Thoroughly entertaining DVD!!! I first saw this story on it’s original broadcast and found it entertaining as a kid. I didn’t see it again until the 1987 budget VHS video release and was just as entertaining. Now this polished DVD release is the icing on the cake for this Dr Who story and the very last complete debut DVD classic Dalek story. Personally I like this Dalek story throughout, because it’s different to other Daleks stories (Daleks firing bullets!).I won’t go into the storyline as other reviewers have already done so. In this story you can see why Sarah Jane Smith became such an immense popular companion. Elizabeth Sladen’s early portrayal of SJS really blossoms as evidently proved in the testament of time. A character called Bellal in this story plays well opposite Jon Pertwee especially in the last two parts. Just great. Visually I think the Daleks looks stunning in their silver and black, especially on location.I viewed the entire DVD. And WOW! the extras are worth the cost of the DVD alone, let alone the story.It’s starts off with ‘Beneath the city of the Exxilons’ which is an enjoyable making of the story put together.’Studio recordings’ is just simply Brilliant! Clocking in around 23 minutes, this gives an insight of Jon Pertwee’s Doctor on set. I thought this was well edited together with the behind the scenes with the actors and Daleks, with various TAKES on certain scenes. Really entertaining!’On the set of Dr Who & The Daleks’ is one of the highlights of this DVD. Though short around 13 mins, it crams a lot in. Being used to the film alone it was really a treat to see various snippets of behind the scenes footage from ‘Dr Who & The Daleks’. Jason Flemying gives a warm account of his father’s directing of the film. (Incidently I understand similar footage of behind the scenes/Gordon Flemying Interview for Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. from a mid-60s TV programme has recently been discovered.)’Dr Who Stories- Dalek Men’ is a rather an amusing interviews from a couple of Dalek operators namely the late John-Scott Martin and Nicholas Evans giving their accounts what it was like being inside the Daleks as well as other parts in Dr Who.The photo gallery has a brilliant selection of photos, with classic pictures that you would have seen in Dr Who Magazines/Books and to my knowledge some unpublished photos that I have never seen before. Some of the Dalek pictures on location are stunning! All in all a terrific selection of photos.Though not listed on the extras there’s an EASTER EGG on this DVD. By clicking right on Photo Gallery in the special features. I won’t reveal it. But it’s great.The coming soon trailer for the next DVD release is The Krotons. I thought this trailer was nicely compiled together.This surely is a must by DVD.10/10 for the story10/10 for the extras
Dr Who – Death to the Daleks I have all the best period of Doctor Who on video, which was the 1970’s. I bought Death to the Daleks back in 88. It is still one of my top Pertwee stories. This 1974 adventure has plenty of atmosphere. Dark landscapes. An amazing white city. The more classical soundtrack music is one of the best, and it helps the story. The story is strong. The exilions and the adventure into the city is very good. It’s a definate must to own. I always enjoy watching it.Finally, it’s been released on DVD. Since early 1988 I’ve been collecting videos the DVD’s of the classic and current series and Death to the Daleks is still in my top three. Very underated story. I cannot undrstand why these so called Dr Who experts who write damning review’s of the story? The late Liz Sladen liked the story too. Looking forward to replacing my worn 1987 issue video once on sale.
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