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Remembrance of the Daleks

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Reviewed By: The31stWAHReview Date: 4/14/19 8:26 pm
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The one truly great televised Seventh Doctor story. This is an action-packed, homage-filled war story, one that both crams in references to Who history and introduces somewhat radical new ideas, kicking the so-called Cartmel Masterplan into gear. Sophie Aldred is BAMF, the cliffhangers are some of the show's best, and the plot keeps you guessing, with a bait and switch that still works. McCoy can't quite sell the infamous "unlimited rice pudding" speech but he does attain an air of menace by the show's end. This is probably the best of the 80's Dalek stories and helps make them interesting again after years of dreary violence.
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Reviewed By: JMChurch25Review Date: 3/13/19 3:00 pm
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Season 25 starts off the 25th anniversary of the show in style and on an extremely high note with the critically acclaimed story “Remembrance of the Daleks”. This one remains not only my favorite Seventh Doctor story of all time but also my Classic Doctor Who story of all time as well as the final appearance of the Daleks in the Classic era.

The plot is a little complicated on the surface but easy to dig into once it all gets going. The Doctor and Ace return to Earth in 1963 to protect a mysterious Gallifreyan artifact from the clutches of rival Dalek factions embroiled in a civil war. In the process, they also return to Coal Hill and the junkyard where the series started, witness the beginning roots of what would eventually become UNIT, and cause massive amounts of explosions. It’s an extremely nostalgia-heavy narrative going all the way back to the beginning with connections to the First Doctor and what exactly he was doing in 1963 London in “An Unearthly Child” while also serving as a template for future stories in New Who especially the 50th Anniversary special “The Day of the Doctor”.

But what makes this story stand out especially is the Doctor himself. This story is where Sylvester McCoy’s Seventh Doctor truly arrives onscreen. Up to this point, he had been almost a replica of Patrick Troughton’s Second Doctor with a silly and small demeanor that would allow him to handle a situation more out of luck than skill. With the direction of script editor Andrew Cartmel however, McCoy’s Doctor in this story suddenly starts to become a bit more elusive, a bit quieter, and a bit more serious. This Doctor was slowly becoming a force to be reckoned with a manipulative streak, a penchant for long-term strategic thinking, and some very subtle hints that he might a far more important figure with a powerful past than he had ever let on in the past. McCoy’s performance was also amplified to help sell those points and thus it makes “Remembrance” his best TV story not just so far in re-watching it but also as a whole. He was still funny, enjoyable, and eccentric on the surface but now there was a dark and almost amoral intellect behind that outside impression that deepens his character and he would prove to be unstoppable and devastating to his foes if underestimated. His masterplan in particular in this story is a doozy and it makes the tale more interesting than it otherwise could’ve been with another Doctor.

The rest of the cast is also exceedingly with a side cast of memorable characters in the military especially Group Captain Gilmore, some suitably creepy henchmen, and of course Sophie Aldred giving one of her weaker but still great performances with the chance to blow Daleks up left and right. The effects and pacing of this story are surprisingly good for the time supported by a script by Ben Aaronovitch that’s incredibly tight and focused with lots of stronger moments to dwell on and some big twists and surprises. It all gives the story a very cinematic feel to it and wouldn’t be amiss being played on a theater screen at least for me.

Even the flaws and things I initially found in this story in prior looks are overshadowed by almost EVERYTHING else and they are so minor that they are rendered not worth mentioning. I don’t even know what else to say: everything that’s great about this is damn good many times over even as I watch it for the umpteenth time. This to me is the perfect Sylvester McCoy / Seventh Doctor TV story if not the best story in the Classic Series by a wide margin and it’s incredibly difficult to match.
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Reviewed By: EcclestonSmithReview Date: 2/25/19 10:22 am
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This was a boring story and Ace sucked so much
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Reviewed By: BrainofMorbius23Review Date: 9/5/17 1:21 am
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Simply one of the most entertaining dalek stories there is!
Action packed. Loveable characters which could have almost been our new unit of the 80-90s who if it proceeded! (Look out for them in big finishes countermeasures series)
Lots of nods to the point that we feel like we are almost being treated with a special.

Need I mention the special weapons dalek!

10/10