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Doctor Who: Episode 134 - Resurrection of the Daleks (Special Edition)


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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Dr. Who gets violent? - Special Edition Extras compared to 2003 DVD release March 24 2012
By Happy Reader - Published on Amazon.com
The TARDIS inexplicably takes the Doctor, Tegan and Turlough to the planet Earth, present-day (meaning 1984) London, England to be exact. But it's a trap set up by the Daleks.

Lots of things are going on. The Daleks want to free Davros from his suspended animation prison ship, orbiting Earth (in the future, but Daleks can travel time, too). (Davros had been arrested after losing to the Doctor, played by Tom Baker, in Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks (Story 104).)

Throughout time, the Daleks have had a love-hate relationship with their insane creator, but right now they need Davros. The Movellans, a race of androids, have created a virus that kills Daleks, so the Daleks need Davros to find a cure.

That's in the future. In the current day, the Daleks create doppleganger human androids, to take over powerful positions on Earth. In addition, they plan to duplicate the Doctor and his companions and use them to assassinate the Gallifreyan High Council, hence the trap. But what if you create a robot duplicate so good at acting human that it can fool other humans, and then it continues on to start to feel human itself?

This is not a favorite episode but it's not a terrible one, either. The part I most do not appreciate is when the Doctor picks up a gun and shoots an android doppleganger. [A Comment pointed out that I am incorrect; It is a mutant Dalek that Dr Who shoots.] That just isn't the classic doctor I know and love. Tegan calls him on this violence, and the Doctor muses, "It seems I must mend my ways". On the other hand, the Doctor has the chance to kill Davros, ending his terrorizing once and for all, but cannot do it.

"The Resurrection of the Daleks" was first issued in DVD in 2003 in the U.S. This review is of the "Special Edition" issued 2012. It will have all the extras of the 2003 DVD release, plus a few more. The episode has digitally remastered picture and sound. According to a British website, here's what will be on the two discs included in this Special Edition:

Disc 1:
1. This has the episode in the originally aired 2-part version. Although written and recorded as four standard length episodes, this story was re-edited prior to transmission into two double-length episodes in order to allow more coverage for the Winter Olympics.
1. Audio Commentary 1 (this is a new commentary track). Commentary is by Terry Molloy (who plays Davros), Eric Saward (writer) and Peter Wragg (visual effects designer). Nicholas Pegg is the moderator.
2. Casting Far and Wide (new). This short, produced in 2011, is moderated by British comedian Toby Hadoke. He interviews Roger Davenport (who played a trooper), Del Henney (who played Colonel Archer), Leslie Grantham (Kiston), Jim Findlay (Mercer) and William Sleigh (Galloway). They talk about this episode in specific and their careers in general.
3. "On Location", from the 2003 DVD. This is a behind-the-scenes type interview with Eric Saward (script editor), Matthew Robinson (director) and John Nathan-Turner (Producer)
4. Extended and Deleted Scenes.
5. "Breakfast Time", from the 2003 DVD. "Breakfast Time" was a BBC morning magazine show. Two episodes are featured. In the first, Brian Hodgson and Malcolm Clark show how music was used to compliment the action. In the second show, John Nathan-Turner (producer) and Janet Fielding (who played Tegan) talk about the Tegan character.
6. BBC 1 Trailer, from the 2003 DVD
7. "The Last Dalek" (new). This is a black & white silent 8mm home movie, taken by Tony Cornell in 1967. Cornell worked at Ealing Film Studios, and took in his camera one day. It happens to be a day that they were filming the final Dalek battle scenes from the episode "The Evil of the Daleks". (This episode is now missing.) Original special effects designers Michaeljohn Harris and Peter Day provide commentary during the film.
8. TARDIS Cam no.4, from the 2003 DVD
9. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound Mix. (new on special edition) You have the option of listening to the episode in the orignal mono, or in Dolby.
10. Isolated Score, from the 2003 DVD
11. PDF materials: Radio Times Listings (new)
12. Coming Soon - the preview for the episode "Planet of the Spiders".
13. Easter Egg. Go to the Episode Selection menu, and select the Dr. Who logo.

