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Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks (Story 78) (2006)

Tom Baker , Elisabeth Sladen , David Maloney  |  NR |  DVD
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Product Details

  • Actors: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter, Michael Wisher
  • Directors: David Maloney
  • Writers: Terry Nation
  • Producers: Philip Hinchcliffe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: 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: June 6, 2006
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EMG918
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,888 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks (Story 78)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Six episodes
  • "Genesis of a Classic" making-of documentary
  • "The Dalek Tapes" documentary on the show's iconic villains
  • "Blue Peter" featurette
  • Continuity compilation
  • Photo gallery
  • PC-ROM accessible "Doctor Who Annual" and "Radio Times Billings" from 1976
  • Production note option
  • Still gallery

Editorial Reviews

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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 a thoughtful 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 to prevent 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 Who DVDs. Those with DVD-ROM can access PDF documents of the 1976 Doctor Who Annual and listings from the Radio Times. --Paul Gaita

Product Description

The Time Lords send the Doctor (Tom Baker), Sarah Jane and Harry on a daunting mission to the Daleks' home planet.

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RUNNERS ON YOUR MARK August 19, 2006
Format:DVD
In every sense of the word GENESIS OF THE DALEKS is a "classic".

It has classic scenes, classic lines, classic charcters, a classic setting and the classic of all classic DOCTOR WHO villains - THE DALEKS. How can you go wrong? With both eyes closed, it hardly seems you could... but even the most die hard fan must admit that while GENESIS aims high, it is often mired in a disjointed plot, long winded writing, and paced like a car wreck. It's all bits and pieces flying everywhere - and you can't take your eyes off it. GENESIS OF THE DALEKS is truly a mess - but a wonderful one.

Terry Nation takes us back to the origin of his most famous creations and manages to not only provide a crediable and interesting background story for the Daleks - but establish a new character, DAVROS, who has managed to last almost as long as the Daleks themselves. This is a high point in the story, and one of the main reason why you should own this collection - as for the rest, there are some problems. At six episodes GENESIS runs too long for the material - causing many charcters to reapeat actions, dialouge, plot and story over and over again. The Doctor, Sarah and Harry end up spending a lot of time walking (and running) in this story as well.

From one dome to the another. Above ground, underground, in corridors, under floors, up ladders and down trenches - they are always on the move and always just missing each other at every moment. This story also features one of the least classic monsters in DOCTOR WHO's history - the Giant Clam. It looks exactly like the plastic, spray painted and hand operated "monster" that it is - it's so bad, it's classic. Roger Corman would be proud. But, underneath all the studio cheek and filmed quarry sequences there lies a good story.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful
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Genesis of the Daleks was one of the first Doctor Who stories I remember watching when I first started watching the program on PBS. Genesis was actually the first Dalek story I had ever seen, and it remains my overall favorite today, as well as one of my overall favorite Doctor Who stories. After years of thrilling stories with the Doctor's oldest archenemies, The DW production staff, along with writer/Dalek creator Terry Nation, decided to explain the origins of the psychotic, megalomaniacal pepperpots in Genesis of the Daleks. The Doctor (Tom Baker) and his companions Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) are brought to Skaro, the Daleks' homeworld, by the Time Lords at a time before the Dalek race existed. The Time Lords want the Doctor to either prevent the Daleks from having ever existed, or alter their development so that they evolve into less aggressive creatures. The Doctor, Harry and Sarah find themselves in the middle of a long-running war of attrition between two humanoid races--the Kaleds and the Thals. They discover that the nuclear bombardments have caused people on both sides to mutate. The Kaleds, who are into racial purity, have expelled their mutants (called Mutos) into the wastelands outside their city. One exception is Davros (Michael Wisher), their chief scientist. Davros, believing these mutations are speeding up the evolution of the Kaleds, is performing experiments which lead to the creation of the first Daleks. But Davros' experiments cause the Daleks to lose their sense of emotion--love, hate, pity, compassion. They are driven by one thing--the need for power over the Thals and other "lesser" races. Davros betrays the Kaleds by helping the Thals nuke the Kaled city and destroy his own race. Read more ›
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Imagine you could pick your favorite villains, from your favorite TV show, and do more than just reinvent those villains, but invent those villains, infront of the eyes of a viewer totally familiar with who those villains are, then go back and tell the story of their origin from the perspective of the protagonist. When that protagonist is a TIMELORD, it's easy to tell that story. That is just what Genesis of the Daleks is, the story of how the Doctor's greatest enemy comes to be. But, this concept is taken further than just telling their origin, the Doctor's mission is to stop that origin!

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.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Doctor Who stories ever March 25, 2006
Format:DVD
This was the story that got me hooked on Doctor Who back in the early 80's. My friend was a fan long before me and was always getting me to sit down and watch episodes on local TV with commercials. I was not impressed by what I saw until they ran Genesis of the Daleks during a PBS pledge drive. That was all it took to make me a diehard fan. Other reviewers have gone into detail about why this story is so good so I won't repeat their excellent comments here.

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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 1 day ago by Michael R. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy effects are best when viewed in Dr Who episodes.
So don't let them stop you from watching these. Daleks! One of the creepiest monsters in the Doctor Who stories. Who knows what's in those little cans. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Jiggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Haven't had any problems with it
Published 14 days ago by Joy
5.0 out of 5 stars "Have I the Right..."
This was a great story with a fantastic climax!! If you are looking for a good story then look no further. Read more
Published 1 month ago by D. L. Haynes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Evil Behind the Daleks
This origin story for the Daleks is an extremely well done Doctor Who story. It's that rare six part story that doesn't feel at all padded. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Adam
3.0 out of 5 stars Good
Good Doctor Who Baker episode and his understanding of the Dalekes and their creation along with his attempt to end their exsitance.
Published 2 months ago by Edward Kirven
5.0 out of 5 stars For Those Seeking the "Best of" Early Dr. Who (Best of the Best)
GENESIS OF THE DALEKS (along with THE ARK IN SPACE Story 76) are two adventures of the 4th Doctor's first season I would recommend as "Must Have" for the eclectic collector of Dr. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tinfoot
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning
The Doctor in his fourth incarnation is sent to Skaro by the timelords just before the Daleks are created in a mission to stop Davros from creating his most deadliest enemies... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Andrew50
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Tom Bakers best stories
This to me was a defining moment in Tom Bakers reign as the Time Lord the Doctor. Very solid acting from the cast, especially Michael Wisher who portrayed the Daleks creator... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Derek Omar Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Episode!
This episode is pivotal in Doctor Who history as it describes the inception of the Daleks, one of the central figures in Who lore. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John A. Primo
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