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on January 11, 2016
Another great Dalek tale. The story has a few issues which force me to knock a star off though. The story has some continuity errors and some plot errors which can make the story just a bit difficult to follow at times. Although it wasn't to be taken as humorous, one of the death scenes was so overacted that I just couldn't help but burst out laughing,

With that said, the story itself was pretty good and enjoyable. The premise of a time tunnel made for an interesting story.
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Top Contributor: Doctor Whoon September 22, 2017
I heard good things about this story, and bad things. I agree with the good. there is not one story from this season that I didn't absolutely love, and this is another one. very great story!
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on September 22, 2003
"Resurrection of the Daleks" is the first of the stories available on DVD that I saw as a fan. I was only eleven years old and had only been watching the show (aired nightly on PBS) for a month. It made a huge impact on me and led, indirectly, to my sitting here on a perfectly pleasant September evening 19 years later, writing this review.
A lot of "Resurrection" is still effective today. I saw this story first the year that it debuted -- 1984 -- and, of course, a lot of the acting and special effects seem woefully dated today. What I like is the air of actual *menace* around these Daleks, as opposed to a string of predictable, less-than-memorable 1970s outings. These Daleks actually instill horror in their victims. They shoot on sight and play fast and loose with biological weapons. "Resurrection" is a violent, gruesome story whose impact is only slightly dulled by the two dozen badly-acted death scenes of random extras. One of the extras, referred to on the commentary track only as "the Geek", looks a lot like David Letterman. For what it's worth.
The DVD extras make this package the better of the two "DW" stories released in the US this summer. The obligatory text commentary, full of location filming dates and guest actor credits, also describes in detail the evolution of the story's script over the three years it took to get to screen. We learn how actor Terry Molloy (the third and final "Davros") spent hours practicing the voice, to make the character sound like Michael Wisher, the original (and best) Davros. Molloy truly is excellent playing a ranting wheelchair-bound villain in a latex mask (which, we learn, caused "lakes of sweat" to pool inside the oversized rubber chin), and would go on to play the role right up through the end of "Doctor Who" as a series.
The audio track is also a winner. Peter Davison (the Doctor) is back for his third DVD and is, as always, hilarious. Janet Fielding (Tegan, who makes her emotional departure at the end of "Resurrection") puts in her first DVD performance. She's done her homework, giving a lot of convincing detail, and still finds time to count the many furtive glances that co-star Mark Strickson (Turlough) shot to the camera as he strived to get more face time. Story director Matthew Robinson seems to remember the setup for every camera angle and every shot in the story, and lets us know it. Still, it's the level of detail and humor that puts this in the "above average" range of DW audio commentaries, after a rather dull recent run by actors and directors with distressingly porous memories.
Another good extra is the lengthy "on location" segment, which returns to the narrow, dank Thames waterfront alleys where the story was filmed. It's all gone upscale now. Robinson re-enacts old scenes by lurking in alcoves that have since become pastry shop windows. Also interspersed here is an interview with producer John Nathan-Turner, evidently the last interview he gave before his death last year. Also in the "deleted scenes" is the alternative cliffhanger to Part Two... which was actually the cliffhanger used when I first saw this story in the US in 1984. I like this "alternate" version better than the "official" one, as it ends a couple of menacing beats later.
The ultimate goal, I think, is to get as much of Davison's Season 21 output on DVD as possible. We have two of his six stories out now, and that's just not enough.
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on March 10, 2013
I bought this partially because I'm a completist and this finishes up my Five Doctor run, and partially because it's a damn good story, full of suspense and tragedy, and the departure of a companion I initially didn't like, but grew to love. I like that, after all she's been through, The Daleks are the one thing that finally drives Tegan away. Five's been fighting them for so long, I doubt he even things about what they look like to an outsider. And Turlough, who's an alien himself, and who, as we find out in the next episode, has been through his own traumatic experiences, just takes them in stride as more of The Doctor's strangeness. Her departure is one of the most human and heartbreaking, scenes in the episode, and it's also one of those times that you see how truly alien The Doctor is. He's saddened, yes, but he can't quit understand why now. The Doctor tends to act so human most of the time, it's fascinating when you get these little glimpses into who he rally is. For him, this is SOP. He's been fighting these things across the universe for as long as he can remember. He hates them, because he's only too aware of the damage they can do, but he also knows they have to fought and stopped again and again, and that it's going to fall to him (and whoevers with him) to stop them.That they might find this traumatizing and want to leave never really occurs to him. Not because he's bad, but because when you get right down to it, he's an alien. This is what he does. And while he knows there are going to be casualties and people will die and leave, he never really stops to think about those moments.
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on March 19, 2009
While I am not a fan of Davros I find it amusing that the Daleks themselves were not really too happy about rescuing the mad scientist. Even if he was their creator they have finally started to understand that he is a few sandwiches short of a picnic basket. If you know what I mean.
Lots of action, clones, time travel and lots of bloody combat scenes. Also this DVD has some very interesting extras, some from 1984 and 1986 plus commentary from Peter Davison and Janet Fielding. Really enjoyed the deleted or extended scenes and always enjoy hearing about the events behind the scenes. It is always fun to know what they wanted and what they ended up with because of funding issues and bad luck.
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on April 1, 2018
Any time Davros shows up the body count will be high. This is an intense fifth Doctor tale and the final app. Of Tegan. For that alone a must!!!
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on December 2, 2016
Arrived before due date (just like the other two in the same package) and was very satisfactorily. No complaints :-)
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on March 18, 2017
This stories has more people killed then the original Terminator film. Terry Malloy is awesome as Davis, Davison performance is very very good.
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on November 13, 2012
When I buy a Doctor Who dvd, I don't expect dazzling special effects. What I DO want is solid acting and a good story. And I can say without doubt that this title delivered. A great time to be had for all Doc Who fans.
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on August 21, 2013
Who doesn't love Dr. Who? If you don't know, you need to. You might think you know but you have no idea! One of the best Sci-Fi-Action-Comedies for over 50yrs.
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