Disc 2:
1. Alternate 4-episode version (new). The episode as filmed, as four standard length episodes.
2. Audio Commentary 2, the commentary on the 2003 DVD. Commentary is by Peter Davison (Dr. Who), Janet Fielding (Tegan Jovanka) and Matthew Robinson (director)
3. Come In Number Five (new) This short is a retrospective of Peter Davison's tenure as Doctor Who. Many people are included in this, including Davison himself.
4. Tomorrow's Times - The Fifth Doctor (new) Presented by Frazer Hines, this is about how the Fifth Doctor was presented in the press.
5. Walrus (new) Found buried in the BBC archives, this short short is about a Welsh woman who meets a Dalek. The Dalek tries to make her talk in a monotone.
6. Photo Gallery (new)
7. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound Mix. (new on special edition) You have the option of listening to the episode in the orignal mono, or in Dolby.
8. Isolated Score, for the 4 part episode.
9. Production Note Subtitles, from the 2003 DVD. Commentary by Paul Scoones. He speaks about the cast, script and other parts of making this Doctor Who episode.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
GENESIS, DESTINY, and RESURRECTION OF THE DALEKS- A Davros Trilogy of Grim But Rousing Adventures Sept. 28 2014
By Tinfoot - Published on Amazon.com
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For those who may be misled by an older review. Disc 1 contains the Two 45 Minunte Episodes that was originally aired in ENGLAND (not America), due to scheduling conflicts with that year's winter Olympics. Disc 2 contains the more traditional Four 24 minute episodes that were generally not viewed at all (other than some American markets that pre-bought the rights before the literally last minute format change scramble). There really isn't much of a difference between the two other than minor edits, especially for the two cliffhangers for Ep. 1 and 3, and for SE purposes, Disc 2's four episodes has Peter Davison's audio commentary, which I have come to quite like over his three seasons.

As for the story itself, it's a great follow on to the somewhat disappointing earlier adventure, DESTINY OF THE DALEKS (Story 104) with the 4th Doctor. Although most American viewers never realized it, the supporting cast is quite star-studded with well known British figures, the director Matthew Robinson pulling out all the stops to get as many big names as he could. The resulting superlative acting (if not the death acting of the extras) really shine. The Daleks are a little shabby looking, but the general costuming, right down to the Dalek-esque helmets of the human troopers, and set design of a shabby, old prison ship is quite good. And death lurks at every corner... not kidding. Having THE highest on-scene body count, RESURRECTION OF THE DALEKS still holds the record even after the far grimmer tenures of the 9th, 10th and 11th Doctors! Pretty action packed, and for a series that tended to rather poorly in action depiction, director Robinson handles it very well.

Peter Davison's own treatment of the violence around him and his moral struggle with his own part in it is displayed superbly, an interesting combination of Tom Baker's own hesitation in GENESIS OF THE DARLEKS (Story 78) as the 4th Doctor and a resoluteness that acts as a harbinger of Christopher Eccleston's 9th Doctor and his driving hatred towards the Dalek race. The companions take the backtrack compared to many of the supporting cast's roles yet still play centrepoint moments, and I must say, Janet Fielding's farewell as Tegan may have been her highest acting moment in her three seasons as a companion.

All in all, as a serial that brings new modern (for the 80s) elements into Doctor Who, such as camera controlled model shots and a level of gruesomeness that Philip Hinchcliffe was often reprimanded for but now becomes far more prevalent from this serial down to our most recent adventures with the 11th Doctor, and simply rousing good performance by Terry Malloy as Davros (he did a superior job over his predecessor in DESTINY), I would say without hesitation that the trilogy of GENESIS, DESTINY and RESURRECTION OF THE DALEKS up to this point (Davros makes two more appearances with the 6th and 7th Doctors) make a superlative addition to any Doctor Who collection, casual and dedicated alike.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Great fun! Nov. 13 2012
By Leslie Hubert - Published on Amazon.com
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When I buy a Doctor Who dvd, I don't expect dazzling special effects. What I DO want is solid acting and a good story. And I can say without doubt that this title delivered. A great time to be had for all Doc Who fans.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good-By Tegan, and I Don't Blame you for Leaving March 10 2013
By M. Ruble - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this partially because I'm a completist and this finishes up my Five Doctor run, and partially because it's a damn good story, full of suspense and tragedy, and the departure of a companion I initially didn't like, but grew to love. I like that, after all she's been through, The Daleks are the one thing that finally drives Tegan away. Five's been fighting them for so long, I doubt he even things about what they look like to an outsider. And Turlough, who's an alien himself, and who, as we find out in the next episode, has been through his own traumatic experiences, just takes them in stride as more of The Doctor's strangeness. Her departure is one of the most human and heartbreaking, scenes in the episode, and it's also one of those times that you see how truly alien The Doctor is. He's saddened, yes, but he can't quit understand why now. The Doctor tends to act so human most of the time, it's fascinating when you get these little glimpses into who he rally is. For him, this is SOP. He's been fighting these things across the universe for as long as he can remember. He hates them, because he's only too aware of the damage they can do, but he also knows they have to fought and stopped again and again, and that it's going to fall to him (and whoevers with him) to stop them.That they might find this traumatizing and want to leave never really occurs to him. Not because he's bad, but because when you get right down to it, he's an alien. This is what he does. And while he knows there are going to be casualties and people will die and leave, he never really stops to think about those moments.
Great episde June 19 2014
By Edward Kirven - Published on Amazon.com
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I like the episode and it came on time as described and I would recommend it to any orginal doctor who fans.


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