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Feature 8.4
Video 8.5
Audio 8.3
Special Features 6.0
Total 8.3
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: PG
Reviewer:
James Wright

8.3


Doctor Who: The Dalek Collection

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 dangerous adversaries.

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 Who quirks.

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 Piper) get 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.

In 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!

Episodes

Dalek
Bad Wolf
Parting Ways
Daleks in Manhattan
Evolution of the Daleks
The Stolen Earth
Journey’s End

Special Features
  • Introduction by David Tennant
  • Best Dalek Moments

 






 
 



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