Friday, October 9, 2015

TV Review: Doctor Who Resurrection of the Daleks (1984)

Doctor Who Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) directed by Matthew Robinson, written by Eric Saward

Fifth Doctor Peter Davison is caught in a time corridor and forced to land on modern day Earth (that being 1984 London). Something weird is happening in a warehouse near the Thames. Police behave oddly and a bomb squad is babysitting a load of canisters. One soldier escapes and runs into the Doctor, who is curious to investigate, especially since one end of the time corridor is in the building. The other side of this particular corridor leads to a space station that is under attack. The station is a prison with just one prisoner in cryogenic storage--Davros, insane creator of the Daleks. The attacking ship is full of brainwashed humans who are working for...the Daleks! They want Davros for their own purposes.

The story is fairly entertaining with some good mysteries and interesting conversations about the situation between Davros and the Daleks. There's a lot of cat-and-mouse through the London warehouse and the space station--standard fare of old Doctor Who shows. The body count is pretty high in the episode, which surprised me a bit but doesn't make it a bad series. Davros himself is very shouty, making him less scary as a villain, though he makes up for that somewhat with his more calm and cunning conversations. Overall its an interesting episode but not a great one.

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