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on 25 October 2015
Stone cold classic!
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on 31 October 2017
Arrived scratched in a broken case.
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on 14 April 2006
Simply amazing, the best Dr Who story of all time. Great package , 2 discs chocked full of goodies. A little disappointing with some of the extra's on disc 2, but this release is highly recommended.
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on 21 March 2013
Genesis of the Daleks is a six part Tom Baker prequel story set on pre-Dalek Skaro as the war between the Thals and Kaleds, having devastated both civilisations and the planet, nears an end. The Doctor, Sarah and Harry have been sent by the Time Lords to prevent the Daleks from becoming the dominant force they're destined to become which leads the Doctor to an impossible moral dilema. As their creator and mad scientist Davros attempts to perfect his Dalek designs, his cold henchman attempts to suppress growing civil opposition to the Dalek project leading the Doctor to realise that to defeat the Daleks forever may require an act no less evil than the Daleks themselves.

This is a particularly dark story with themes that are not necessarily suitable or likely to engage with children; granted the classic series caused controversy over its suitablity at times (Terror of the Autons for instance) and Genesis is a strong contender. This is a story featuring war, torture and worse still genocide. It's very intelligent storytelling with great visuals and it delivers where it should especially the scenes where the Daleks are finally unleashed and the horror that genuinely comes with it. Although Daleks are in the title and do feautre, this is a story about their origin and the main villain of the piece is mad scientist Davros (played brilliantly by Michael Wisher and never bettered) who is not just an impressive physical creature but a evil mind that bounces off well against the Doctor. He is a worthy and memorable adversary and Genesis is arguably the last time until 'Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks' that the nature of the Daleks is truly explored again.

The word 'classic' is overused when talking about Doctor Who; I've seen a lot of people (even myself) use the word as a simple way to distinguish the original series from the current series. The problem is that when you use the word 'classic' to overgeneralise everything how do you prevent the truly great stories from becoming blended with everything else? Not all 'classic' Doctor Who stories are classics themselves but Genesis of the Daleks is a story that is indeed a classic and is in my opinion a strong contender for being the best Doctor Who story ever written. Aired during the heyday of the 'classic' series original run, you can easily argue that this is the best Dalek story since their original appearance in 1963's 'The Daleks' and even more arguably not bettered since.
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on 21 March 2014
In March 1975, the 4th Doctor (Tom Baker) took Sarah Jane Smith (Elizabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Merter) to witness the creation of the most evil and angry monsters known to the entire universe `THE DALEKS'. It not only the Daleks that both the 4th Doctor and his companions have to face, but for the first time the Doctor has to face the Evil, Twisted, and Psychotic Megomanic `Davros' played excellently by the greatest actor to portray this monstrous cyborg, the late and great Michael Wisher.

Both Tom Baker (The 4th Doctor), Elizabeth Sladen (Sarah-Jane Smith), and Ian Marter (Harry Sullivan) all shine in every six episodes. What make this `5 star' adventure spellbinding is that the supporting cast such of Peter Myles shines as `Davros' evil and cold depute `Nyder' to the Kalid Rebels and Scientist who are scared and frightened of the `Daleks' ranging from James Garbett as Ronson, Dennis Chinnery as Gharman, Tom Georgeson as Kavill, and `Allo', `Allo' actor `Guy Siner' as `Ravon' who live under the Kalad dome to the outsiders such as Harriet Philpin as Thal Rebel `Bettan' to Stephen Yardley as `Sevrin' a `Muto' who helps Sarah Jane survive the outskirts of the Dalek's home world `Skaro'.

To all Long-Term and New `Whovians', please get this `Five' Star epic. But one thing, I would love to see also is the completed version of Tom Baker's Doctor Who 1979 unfinished and incomplete adventure `Shada'. I do apologise about mention again and again, but in my opinion I think that 3D realistic CGI is needed, and Tom Baker, Lalla Ward, John Leeson, Christopher Neame, Daniel Hill and the other cast members of 'Shada' could be done by using the same method by combining live action which includes Acting Extras to portray the Main Cast in reproduced and replica costumes with blue masks for the realistic CGI animated faces to be added on, and the Timelord Prisioners on 'Shada' in matching late 1970s sci-fi prison outfits and 1970's style wigs (the same techniques as the re-vamp Star Wars Movies), blue screen and digital enhanced voice recording technology to 3-D Animate and Construct Tom Baker's missing and incomplete 1979 adventure `Shada' instead of bone-idle, lazy, lacklustre, pathetic and incomplete 1992 VHS version released by BBC 2E.

