The Daleks are the only alien race to successfully take over Earth. And in only their second story to boot. Go Daleks! Somehow, I imagined that the story would be filled with drama, suspense and action. Then I watched it and realised that, of course, it was filmed in the 60s and would therefore be impossible to take seriously in this day and age.
Still, I gave it a go, and I can see how something like this would be riveting when it was first shown. Sadly, time really hasn't been too kind and for someone only just getting into Doctor Who, you could do a LOT better. Hmm. So the Daleks have taken over Earth and our heroes have joined the rebellion aiming to defeat them. So far so Buck Rogers. There's all sorts of happy chappies to divert our attention - Dortmun, in particular, and David Campbell being two highlights of the crew.
But what makes this serial special is... hmm! Daleks in London. Yes. The first few episodes have been building up to this, and finally the pay-off - some very nice shots of the Daleks sightseeing in London, which is utterly ruined by some god-awful music. What's that? Flaws? Oo, well if you insist. Deep breath now, you tend to spot a lot of these when there's little else to focus on...
- The Dalek spaceship looks like two plates stuck together.
- The numberous bombs all look absolutely ridiculous, with Team Earth's looking suspiciously similar to ones used in Loony Toons cartoons.
- Carole Ann Ford shattered my glasses with her numberous shreaks.
- That's clearly a little toy model of Ian falling down the mine shaft.
- The Slyther manages to change appearance between episodes 4 and 5 (go on, watch it again and see).
- THE DAL-EKS HAVE NO IN-NER MON-O-LOGUE.
- Their plan to replace the Earth's core with a giant motor is so ridiculous as to defy logic entirely (Earth's hardly unique in having a magnatic core, folks).
- And, to top it off, I was bored throughout most of it.
Still, the last two episode livened up a bit, and there was that lovely ending where the group bade farewell to Susan Foreman. It's actually quite touching, and lovingly written by David Whitaker. Sadly, that's the most moving part of the whole serial. Sadly, I don't recommend this to any new Doctor Who fans, but those who enjoy the classic series will love this.
Ah well. Maybe Peter Cushing will be better, hmm? Bright red Daleks ahoy!