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Love Thy Nyder

By:Matthew B, Cardiff, Wales
Date:Monday 2 October 2006
Rating:   10

Excellent. What is clearly a very cheap production manages to feel “large” due to the sheer quality of the script, cast and direction. Skaro is a dark, foggy, unpleasant place and the Kaled military are Nazi analogues. Peter Miles’ Nyder is an astonishing performance, topping a cast where everyone gets it just right. Tom Baker is nicely understated in this and yet is potent when required. The whole thing has an urgency and sense of threat that had been largely absent since 1970.



The Best.......

By:Trevor Smith, Nottingham, United Kingdom
Date:Thursday 5 July 2007
Rating:   10

....Doctor Who story ever.Period.



"Best ever Doctor Who story"?

By:Huw Davies, Taunton, United Kingdom
Date:Saturday 1 November 2008
Rating:   9

I was told, as I bought this (by a massive red sticker plastered onto the packaging) that this was voted "No. 1 Doctor Who story". I had high hopes when I got home and as I watched it over the next few days I agreed with this statement, until about Part 4. This is when the story begins to drag, and it only picks up towards the end of Part 6.
This is made up, though, by the extras, which are stunning. The best is 'The Dalek Tapes', a documentary about the history of the Daleks, which includes Blue Peter footage about two stolen Daleks - well worth a watch!
'Genesis of a Classic', the documentary for the story is also good, as is the commentary (or should that be 'Tommentary'?) featuring Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Peter Miles and David Maloney, which is full of interesting anecdotes, particularly (and surprisingly) from David Maloney.
Story - 8.5/10
Extras - 10/10



Not as classic as all that...

By:Matthew David Rabjohns, Bridgend, United Kingdom
Date:Friday 6 May 2011
Rating:   6

My top ten who stories are:

THE TRIAL OF A TIME LORD
THE TWO DOCTORS
THE MONSTER OF PELADON
THE WAR GAMES
THE ARK
THE ENEMY OF THE WORLD
THE GUNFIGHTERS
THE SPACE PIRATES
THE GREATEST SHOW IN THE GALAXY
TIME AND THE RANI

And Genesis of the Daleks never reaches any of these for me. It just feels a little too laboured. Im not saying its dull, its just that its too long for once. And the fact that the daleks actually hardly appear in this is for me another major fault.

Michael Wisher is excelllent as the Kaled Scientist Davros though, and gives one of the finest performances of all of the Who shows he appeared him. He obviously relishes the role, and it truly comes out in his performance. And Peter Miles is equally good as the sidekick, Nyder. But thats where the story's great points really end.

Ian Marter again suffers from being shoved right into the background, one hardly even sees him in this. Elisabeth Sladen was a little better served, but also she is nowhere near as involved as she was in most of her Jon Pertwee season. Ian Marter was brilliant as Harry and the scripting for him was too little. Its one of the mistakes the BBC made in getting rid of Harry Sullivan too soon.

The daleks do at last have their unsettling death ray, but like I said the story is a little slow. This is not the top of the Doctor Who totem pole, buts its far above msot of the new series.




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