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Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Story 10) (2003)

William Hartnell , William Russell , Richard Martin  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: William Hartnell, William Russell, Jacqueline Hill, Carole Ann Ford, Bernard Kay
  • Directors: Richard Martin
  • Writers: Terry Nation
  • Producers: Verity Lambert
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 7, 2003
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000ADXG3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,163 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Story 10)" on IMDb

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Doctor Who: Dalek Invasion of Earth is a comprehensive two-disc set with a generally excellent black-and-white picture and mono sound. The highlight of disc 1 is a warm and very informative commentary hosted by Gary Russell and featuring director Richard Martin (all episodes), producer Verity Lambert (5 episodes), and Carol Ann Ford and William Russell (4 episodes each). There are optional subtitles for the episodes, as well as for the commentary, and further text titles giving detailed background information. Optional new CGI-effects shots have been added, which via seamless branching can be selected over the original 1964 model work. The new material obviously lacks authenticity, but looks about 1,000 times better. Disc 2 offers an abundance of extras including an amusing extract from Blue Peter (6 min.) showing how to make edible Daleks. There is a photo gallery and some very poor quality rehearsal footage, but most fun of all is a 27 minute 1994 BBC spoof radio documentary that asks Whatever Happened to... Susan? Jane Asher plays Susan Foreman in a sci-fi comedy as ingenious as it amusing and irreverent. This is a remarkable set that belongs in any Who fan's collection. --Gary S. Dalkin

