Remembrance of the Daleks: Part One
- Episode aired Oct 5, 1988
The Doctor and Ace travel back to London in November 1963 and are caught in the middle of a Dalek civil war.The Doctor and Ace travel back to London in November 1963 and are caught in the middle of a Dalek civil war.The Doctor and Ace travel back to London in November 1963 and are caught in the middle of a Dalek civil war.
REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS is one of the better serials from the Sylvester McCoy era of DR WHO. That's because it's an action-packed story that hearkens back to the days of DALEKS: INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. with the Doctor's greatest villains engaging in mass battles with plenty of explosions and pyrotechnic effects. There's even a special effects shot of a spaceship landing outside a school which looks actually decent for a change.
McCoy's era is unfortunately noted for its child-friendly atmosphere, apparently at the behest of BBC producers who complained that the Colin Baker era was too dark. This meant that many of the stories were silly and cheesy, but REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS avoids those pitfalls for the most part. It's also the final Dalek story for 'classic' Who, so it has a special place in my heart.
McCoy gets more to do here than usual, his Doctor coming across as an action man who takes centre stage for once. Ace is less annoying than she would be in some other serials, and the inevitable return of Davros is a real highlight. There are central roles for plenty of familiar faces, including George Sewell, GRANGE HILL's Michael Sheard (playing an evil headmaster!), even the guy who played the butler in THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR turns up! Watch out for Dalek-vs-Dalek battles and the memorable scene where a Dalek climbs the stairs.
- Apr 28, 2015