Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks (Story 78)
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One of the most popular story arcs from Doctor Who's "Fourth Doctor" period (starring Tom Baker as the Doctor), writer Terry Nation's Genesis of the Daleks not only fleshes out the back story of the Doctor's most fearsome nemeses--the megalomaniacal, robotic Daleks--but also serves up athoughtful storyline that doesn't skimp on the action. First aired on the BBC in 1975, the six-episode story has the Doctor and companions Sarah Jane (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry (Ian Marter) summoned to the Daleks'home planet of Skaros at a time prior to their rise to power. Hoping toprevent the domination-hungry beings from developing their warlike behavior, they soon find themselves in the middle of a war between two races, the Kaleds and the Thals, and uncover a plot by a Kaled scientist, Davros, to render his people invincible as the metal-encased Daleks. A gripping story with elements that remain topical even today (ancient cultures locked in an endless war, genetic experimentation, eugenics), Genesis of the Daleks is an excellent starting point for first-time Who viewers,and a fine reminder of the show at its best for longtime fans. The two-disc DVD offers a considerable amount of extras, most notably a commentary track by Baker, Sladen, co-star Peter Miles, and director David Maloney. "Genesis of a Classic" is an hour-long featurette about the story, with interviews from all the major (surviving) cast and crew members, while "The Dalek Tapes" explores the creatures' history via rare clips and interviews with performers and production staff. There's also a clip from a vintage episode of the U.K. children's series Blue Peter that's devoted to Doctor Who models and creatures, as well as the detailed photo gallery and subtitled text commentary that are standards on all Doctor WhoDVDs. Those with DVD-ROM can access PDF documents of the 1976 Doctor Who Annual and listings from the Radio Times.]]>
Top Customer Reviews
This is truely one of the best story arcs of the 4th incarnation of the Doctor, as played by fan-favorite, Tom Baker (currently narrator on the successful "Little Brittain" series).
This gritty and sometimes extremely dark story is one I and many fans have been waiting on for DVD release. The Doctor questions his own morality, wrestling with the decision to wipe out the Daleks like some terrible disease: To destroy an intelligent life form, wiping out a race, would 'he' be any better than the Daleks.
One short-coming is the price of BBC 2-disc sets is high and the special-bonus material is usually less-than special.
The story opens with our heroes trying to return to Earth after one of their most recent adventures. They get, essentially, pulled over by the Time Lords. One of them, dressed, for some odd reason, rather like Tim the Enchanter, explains to the Doctor that he's on Skaro and must prevent the construction of the Daleks.
Now this opens up a great many interesting doors, including such things as the grandfather paradox. A lot of them don't get opened, but some do, such as the Doctor questioning the morality of destroying the Daleks. He sites the evil that they do, but also explains that by forcing various species to work together against them they also cause good (in Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch it's observed that evil sows the seeds of its own destruction. This is a great example).
The story is also notable for the introduction of Davros. Ah, Davros. For some reason, despite the Daleks appearing every-other episode of the new series, he hasn't shown up yet.Read more ›
With this release my Top 5 favorite stories are now on DVD. Shame about the price increase though. On the plus side we're getting one of the Tom Baker's best stories and he's even doing a commentary!
Now if the BBC will only release Pertwee's Dalek stories...
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This is a great story. We meet Davros for the first time and see the creation of the Daleks. There are parts in this story where you can see the Doctor really cares about his... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel Pagano
I love this one....one should order this for their Dr. Who libraryPublished 3 months ago by Jason P. Connelly
I married a Whovian. She didn't know she was on until she watched Dr. Who back in 2005. Now she a hardcore fan. This is one of the few classic episodes she hasn't seen. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jules
Surprisingly serious, intense (and perhaps even prescient) outing for the Fourth-Doctor (Tom Baker) on a crucially secret Time-Lord mission to stop (or at least significantly... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Book & Music thief, from HI
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Our niece now knows that the "older" Doctors are cool, too! She'll actually wear the 12-foot scarf we gave her last Christmas.Published 5 months ago by Pam Evans