Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks

July 9, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Thanks to a power failure, The Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith find themselves on the planet Exxilon, a most dark and dangerous world. The two soon cross paths with an expedition from Earth, who are there to hunt down a rare and elusive mineral. The mineral would provide a cure for a rampant disease, but like The Doctor, the expedition is without power. It seems as though a mysterious settlement is pulling spacecraft off course, in order to drain the power and divert it for use on Exxilon. But another dark force looms on the planet, as the Daleks have also been stranded there. As if that wasn’t enough, the inhabitants of the strange settlement make themselves known as well, with pinpoint arrows aimed at the trespassers. With danger on all sides and a desperate need to restore power, can The Doctor defuse this situation?

This is one my favorite Doctor Who stories, as it is a lot of fun and has great performances. Jon Pertwee is on point as The Doctor, in a wonderful performance, while Elisabeth Sladen is magical. Few have been able to provide a capable assistant to The Doctor, but Sladen was hands down the best. She and Pertwee make a formidable team in Death to the Daleks, which really elevates the story and entertainment. This story also has some surreal elements, such as the Aztec settlement and sharpshooting archers, not to mention the Daleks. I think it is quite cool to see the Daleks in such an unusual situation, unable to use their signature weapons and forced to coexist with the humans. That alone is enough reason for even casual fans to check out Death to the Daleks.

Video: How does it look?

Death to the Daleks is presented in full frame, as intended. The visuals here look great, with clean and clear images throughout. The prints look quite good, which allows detail to come through unhindered. The colors are bright and natural, while black levels seem accurate in all scenes. The added detail does expose the special effects somewhat, but they were never all that great to start with. So in the end, Death to the Daleks looks terrific.

Audio: How does it sound?

The original mono soundtrack is used and it sounds fine. The source has minimal signs of age or wear, so no real issues crop up here. At the same time, mono is mono, so there isn’t much to write home about either. A solid, clean audio presentation is what we have, which should be enough for fans.

Supplements: What are the extras?

In addition to audio comments from the cast & crew, we have about an hour’s worth of behind the scenes pieces and a slideshow of production photos.

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