Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks (Special Edition)

June 23, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

The TARDIS has been caught into a time corridor, which was created by the Daleks and soon delivers The Doctor and crew into a most tense situation. As the group begins to search for a way to leave the corridor, they encounter a man who captured by the Daleks, only to escape and a bomb squad on the verge of a unusual mission. The squad believes they’ve uncovered an unexploded bomb, but no one is certain. The man who escaped the Daleks also has some strange information for The Doctor. At the same time, the Daleks mount an assault on a prison ship, one which happens to hold their creator, Davros. As The Doctor pushes to find the truth about the entire situation and the Daleks close in on a plan of epic proportions, will The Doctor be able to resolve the complicated situation, or will the Daleks prove to be too much this time?

This is another classic Doctor Who story, told over four episodes and presented here in two fifty minute programs. This tale is loaded with goings on, so the story sometimes gets a little overwhelmed. Perhaps this is one that would have benefited from a six part spread, with more room to stretch. As it stands, things feel a little rushed and subplots that seem interesting aren’t given the space to come to a proper conclusion. Even so, Resurrection of the Daleks is a fun story to watch, with some good performances, nice visuals, and Peter Davison at his best. I know some dislike how reserved Davison’s take on The Doctor was, but I enjoyed it and it was a perfect fit in this story, without question. So for fans of Doctor Who that want to own the best possible versions of his adventures, Resurrection of the Daleks: Special Edition is recommended.

Video: How does it look?

Resurrection of the Daleks is presented in full frame, as intended. This transfer offers some improvements over the previous release, which should delight fans. The image seems to be clearer, which allows an increase in detail and overall refinement. I don’t think I would call the gain a massive one, but it is noticeable, without question. The colors also seem brighter this time around, which is great news. So while this isn’t a night & day improvement over the prior treatment, the enhancements are evident and fans will notice right from the start.

Audio: How does it sound?

A Dolby Digital 5.1 option is offered, but I found to be rather thin and not as natural as the original mono. The mono soundtrack is fine, but as expected, isn’t all that memorable. I didn’t detect any hiss, distortion, or harshness, which is always a plus when it comes to mono. All of the elements seem in order and while the track isn’t going to dazzle you, it gets the job done. You’re also able to listen to just the musical score, thanks to an isolated music track.

Supplements: What are the extras?

All of the previous extras have returned, with not one, but two audio commentary tracks, an almost hour long retrospective Come In Number Five, and a host of featurettes on various topics. You can also check out extended & deleted scenes, Tardis Cam No. 4, and a host of interviews.

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