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Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks (Story 60) (2011)

Jon Pertwee , Nicholas Courtney , Paul Bernard  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Nicholas Courtney, Richard Franklin, Katy Manning, John Levene
  • Directors: Paul Bernard
  • Writers: Louis Marks
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: September 13, 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051V55XA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,270 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On Earth in the 22nd century, Daleks have enslaved the planet, and humans live in fear of their masters. Meanwhile, back in the 20th century, a peace conference is urgently needed to prevent World War Three. When reports reach UNIT of a ghost at Auderly House - the site for the conference - the Doctor and Jo decide to investigate. Danger is waiting for them there, including a trip two hundred years into the future without the TARDIS.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think, doesn't it? April 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The benefit of this video is that it's more intellectual and thought-provoking than most television SF. The premise is a paradox, a time loop, and I find myself thinking if it existed before the Doctor got involved, and if so, did it continue to exist afterward? And when, pray tell, did it begin?
That said, the characterizations are well-done, building on existing character tropes without contradicting anything put forth in the past. There's a certain continuity failure, as there is in this series when the future of Earth comes into question (how often can our world be destroyed, overrun, or conquered for the first time?), but we've come to accept that as part of the joy of time travel. The Daleks are as deliciously evil and as devoid of redeeming qualities as ever, and the tortured heros make the noble choice in the end, as they always will.
An enjoyable SF romp for a Friday night with the brain in neutral, or a thought-provoking, issue-oriented drama when that's what you need. A little of something for everyone.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A strange but worthwhile DVD special edition... September 14, 2011
Format:DVD
I'm surprised that it took so long for "Day of the Daleks" - a pretty good Doctor Who story - to see the light of day on DVD. Perhaps the folks at BBC Worldwide and 2entertain were waiting for CGI technology to advance, to the point that they could produce a cheap but good-looking special edition (which is what you get on the second disc of this DVD two-pack).

Generally speaking, I don't care for special editions; new special effects or new scenes that are shoehorned into old productions tend to look distractingly out-of-place, in my eyes. For example, like much of the world's population, I dislike George Lucas' special editions of the Star Wars movies, for their anachronistic use of computer effects and pointless tinkering with minor plot points (such as whether Han or Greedo "shot first"). And previous special edition Doctor Who DVDs have tended to look a bit ... well, lame, as they featured often-primitive CGI that barely improved on the original special effects.

But with "Day of the Daleks," the BBC has finally produced a special edition that looks really good, and is (somewhat) worthwhile. They have added many new special effects to this story, and even a handful of new shots, primarily to make the battle scenes more exciting. Wisely, the DVD producers decided to make the new special effects retro-looking, so they fit well into a 1970s production; for example, when the Daleks zap people in the special edition, their victims turn into skeletons, which is cool but also in the same pleasantly goofy vein as "Mars Attacks!"

While all this effort to "improve" the story is impressive, this is still "Day of the Daleks," and if you've seen the original version you've basically seen the special edition as well.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh, what fun December 28, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I was a "Doctor Who" fan from somewhere in the late 70s until the mid-80s, getting into re-runs of Tom Baker, Peter Davison, and Jon Pertwee episodes via PBS. Lately, I've seen some of the new "Doctor Who," and gleaned that the show and its conventions were popular once again, so I decided to revisit one of my favorite stories from the old days.

I don't really like the new episodes. They feel wrong to me. I think that Matt Smith does an outstanding job with the title role--he's probably one of the best ever to play the part--but on the whole the stories are too slick, too busy, too overstuffed. Maybe that opinion says as much about me as it does the show, but I don't care.

And I'm happy to report that I had an absolute blast with "Day of the Daleks." Was it cheesy? Yes. Did it occasionally have a cheap, shot-on-the quick feel? Yes. Did it always make sense? No.

But did it bound exuberantly from one setup to the next, from one scene to the next, with a glee that you can't buy with all of the high-budget SFX in the world? Yes. Yes.

