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on 14 March 2017
Excellent addition to any Doctor Who collection
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on 17 September 2003
This story scores so highly because it stands up well even today as a terse drama with much better than average special effects, and some really quite horrifying moments- look out for the effects of the daleks' plague bacillus near the beginning. The acting is unhampered by hamminess, which is a marked improvement on the 1970's. Peter Davison's performance is very good (as good as, say, Tom Baker in Pyramids of Mars), as well as those of Turlough (probably the Doctor's most interesting companion) and Tegan (although the deus ex machina of her literally running off at the end was rather silly). The plot is somewhat muddled- for example, why are the movellan virus cannisters put on earth, and why doesn't the Dalek Supreme (who is following in the ill-fated footsteps of the Dalek Emperor, the Golden Dalek and the Black Dalek) insist Davros accompany them off the station? But, you hardly notice this in a story that rivets the attention right from the first scene, where some shockingly cold-blooded policemen machine-gun down a group of escapees from the future. As I said, the special effects are much better than in previous dalek stories: you get to see the kaled mutants inside punctured dalek casings, and finally the daleks get a decent death ray. Only one real disappointment: Davros for me will always be the Michael Wisher version from Genesis- for a start the make-up and facemask in the original story were incomparably better.
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on 21 January 2001
A cracking episode this one. I remember it the first time round in 1984. Peter Davison was always my favourite Doctor, and he was on fine form here. A strong story line, excellent supporting cast, great location and some surprisingly gruesome special effects make for a first rate episode. A 'must purchase' if you are a fan of the Davison era.
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VINE VOICEon 6 April 2005
The writer of Resurrection of the Daleks, Eric Saward, stated that his story was the worst one in the programmes history. This is far from true. Resurrection boasts some excellent scenes, an engaging if somewhat convoluted storyline and good pace direction from Matthew Robinson. Broadcast as part of Peter Davison's final and best season, Resurrection never pauses for breath, and is a real contrast to other stories from this period such as Terminus and Four to Doomsday which seemed slow moving and padded out. This probably makes it more appealing to viewers today who want to see fast moving television. The dark and gritty adventure has an air of gloominess about it, from the opening scene in which a group of escaped prisoners from the far future, are ruthlessly murdered by Police officers, in the derelict docklands of 1980s London, to the final scene in which long serving companion Tegan unhappily works away from her life with The Doctor. The docklands of London are a central location for this story, prior to their redevelopment as luxury apartment blocks. Here they present an image of a decaying, haunted area of London, abandoned for nearly a century. An ideal location then for The Daleks to hide some canister's of a virus, which has infected their race. Meanwhile in the far future, The Daleks rescue their creator Davros from his prison on a space station, with the intention of getting him to develop an antidote to this virus. The Doctor and his companions, having been dragged in the Tardis to modern day London via the Daleks time corridor, come across the lone survivor of the earlier massacre Stein, but is he all he seems, and why are The Daleks so intent on capturing The Doctor.
In contrast to his previous story, Earthshock, here the writer and also the script editor, Eric Saward, does compact too many story threads into this serial. Certainly, a few elements could have been eliminated from his script. It also has quite few famous faces, such as Rodney Bewes as Stein, Rula Lenska as Styles, and Leslie Grantham as a dalek mercenary, cast just months before he achieved national fame as Den Watts in EastEnders. Mel Smith was the original choice for the role of Stein and maybe would have been better than Bewes, who is often remembered by fans for the bad delivery of his line, "I can't stand the confusion in my mind".
All in all this is highly recommended.
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on 4 February 2004
Resurrection of the Daleks does for the Daleks what Earthshock did for the Cybermen. It updates the concept by drawing extensively on passed successes. If Destiny of the Daleks was the story which disgraced the Doctor's most famous arch-enemies, then Resurrection of the Daleks has surely redeemed them. After Earthshock it was difficult to see how Eric Saward could come up with a story as good, but he has succeeded in doing just that. Almost everything about this story was first rate, but I would especially highlight the hunt for the Dalek creature in the warehouse, the releasing of Davros, the confrontation between the Doctor and Davros and the climactic battle and explosion. Maurice Colbourne was superb as Lytton and the exchanges of dialogue between him and the Supreme Dalek were a delight.The worrying thing about Resurrection of the Daleks though is the sheer number of elements that it plunders from earlier stories. Some of the main examples are: The Daleks presence in London with an army of controlled humans is straight out of The Dalek Invasion of Earth; the Daleks' ability to time travel and the fact that they specifically want the Doctor hail from The Chase; Davros's wish to restore instinct is suggestive of The Evil of the Daleks, as is the Dalek civil war which occurred between the Daleks loyal to the Dalek Supreme and those loyal to Davros; Day of the Daleks is commemorated by the obligatory flashback sequence with the Doctor tied to the operating table; the Doctor's hesitation at killing Davros was a deliberate re-enactment of the similar scene in Genesis of the Daleks and finally the war with the Movellans brought us bang up to date with Destiny of the Daleks. Davros's return was only to be expected, and it's unfortunate, in some respects, that we can't seem to have a Dalek story now without their creator appearing as well. A shame also, that the production team left a possibility for the scientist's return in a future story. The new mask, presumably designed to take into account the effects of cryogenic suspension, came across far better than might have been expected, partly because it responded to movement so realistically, but mainly due to Terry Molloy's portrayal. Molloy's performance is certainly a major improvement on David Gooderson's in Destiny of the Daleks, and to me is the best actor to play Davros, but the character now comes across as a one-dimensional lunatic who rants a lot and sounds more and more like one of his own creations. Even the subtleties of Davros's original mask have been lost, and the third 'eye' is now bigger and more blatantly a flashing light bulb than before. But still, Resurrection marks as one of the Daleks all time best stories. Well worth to be bought!
