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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing SPECIAL EDITION release
'Day of the Daleks' was never considered to be one of the best Dalek stories. A shoestring budget, underwhelming sets and sonically incorrect Dalek voices made it an interesting, yet altogether distracting entry in traditional Dalek lore. 2011's DVD release of the serial brings it all back for purists while adding a 2nd disc that includes a Special Edition of the story,...
Published on Dec 26 2011 by Derek Draven
3.0 out of 5 stars INTELLIGENT PREMISE
Although somewhat dissapointing in the realization of the Daleks, this is a very intelligent story on the paradox of time travel and changing history. On the positive side, apart from the story, you have Jon Pertwee, Ogrons (my favorite baddies, I don't know why), the Brigadier, and that wonderful 70's sci-fi electronic music (really sets the mood). On the negative...
Published on March 11 2001
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing SPECIAL EDITION release,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks (DVD)
'Day of the Daleks' was never considered to be one of the best Dalek stories. A shoestring budget, underwhelming sets and sonically incorrect Dalek voices made it an interesting, yet altogether distracting entry in traditional Dalek lore. 2011's DVD release of the serial brings it all back for purists while adding a 2nd disc that includes a Special Edition of the story, which we'll touch on later.
The story focuses on the third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) during his affiliation with UNIT on Earth. A peace conference is being headed by Sir Reginald Styles, a British diplomat who has been trying to prevent the nations of the world from decaying to the brink of World War III. In the midst of last-minute negotiations, Styles is attacked by a lone intruder brandishing a futuristic pistol in his study at the Auderly House. Before he is able to kill Styles, the assassin simply vanishes. Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart is immediately notified, and in turn sends the Doctor and Jo to the retreat to investigate. Styles leaves for Peking for an 11th hour meeting in a desperate attempt to bring China to the conference table and prevent a meltdown of negotiations. The Doctor and Jo stay at the retreat in his place, and are soon accosted by three more armed assassins with a vendetta against Styles. Before they can explain further, Jo grant is transported to the 22nd century by one of the assassins' crude time displacement devices. The Doctor manages to follow the assassins into the 22nd century, and learns the horrible truth. The Daleks have conquered Earth following 100 years of human war that has killed 7/8ths of the population and left the planet defenseless. The remaining humans have been enslaved by the Daleks as the planet is strip-mined for resources. The human resistance blames history's speculative account of Reginald Styles assassinating the key delegates at the peace conference, which led to the wars. But is it really as simple as that?
The story focuses on simple elements that come together to make a very interesting scenario. The entire serial is built around a cause-and-effect time paradox which has allowed the Daleks to sneak in and take advantage. As a Dalek story, it's rather passive and straightforward in tone. The Daleks aren't out to destroy time, or the universe, or effect some horrendous plan. They have established themselves as rulers of Earth, and that's about it. The characters play vital roles in the storyline to keep it interesting. Aubrey Woods is a scene-stealer as the Controller, a traitorous human serving the Daleks as their lieutenant who may, or may not be conflicted about the nature of his role.
The problem with 'Day' isn't the story, but the budget. Paul Bernard sat in the director's chair and didn't seem to have a clue what he was doing, at least from the perspective of a Dalek story which requires a certain degree of finesse and knowledge of the creature. Dalek voices are atrocious, oddly timed and completely non-threatening. There's a sense that Bernard never really knew what to do with the privilege of working on a Dalek story. It becomes less about them, and more about the time paradox that allowed them to take over the planet. Special effects are completely underwhelming. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the final scene where a grand total of three Daleks and a handful of Ogrons assault the Auderly House which is being guarded by UNIT. A few squib explosions and sound effects are all that bridges the gap between imagination and reality.
Which is where the Special Edition comes in.
Disc 2 is dedicated almost exclusively to this newly enhanced version of the serial, and for good reason. It's bloody spectacular. Most previous 'Who' DVD entries have focused on the addition of a few new CGI effects here and there to spice up the otherwise drab delivery. Not here. The crew in charge have painstakingly gotten rid of all the bad bits that made 'Day' so hard to watch, and replaced them with glorious new material. The new CGI sequences are good enough on their own. Ray guns now fire bolts and actually explode their organic targets into little giblets, making the battles a bit more violent than what you'd remember. Dalek guns now fire traditional blue laser blasts (though without traditional gun sound), machine gun effects sprinkle onto Dalek casings, blast bolts leave light auras on faces and environments, and time travel sequences have been spruced up digitally. The best part about these new additions is how seamless they are with the original material. The idea was to make it seem plausible that these effects could have been done in the 1970s. I'd say they've succeeded. But that's not all! Dalek voices have been completely redone with none other than Nicholas Briggs (Dalek voice actor for the new Doctor Who series) at the helm, giving his signature of perfection on every piece of Dalek dialogue. This was no small feat, as only the final audio mix exists with no separate recording tracks, forcing sound engineers to painstakingly remove the old Dalek voices and insert the new, something made especially difficult when several voices overlapped each other. The final result? Flawless. Literally flawless. And finally, the crew went way above and beyond the call of duty by actually tracking down the same cameras used to film the 1972 serial in order to shoot entirely new material for integration into the existing film. Each shot was color treated and reverse-graded to match the lesser quality of 1970s television quality. Watching it through from beginning to end, I couldn't once tell what was new, and what was old. The contrast is readily apparent on the aforementioned final scene where the Daleks and Ograns attack UNIT. There are more of them, the battle is more intense, more violent and more spectacular, and there's a sense of weight that just wasn't there before. All in all, one of the best Special Edition treatments I've seen yet on a 'Who' serial.
