Roadshow continue to release some great Doctor Who "themed" sets and
the latest addition to the collection is Doctor Who: The Dalek
Collection that revolve around the Daleks, one of the Doctor's most
Unlike the previous incarnation of Doctor
Who, more specifically the original series, the modern
interpretation of the Daleks are considerably darker and there are
some great twists to this mythology with our favourite Dalek leader
Davros pulling the strings.
Featuring 7 episodes with some double parters, the
collection begins with a revisiting to the Dalek theme "Dalek" which
revolves around a billionaire who happens to acquire strange, rare
and valuable objects with a Dalek being his most valued possession.
Starring Christopher Eccleston as the Doctor, he is joined
by Rose (Billie Piper) who embark on a dark journey that leads to
establishing of the Daleks in this new mythology. Ironically, this
episode is quite serious but it still contains those classic Doctor
Following Dalek, the next story
revolves around a 2-part story that include "Bad Wolf" and "The
Parting of the Ways" as the Doctor (Eccleston) and Rose (Billie
caught in a dangerous trap by the Daleks who have been using
nefarious tactics to trick humans aboard the Game Station. What made
this episode so compelling is that it was also the final episode
that starred Eccleston as the Doctor who leads his character into a
heroic last battle which of course caused the Doctor to once again
regenerate and of course introduce the world's most popular Doctor
Who incarnation, played by David Tennant.
The next two episodes include "Daleks in
Manhattan" and "Evolution of the Daleks" that has the Doctor
(Tennant) attempting to put an end to a diabolical plan of the
Daleks by creating Dalek/Human hybrids but to make things even more
interesting, the story is set in the 1930's and if that doesn't give
you a headache in quantum physics than nothing will.
To finish the
collection, the last two episodes include "Stolen Earth" and
"Journey's End" that definitely steps up the action into top gear as
the Earth mysteriously disappears with the Doctor discovering that Davros, the leader of the Dalek's is behind this nefarious plan.
The final two episodes are definitely the best episodes in this collection, not just
because of the high calibre of story and impressive acting from all
involved but because it crosses over with Torchwood and stars a wide
wealth of guest stars.
Although the video quality and audio quality is outstanding as per
you would expect from BBC, the special features are a little lacking
which is a shame but the introductions by Tennant are always a treat
for Whovians to watch.
conclusion, these collections are great for those Doctor
Who fans that don't have time to re-watch the entire series again but
rather are given the opportunity of purchasing some classics from
the entire series of the new Doctor Who. Doctor Who is here to stay
and the BBC have proved that, definitely check this out for you or
for a Christmas present for a fan!
Daleks in Manhattan
Evolution of the Daleks
The Stolen Earth
- Introduction by David Tennant
- Best Dalek Moments