Iain Levine out of his own pocket had already had the completed version of `Shada' completed with both Lalla Ward, Christopher Neame, John Leeson (who is providing the voice of K-9, instead of David Briarley), Dennis Hill and the other cast member. Iain Levine employed a voice over actor who impersonated both Tom Baker's and Dennis Carey's voices, so the project was already done. It was only some closed minded person form BBC E2 who put a stop to it, it could have been the high fee from the Douglas Adam estate or the animation wasn't up to scratch, but a lot of Whovian including myself are curious of finding out what `Shada' would have been like if the 1979 strike never happened, and they are pleased that his televised completed adventures are now released, but to me and several Whovians feel that the Tom Baker era of Doctor Who is only 96% complete.

For all long-term Whovians, please start an on-line petition campaign on `E-Mail', 'Facebook' and 'Twitter' to ask Planet55\Quintas Entertainment to bring out the full and complete 3D animated version of 'Shada' to be released as a 'Special Edition' DVD to mark a tribute to writer Douglas Adams, producer Graham Williams, Director Pennant Roberts, actor Dennis Carey and to celebrate Tom Baker's 80th Birthday for 2014, come on BBC E2, please listen to the long-term fans for ONCE!!!
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on 20 June 2014
This is one of the best Dalek / Tom Baker stories of the 4th Doctor's time in the Tardis.

Who is transporting from Earth back to space station Nerva with Sarah Jane and Harry after the Sontaran Experiment, when they are diverted by the Time Lords to the war ravaged planet of Skaro where to races battle for supremacy of the blighted landscape. The two races, the Thals and the Kaleds are trying to find new and better weapons to out fight the others, and here is were we see the creation of the infamous Daleks at the hands of the twisted scientist Davros.

The planets two races are suffering from radiation sickness that will, in time, mutate them, so Davros not only creates machines that will house the future mutated forms of the Kaled peoples, but also extrapolates the mutant creature into the present, genetically alters them to become ruthless killers.

The story sees the doctor attempting to work out why he has been sent there, discover the origins of his greatest foe and ultimately lead him to make a monumentous choice, a moment in Dr Who history that will live for ever amongst Bakers fans.

A great DVD with extras, picture and sound is a delight and the case cover imagery captures the feel of these episodes completely.
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on 30 December 2012
Well then, 1975's Genesis of the Daleks may be thought of throughout fandom as one, or if not, the, greatest Doctor Who serial the classic series ever produced, but, I think that is overdoing it a little. Just as in the case of Blink being considered the greatest New Series Doctor Who adventure. Both seem to me overrated. Genesis is a fantastic story no end, but I personally don't feel it's the greatest. Now, Timelash on the other hand is a masterpiece, a truly brilliant piece of writing. And if you are naive enough to think that I could be so foolish as to believe the last sentence I wrote, please turn off now. Genesis is a story that has many pro's and con's. The pro's are obviously the deliciously evil Davros, as played by the late great Michael Wisher, the fantastic Peter Miles as Nazi Nyder and some of the greatest design work and overall production values I have come across in classic Doctor Who.

I strongly believe that for all Terry Nation's talents as an established writer, I don't think that Genesis is entirely his baby. Robert Holmes had a great deal of input into many scripts from the era that he script edited, and somehow, I feel that Nation's scripts were "Robertized" by Holmes into something alot more along the lines that he and Philip Hinchcliffe, the producer, wanted for the new Gothic Horror era of Doctor Who. Now, we don't, and frankly never will know the truth behind the great scripts for Genesis, but it seems patently obvious to me that Genesis of the Daleks is a real class act that is littered with Holmes' typical writing accomplishments.

Scripts aside, the main body of Genesis is a tough old beast to truly analyse. I think that what makes the story such a success is the direction of stalwart director David Maloney, who directed some of the greatest Doctor Who stories ever made. His ambition exudes throughout the story and this really adds greater depth to the serial and it's characters. David uses the camera beautifully to frame the cast and captures the Daleks in a truly menacingly powerful style that just adds so much flair to them and makes them so much the more enjoyable to watch. Truly great stuff.