Naturally, purists will cry foul, but they'd be silly to. This is not a matter of George Lucas trying to fix what isn't broken. This is a clear case of something already broken and needing fixing, and getting layered with love throughout the entire process. Watching the Special Edition of 'Day' was like watching a whole new Doctor Who story that I'd never seen before. The pacing felt more snappy, immersive and the deliveries were much stronger. A large part of this can be attributed to the re-done Dalek voices, which in themselves are an excellent reason to give this DVD a try. It's a magnificent treatment, and every kudo should be heaped upon the team responsible for bringing this gem to the Doctor Who DVD line. Yes, it's that good.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They're baaaaaaaaaaaaack!,
Five years after the fall of the Daleks on Skaro in Evil Of The Daleks, the Daleks reappeared on the small screen in Day Of The Daleks, which was also their third time in colour, counting the two Aaru films.
The international situation from The Mind Of Evil has gotten worse, to the brink of World War III. However, Sir Reginald Styles, vain to the point of arrogance, is the last hope in reconciling the Russians with the Chinese. While working late one night, a guerrilla from the future tries to kill him, and that's what draws UNIT in. The man is later attacked by a brutish Ogron, one of many ape-like humanoid servants who are "as loyal as they are stupid." A trio of other guerrillas try to succeed where their comrade has failed, and capture Jo and the Doctor, who have spent the night at Styles' place. Of these, Anat, the leader, while sharing the fanaticism of her comrades, is civilized. When Boaz, who looks a bit like Tony Curtis, tries to shoot Jo and the Doctor, she says, "We're soldiers, not murderers."
Jo Grant is wearing what I consider a classic Jo Grant outfit--plaid red and blue blouse, red tie, denim skirt, and white go-go boots. As this was the first story of the ninth season, maybe Katy Manning had a few weeks on the beach in the interim. She appears tanner here and more radiant as a result. It also extends to her good charity when sneaking Sgt Benton some wine and cheese.
The Doctor is seen as quite a gourmet, as he helps himself to Sir Reginald's Gorgonzolla cheese and a red wine which he describes as "good humoured... a touch sardonic, not cynical. A most civilized wine."
Although not specifically stated, the Controller's monotone female staff may be a vast improvement on the Robotization process (Dalek Invasion Of Earth).
The notable guest star here is Aubrey Woods (the Controller), who played the goldsmith in The Abominable Dr. Phibes but is probably best known as the candy store owner Bill in Willy Wonka. His defense to the Daleks that "for every guerrilla cell that's destroyed, another takes its place" reminds me of what Israel faced in the 1980's against the Palestinians.
One goof in Episode 1 is where the Gold Dalek talks slower, enunciating each syllable. Fortunately it gets better in the remaining episodes--maybe he hadn't taken his Dalek pep pills then. BTW, one Dalek speaks in a lower register (not a goof) while the others are more shrill. Maybe he sings bass in the Dalek choir.
Another is the guerrilla Shura putting his gun down and trying to contact headquarters. When an Ogron jumps him, his gun is back in his holster.
A third is the Doctor and Jo seeing their future selves while the Doctor is fiddling with the TARDIS. Hopefully, the ending would have had them seeing their past (when they were fixing the TARDIS.) It is included in the novelization, but I guess there were time constraints.
A classic Daleks story, and the first of three Dalek encounters by the Third Doctor. UNIT maintains its credibility as an effective fighting force, and Jo Grant has never been any prettier than here. Be sure and tell your friends if you like this video, and don't forget to tell it to the marines.
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Just another day,
Nice tight story this without much of the waste that characterised a number of the Pertwee third Doctor Stories.
I like this adventure quite a bit despite the obvious shortcomings. It begins with a mysterious military figure disappearing into the night and scaring the wits out of our fearless diplomat. UNIT gets involved due to the impending demise of the peace conference but the Doctor does not want to know despite his affected noncholant view of politicians.
Soon he and Joe are caught up in an inter-temporal assassination attempt with the diplomat Styles attaining notoriety as the harbringer of a nuclear holocaust where the reality is quite different. The slimy, smooth canniving controller in the future dupes Joe into providing information which he then passes on to his Dalek masters.
There are some digs here too. The slave population of the future are housed in tower blocks which is a very nice touch considering the social problems they were to be held responsible for in the ensuing years. The off the cuff remark made by the Doctor too about the well stocked larders of the political class uis well made as is his use of the same.
The temporal paradox causes a bit of confusion but not half as much as the Dalex ownership of a method of time travel again.
On the whole though there are some redeeming features notably the controller's recantation of his help to the Daleks. It moves along well and keeps the attention. One of the better adventures.
3.0 out of 5 stars INTELLIGENT PREMISE,
By A Customer
Although somewhat dissapointing in the realization of the Daleks, this is a very intelligent story on the paradox of time travel and changing history. On the positive side, apart from the story, you have Jon Pertwee, Ogrons (my favorite baddies, I don't know why), the Brigadier, and that wonderful 70's sci-fi electronic music (really sets the mood). On the negative side, you have a bit of overacting (the Controller comes to mind), minimal sets, and of course the minimal involvement of the Daleks. As others have noted, this is not the best Dalek story or Pertwee's strongest episode, but it is still enjoyable nonetheless, with some genuinely scary moments to boot.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad,
This review is from: Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks (DVD)
Iam not a big fan of this particular doctor, i still prefer the original. As has allready been said this is not the best dalek story, but i will add one thing i noticed, bad camera angles in a couple of the scenes as jo gets up you see her red panties, and in another scene again you get a nice shot of her rear again the red panties, hasnt any one else noticed?
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