Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks [DVD] [Import]

Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks [DVD] [Import]

"Remembrance of the Daleks," the final <I>Doctor Who</I> story to feature the titular mutant cyborgs, is a particularly notable adventure for the way it ties the plot into the very first story, "An Unearthly Child," made 25 years before. It is 1963, and the seventh Doctor, Sylvester McCoy, arrives in London with new companion Ace (Sophie Aldred), where two Dalek factions are engaged in a deadly search for the Hand of Omega. Ace quickly proves herself adept with high explosives, and while there are references to the history of the show, including some nice in-jokes, the drama is played much straighter than in McCoy's first season as the time traveler. This is <I>Doctor Who</I> with a decent budget; the period setting is surprisingly lavish and there are some fairly intense action sequences. The Daleks remain as menacing as ever, the plotting has an intriguing air of mystery, and McCoy injects some steel into his characterization. Aldred serves an ace as a heroine with attitude (very much post-Sarah Connor from <I>The Terminator</I>), and if this really does prove to be the Daleks' swan song, at least they go out with a bang. <I>--Gary S. Dalkin</I>