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Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks (Story 72) (2012)

Jon Pertwee , Elisabeth Sladen , Michael E. Briant  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Jon Pertwee, Elisabeth Sladen
  • Directors: Michael E. Briant
  • Writers: Terry Nation
  • Producers: Barry Letts
  • Format: NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007VI74VM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,395 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks (Story 72)" on IMDb

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Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks originally ran in 1974 and features craggy-faced Jon Pertwee as the good Doctor. Death to the Daleks is an interesting story in the Who pantheon as well as in TV science fiction. The TARDIS goes off course and must land on the stark planet Exxilon. There, the Doctor and Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) go exploring, and Sarah, enraptured by Exxilon's shining centerpiece building, is suddenly taken captive. It turns out that some Daleks who live there have become rebels against the totalitarian Dalek government, so the Doctor must decide whether to team up with them, and/or with other human space explorers there for a rare mineral, to try to free her. The production values are surprisingly high, and the story is complex and the dialogue crisp. The extras on this DVD of Death to the Daleks are rather lavish, especially for a single-disc set. There is a very entertaining audio commentary by some of the cast and crew, with great factoids divulged left and right by the director, the costume director, and the sound engineer. There's also a half-hour documentary just on making the Exxilons' magic city. And there are plenty of outtakes, alternative story lines, and many other delicious Doctor tidbits. Death to the Daleks is a must for every Doctor Who fan. --A.T. Hurley

Product Description

A power failure in the TARDIS draws it off course, and the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith end up stranded on the bleak planet of Exxilon. They soon meet members of an Earth expedition in a similar situation. The humans are searching for a rare mineral, but first they must find out what is draining their power and avoid what's inside another grounded spaceship - the Doctor's oldest enemies, the Daleks.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Episode! One Disc DVD Extras are Fun! April 21, 2012
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This a pretty good episode of Dr. Who. The Daleks seem to show more initiative than I usually give them credit for. When their standard laser make-you-disappear weapons don't work, they fit themselves out with old-fashioned mechanical guns and even practice on a model TARDIS (which they must carry with them for fun?!).

"Death to the Daleks" originally aired in 1974. Story Synopsis: The TARDIS has (yet another) glitch, goes off course, and ends up on the planet of Exxilon. Something drains the TARDIS' power, and they're stranded. The Doctor and Sarah Jane leave to investigate. The Doctor meets up with a similarly stranded Marine Space Corp patrol. They came to Exxilon to gather the element parrinium, the only known antidote to a massive plague that is sweeping the galaxy.

Sarah Jane is fascinated with a giant white building with a beacon flashing on top. She is captured by a group of native Exxilons, who say she has defiled their city and must die. Unbeknownst to her, the Doctor has joined forces with the Marines and with a group of similarly stranded Daleks - a tentative truce indeed, as the Doctor states, "Inside each of those shells is a living, bubbling lump of hate."

The Doctor stops Sarah's execution, and the two escape through some tunnels. In the tunnels they meet Bellal, one of a group of exiled Exxilon's who do not worship the white City, they are afraid of it. The Doctor realizes that it is the beacon that is draining energy from the TARDIS and other ships, and he and Bellal set out to stop it.

In the meanwhile, the Dalek's have outfitted themselves with mechanical weapons not affected by the power drain - and they want to capture the parrinium.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humor, sci-fi, Pertwee... April 11, 2013
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First off, the Daleks are one of my favorite bad guys and Jon Pertwee is also a favorite of mine, not just as the Doctor but as a actor. I like the idea of a living city, even if it was inorganic in structure, and the acting was not that bad. I also like that the Daleks have tiny a TARDIS for target practice! Yes, the planet of Exxilon seems boring and lifeless. Yes, the natives look like something a five year old created. The idea that they would blend into the cave walls and sometimes glow seemed to be a interesting idea that does not REALLY comes across very well on the small screen. The special effects were, after all, BBC 1970's special effects so there is that. The maze to get into the city isn't half bad and the idea of aliens just visiting Earth is refreshing when compared to all the aliens who seem to have either tried to invade it or crash landed on it. How do you not see a planet? Were you adjusting the radio? Er...back to topic.
The plot is simple. The planet has a special mineral that can save lives but also has a dangerous city that drains power from ship engines and weapons (but not from Daleks - they move with the power of their MINDS). Both the humans and Daleks have trapped themselves on the planet and now have to work together to mine the mineral and save themselves. Sadly the Daleks in this story don't seem very dangerous. They have to replace their energy weapons with bullet shooters that make Wild West Gun Shot noises, they huddle together and debate a lot in whispers, and they get beat up by backwater natives when not being killed by the roots of the city. One even blows himself up. Of course, it was meant to be the last Dalek story ever. Which is why it was called Death of the Daleks.
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Some people think this is an underrated Dr Who story from the last season of Jon Pertwee's time as the titular character of a time travelling alien with a fondness for earth. I'm in two minds about "Death to the Daleks." The idea of the story is good but there are elements of the execution of it which are just too bad for words.

The idea is the doctor and his companion, journalist Sarah Jane smith land on a mysterious planet and find their ship is completely drained of power. They encounter a group of humans sent to recover a needed mineral from the planet who are likewise stranded and shortly thereafter, a Dalek warship is stuck. Since the locals of the planet are extremely hostile to visitors, the three groups band together when the Daleks find their energy weapons are also drained of power, to try to disable the fabulous but uninhabited city which seems to be the source of the energy drain.

The Daleks soon overcome their weaponless state by replacing their ray guns with machine guns and set about to subjugate everyone they can find. So it becomes even more important for the doctor and humans to find a way to remove the energy drain so they can escape. Unfortunately the city actively tries to kill anyone inside it and the locals outside the city are still pretty well hostile.

This far it works but the Daleks themselves fall down badly and it is the production team that is to blame. When they test fire their new machine guns, they do so by shooting up a toy model of a tardis/police box, one of the silliest and campiest missteps in the near 50 year long history of the program! They just carry one around for fun? Earlier Daleks have seemed highly bullet proof and yet one of these is smashed by a group of savages with clubs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic movie
I love doctor who movies. will enjoy watching this movie with my children for years to come. will be a great addition to my collection.
Published 1 month ago by HENDERSONETJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who??? (-:
Its Doctor Who!!! What more can I say??? (-: This particular DVD was chosen not so much for Pertwee himself, but the fact that Elizabeth Sladen was also starring.
Published 3 months ago by Steven Walls
4.0 out of 5 stars Daleks.
An older story when the reliance was on entertaining storylines above special effects. The Doctor is well played by Jon Pertwee.
Published 9 months ago by John L. Moore
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok
The movie needs more work as a Doctor Who story with its weak plot and confussing theme but the Doctor is great.
Published 10 months ago by Edward Kirven
Another great addition to my Doctor Who collection!

A must have for any Whovian!
Published 13 months ago by hondo101
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Doctor Who
I enjoy all of the Doctor Who DVD's that I have purchased. Watching them is always a wonderful way to spend time.
Published 14 months ago by Lillian Keats
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't go wrong with the Daleks
The Daleks have to be th emost evil creatures in the universe. They can't use their gun sticks so, they fashion machine guns. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Matthew Petersen
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who Movie
If you love the british sci fi series doctor who, this is a must buy, hard to find and start making your collection!
Published 15 months ago by JKINSPECTOR
5.0 out of 5 stars Love It
I have been waiting for this episode to move from VHS to DVD and I love this and all my Dr. Who DVD's.
Published 15 months ago by Suzan Pickard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
If you are a Doctor Who fan you will like this DVD story is great but special effects are ok.
Published 16 months ago by Pete
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