Monday, 1 July 2013

Landmarks No.16

Day of the Daleks.
After a break of some four and a half years the Daleks return to Doctor Who, appearing in colour for the first time.
Unfortunately that is about the only landmark aspect to this story.
It is well known that this story, written by Louis Marks, was originally Dalek-free. Seeking something big to launch the new season, the Daleks were added late in the day. Producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks had to wine and dine Terry Nation in order to use them (according to one of their favourite anecdotes).
Sadly, their inclusion is quite unnecessary and they are underused. The voices are terrible (prompting their replacement by Nick Briggs on the Special Edition DVD release).
The final battle scenes are underwhelming, to say the least.
Paul Bernard will prove to be one of the least inspired directors for the programme.
Worth watching for an admirable performance by the late Aubrey Woods as the Controller.

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