Tom Baker, at his zenith here, dominates the story as the newly regenerated Doctor. Baker, still in his infancy in the role is a joy to watch. Performances like this is what endeared him so much to the viewing public and no doubt helped him achieve universal popularity. We all know Tom does humour very well, such as in his later years, But I always found the problem with Tom's later characterisation as the Doctor was the complete lack of conviction. Here, however, in his early reign as old fourthy, he is the most humourless git onscreen and the story works perfectly for it. Sure, he has the occasional great {and very funny} one-liner, but the humour is not allowed to undermine the story, but to underpin and strengthen it. His conversations with Davros make for some truly three-dimensional performances from both actors and who could forget the "moral dilemma" scene that is as well known to Doctor Who fans as, well, Doctor Who.

Although Tom does a sufficiently good job of dominating the story, this doesn't mean the companions Sarah and Harry are sidelined. Oh no, in fact they are just as vital as the Doctor himself in carrying the story and conveying the true horror of the events as they unfold. Sarah particularly has some fantastic scenes with the supporting cast, especially in the first half of the story. Harry is not forgotten too, his scenes with Tom in the early part of the serial are a delight to watch as the two of them bounce off one another splendidly. Now, I can't go on reviewing Genesis without devoting some time to the great man himself, Davros. Michael Wisher was born to play the evil handicapped genius that is Davros, such gentile tones of voice make for the most chilling of villains in Doctor Who, but when you have this combined with a raving ranting madman bent on universal domination, you have the secret to a success that has lasted nearly 40 years. Davros' makeup is just probably the most convincing the series has ever achieved, and as for the design of his wheelchair, that is a piece of design excellence. Overall, I know that most fans feel that Davros was badly overused in subsequent Dalek serials, his Genesis here however, is nothing short of inspired.

Now then, we come to possibly my favourite character in the whole story, Nyder. What a truly despicable pile of sh*t Nyder is, played beautifully by the great Peter Miles. Nyder is the sort of SS officer that you routinely saw serving Hitler during the Second World War. His utter depravity is glorious to witness. His unconditional loyalty to the insane Davros is another aspect that makes this man so convincing. Peter Miles does a truly magnificent job of bringing such a nefarious bast**d to life. The only question that remains is, Peter Miles, where is your Oscar?

I have pointed out the pro's to the story, but now for the unpopular but necessary con's. I have always felt that the story was too long, any 6 parter in Doctor Who drags, even the greats. I find that episode 3 is padded to the hilt, Nation must have been having an off-day when he wrote that episode. Furthermore, some of the plot elements of the story are left un-satisfyingly unresolved. The Doctor's "get-out" clause in the final episode is a bit of a disappointment. I found the Doctor's inability to destroy the Daleks a great piece of writing, but having a Dalek just accidentally run over the two wires that detonate the mutation room was a bit of a cop-out to say the least.

That aside, the BBC's DVD release of this classic is something special. Not only do we have all 6 episodes looking spectacular due to the restoration work performed on them by the Doctor Who Restoration Team, but the wealth of special features is incomparable to any other DVD released thus far. If a 62 minute documentary dedicated to the making of this story does not please you then surely the 55 minute "Dalek Tapes" will. The latter doco features each and every story the Daleks ever appeared in analysed and discussed. It's a wonderfully in-depth doco beautifully narrated by Davros himself, Terry Molloy. This ranks as one of the best DVD's that the Beeb have released and is a must for any viewer of Doctor Who, let alone the fans. 20/20.

All in all then, Genesis of the Daleks is a classic story no end, but not the greatest, at least not in my eyes. Perhaps that view will change in time, and with the help of this BBC DVD release of this iconic story, that may well happen.

Many thanks for reading my rather lengthy review of Genesis, it's greatly appreciated.

M.B.
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on 29 June 2014
Son desperately wanted to see the old episodes but they do seem so dated to the young generation which was only to be expected.
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on 4 December 2015
Perhaps the most iconic of all Doctor Who stories and the one that established Tom Baker as one of the two or three best Doctors if not the best. It also introduced the key villain of all time, Davros the creator of the monstrous Daleks.
The story, production (on VT in those days) and dialogue are all excellent and the 'dream team' of Baker and Sarah-Jane really hit their stride after their rather flippant early appearances together.
Whether you prefer the early years or the new rebooting, William Hartnell or David Tennant, 'Genesis Of The Daleks' is a must-see for all fans of all ages.
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on 2 June 2015
Dr who combined with daleks is always entertaining although the programme looks very dated.
Great DVDs for Dr who fans!
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