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Revelation of the Daleks: Part Two 

The Davros running Tranquil Repose has only been a figurehead - literally just a head, created and animated by Davros himself. Now, the real Davros wheels forth to face the Doctor, but his ... See full summary »

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Graeme Harper

Writer:

Eric Saward
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Colin Baker ... The Doctor
Nicola Bryant ... Peri
Eleanor Bron ... Kara
Clive Swift ... Jobel
William Gaunt ... Orcini
John Ogwen John Ogwen ... Bostock
Alexei Sayle ... D.J.
Terry Molloy ... Davros
Jenny Tomasin ... Tasambeker
Stephen Flynn Stephen Flynn ... Grigory
Bridget Lynch-Blosse Bridget Lynch-Blosse ... Natasha
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters ... Vogel
Trevor Cooper ... Takis
Colin Spaull ... Lilt
Penelope Lee Penelope Lee ... Computer (voice)
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The Davros running Tranquil Repose has only been a figurehead - literally just a head, created and animated by Davros himself. Now, the real Davros wheels forth to face the Doctor, but his own immoral dealings have fostered an uneasy surrounding situation, riddled with treachery, that only a few might escape. Written by statmanjeff

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 March 1985 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The complete footage of the Doctor finishing his line "...Blackpool" at the end of the episode (a scene that was cut, being replaced by a freeze-frame in the finished programme) now no longer exists. See more »

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Tasambeker: [trying to warn Jobel of Davros] He lies as freely as you pick up women.
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Featured in The Chronic Rift: Colin Baker: The Sixth Doctor (2018) See more »

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The Beast of Revelation
2 August 2019 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

This is easily one of the best stories of the 6th Doctor in the 2 seasons Colin Baker portrayed him on screen. There are a lot of good ingredients in this 2 part adventure. Unfortunately this was at the worst period of the show's history because seasons 22 to 24 were made with low production values and a childish pantomime feel as if it was treated like a throw away kids TV romp like Rentaghost with camp silliness and zany stories. I loved Rentaghost as a kid but while Doctor Who should be fun it requires a more serious science fiction treatment in my opinion. Family audience does not need things to be done any less intelligently or seriously than a show for purely adult audiences. Season 22 added in a dark, violent, harshness that was totally at odds with that childish feel of the production and while a darker, more serious feel would have been a huge improvement if done well, it is thrown in alongside the pantomime campness giving a jarring uneven result. Even though this is among the best stories in seasons 22-24 it still suffers from some of the issues this era of the show were hampered by. Showrunner John Nathan-Turner has to take much of the blame for these issues as do BBC bosses who were treating the show with disdain. Thankfully this story rises above others of this era.

This story is directed by Graeme Harper who had previously directed one of the show's finest adventures The Caves of Androzani but that was a gritty, serious action adventure whereas Harper himself describes the material he had to deal with in Revelation of the Daleks as 'surreal and weird' and he was unable, in my opinion, to overcome some of the shortcomings of this period of the show. He certainly added value to the adventure with some nice directorial touches but but while I do think it is good, I feel there are a number of issues and do not hold it in as high regard as some fans.

The gaudy, camp sets, costumes and unimpressive music do not help but more of an issue is some of the acting. The ongoing characterisations of the Doctor and his companion Peri during this season were not at all likable. Director Harper and writer Eric Saward give a few better moments for them both than usual but there are still grating scenes of the Doctor's pompous, egotistical rudeness (his ego is even commented on in the script) and treating Peri like an unloved pet. Colin Baker sadly failed to make the Doctor remotely endearing at this point. Peri herself is always annoying this season and Nicola Bryant's acting is poor. In addition we get an awful performance from Jenny Tomasin as Tasambeker and pretty poor Dalek voices which along with the camp pantomime feel of some of the action holds it back from its potential. Alexei Sayle as the DJ character is over the top and the death scenes of all the victims of extermination or murder are almost all quite poorly acted. The other problem is the cheap effects, worst of all the ridiculous statue of the Doctor which makes for one of the lamest cliffhangers in the show's history as it unconvincingly falls onto the Doctor clearly showing it is polystyrene.

On the plus side, this story is better than most at this time as it has a strong plot with the cool idea of Davros manipulating a cryogenic facility to create new Daleks and gain power. Terry Molloy is good as Davros (though I prefer Michael Wisher and Julian Bleach) and performs the role with more subtlety than some other appearances. The Daleks have some menace with the idea of converting those wanting cryogenic freezing and the body horror element and clear casing used in scenes is an interesting addition. With better Dalek voice performances it would have been improved but it is still good. The second half of the second episode is really good in terms of Davros and Dalek action with the reveal of the real Davros, the blowing off of a hand, the confrontations with Kara (nicely performed by Eleanor Bron) the Doctor and Orcini (played well by William Gaunt) and the arrival of the rival Daleks.

Clive Swift is a fine actor and plays the slimy Jobel well although he is somewhat let down by the poor acting of Tomasin in their exchanges. The silly aspects of production and acting stop this from being the classic it could have been for me but it is a good adventure. The dark, serious elements of the story had great potential which partially are successful on screen and the exciting final quarter of the story makes up for some of the underwhelming parts of the adventure.

My ratings for this story: Part 1 - 7.5/10, Part 2 - 8/10, Overall 7.75/10.

Season 22 overall was the lowest point of the show's history for me at this point although season 23 would turn out similarly flawed and Season 24 managed to be clearly even worse. A very disappointing season of the show. Average rating 5.69/10.


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