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DVD Shopping Bag: Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks

That’s not my Doctor

By Robert T. Trate     September 13, 2011


Sorry loyal readers, but there is no review or look into the Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray. I, like you, have to wait until this Friday to pick up my copy. Sure, many of us are already screaming “No” and blinking our eyes in disbelief at all the new changes Lucas has made. The DVD Shopping Bag will be venturing off to the store this weekend and hopefully getting back to you on it ASAP.
This week, I thought I would take a trip to another time and touch on something a little different. As you can tell already, it will be about Doctor Who. A couple of years ago, I took the chance on the re-launch and was pleasantly surprised. Initially, I was amazed by how many toys there were at Toy Fair and thought perhaps I should check this series out. Within two years time, I was a huge fan and sitting opposite David Tennant at Comic Con conducting an interview (seen here). I even became accustomed to calling Tennant my Doctor, which is something all Whovians do for their favorite. I am really enjoying Matt’s Smith current run on the series. I thought if I could get past the Doctor no longer being Tennant then perhaps I could venture into some early episodes as well. Yes, episodes before Tennant, Smith, and even Christopher Eccleston. I have become a huge fan of the Daleks, so I jumped at today’s release of “Day of the Daleks” (story #60).
The formula for the show from back then is the same as it is today. The Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and his companion (this time played by the lovely Katy Manning as Jo) get into trouble over their heads and have to the save the day. Here, the Doctor investigates a haunted house and discovers soldiers from the future are trying to assassinate the members of a peace conference. The Doctor and Jo get flung through time to discover that the actions of their present (1972) will leave the world’s future to be ruled by Daleks.
Have I watched early episodes of Doctor Who before? Yes and no. I remember reruns on PBS, but I never actually thought it was a real show. The plots, sets, and even the acting seemed incredibly amateur. I often just hung around long enough to see how ridiculous it would get. For a while I even thought this show, like Dark Shadows, was just a bunch of PBS wannabe thespians doing a low budget sci-fi show. After all, who would ever produce a show like this? Of course, this was the 5 year old me flipping through the channels, seeing robots on TV and staying for a while.
This 5 year old mindset was incredibly hard to break. The main reason being Jon Pertwee’s Doctor was so laid back. He sat around eating cheese and drinking wine all the while waiting for something to happen. Tennant’s Doctor was incredibly involved with surroundings. He was like a ball of energy bouncing off of everything. Pertwee, though much older than Tennant, just takes everything in. I tried to put myself into the mind of the character and their different story lines. Tennant would be the older more prepared Doctor, after all this was his tenth life. Pertwee’s Doctor, though looking much older, was only on his third regeneration. This would explain why Pertwee seemed to know nothing about an enslaved humanity ruled by the Daleks. Granted there could be changes in the time line, but Pertwee constantly seemed to be in the dark.
Clearly Pertwee was not my Doctor. He used a gun, did karate moves, and drove a three wheeled motorcycle. Outside of the character differences, the pacing of the show was very slow. The Daleks showed up early, but only we knew they were involved. The Doctor doesn’t encounter them for over two episodes. It was great to see the other two incarnations of the Doctor during a Dalek mind probe, tying things together continuity-wise. Another great tid-bit was learning this was the first time the Daleks encounter this Doctor (the Second Doctor battled them in “The Evil of the Daleks”).
The BBC included a Special Edition of “Day of the Daleks” on a bonus disc. Additional scenes are present as well as the re-editing of the Dalek’s voices. Much like the original revamped Star Trek series, these improvements are fun but not the original work of the writer, directors, and craftsmen of the day. Though this was, ultimately, an interesting ride into the Doctor’s past, I don’t think I’ll venture too many times into the Tardis of yesteryear. The Doctor is, and forever will be, an enigma. It is just better to keep him that way.
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Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.


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docwho 9/13/2011 6:32:08 AM

And th First Doctor encountered them in the Dead Planet among others. 

karas1 9/13/2011 6:51:11 AM

My Doctor was #4, Tom Baker.  In 1980 my parents took our family to England for a summer vacation.  My first exposure to Dr Who was Destiny of the Daleks, episode 2.  I thought it was good fun but I laughed at the hokeyness of the Daleks (and the Movelans with their silver bodysuits and dreadlocks). 

Then we saw City of Doom.  Which took place in Paris.  A week later we went to Paris and spent 5 days in a hotel on the left bank.  I didn't see it when I watched the episodes when I was in London, but in City of Death, The Doctor and Romana have scenes running back and forth in front of a cafe.  Which was the same cafe we ended up having breakfast in for 5 days a week later.  I noticed this odd coincidence when I saw City of Death again, years later.  Wierd.

Later I saw most of the Tom Baker episodes and a few of the Peter Davidson ones when they were broadcast on PBS.  Later, up at college, my friends and I gathered in the TV lounge on Saturdays to watch The Doctor battle the bad guy du jour.  We saw Tom Baker and Peter Davidson and some Colin Baker as well. 

When we could wrest a TV away from idots watching football.  It was the same football game they were watching in every other TV lounge in the dorm!  Can't you go join the people on another floor and let us have ONE TV to watch something else on?  Please?  Rick took to sabatoging the TV in the basement on Friday evenings so there would be a free TV for us.

Anyway, I was familliar with those 3 Doctors vfrom watching the episodes and I read the adventures of the first two Doctors in the Target books.

I think I've seen all the Tom Baker episodes at one point or another, all 7 seasons of them.  HE is my doctor.  Eccleston and Tennant were fantastic (not too wild about Matt Smith) but there's something about the original that will always stay with you.

fenngibbon 9/13/2011 6:54:24 AM

 The reason the Doctor didn't know about the Daleks conquering Earth is that the timeline had been changed.  The First Doctor had a storyline called The Dalek Invasion of Earth in which the Daleks had invaded Earth in the 22nd century with the intent of enslaving humanity and turning the entire planet into a spaceship they could use to invade other worlds (the 10th Doctor made, I think, an oblique reference to it in The Stolen Earth), and they are subsequently defeated.  Day of the Daleks is basically an alternate timeline story in which the peace conference delegate getting assassinated led to a nuclear war which crippled the ability of humanity to resist the Dalek invasion in the 22nd century.  

Hobbs 9/13/2011 10:33:49 AM

That's okay, I think mr.vaux would have taken some of your thunder away today with his top 5 good things about the prequels. 

You should have your own day for the saga review.  I still refuse to buy it until I've read more reviews and even then I probably won't until it drops another 40 bucks.

themovielord 9/13/2011 1:23:26 PM

I know Hobbs, I have another star Wars toy article coming though...



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