The Daleks/Asylum of the Daleks I have no idea where `KK’ gets his/her information. According to the BBC these `Monster Collections’ are specially themed sets to represent the most popular opponents of the Doctor. Each DVD will feature a story from the original run of Doctor Who (usually the first appearance of the monster) and from its return since 2005 (ie. Old Who and New Who as it is sometimes termed).They are to be presented in sleeved cases in much the same design as `The Cybermen Collection’ and `The Dalek Collection’ that were released in 2009. This looks as if this will give them a collectible appearance.This DVD includes:THE DALEKS (4/5) – the iconic first appearance for the Doctor’s most renowned opponents. It made the Daleks a household name and began their fifty year legacy. Without this story it is possible that Doctor Who may not have continued after its first thirteen episodes. It also contains one of the greatest ever cliff-hangers.ASYLUM OF THE DALEKS (4/5) – as a single part story this seems a bit shorter than the other offerings on these collections and it seems odd that the choice was not one of the many two episode stories featuring the Daleks since the show has returned. It is a strong story though and supposedly features every type of Dalek (although you will need good eyesight and the pause button).As yet there is no mention of special features. It would seem a shame if there weren’t any.As previously released stories they are clearly intended to be collector’s items especially for the fiftieth anniversary.
2 dalek stories, 50 years apart This release is now confirmed to feature two Dalek stories, The Daleks (1963) from the William Hartnell era, and Asylum of the Daleks (2012) from Matt Smith. It’s an interesting pairing as it shows two stories – same show – but almost a half century difference between their broadcast dates. I can’t think of any other TV show that could do that! ‘The Daleks’ is a seven parter, the second full Dr Who story, and (I know this won’t sit well with everyone) is a long and frequently dull tale. That’s not a knock on the early years of Who, I love other stories, but I’ve just never found it very exciting past the first episode. The discovery of the city and getting in to it, up to the classic episode 1 cliffhanger is great, but the Thals in their leather pants are weak creations and the Daleks should easily be able to wipe them out. (My apologies to anyone who loves the story). I also think i’m the only person who likes Asylum of the Daleks. Other than featuring the same villains the two stories just cannot be compared in all areas really. It’s not faultless and I find Jenna Louise Coleman irritating beyond belief in this story (but I think that’s the point?) We do get to see some classic Daleks (though CGI may have helped to have added a few more – the build up before it was shown meant it never lived up to the hype). Anyone who’s says they’re not creeped out by the skeleton Daleks though are fibbing.
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