2-disc DVD Features include:
- Six animated recreations of the missing episodes (#1 - 6),
synchronized to the original television sound.
- Audio options: original mono, stereo, 5.1 surround
- Alternate "telesnap" version - using over 400 telesnap photos by John Cura
and the CD release's story soundtrack with narration by Anneke Wills.
- Plus extra features:
- Audio commentary for all 6 episodes by combinations of
Anneke Wills (Polly),
Edward Kelsey (Resno),
Nicholas Hawtrey (Quinn),
designer Derek Dodd,
production assistant Michael Briant,
costume designer Sandra Reid,
the animation crew,
and a few fan professionals.
Moderated by Tobe Hadoke.
- making-of documentary
- surviving footage & original trailer
- animation & photo gallery music montage
- archive footage of the Dalek voice recording session
- animation test footage
- clean opening titles footage
- shooting script and other .pdf files
In-Depth Analysis Review
by Martin Izsak
WARNING: This review contains "SPOILERS", and is intended for
those who have already seen the program.
To avoid the spoilers, read the
Buyers' Guide version instead.
A new Doctor's first story should always be able to re-introduce
the entire Doctor Who series to new viewers, even more so than
season openers or classic single stories. Unfortunately, they
usually have the added disadvantage of an incoherent Doctor, who
must struggle to overcome the effects of his recent regeneration,
and this generally does not help.
"The Power of the Daleks" had the
greatest burden in selling the concept of regeneration, as no viewer
had any knowledge of it yet. To this end, the final scenes of
"The Tenth Planet" (the previous story)
ought to be repeated in their entirety, beginning
with the Doctor moving from Antarctic police box exterior to
console room interior to demonstrate the essentials of the TARDIS.
Instead, all we get is some weird "re-shoot"
of the regeneration effect, which probably does not involve
William Hartnell, and if the telesnaps at the end of Jeremy
Bentham's "Doctor Who: The Early Years" are any indication, the
"up-the-nose" camera angle is less than ideal. There is far too much
empty silence in the opening scenes of this story, and the lack
of straight answers from the new Doctor is poorly motivated, not
helping his situation or his companions, and doing little to sell
regeneration, or the series as a whole, to the audience either. Time
enough to drop in Hartnell's last scene, and a proper materialization
for the TARDIS on Vulcan - these are crucially important missing
elements. At least the film of the TARDIS materializing in the
Antarctic is reversed to show our travellers leaving, and in sync with
the right sound. However, landings are always more dramatically
important and heroic than take-offs, as the Doctor Who production crew
has yet to discover.
Patrick Troughton soon takes command of the episode, the story,
and the series as Hartnell has never been able to before. Not that
I think his portrayal of the Doctor is better, mind you, but suddenly
the writers are less afraid to do the Doctor justice. Perhaps they
feel more comfortable scripting heroics for a younger actor? Curiosity
captures the Doctor, in and out of the TARDIS, and before you know it,
he's got himself involved with the affairs of the human colony on the
planet Vulcan. Spearheaded by David Whitaker's example here, the
scripts will now cater to the Doctor's last minute heroic finishes as
well, with near clock-work regularity.
Mistaken identity is the order of the day in these first episodes.
Ben and Polly argue over whether the Patrick-Troughton-figure before
them really is the Doctor, and his needlessly enigmatic answers fuel
Ben's harsh disbelief. If that isn't enough, an official "Examiner"
from Earth has been secretly murdered by an unknown villain, and upon
discovering the body and credentials, the Doctor proceeds to impersonate
him. Why? Who only knows. I guess it seemed like a fun thing to do
at the time. The Doctor could have maintained much higher integrity
throughout the adventure had he gone in being himself, but maybe he's
not really sure himself Who he is at the moment.
Early scenes in Lesterson's laboratory are among the best in
the story, where detailed, methodical explorations of both Dalek
technology and character are detailed. The story goes on to
introduce us to the Dalek method of reproduction, which is just
as horrific as their other traits, or so Lesterson would encourage
us to believe. Lesterson himself has lost too much of his charisma
and credibility at this point for the audience to truly sympathize
with him - it becomes easier to cheer for the Daleks.
The music is perfect, of course. Why else would Tristram
Cary's Dalek Stock be getting its fifth airing? It is tremendously
effective at setting up a creepy atmosphere, and it is by now
associated with the Daleks as well. Good stuff.
