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:
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.
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.