Watching this felt like going back in time. That's my Doctor Who - the Doctor and his companions lounging around on supposedly futuristic pillows sipping wine from a vaguely bong-like container, or rushing to start up a completely incongruous and unexplained pull-start three-wheeler ATV in the middle of the 22nd century, or using "Venusian Aikido" to subdue a foe. And throughout it all, storytelling spirit shining through the cheap backdrops and sketched-in effects - a low budget production wearing its heart on its sleeve.

It's brisk, light, slightly cheap, maybe a little too dated for some. But it's fun. A ton of fun, and I will be revisiting it sooner rather than later.

I have regretted some of the purchases I've made for the sake of nostalgia. This is not one of them. I literally loved every minute of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Operating on a shoestring budget with actors, technicians and writers who were largely second-raters, the BBC series, Doctor Who, nevertheless manages to find its niche. Clive Barker, among others, expresses his admiration for less sophisticated fare which have a "gnarly" texture, exhibiting all the sutures,zippers and wires absent in the hollywood-style productions offered through the CGI technicians. There is a counter-cultural element which prefers this abstract approach employed by older sci-fi productions which rely more on the imagination of the viewer than that needed with the absolutism of modern special effects which offer visuals designed to project a more polished style. Day of the Daleks is typical of the former approach. Ogrons jackboot around in facial prostheses that are ill-fitted and comical. At first perusal of a clumsy Dalek manuevering with all the dexterity of an oversized wheelchair one must either conceed to the absurdity of it or turn the channel. It doesn't take long for most to reach that decision. But Day of the Daleks is better than most in that it is backed up by a story with merit. It succeeds despite its limitation in production and some may even say because of them.
Whether or not one wants to be pidgeonholed, the unmistakable charm of such productions as Doctor Who lie in their simplicity, which demands the viewer be inherently accepting of the visual form in order to appreciate the underlying narrative. In short one will know within the first moments of viewing whether the interpretation is one suitable to the individual's taste. Hence, opinions on the show's merits tend to be poles apart; rarely will one find a middle of the road opinion. No amount of prose will sway the either opinion once it has been formed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!
I was so exited that this was coming out on DVD, as I've worn out my old VHS copy. The special edition is very well done and actually matches up well with the original footage. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Who
4.0 out of 5 stars The Daleks Come Back
The Daleks make their return to Doctor Who make their first appearance in about five years in this episode as Doctor Who's 9th Season kicks off. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Adam
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disapointed,,,,
I can not watch it on my dvd player.
It cant be watched here in Australia.
I am very disapointed. !!!
Published 5 months ago by David Turnbull
5.0 out of 5 stars Not so Special Special Edition? Actually it is very special and not...
This turned out to be an interesting find for me. I started off buying all the Special editions first. This release is not mentioned as a Special Edition. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jim Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars A Haunted Future
A great Pertwee and Dalek story. The doctor investigates some strange activity at the house of a diplomat. He is attacked by a mysterious figure, a soldier from the future... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andrew50
4.0 out of 5 stars Favorite Dr Who serial made better by DVD updates
Growing up in the UK in the era before home video I used to read Doctor Who novelizations all the time and my favorite was always "Day of the Daleks" which I must have read... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Darren Harrison
4.0 out of 5 stars Day of the Daleks
This is one of the better episodes of the Dr. Who series. Also enjoyable is his able assistant, Jo Grant.
Published 18 months ago by Chuck Guerrero
5.0 out of 5 stars Dalek Masterpiece
I suspect I've watched this DVD approximately 25 times since I bought it (I'm funny that way) and so far it has yet to become monotonous. Read more
Published on May 10, 2012 by The Wiz
5.0 out of 5 stars To me this is the best....
Daleks. A dark future. Time Travelers trying to stop the future that they started...confusing, no? The story is simple. Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Michael Valdivielso
5.0 out of 5 stars Years Of Doom
Doctor Who Day Of The Daleks written by Louis Marks first aired January 1st - 22nd 1972 and featured the Daleks for the first time since The Evil Of The Daleks which aired all the... Read more
Published on December 14, 2011 by Grateful Jerry
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