Greetings and a few mutant Daleks

Well, apparently the Doctor Who: Legacy Facebook page found my mini-strategy guide and posted it, deluging this blog in views! I don’t think I’ve ever had anything I’ve written reach more than a few people. Thanks very much for visiting! I hope the strat guide helps!

Sadly, I don’t have anything really interesting in mind to say today to all these visitors. Ironic, huh?

We watched “Revelation of the Daleks” this weekend, a Sixth Doctor/Peri episode. It wasn’t a very strong episode. Ignoring the DJ that interrupted the action every five minutes (I mentioned him in a previous post), the story went along pretty well after the Doctor and Peri finally got to the necropolis; before that, the episode spent way too much time following them as they walked. I’ve noticed that the classic episodes love to have many different factions warring with each other, so that you never quite know who to trust. In this episode, there was Davros and his Daleks (ok, you know he’s gotta be the main bad guy), the corporation running the necropolis, the girl in love with the main mortician, the morticians who were getting suspicious of the necropolis’ leadership, the rebels who were infiltrating the necropolis, and the assassin and his squire. All of these characters kept you in suspense for quite a while.

The overarching plot didn’t work well, but there were some gems along the way. I think the thing that really didn’t work for me was that Davros was demanding money from the corporation running the necropolis. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone in Doctor Who care about money. It might have worked better if Davros had made it clear that he needed more money to fund his project (creating Daleks from human bodies in suspended animation), but even then, no other evil villain in the show has ever cared about the financing of his empire.

The first thing that did work very well was why Davros was stopped. You might have noticed that he was creating Daleks from humans. That’s not exactly something that Daleks would like, since part of their credo is racial purity. Near the end of the episode, real Daleks show up and kill the mutant Daleks, then take Davros back home to punish him. Never mind the fact that if none of the other events in the episode had happened, the Daleks would have stopped Davros anyway: the show stayed true to its canon and gave a reason for the real Daleks to appear and actually choose not to fight the Doctor – Davros was a bigger threat.

The second good thing was the way that the assassin and the Doctor worked together while imprisoned by Davros, through expressions and gestures. The assassin character in general was well-characterized and had a very interesting backstory, and had a noble death.

I think the worst thing about this episode was Peri. She spent the entire episode complaining. The last time I saw Peri was in “The Caves of Androzani,” in which she did complain a lot, but had a fantastic story with Sharaz Jek. I’m hoping that her general characterization is more like in Androzani than like in this episode.

I will say, though, that this is the first Sixth Doctor episode I have seen, and I like him. He is arrogant and obnoxious, and a man of action. He’s very different from all of the other Doctors I’ve seen, and yet is still the Doctor. Brilliant!