“Genesis of the Daleks” DVD Review

Fantastic. I don’t know about the best Doctor Who story of all time (well, I do, in fact, and it’s not this but The Empty Child). It’s too long, with some feeble cliffhangers and those awful scenes in the cave. But Davros is such a wonderful creation, with that speech (“to hold in my hand a capsule that contained such power. To know that life and death on such a scale was my choice… to know that the tiny pressure of my thumb, enough to break the glass, would end everything”). Terrific, and every bit as good as I remembered.

But the DVD extras alone are worth the price of admission: both the documentary on Genesis and The Dalek Tapes. The former with Michael Wisher talking about Daleks as “poor darlings” with their flashing ears 😆 Such an expressive, witty chap, so far from Davros! And out of him coming the full range of Dalek voices (there’s “high”, “medium” and “low”). The Dalek Tapes cover each Dalek appearance in production order, and it’s scary how much Nicholas Briggs (current Dalek/Cyberman voice) can detect in the performance of different voice artists.

But as each Dalek story is in the order the Doctor encounters them, I can’t help wondering about the history of the Daleks own timeline, and in particular the question: How much did the Doctor change Dalek history?

And I apologise for the delay to those who were expecting this post 48 hours earlier.

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Lecturer in medical education, lapsed mathematician, Doctor Who fan and garden railway builder. See simonwood.info for more...

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