Background Music in "The Power of the Daleks"
re-used material from
"The Daleks" (story no. 2)
by Tristram Cary
which has been
made available on:
The Saward Touch
Writing Tom Baker's narration for the audio cassette version
of this story is early 1980's script editor Eric Saward,
who does not fail to leave his stylish mark on the story.
In his version, there seems to be much emphasis
on pain, callous lack of caring, and violent carnage.
This time around, Whitaker's story seems to be typical of the type
Saward liked to write himself - full of unlikeable, unsympathetic
pathetic characters who you can't wait to see exterminated just to
be done and rid of them. Not my cup of tea, but
Saward's passive-aggressive touch
seems to be well-matched for this particular original story.
There's Something About Janley...
The Vulcan colonist guest characters themselves are not much more
than a bland bunch of morons. None of them have a future, not even
the few that survive the adventure. Most are self-centered and petty,
and their hidden motivations are disappointing once revealed. Janley
appears to be the only female character that has any significant
amount of screen time, so naturally every other character and his
grandfather have a "thing" for her, hidden or not.
The film "There's Something About Mary" is an example of
how to make this kind of
angle very entertaining; "The Power of the Daleks" is a warning
of how boring you can make it if none of your characters have
any true entertainment value going for them in the first place.
The Doctor is quite ineffective in arguing a case against the
Daleks in this adventure, as Ben and Polly note in the final scene.
(Indeed, with the audience cheering the Daleks instead of the colonists,
who's going to listen to someone whose intent is to stop the plot?)
He becomes the loud-spoken doomsayer in this one, a trait that dogs
the Jon Pertwee years
profusely, and is rarely effective at bringing
quality to the drama. In this particular case, he is severely hampered
by his false "Examiner" impersonation, unable to list his previous
encounters with the Daleks to support his position. The better stories
are those where characters do listen to each other, notice the truth,
and then something develops out of it. The Doctor's backed himself
into a corner where the Daleks will have to commit atrocities in
order to prove his point, which pretty much defeats the purpose
of the argument in the first place. Is that really the strategy that
an intelligent hero wants to adopt?
By episode five, things are really moving..... or are they?
The Doctor has a fine escape scene, after which he sneaks about
for a bit to check up on the Daleks. Yes, their devious plan is
progressing horrifically. We the audience are just as morbidly
interested, following the Doctor's cue. Then he gets recaptured
and stuffed back into his cell. End of episode, as far as the
Doctor is concerned. Well done holiday absences for Ben and Polly,
tied into the developments amongst the colonists and the rebels,
all help keep things interesting, although the colonists' angles
prove severely disappointing next episode.
The Doctor finally wakes up and smells the Dalekanium in the
final episode, taking action to stop the Daleks and their plans.
Nice last minute finish to wrap things up - the Doctor finally
appears to be the commanding hero, as all his friends and
acquaintances gather to praise him for saving the colony.
"Did I really do all that?" he asks with incredulity.
Get used to it, Doc, you'll be doing all that and a lot more
in this incarnation and the ones to come. However, this time
around, it seems that a little more honesty, proactivity,
and responsibility to making intelligent arguments could have
lessened the body count considerably and made for a better drama.
"The Power of the Daleks" is not known to exist in its original format
(6 black-and-white 25-minute TV episodes) in its entirety.
An entirely animated version,
synchronized to the original audio from the TV episodes,
and a telesnap photo version,
synchronized to the original audio with narration by Anneke Wills,
are now coming to DVD:
Region 1 U.S.
2017 Jan. 31
Region 1 Canada
2017 Jan. 31
Region 2 U.K.
2016 Nov. 21
Coverage on The Power of the Daleks includes:
||Doctor Who: Lost in Time - Patrick Troughton
2 DVD discs
(also included in Lost in Time Boxed Sets)
More details & buying options for "Lost in Time" DVD's
- Trailer for episode 1 (1 min.)
- 8mm off-screen clips from episodes 1 & 2 (2 min.)
- Dalek clips from episodes 4-6 (2 min.)
This audio CD set features the complete audio tracks of all
6 television episodes of this story, narrated by
actress Anneke Wills (who also played Polly)
to help listeners follow what used to be visual aspects
of the story.
is playable in any normal audio CD player.
||Audio Cassette -
The Power of the Daleks
This earlier release of the audio
from the television episodes
features actor Tom Baker (the 4th Doctor)
reading narration produced by
early 1980's script editor Eric Saward.
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