'Doctor Who: The Daleks'
(Various / 2-DVD / NR / 2015 / BBC America)
Overview: The Daleks - the hideous mutant creatures and the most feared race in the entire universe - are about to make life miserable for the Time Lord and delightful for Whovians. Take a trip through time and space as the Doctor and his companions battle a deadly enemy in this amazing collection of iconic Doctor Who episodes!
DVD Verdict: As we all know by now, 'Dr. Who' is all about an eccentric inventor and his companions who travel in his TARDIS to worlds both known and unknown. And, along the way, especially on the Planet Skaro, they get to battle the evil menace of the Daleks.
'Doctor Who: The Daleks' is an incredible documentary on the infamous foe of The Doctor and his companions, and is something that has to be watched by all Whovians out there, trust me! For we learn stuff about them that even I didn't know!
Stuff like The Daleks were also known as The Mutants and The Dead Planet, and that in the second serial in the British science fiction television series - which was first broadcast in seven weekly parts from 21 December 1963 to 1 February 1964 - and which was the first serial to be set on an alien planet, this very same story marks the first appearance of the Doctor's greatest extraterrestrial enemies!
In the black and white serial, the Doctor (William Hartnell), his granddaughter Susan (Carole Ann Ford), and her teachers Ian Chesterton (William Russell) and Barbara Wright (Jacqueline Hill) land in an alien jungle and are captured by the Daleks, a race of mutated creatures who are surviving off the radiation that remains in the atmosphere after a nuclear war they waged with their enemies.
We also get to know that during production the overall story went through a number of working titles such as The Survivors and Beyond the Sun, before settling down as The Mutants. This title was used in most BBC paperwork using titles for over a decade. In 1972 a later Doctor Who story called The Mutants was produced (also directed by Christopher Barry).
To avoid confusion, two titles have emerged as alternatives. The Dead Planet came into use after the 1973 Radio Times 10th anniversary Doctor Who special referred to all the early stories by the title of their first episodes. The Dead Planet was used in many licensed guides and magazines up until 1980, when it was displaced by The Daleks, a title deriving from the story's book and film adaptations and with no basis in contemporary usage. This title has largely stuck, and was used for the script book published by Titan Books in 1989, as well as the VHS and DVD releases. However, some reference guides still refer to the serial as The Mutants.
However, this is just the first incarnation of The Doctor's deadliest foe, as here on 'Doctor Who: The Daleks' the rundown of how many times he's met them, how many Doctors have battled them, and all the close calls between him, them and his companions is mindblowing! Add to that the incredible 'Genesis of the Daleks,' a quite spectacular 6-part Doctor Who classic adventure - featuring MY favorite Dr. Who, the fourth incarnation of the Time Lord, Tom Baker - and this 2-disc set is worth very penny you splash out on it. Treat it as a history lesson, or if you already know most of it, a refresher! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Genesis of the Daleks: the extraordinary 6-part Doctor Who Classic adventure starring Fourth Doctor Tom Baker
Dalek Origins: A New Documentary chronicling the history of these iconic monsters