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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you think, doesn't it?, April 5, 2000
This review is from: Doctor Who - Day of the Daleks [VHS] (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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Initial post: Sep 19, 2011 6:05:32 PM PDT
Twiddles42 says:
Or the original situation caused the catastrophe, with the rebels stealing and copying the time travel technology, then going back in time and that is what ultimately created the recursion repeating itself.

Paradox or not, it's great stuff and the Doctor's morality and the story's general social commentary are fantastic.

It is indeed something for everyone and sci-fi just isn't made so thoughtfully anymore...
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