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The Daleks

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Reviewed By: MercuryReview Date: 11/16/18 2:01 pm
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This story is what really established Doctor Who in the public consciousness with the introduction of the fantastic and iconic metal cased monsters, the Daleks. Thank goodness they did this as it lead to 50 years and counting of TV magic!

The whole story is excellent and innovative. The acting and direction are good and the story and concepts throughout capture the imagination.

Whilst certain aspects of all the old Doctor Who episodes are dated these small issues are at an absolute minimum here. The only things such as Daleks using paper printouts and pen written letters are totally forgivable in what is still an impressive and impactful production. Things such as low ceilinged corridors, perfect for Daleks rather than designed for humans show thought and add believability that the impressive Dalek City was really built by Daleks for Daleks.

Overall the whole story is brilliant. Admittedly the Thals are not nearly as interesting as the Daleks and there are occasional flaws. Episodes 6 is slightly less impressive than the rest but not so much as to drop below a very high standard. The more filler like episodes towards the end are in fact very exciting and still include a lot more character development than almost any modern day TV show.

A must see TV classic!

My Ratings: Episodes 1-5 and 7 - 10/10, Episode 6 - 9.5/10

Overall: 9.93/10
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Reviewed By: GuiannosReview Date: 9/28/18 11:54 pm
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Iconic for the creation of the Daleks but since much of the story was retconned / rewritten over time it's hardly definitive. I love the tension of the poison forest and the dead city and of course the Daleks themselves are cruel and menacing. Like many other early stories, though, there are pacing issues and the story could have been a much tighter 4 or 5 parter rather than 6. Considering how early in the series this arrived it has held up well over time. However, viewers more accustomed to the fast paced action of the modern series will likely find this unbearable.
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Reviewed By: comparestoreReview Date: 9/2/18 8:14 am
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The second story of Doctor Who: 'The Daleks' is a slow-paced bore of six meandering parts, saved by the fantastic and iconic design of the Daleks. The first episode is great, with our TARDIS team exploring this 'Dead Planet', and it has one of the best cliffhangers of Doctor Who.

Like An Unearthly Child, the rest of this story is not as good. I find it not quite as bad as parts 2-4 of An Unearthly Child but these following parts are pretty boring. This story falls into the trap of 'capture and recapture', where the TARDIS team gets captured by the Daleks, escapes, then gets captured again. This makes for incredibly boring watching and really sours the whole story.

I gave this story a 6/10 mainly due to the characters. We see some development for all our main team (excluding Susan perhaps), with the schoolteachers becoming more accepting of what's going on and the doctor slowly becoming more considerate. The Daleks are also a fantastic and threatening design. It's unfortunate that this story is so poorly paced.
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Reviewed By: doctorwhnoeReview Date: 1/28/18 12:43 pm
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The most classic of all the stories with the introduction of the iconic Daleks. Apart from these creatures, the plot is poor. The Doctor and his friends just need to find some device for the Tardis and bring a team of Thals to their death with a mission into the Dalek city.

The Doctor is a bit manipulative, when he take the sort of little device and say 'ho it didn't work anymore' then everybody leave the Tardis ect,ect...
Barbara and Ian are quite impressive because they're the best characters of this episode. Susan is just a child who cry every ten seconds and scream 'grandfather'!

The Thals are all forgettable, none of them is intersting. I just remember Alydon who was the leader and the more develloped of them. The others were just dying one by one because this story needed to show how the Daleks were dangerous.

The Daleks are beautiful ! This is their first story and they show their evil face. They only appear at the end of episode one but their quite good.

The set are horrible. But for the 60' and the budget of the show they're brilliant. I liked the creature trapped in the stone. In the Dalek city's corrdior we can see that the deep part of the corridor is a wallpaper and it's disturbing.

This is a story you need to see if you're a fan, it could be boring sometime but it's brilliant if we forget the blanks Thals and the screaming of Susan. I recommand it !