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The Power of the Daleks

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Reviewed By: TheBigChurroReview Date: 11/14/16 1:50 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Power of the Daleks; one of the most famous stories in this shows history, and arguably the most important. Well it's a cracker of a story, the plot is intriguing and suspenseful throughout, Troughton brings an excellent performance and a few comical moments that hold up 50 years on, Lesterson is an excellent sub-villain and his dying words are some of the best dying words in history :P A highlight in Troughton's stories and a part of the whole history. 9/10

The animation did take a little getting used to but once you are engaged in the story, it really works and you almost forget that it is animated, you just think it's a Doctor Who story.
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Reviewed By: Lord SlarrReview Date: 6/29/16 1:02 pm
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Power Of The Daleks had a really tough job to do of making people like and accept this brand new Doctor as the Doctor. Yet somehow, Whitaker not only manages but also sets the bar for Dalek stories and a brilliant episode in general.

So how does it introduce us to the new Doctor, unlike with 9 to 10 we're not spoon-fed the information, if anything Whitaker is as elusive as possible on the subject which adds a sense of mystery and awe to this new Doctor, back then you wouldn't be quite sure if this was the Doctor, at least in the first episode although the moment he sees the Daleks is powerful and conveys that this definitely is the Doctor by showing it rather than exposition. It also helps that even though he's still getting into the role, Troughton is funny, whimsical and gives a brilliant performance whenever on screen, I don't think Doctor Who would of continued without him as he has a certain charisma and gravitas which was needed for this Doctor and Troughton does the job stupendously.

Ben and Polly are really enjoyable in this episode and seem to have a much better chemistry with Troughton. Polly trusts the new Doctor instantly and plays along with his games like with the Lesstersonn-listen tounge twister while Ben doesn't quite believe it for a while and gets very frustrated when the Doctor continues bouncing around merrily in a crisis. Not only is this very funny and entertaining to watch its also quite clever as the companions were and indeed are meant to be an eye for the audience to see through and Ben and Polly do that by representing both sides of the audience, the side which is embracing the new Doctor and the side which is sceptical. This definitely works to ease the audience into this new Doctor in a very subtle way which just shows what a great writer Whitaker can be.

The other characters in this story are great, all with their own very distinct personalities and motivations. The interactions they all have with each other demonstrate that this is a troubled colony for instance the way they all suspect each other of sending for the examiner, it shows a level of distrust just below the surface. My personal favourite is Janley, while she has good intentions deep down she's willing to use any means and is incredibly manipulative turning any situation to her advantage if at all possible. The colony is also a great setting as not only is its world built up nicely its also got a remote atmosphere making any danger, especially the Daleks, even more threatening.

The Daleks are portrayed perfectly here, I mean it should be mandatory for people about to write a Dalek story to watch. Yes the Daleks are driven by their hatred of lesser thing and yes they have armour and gun, but they have much more to them which a lot of episodes forget callously. In this as well as efficient killers they are really clever and manipulative, they manage to build an army of Daleks right beneath the noses of the colony, slowly multiplying with the episode only slowly showing it with suddenly more Daleks than usual appearing. It's creepy and actually makes the Daleks scary and they do it all through human psychology by saying that they are their servant, building machines for them, as a Dalek chillingly says during the episode, "we know the human mind".

The actual story itself is paced brilliantly, some people often snort at 6 parters and even though I'm a fan of the longer stories, this surpasses most, you couldn't remove an episode, barely a moment is wasted, constantly building and developing both the stakes and the atmosphere. It's so gripping that I was approaching midnight watching it, really tired, but I couldn't stop listening (as I listened to it on Cassette), any story that can do that is well worthy of high praise.

Overall I can't fault this story, taking into consideration the budget and materials they had to work with for this story they honestly couldn't of done better, its close to perfect and one of my all time favourites. The Daleks are done perfectly, all the characters are great, you couldn't of had a better introduction to my favourite Doctor and era.
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Reviewed By: AlfredReview Date: 10/6/15 10:00 am
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This is one I only know from the audio drama version cobbled together from the original sound track with additional narration.

However, it is a great yarn. The daleks are presented with such a level of sly cunning that one finds oneself involuntarily crying, "you fools, you fools" at the humans over and over until the climax of this promethean tragedy is revealed.

The stills I have viewed indicate that the sets were excellent.

Hopefully, one day this lost gem will be found.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 3/24/15 10:11 am
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

In this, the first story of a the Second Doctor., Troughton gets into the role right off the bat. While long time Whovians have seen newly regenerated doctors go through the process of picking out their wardrobe and getting used to new appearances, Troughton was the first and does it quite well. His character is fun and clever. The Second Doctor plays a recorder which is another nice bit of characterization.

Of course, his companions, who were with the First Doctor, are skeptical that this is really the same Doctor, with Ben being far more skeptical than Paulie.

The Second's Doctor’s inaugural adventure is a blast. The TARDIS lands in the future on Earth's colony Vulcan where they discover the murdered body of a government official called an examiner. The Doctor assumes the examiner's identity and is determined to uncover why the Examiner was killed and what was going on in the colony.

In the course of his investigation, the Doctor comes across his most dangerous enemies, the Daleks. One of their ships has crash landed and a scientists is studying the dead Daleks. The Doctor wants them destroyed but finds out to his horror that the scientist who discovered the Daleks is actually trying to revive one and that he succeeds.

The revived Dalek, whose gun arm has been removed insists, "I am your servant." The Doctor of course doesn't buy it and is trying to stop the crazy scientists from reviving more Daleks. However, the whole Dalek issue is caught in a web of political intrigue which has more than one person thinking they can use the three revived Daleks as pawns. Some consider the small numbers of Daleks to be minor matter, but the Doctor warns that one is enough to destroy the entire base.

This is a wonderful serial that really works on every level: it has intrigue, mystery, suspense, and fantastic sci fi action. This is a story that illustrates the true power of audio story telling. The early writers of Dr. Who had great imagination, but lacked in special effects. Given that the video's missing, that's no problem here. The music and the dialogue tell the story powerfully.

The story has some genuinely scary moments that are really brought home by the audio. Of course, the Daleks are up to evil and two separate episodes end with Daleks chanting and there are few things more scary than a group of Daleks chanting, "We will get our power! We will get our power!" as they circle the scientist brought them back to life.

The scientist, Dr. Lesterson also has a fascinating character arc as the Daleks true nature becomes more apparent and things go from bad to worse. His final scene is the last episode of the serial is just haunting and fascinating at the same time.

Bottom line: "The Power of the Daleks" packs a powerful punch with a tone that's often a bit dark, but also brilliantly conceived and executed.