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January 17, 2016
this is my all time favourite dalek episode
September 18, 2014
One of the greatest Doctor Who stories of all time.
February 8, 2014
Decent and sometimes scary story, hampered by the fact it was drawn out to make it longer.
April 15, 2013
Best McCoy story, and among my top 5 of the old series.
February 23, 2012
Solid entry in the McCoy era. The premise of warring Daleks isn't quite as actualised as fully as it could (or should) have been and the metal monsters themselves are on a bit on the wobbly side this time round, which for a fair while was assumed their farewell outing. Faults aside though, its a technically impressive and effective episode.
Theta Sigma
Super Reviewer
½ April 10, 2011
London, 1963... wait, this sounds familiar.

Yes, the Doctor, now in his seventh incarnation (Sylvester McCoy) along with his new companion Ace (Sophie Aldred), have gone back to where the whole Doctor Who saga began only to find that they have wandered into the middle of a Dalek war between the Imperial and Renegade Dalek factions... or have they?

And the prize for the winner of this war, a device which can grant the Daleks true time travel technology.

But with a branch of the military trying to contain the incident and enemies in the least expected of places, can the Doctor and Ace tilt the tide of battle to their advantage?


SPOILERS AHEAD

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I wasn't going to do this series of Doctor Who reviews without at least one story featuring the Daleks and this one from the programme's 25th anniversary series is a good entry into the canon.

Sylvester McCoy stamps his mark well and truly on the role after a troubled first series. Gone is the clown which was scripted to be replaced with the role that McCoy wanted to play, a devious manipulator who maneuvers his allies and enemies like pieces on a chess board.

Sophie Aldred gives a great performance in the role of Ace. Before the phrase "Girl Power" was coined, Aldred's characterisation of the role is a baseball bat wielding tomboy with a penchant for inventing explosives, but with a vulnerable side which is displayed later in the story.

The storyline by Ben Aaronovitch is a clever allegory on racism with the Imperial and Renegade factions emphasising the Daleks' xenophobic nature with a sub plot featuring a very human form of racism plus a character with Mosleyan tendencies in Ratcliffe (George Sewell).

The main supporting cast come in the form of the military team helping to keep a lid on the situation with Group Captain Gilmore (Simon Williams, known better for his role in Upstairs Downstairs), Pamela Salem and Karen Gledhill portraying two boffins who are trying to understand the situation and Dursley McLinden who is the young sergeant who befriends and becomes a "love interest" for Ace.

Additional supporting cast includes Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel in The Empire Strikes Back, Hitler in Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade and, for a generation of British teenaged TV viewers, the stern Mr Bronson in Grange Hill) as a school headmaster and a cameo from Joseph Marcell, better known as Geoffrey from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

There are better Dalek stories out there, most notably the story from Christopher Eccleston's sole series, "Dalek", but if you want to watch a story which seems to set the scene for the Russell T. Davies version of Doctor Who, watch this story.

P.S. - If you do watch it, I hope you enjoy the cliffhanger to Part One!!!
½ July 10, 2010
After seeing the rather awful Revelation of the Daleks, I had almost lost hope in 1980's Doctor Who. The acting was cringeworthy, the music and special effects embarrassing, the Doctor unlikeable. But I held out a tiny vestige of hope that Sylvester McCoy's Doctor; 'my' doctor as it were could save things. I'm sure every Doctor Who fan has a soft spot for whoever was playing him when they were little, and Sylvester McCoy played the Docter from when I was 8 to 10, the perfect Doctor Who demograph (the fact that I'm still watching it now tells you all you need to know about my level of maturity as an adult haha!).

And thankfully I wasn't dissapointed. Ok, it's very of it's time; the music, the language, the special effects all smack of 1988. But the fun is there, the dialogue is great, the Doctor (whilst not a popular one) has actually returned to being one of my favourites. He doesn't quite carry the 'weight' of the Doctor at his peaks (1970's, 2000's) but he pulls it off with enough oddball conviction to make the character likeable again.

And of course, I haven't forgotten the huge crush I used to have on Sophie Aldred (who plays 'Ace'), who is great as the all-action companion, which of course helps ha.

In short, not quite up to the level of early or recent Doctor Who, but fun, watchable and, for me very nostalgic.
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