Top positive review
23 people found this helpful
Peter Davison's Doctor meets the Daleks
on 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.