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William Hartnell. In the 22nd century, Dr. Who and crew land on Earth to find London deserted-and the Daleks in charge. 1964/b&w/150 min/NR/fullscreen.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent! May 29, 2004
Format:DVD
This is one of those titles I looked forward to long before I knew of any definite plans to release it on DVD. I've always felt that, along with the Patrick Troughton story "The Seeds of Death", this is probably the best-photographed story of the entire 26 year history of the show; this is despite the fact that the cameraman's shadow can be seen drifting in and out of certain shots, but this can be forgiven since it is only the vastly improved DVD resolution that makes it visible at all, a problem that didn't exist when it was originally broadcast.
It was the first Doctor Who story to contain a significant amount of location footage, which enhanced its credibility; to see Daleks swarming around familiar monuments and landmarks leant the story authenticity, and the exterior lighting conditions throughout are flawless, and contribute greatly to creating a tense atmosphere of apprehensive foreboding.
I would also like to say that I have always been outspokenly opposed to the modification of old films and TV shows for any reason, so when I learned that some of the special effects had been replaced with newly-created CGI images, I was a little disturbed. But when I saw the results, I was floored: the new sequences are integrated so seamlessly and applied with such restraint that I have been forced to reconsider my objections. Furthermore, this DVD allows the viewer to choose between the original special effects sequence originally broadcast and the new updated CGI sequences.
This terrific feature, along with the high quality of the transfer, is an excellent example of the extreme care the BBC has taken in presenting these stories on DVD. They have taken an almost reverential approach in presenting this beloved British national icon to the rest of the world, and this is yet one more reason to buy this DVD.
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who in London October 30, 2003
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Format:DVD
There are those who consider Doctor Who to be at its very best when the errant Time Lord is visiting Earth and dealing with alien threats that are Earthbound. Doctor #3 himself, the late Jon Pertwee, often stated this story genre to be his favorite, and judging by the number of Earthbound stories from the show's lengthy history, many agreed. The latest two releases on DVD from the BBC archives are united in their "Earth invasion" theme, but both have taken an interesting and indeed unique slant on the alien invasion of London twist.
The "Dalek invasion of Earth" was the last adventure made in the first season production block, way back in 1964, albeit held over and broadcast as the second story in season two. The adventure is significant for many reasons, mainly because it featured the departure of one of the original Tardis crew, and also because it was the first "sequel" to feature in the show, featuring the return of the enormously popular Daleks, created by Terry Nation. Set almost 200 years in the future, the adventure mainly takes place in central London, allowing for much location filming around familiar sights, which adds to the realism of the story. It was the first real use of extensive location filming in the show's history and was well worth the effort to take the show out of the studio and bring a more epic quality to the production. The closing sequence featuring the Doctor (as played by William Hartnell) bidding farewell to his granddaughter Susan, played by Carole Ann Ford, may also be one of the entire series most poignant scenes.
All six of the original black and white episodes have been painstakingly restored to almost their original broadcast quality, with many enhancements to some of the laughable special effects added as an option.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DALEKS RETURN, AND THEY'RE NOT HAPPY!!! July 24, 2003
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The second story of the 1964 Season Two reunited the doctor with his old enemy the Daleks. Script Writer Terry Nation, never expecting his evil pepperpots to become a cult icon, had killed off his creations in his original story but was commissioned to bring them back for the next season. In this story, the TARDIS lands on the bank of the River Thames, London in the year 2164. The city is in ruins and the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan are soon split up and discover to their horror that the Daleks have invaded the Earth, butchered most of the population and reduced the survivors to either slaves or "Robomen". As the Doctor teams up with members of the London Resistance Movement he uncovers a daring Dalek plan to mine out the Earth's core, replace it with a drive system and turn the Earth into a giant spacecraft which could be steered from planet to planet as the Daleks expand their empire! The only hope for the remaining human population depends on the Doctors plan to infiltrate the Dalek mining operations in Bedfordshire and prevent them launching a giant bomb into the Earth's core.
Unlike the previous story, the Daleks are no longer restricted to moving on metal surfaces, but are free to roam the streets of London (and the rivers!) with their robotized zombies, exterminating whoever dares to resist them. Even though the BBC made this show on a miniscule budget, the original effects are not too bad and the sets create an atmosphere that makes this TV show far more enjoyable than its big-budget movie remake "The Dalek Invasion of Earth 2150AD".
Technical notes: The Doctor Who Restoration Team performed a major cleanup and renovation job on the original BBC recording to produce a highly polished DVD release.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE the Classic Daleks
One of the best of the classic series. Tense and fun to watch and good-bye to a companion. I collect all the Dalek shows. Read more
Published 5 days ago by LJ Minor
5.0 out of 5 stars Seeking the Best of Early Dr. Who
For those plumbing the depths of the earliest of Dr. Who adventures, this is one to check out. Admittedly, like the majority of the Hartnell era, the first episode is spot-on... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Tinfoot
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Serial
Until recently, this was my favorite William Hartnell episode. ("The Time Meddler" is now my top Hartnell pick. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sea Laughing
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It
All i can say is Great . I watched it when i bought the CD and i will have to watch it again soon
Published 4 months ago by James D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
A classic of the Daleks, this is a definite must watch. For a 1st Doctor series, I thought it moved along pretty well.

A very nice ending for Susan. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jetpack
5.0 out of 5 stars Near the beginning
Hartnell was a Doctor I wasn't familiar with to begin with. The more I see him, the more I like him. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Chevy
4.0 out of 5 stars return of the daleks
the tardis lands in London in the 22nd century. the daleks have invaded earth in order to move the planet. the daleks have these early version of the cybermen called robomen. Read more
Published 5 months ago by daryl drumheller
5.0 out of 5 stars The most epic story from the Hartnell era, a must have for any...
I'm not writing a review or even ranting on about how much I like The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
All I have to say is this IS The Doctor, as much as I like Peter Cushing he... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ferris Bueller
2.0 out of 5 stars Prefer the Peter Cushing version of this classic series
Growing up in the United Kingdom in the 1970s and 1980s, the classic Dr. Who series was a staple part of my television diet. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Darren Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars The First Doctor at His Best
If you're only going to see one first Doctor story I would recommend either this one or "The Time Meddler. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Nathaniel Wayne
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