Which One : Davros returns.
Cast : The Doctor : Peter Davison
Turlough : Mark Strickson
Tegan : Janet Fielding
Davros : Terry Molloy
Stien : Rodney Bewes
Styles : Rula Lenska
Lytton : Maurice Colbourne
Mercer : Jim Findley
Osborn : Sneh Gupta
Galloway : William Sleigh
Kiston : Leslie Grantham
Professor Laird : Chloe Ashcroft
Col. Archer : Del Henney
Sergeant Calder : Philip McGough
Written By : Eric Saward
Produced By : JNT
First UK Broadcast : 14 – 21 Feb 1984.
Length : 2 x 45 minute parts.
Plot : The Doctor, Turlough and Tegan materialize the Tardis in a derelict warehouse district next to Tower Bridge in London. Here, they come under Dalek attack. Meanwhile, Davros is reawakened and forced to work on a Dalek cure to the Movellan plague.
Whats good : Depending on your viewpoint; Tegan leaves. Davros mind controlling everyone who wanders into his lab. Eastender’s Dirty Den as Davros’s helper/mechanic.
Whats bad : Depending on your viewpoint; Tegan leaves. The human Dalek army uniforms look terrible. Rather pedestrian story. The Doctor isn’t given any stand-out moments. Dalek Movellan Virus death is just shaving foam squirted out of the Dalek costumes.
Review With Spoilers : Each incarnation of the doctor is usually defined, following a rumble with either, or both – of his two biggest baddies; Daleks & Cybermen.
Peter Davison had already defined his much more accessible humanistic take on the Doctor. Following the previous season’s skirmish with the Cybermen, in Earthshock, especially his “human” emotional argument about “lifes small things” with the Cyberleader.
So when it came time for the Fifth Doctor to face his other great nemesis, for the first time; the Daleks. Did this further define the Fifth Doctor?
Well, not really – and this is due to a pretty pedestrian story about the Dalek liberation/kidnapping/cryogenic reviving of Davros; to fix the Movellan plague issue.
The story bumps along, the humans have Davros, the Daleks kidnap him back, Davros agrees to work on a cure but secretly begins to build a resistance force, etc.
Sure, the Fifth Doctor is here and takes part in the events but he doesn’t really offer any grand moments of insight in this caper, he’s just kind of…….present.
Even when he grabs a Dalek gun and decides its time to kill Davros for good, nothing really come of it. No great moments, no great speech; nothing.
[The Doctor points a gun at Davros]”You hesitate, Doctor. If I were you, I would be dead!” Davros
And I partly blame the writing for this. We want the Doctor to show us his worth. Just like [Tom] Baker did in Genesis Of The Daleks, when he reasoned the quandry behind whether he could blow up the Dalek embryos – and decided he couldn’t.
Even McCoy had a career defining moment in Remembrance Of The Daleks, when he became the dark and broody destroyer of worlds. Setting off the Hand Of Omega super-weapon without hesitation.
Davison doesn’t get this privilege in Resurrection Of The Daleks they just allow this moment to pass without statement.
That is not to say that Resurrection Of The Daleks is a bad story – or Davison himself is bad. It’s reasonably entertaining enough, as a Dalek yarn and would probably finish as a respectable mid-table finisher – in terms of best-to-worst ever.
For the story itself, it never really gets out of second gear. We get plenty of exploding Daleks and humans exterminated/weirdly misshapen from poison gas but it never really builds to anything substanial.
The only other thing of note here is the final departing of companion Tegan – at the end and the escape of Dalek crony Lytton (who reappears in Attack Of The Cybermen).