Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Story 10)
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Doctor Who: Dalek Invasion of Earth, The (Episode 10) (DVD)
Radiation nil, oxygen normal, pressure normal, yet London is deserted, with no sign of life and no sense of normality. Exploring the decaying city sometime after 2164AD, the Doctor and his companions soon learn that it is not as empty as it seems. The Daleks - far from having been destroyed on Skaro - have conquered the world. Nearly wiped out by storm and plague, the Earth's population has been commandeered by the Daleks into huge mining operations. Some humans have suffered the further indignity of being transformed into Robomen to serve the Daleks in their diabolical plans. Humanity's only hope for survival lies with a small band of resistance fighters who need all the help they can get.]]>
Doctor Who: Dalek Invasion of Earth is a comprehensive two-disc set with a generally excellent black-and-white picture and mono sound. The highlight of disc 1 is a warm and very informative commentary hosted by Gary Russell and featuring director Richard Martin (all episodes), producer Verity Lambert (5 episodes), and Carol Ann Ford and William Russell (4 episodes each). There are optional subtitles for the episodes, as well as for the commentary, and further text titles giving detailed background information. Optional new CGI-effects shots have been added, which via seamless branching can be selected over the original 1964 model work. The new material obviously lacks authenticity, but looks about 1,000 times better. Disc 2 offers an abundance of extras including an amusing extract from Blue Peter (6 min.) showing how to make edible Daleks. There is a photo gallery and some very poor quality rehearsal footage, but most fun of all is a 27 minute 1994 BBC spoof radio documentary that asks Whatever Happened to... Susan? Jane Asher plays Susan Foreman in a sci-fi comedy as ingenious as it amusing and irreverent. This is a remarkable set that belongs in any Who fan's collection. --Gary S. Dalkin
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We see the Daleks coming to Earth, invading and taking over, the struggle for the remaining humans to regain their freedom. In the episodes leading up to this we see Susan starting to becoming bolder as a character, thinking for herself and wandering further away from the doctor. I honestly didn't see the ending coming though, it was bittersweet and yet in that exact moment I feel like the doctor we all know and love came bursting out, he took charge of the situation, knew exactly what to do, it killed him inside to let her go, but he knew it was the best thing he could do. In the next episodes he becomes more and more of the doctor, having Susan with him seemed to make him feel older, like her needed her with him to function, letting go made him realize that they both could live without each other. This storyline is SO important because you get to see HUGE character growth on everyone's part I think.
I was wonderfully shocked how many episodes there was to this story I felt like it was never going to end, it was like being a kid again watching old black and white movies with my grandmother.
The effects haven't aged well, but if that's an issue for you there's an option to watch it with updated effects which can help younger fans swallow this older story. This story is full of iconic moments, from the Daleks plan (later to be referenced in by David Tennant's Doctor in "The Stolen Earth") to Hartnell giving a very moving farewell to a beloved companion at the end.
Some great supplementary material as well which examines various aspects of this story and the show in general.
Plus we can finally say goodbye to the screeching hysterics of Susan, the Doctor's granddaughter... even though I am not a particular fan of the soon-to-appear Vicki either.
A very nice ending for Susan. Very in character for the Doctor to take it out of her hands.
"Blue Peter" can teach you to make a Dalek you can eat.
"Whatever happened to Susan?" is a really odd one. I'm guessing it was from a radio program. Very strange....
The Dalek Invasion of Earth even has Mr. Rumbold from Are You Being Served? in it! I really loved that once I realized.
All I have to say is this IS The Doctor, as much as I like Peter Cushing he ripped off William Hartnell to the nth degree!
Really, this story is a sequel to the ever popular first appearance of the Daleks in the 2nd ever story to the classic series.
For me the reason I include this as one of the best from the Hartnell era is because it's complete, it's a sequel, and it is
insofar as I feel the only surviving epic story from the 1st Doctor and it does have that epic feeling plus nice new
effects added that are blended in very well to the story... much better than even some of the newer episodes.
Can anyone say Enlightenment?
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