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Resurrection of the Daleks


Originally planned to close out the twentieth season, The Return was reworked by Eric Saward as Warhead and then Resurrection of the Daleks. With no BBC strikes to get in its way this time, the production team wanted the see the Daleks back properly for the first time in five years in a big budget story that would restore them to their former glory as a race to be reckoned with. Davros was brought back, Saward once said, because he gave the Daleks a proper voice and character for the Doctor to interact with.


This was the first story to be broadcast in 50 minute episodes, although it was written as four 25 minute ones and sold abroad in that form - sometimes with different scenes and soundtracks.


Resurrection of the Daleks saw the departure of Tegan Jovanka, although the character would make a cameo return later in the series in The Caves of Androzani. A lengthy flashback sequence was used in one scene as the Doctor's mind is drained and he sees himself, his current and former companions and friends. These clips were from: Terminus (Turlough), Logopolis (Tegan), Black Orchid (Nyssa), Warriors' Gate (Adric, K9 and the Second Romana), The Ribos Operation (the First Romana), Terror of the Zygons (Harry), Pyramids of Mars (the Fourth Doctor and Sarah), The Mutants (Jo), The Ambassadors of Death (the Brigadier), Spearhead From Space (Liz), The War Games (the Second Doctor and Zoe), The Enemy of the World (Jamie and Victoria), The Tenth Planet (Ben and Polly), The War Machines (Dodo), The Daleks' Master Plan (the First Doctor, Sara and Katarina - the latter a photo not footage) The Time Meddler (Steven), The Rescue (Vicki), The Daleks (Ian, Barbara and Susan). No footage was used of Leela.


Scenes featuring the Thameside warehouse and local streets where the Daleks' time corridor emerged were all filmed around Butlers Wharf in Bermondsey.


Terry Molloy makes his debut here as the third actor to play Davros. Michael Wisher had agreed to play it again when The Return was due to be made as part of Season Twenty but he was unavailable for the recording dates for Resurrection of the Daleks and Molloy was cast, and had a new mask sculpted to fit him. Molloy would play Davros twice more (1985's Revelation of the Daleks and 1988's Remembrance of the Daleks. He also appeared (not as Davros) in 1985's Attack of the Cybermen. Royce Mills and Brian Miller take on Dalek voice roles in this story: Miller had appeared in 1982's Snakedance and would provide Dalek voices again for Remembrance of the Daleks in 1988. Mills would also provide Dalek voices for Remembrance as well as Revelation of the Daleks in 1985. Inside the Daleks were Cy Town, John Scott Martin, Tony Byrne and Tony Starr who had previously been Daleks on many occasions. Rodney Bewes, playing Stein, had become a household name in the 1960s, firstly as Basil Brush's first human foil in his own show and then alongside James Bolam in The Likely Lads. Rula Lenska, Styles, made her name as one of ITV's Rock Follies while Chloe Ashcroft (Laird) was most familiar as a presenter on Play School and Play Away. And a few years before becoming the most infamous publican in Britain in EastEnders, Leslie Grantham played Kiston. Before finding fame in Howards' Way, Maurice Colbourne marked his first appearance here as Lytton, a role he would recreate in 1985's Attack of the Cybermen, joined again by his two policemen, played by Mike Braben and Michael Jeffries


Resurrection of the Daleks was first issued on DVD in 2002. It was subsequently reissued in a Dalek box set alongside 1964's The Dalek Invasion of Earth and 1988's Remembrance of the Daleks. In 2007 this set was reissued but also expanded with the addition of 1975's Genesis of the Daleks and 1985's Revelation of the Daleks. In the same year a Davros themed box set was issued with the same line up of stories except The Dalek Invasion of Earth was replaced by 1979's Destiny of the Daleks. Resurrection of the Daleks eceived an upgraded DVD release alongside the 1969's The Seeds of Death and 1973's Carnival of Monsters in the second Revisitations box set in 2010. It is currently the Doctor Who DVD with the largest amount of reissues.

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