Doctor Who Death to the Daleks
On their way to Flourana the
Doctor and Sarah Jane get waylaid by a mysterious power drain and land
on a planet called “Exellon” on this planet there are two points of
interests first a strange metallic root creature that can destroy Daleks
and the fabulous “City of the Excellons” one of the 700 wonders of the
universe. As well as the natives there is an expedition from Earth that
fell prey to the same power drain then some Daleks appear who have
suffered the same power drain. From then on it’s a power struggle
between the crafty Daleks, the hapless humans and the primitive natives
who worship the city as a god.
One of the few …To the Daleks
as opposed to ….Of the Daleks episodes the episode title leaves
you with no illusions as to what we think of the Daleks or what we would
do to them should we find them in our power. Jon Pertwee is on fine form
here in his last season as The Doctor and Liz Sladen acquits herself
well especially in the gasping in horror she was really good at that but
also grunting in horror which she practically invented. And with so much
horror to grunt at we get treated to it about every six minutes. But the
real star of the show is Bellal the tame Excelleon who helps The Doctor
break into the City of the Excellons. Despite being trapped in an alien
suit that is clearly made out of bathmats his expression and voice
combine to make him a likeable character.
It is perhaps unsurprising that
the Daleks are eventually defeated although exactly how is open to
conjecture, since once the city is destroyed and power is restored the
Daleks seem to have no interest in sticking around and exterminating
their oldest and deadliest enemy. Also unsurprisingly given this is a
Terry Nation episode someone has to make the ultimate sacrifice to
destroy the Daleks. Although this did seem a little pointless given that
the Daleks were flying away without the valuable mineral they came for.
Maybe he just wasn’t happy? If you’re a fan of third Doctor Dalek
stories then this is a compulsory addition to your collection.
Video: Video quality is great
although the CSO (or Blue Screen) is painfully obvious that’s a fault in
the original video.
Audio: Two channels of sound
thundering towards your ears like an angry hippo.
Commentary – Which is ok but nothing to get excited
Beneath the City of the Exxilons - Cast and crew look
back on the making of this story. A Fairly good making of, but it is a
little obvious that these days we are missing the key players to really
make it compelling viewing.
Studio Recording - A rare glimpse into the production
of a Third Doctor story, well I say rare, but almost every third Doctor
DVD release has had same on it.
On the Set of Dr Who and the Daleks - Behind
the scenes on the first Dalek film in 1965.Which is great but…why?
Doctor Who Stories – Dalek Men: Not as you might
suspect an in-depth analysis of the Dalek slaves The Robo Men and how
they relate to the subject of Free Will and Zombies in a 20th
century context. But in fact a nice chat with some of the actors who
played Daleks. It always amazes me at what the BBC thinks that I might
be interested in. Especially as I’ve seen this footage before.