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Doctor Who - Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)

Cast: Sylvester McCoy, Sophie Aldred, Pamela Salem, more...
Director: Andrew Morgan
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Studio: BBC Warner
Genre: Foreign, Science Fiction , Television, British TV, UK, Sci-Fi TV, Sci-Fi TV
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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Synopsis
Season 25 of Doctor Who got under way on October 5, 1988, with episode one of the four-part "Remembrance of the Daleks." Accompanied by his new friend, Ace (Sophie Aldred), the Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) shows up in 1963 London in search of something he inadvertently left behind during his last visit. That "something" is a remote stellar manipulator -- desperately needed by two warring Dalek factions. "Remembrance of the Daleks, Episode 1" was written by Ben Aaronovitch. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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"Unlimited rice pudding, etc, etc!" by Saroz February 16, 2004 - 10:27 PM PST
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Since the string of DVD releases began 'properly' with "The Robots of Death" in 2000, the Doctor Who stories selected have been classics, ones that - with little exception - will be praised by the fans as a whole, provided they like that Doctor's era to begin with. One of the most obvious choices is that of "Remembrance of the Daleks" as the first Sylvester McCoy release. It's not that "Remembrance" is considered the best McCoy adventure; however, it has a sort of generic action-adventure feel and relative lightness of heart that keeps the regular fan from feeling alienated or confused, unlike those stories. Therefore, this is likely to be the McCoy DVD that appeals to the most fans overall, and I can well see the logic.

Upon starting the story, it is instantly apparent that this DVD boasts the clearest picture yet seen on a Doctor Who DVD. Detail is excellent, black level spot-on, picture blemish-free, and colours very vibrant and true - the colours seem more...well...colourful than on the videocassette. Unless I'm greatly mistaken, "Remembrance" was shot entirely on video, unlike most Who, and the consistent nature of the quality makes it easier to concentrate upon the story. Sound is also quite admirable; while the dialogue is very good, music and SFX are both astoundingly clear (again, somewhat unexpectedly so). It's unfortunate that a 5.1 mix couldn't be had, but I am more than willing to settle for this 2.0 track.

Merits of the story aside, it is obvious from putting the disc into the player that this will be a fun DVD. The thing is choc-a-bloc with extra features, including items well-known among the fan community but never released commercially. The "Extended and Deleted Scenes" are a collection of thirteen very interesting cut sequences. These are in every bit as good a shape as the actual episodes, having obviously been sourced from a high-quality format and cleaned up as appropriate. Other interesting extras include the original trailers for episodes 1 and 2, an isolated track of the musical score, cast biographies, and production trivia subtitles. Regrettably, the included commentary - featuring lead actors Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred - is rather dull and entirely skippable, focusing mostly on working with other actors and shooting on location. The remaining features, such as an outtakes reel, aren't actually that high on the entertainment scale either, but they're worth viewing at least once.

Don't take me wrong; despite a few lacklustre extras, this is definitely a keeper of a disc. If you like "Remembrance of the Daleks" you will certainly enjoy the quality DVD presentation. It is becoming increasingly clear just how fortunate we Doctor Who fans are to have such marvelous DVDs of a cult TV programme. Here's looking at many more fantastic Who releases to come.




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