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Doctor Who: Remembrance Of The Daleks (BBC DVD)


Picture: B-     Sound: B-     Extras: A+     Episodes: B+



Quick quiz, who was the first Doctor to encounter flying Daleks?  If you said Christopher Eccleston's 9th Doctor (2005), you'd be wrong by seventeen years!  Story no. 152 features Sylvester McCoy as the 7th Doctor in Doctor Who: Remembrance Of The Daleks, and pits him and his companion, Ace (Sophie Aldred) against not one, but two rival factions of Daleks.  McCoy's sometimes campy Doctor shows a much harder edge in this story of a quest for a powerful artifact called The Hand of Omega.  In a bit of creative story revision, this powerful Macguffin ties back to the 1st Doctor (William Hartnell) from 1963.  This creative license with the Who mythos enrages some diehard fans, but it does make for an interesting plot twist.


This series of episodes benefits from solid action sequences, quality effects (including some excellent model work on the Dalek landing shuttle), and great performances from McCoy and company.  In addition to the Daleks, another sinister villain connected to them also makes a surprise appearance toward the end of the show. These elements combine to make Remembrance one of the strongest of the older Dalek stories to be released so far.


This set contains the usual bevy of solid extras, including interviews, commentaries, and special documentaries ("Back to School" shines among the offerings) on the cast and creation of the episodes.  Both McCoy and Aldred appear and provide some nice insights into a period in the show's history where things began to go a bit downhill.  A second disc contains a documentary called "Davros Connections" which details the background and creation of the villainous creator of the Daleks, and gives further insight into his tortured history.


Picture and sound both get the job done on this release; a BBC restoration team refurbished this story back before an earlier, 2001 release, so details are sharp and clear.  "Remembrance of the Daleks" might be Sylvester McCoy's best moment as the 7th Doctor, and it will make a worthy addition to any fan's Who collection.



-   Scott Pyle


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