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Resurrection of the Daleks
I've decided to watch the old copy as with the FIVE DOCTORS because there seem to be one or more different versions including a version that here, in the US, went uncut and had different cliffhanger endings. Parts of this version seem to have no sound effects or music but part one does.
In any event, I lost count of how many deaths were in this ep but I'd say at least 18 people or more die before the end of ep1. It would have been more mysterious if we didn't have the name DALEK in the title but that probably got more viewers and also if Davros wasn't seen behind the officer before a close up but whatever: this still is quite shocking and scary and gross at times. The Daleks release some kind of virus gas that makes people's faces go all rice crispy, mutanty, and bloody, green, black, and red; one face looks like it's turned into raw flesh or an alien with smooth features. The Daleks are dangerous here. Their human helpers even more so. At first, I didn't understand what was going on. There seemed to be policemen on Earth at abandoned buildings (great location by the way, abandoned buildings seemed in vogue in the 60s, 70s, and 80s and there were a great deal of them, not to mention lots, forests, etc). These are REAL LIFE abandoned buildings, that I believe have since been knocked down and replaced and the area has become a busy area again, I think I read.
There were also soldiers who didn't seem to be from UNIT. A time corridor connecting the Dalek time to the present time. And people who are trying to escape from both. I didn't trust the soldiers. I blinked and missed how Turlough got through the time corridor to the future. Even Rula Lenska seems okay in this and this episode is far from boring. Lytton, despite heading the killing of at least 9 escapees, seemed to want to stun them instead and said as much but mostly because they were experimental. Lytton even takes his helmet off after the gas in the spaceship has killed several people. That said, he seems to be in a few places at once or at very least, seems to be heading several operations at once: at the warehouse in the present and rescuing Davros, who looks great in this ep anyway, in the future. To me, Lytton is just a cold blooded killer through and through.
And once again, Tegan and Turlough give each other knowing and fed up glances as the Doctor leaves the TARDIS to find out what's going on. It really is amazing how he walks into these things without any protection or weapons, once a selling point is now...just looking foolish. What I mean is that once I could respect a character who didn't carry weapons but seeing as how he usually gets his friends and even othes in trouble, maybe he should have carried weapons. He also lies shamelessly when he tells the soldiers (whom he was warned about before he entered the warehouse) that Turlough wandered in by mistake. He didn't. He was just following the Doctor in.
This ep is entertaining but to be honest, the Blake's 7 factor (alot of death and destruction and wanton cruelty) has taken over DW to the full. It's a bit upsetting and unsettling but I guess that's what DW has to do at times and it did so greatly here, unlike future stories such as ATTACK OF THE CYBERMEN and THE TWO DOCTORS.