard from the very first episode of An Unearthy Child.
So is it worth double dipping and buying the Remastered 2 disc special edition? The answer is an unqualified yes!
As well as an improved picture and sound quality the missing Dalek Blaster Effect from the first version has been restored and you can now see the Ace Dalek Attack scene from 2 angles as originally intended.
Also there are a plethora of extras that until now were only available on the Davros Boxset, including a fantastic making of documentary and the 48 minute Davros Connections Documentary on a separate disc.
Not just the best Sylvester McCoy story but one of the best Dalek stories ever made.
An unqualified, five star highly recommended purchase.
It also looks like they've put enough money into the show for once: a mechanical effect of a full sized shuttle landing in a school playground is especially impressive. Focussing on a race war between black Daleks and white Daleks carried out on Earth with hidden Timelord technology the prize, the theme of racial purity is taken further with a group of human racist fascists collaborating with one faction. There's even room for one wonderfully wistful philosophical exchange about the ramifications of having sugar in your tea or not - after all, if no-one developed the taste for sugar, one minor character's grandparents would never have been sold into slavery and he'd have been an African instead of a Londoner. It's ultimately quite pertinent to the story's payoff, which even the Doctor isn't sure is a case of doing the right thing or the wrong thing (and which some fans consider the cause of the catastrophic Time War that preceded the revamped series in the 21st century). But most of all, as well as being clearly thought through, it's also highly entertaining without being patronising, which can't be said of most of the latter `Classic Who' episodes on much-loathed producer John Nathan Turner's watch. Oh yes, and this was the story that first answered the question `How do the Daleks handle stairs?'
As for the double-dip special edition DVD, the improvement in picture quality isn't that big (and at a couple of points the digital noise reduction is on the verge of being overdone and flattening out facial detail), but the new special features are an improvement over the original single-disc issue, with a good making of documentary and a nice retrospective featurette on all the script's references to past stories, though whether the 48-minute documentary on Davros quite merited a disc of its own is open to question. All the other extras from the original release have been retained.
This DVD again suffers also from not having sufficient extras, which would make it a solid 4 stars.
all of the episodes where as the ninth doctor would say "Fantastic", this is one of my personal favorites from the Seventh Doctor, I loved the story, the countless explosions and the awesomeness that is the Daleks.
Another thing I love about this DVD is the legendary cliff hanger at the end of the first episode, for the sake of those poor young soles stuck with the over rated and far too young eleventh incarnation who haven't scene it I wont spoil it.
This DVD showcases just how great Doctor Who was at the end of it's original TV run with everything you'd expect from a truly classic doctor who episode, why they decided to cancel such a beloved and legendary series for 16 years is beyond me.
If you love Daleks this is defiantly the DVD for you.
If you're a long-term fan of Doctor Who, there's nothing I can do to persuade you to buy or not to buy this DVD other than comment on its disturbing lack of special features compared to more recent releases - you either liked the episode and want to see it again or not.
For the 21st Century viewer who is (like me) looking to experience some of the older Doctor Who; I found it to be an accessible episode with a good story. It's a must have for budding DVD collectors.
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