Starring Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor, Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks sees our hero fighting the deadly Daleks as they invade Earth. Packed with a wealth of unmissable extras including the option to watch the story with brand-new special effects.
World peace hangs in the balance and Sir Reginald Styles, a high-ranking diplomat, is the only person that stands between mankind and a third and final World War. But a mysterious and savage guerrilla force from the 22nd Century believe Styles is the agent that shaped their terrifying future and therefore must die...
The Doctor and Jo find themselves flung into the guerrillas’ world; a brutal dictatorship policed by the merciless and ape-like Ogrons. The Daleks have invaded Earth, enslaved the population and face certain triumph unless the Doctor betrays all he believes in and condones the cold-blooded murder of Styles in an attempt to change the course of history... forever.
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liked it a lot .. one of the older early 70 era episodes that really entertained me to the last minute of the show... wish they could write like this today instead of showing the same story every time. Perry Pittman
another excellent low prop better acting ( for the 70 era) than many of the other shows at the time .. i will watch it again. and again. Pertwee does help the rest of the cast out of holes in their abilities. No wonder Who has lasted 50 yrs no matter what the cast or script the actor playing the role of the doctor always seems to pull it thru for them.. will watch again and again . and by the way my 13 yr old likes it too and watches many of the older episodes that i grew up with. Perry Pittman
This 4-part 1972 adventure features Jon Pertwee as the 3rd Doctor. The Daleks have conquered the Earth in the 22nd Century, and a group of desperate freedom fighters / terrorists (it depends on your point of view, see?!) who have travelled back in time to our era to assassinate a politician who is blamed for the calamity. Yes, it's the basic plot of "Terminator", or the Harland Ellison tale which inspired it, anyhow. It's an intriguing scenario, though there is some very talky exposition to try to make sense of the temporal paradoxes involved - amusingly the script acknowledges that none of this makes much sense with an knowing sequence where the Doctor starts spouting a technobabble explanation, but is conveniently interrupted. The 3rd Doctor is at his best in some parts of this, displaying not only his love for (other people's) fast vehicles, but also a fondness for (other people's) fine food and wine, and for lounging foppishly around an impressive stately drawing room as if to the manor born (;)) - but unforgivably, twice turning a disintegrator gun on an enemy in a way that is disturbingly out of character. Katy Manning plays the delightfully kooky and very underrated Jo Grant - always resourceful, usually prone to wandering naively into trouble, and often, as here, flashing a great deal of bare leg. (I suspect that one could divide viewers into those who feel that attire is totally impractical for running about futuristic wastelands, and those admirers of Katy Manning who will be re-watching these particular sequences repeatedly, possibly in slow-motion.) Standing out amongst the supporting cast is Aubrey Woods as the Daleks' chief collaborator, giving a performance that, if occasionally a little stagey in a Doctor-Who-Villain sort of way, combines menace with a sinister charm, and finally is almost sympathetic. The Daleks don't do much (they were not even in the original scripts) and their voices are unusually flat and monotonous - after a lengthy absence from the series, no-one seems to have been able to recall what Daleks were supposed to sound like. They are assisted by the thuggish ape-like Ogrons, who may not be the most complex alien race in Doctor Who, but who look magnificently nasty - superb masks - and are arguably more scary than their Dalek masters. Alas there's not much can be done to inject tension into a hysterical chase sequence where the pursuing Ogrons resort to a sort of slow-motion skipping, as if auditioning from a Ministry of Silly Walks, in order to avoid catching up with a supposedly "futuristic" tricycle that is trundling along at walking pace. But this sort of unintentional comedy is part of the charm of classic Doctor Who, and shouldn't detract from the series' seemingly endless capacity for imagination, originality and fundamental optimism. Extras on this DVD - as if sound and picture much superior to the old VHS version weren't enough - include the usual generous batch of documentaries (those of us of a certain age will never tire of seeing another clip from Blue Peter!), an intermittently amusing commentary by a couple of the supporting artistes and members of the production team, and the usual studious on-screen production notes - fascinating if you are the kind of viewer who is hungry for background trivia. A big selling point - This double disk allows the viewer to sit down to either the original broadcast version, or a special edition. This is not, as in some cases in this range, a drastically re-edited or cut down version, but one that addresses two of the factors that many viewers feel let down the original - the Dalek voices, widely regarded as disappointing, have been re-dubbed in a more traditional style by Nick Briggs (who is responsible for all the Dalek voices in the current BBC Series), to excellent effect; and the climactic sequence, which woefully highlighted the BBC's shortage of functional Dalek props, has been augmented ingeniously with newly shot sequences. Throughout, there are added laser beams and other video effects which, though they occasionally jarr stylistically, enhance the action sequences considerably. Hugely entertaining, great value extras (as always with this range), and very much recommended.
I am too young to have watched this originally and as a child got to know this story from the Target Book. I imagined all the Dalek, Ogron, Gorilla and UNIT battles as great spralling affairs. When I eventually saw the VHS a few years ago i was very disappointed, the BBC made great efforts with very limited funds, but it was very pale reflection of what I imagined. NOT ANYMORE! Disk 2 of this set has the re-mastered, CGI effects added, New Dalek Voice version, and is better then I remember my imagined version. So now great plot has the matching effects and this story / DVD could standup to any of the great David Tennant Episodes. This is now mine and my childrens favourite Doctor Who DVD.