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VINE VOICEon 5 March 2003
This is what the 1980s turned Doctor Who into. All of a sudden, after all the puns and clowning around we have this story, in which pretty much everyone dies and a pervading sense of hope is hard to find. Yet isn't that what the Daleks are about?
There's a moment here when the Doctor reaches the overrun space station, picks up a weapon and uncomfortably announces his intentions to kill Davros. This is a fine moment, both in terms of acting on Davison's part but also in Doctor Who chronology. The Daleks could easily have slipped into self-parody after two decades as TV's biggest bad guys, yet this injection of nihilism and fatalism reaffirms them as the baddest of the bad.
In terms of production values, they only get slightly creaky on the space station, but never to the point where it shatters the illusion of reality. This is an absorbing story, written and acted by people who totally believe in what they're doing. Those who accuse the series of being TV's answer to a Christmas panto need only watch this particular story.
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on 7 November 2000
Make no mistake, Resurrection stands as one of the finest moments of the Davison era. Forget the occasional humour of the Troughton/Baker years, Doctor Who was always at its best when it was at its most sinister. Acting, effects, music and storylines combined to create one of the most interesting TV programmes of all time. Resurrection of the Daleks is a perfect example. Every acting performance is sublime: Davison's Doctor is at his best, the supporting cast are all excellent, Terry Molloy makes his debut as Davros, Maurice Colbourne makes his first appearance as Lytton, bringing with him the silent henchmen dressed as police officers. After one of the best adventures the series offered us, Tegan finally tires of her travels with the restless Time Lord and abruptly makes her exit. I won't say any more, just buy it!
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on 1 April 2002
Here we are given a fascinating insight into how the Daleks operate and an overview of their later history. The Daleks have been defeated by an old foe (the Movellans) and have sought their creator, Davros, to provide a way to renew the strength of their empire. Somehow or other the Doctor and co. get caught up in all of this. It seems that the Daleks use cloning techniques to build up an army - at one point a Dalek tells the Doctor the clones are "merely an extension of Dalek technology", a rather chilling view of the abuse genetics could be put to. And then we have the stand off between the 5th Doctor and Davros: but I shall leave that for you to enjoy in this classic installment of the later Dalek stories. Watch out for human Dalek troopers helmets which are like miniature Daleks themselves. The Daleks are actually rather scary and menacing and in any case the story (as always with the Doctor) takes precedence over the effects (unlike modern SF). Order it now!!
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on 14 February 2001
This is quite a hard Doctor Who story to review, mainly because it has the now classic enemy (Daleks of course)as well as some great British actors including Rodney Bewes and an amusing pre-Dirty Den performance from Leslie Grantham as Davros's puppet. The problem is that the story is not very interesting - Lytton and his silent killers dressed as Policemen seem to have little real connection to the Daleks - who don't usually work with anyone else willingly! Peter Davison seems to be thinking of his next role whilst Tegan and Turlough seem to lack the vigour and depths they displayed in earlier episodes. It is a 'must see' purely for Davros but the green and slimy Dalek which escapes from its destroyed casing is frankly a bit feeble. I cannot really leave this review so negatively - so suffice to say this is still good Doctor Who although best seen as a good excuse to pit the Fifth Doctor against the Daleks for the first and last time.
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on 28 May 2000
When I first saw this, aged 8 in 1984, the dark forbeoding imagery, Davros's ranting scared me witless. I found it an exciting and gripping storyline, despite a few wholes and unexplainable events. A number of the characters (as usual) are a bit dodgy (Mercer for example), but the main characters are convincing and sensitive, especially during Tegan's emotive goodbye to the TARDIS crew. Not as powerful as Earthshock, it portrays the Daleks as a weak and indecicsive race. "Revelation" was a much better addition to the Dalek back catalogue, yet this is still enjoyable, bringing back many childhood memories.
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