- Elf 2017
Doctor Who - Resurrection of the Daleks
John Nathan-Turner for BBC
directed by Matthew Robinson
starring Peter Davison, Janet Fielding, Mark Strickson, Maurice Colbourne, Terry Molloy, Rodney Bewes, Rula Lenska, Del Henney, Chloe Ashcroft, Philip McGough, Jim Findley, Leslie Grantham, Sneh Gupta
written by & script editor: Eric Saward, music by Malcolm Clarke, Daleks created by Terry Nation
Doctor Who, Doctor Who (Peter Davison), Doctor Who (classic series), Daleks, Davros, Lytton
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I have to admit, I have my problems making heads or tails of this
story, but I'll try to retell it for you anyhow:
The far future: The Daleks are suffering from some virus so they need
their creator Davros (Terry Molloy) to make them resistant. Davros is
locked up in a cryogenic chamber in some prisonship, so the Daleks will
have to free him first before he will be able to work on them, naturally.
But the Daleks also want to destroy Davros so he can't take control over
them. On the other hand, the Daleks are not all that good in combat
anymore, so they hire earth mercenary Lytton (Maurice Colbourne) to help
them free Davros - but Lytton has an agenda all of his own, even if we
never learn what it is.
Oh yeah, and zylinders containing the virus are hidden in present day
London, so the Daleks have installed a time corridor so they can pick up
the zylinders anytime they want. And for some reason, the Daleks have
substituted a few leaders of present-day earth with duplicates who are to
obey the Daleks' every will, but the duplicates are terribly unstable and
usually find back to their originals' will after some time or other - not
that that has much to do with the story though.
Ultimately Davros and his Daleks clash with the other Daleks loyal to
Dalek Supreme, pretty much everyone releases the virus, the Daleks all
die, Davros suddenly finds himself infected as well, the prison ship he is
still at is blown to smithereens by one of the Daleks' duplicates (Rodney
Bowes) who has found back to his original's will - and somehow Doctor Who
(Peter Davison) and his companions Tegan (Janet Fielding) and Turlough
(Mark Strickson) are thrown into the mix as well, but don't ask how.
The ending hjas Tegan bidding the Doctor farewell in a disappointingly
banal and cheesy scene ...
Considering Doctor Who was originally conceived as a kids' TV show back
in the 1960's, this episode is surpsisingly graphic: There are ruthless
killiongs, violent shoot-outs and the Daleks and Davros all have
splattering deaths - that said though, Resurrection of the Daleks
actually is a major disappointment: The plot is overly convoluted on one
hand and fails to make too much sense on the other, the Doctor himself and
his companions are all but essential to the plot and have precious little
important to do, and Maurice Colbourne's Lytton, the most colourful
character of the story, is unfortunately underused and his motives are
never properly explained - he will however return in the 1985 episode Attack
of the Cybermen - by which time Colin Baker has taken over as the
Doctor and Nicola Bryant as his companion.
In all, Ressurrection of the Daleks is a terrible waste of time.