Destiny Of The Daleks – 1979 – S17 – E1/6

imageNumber : Season 17, episode 1 of 7.

Which One : Davros is back.

Cast : The Doctor : Tom Baker
Romana : Lalla Ward
Davros : David Gooderson
Commander Sharrel : Peter Straker
Agella : Suzanne Danielle
Lan : Tony Osoba
Tyssan : Tim Barlow
Jan : Penny Casdagli
Veldan : David Yip
Movellan Guard : Cassandra

Written By : Terry Nation and Douglas Adams.

Produced By : Graeme Williams

First UK Broadcast : 1 – 22 September 1979.

Length : 4 x 25 minute parts.

Plot : Romana decides to regenerate into the form of Princess Astra. Meanwhile, the Doctor inadvertantly lands back on Skaro, unearthing Davros; right in the middle of a critical phase in the Dalek’s war with the Movellans.

Whats good : Inventive return of Davros. The war between Daleks and Movellans. Unintentionally funny.

Whats bad : Romana regenerating several times by choice – just bizarre. Davros is played by a different actor. The Daleks are made to look slightly foolish. Davros being wheeled around undignified by the Doctor. Daleks referred to as – ‘robots’. The Movellan’s disco look. Unintentionally funny.

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Review With Spoilers : Destiny Of The Daleks is the follow-up Davros and Dalek story – to Genesis Of The Daleks.

Although the timeline is muddled, due to the time-travel element. We can assume that after the origin story of Genesis Of The Daleks, all of the other Dalek adventures then follow, including the Hartnell introduction The Daleks.

Whilst all of these other Dalek adventures take place. Davros remains buried on Skaro until the events of Destiny Of The Daleks .

Meanwhile, aboard the Tardis – Romana bizarrely regenerates a number of times, into different forms – before settling on the form of Princess Astra from previous episode The Armageddon Factor.

It was brought in simply because Mary Tamm didn’t return as Romana and Lalla Ward was instead – offered the part. They could have written the transition better though; as it suggests a Timelord can wastefully burn through a few regenerations, whilst choosing a desirable form; ridiculous!

The Dalek’s war with the cyborg Movellans, is an interesting turn of events – in their continued story. Both sides are waging a battle computer war, which has yet to see either side fire a shot – because of computer stalemate.

The Dalek’s want to find and unearth their creator Davros to give them an edge in this war. Likewise, tbe Movellans want the Doctor to help them.

The Movellans look pretty ridiculous in this, like they should be boogying at Studio 54, rather than waging war against the Dalek; with their tight white disco lycra jump suits and silver afro wigs.

The Dalek’s themselves are cast as a bit bungling and ineffective. Tom Baker berates them for their obvious lack of stairs climbing ability which probably forever hurt their scariness appeal. The Doctor easily dispatches one by covering its eye stalk with his hat and then blowing it up, with a Dalek charge.

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>p class=”dave1″>”If you’re supposed to be the superior race of the universe, why don’t you try climbing after us? Bye-bye!”

Still, the biggest humiliation is reserved for Davros himself, who is forcibly pushed all over the Dalek city, in his wheelchair, by the Doctor – in an attempt to evade the Dalek force.

Davros actor – David Gooderson doesn’t cut quite the same commanding performance, as his predecessor Genesis Of The Daleks‘s Michael Wisher.

Using the same mask that was worn by Wisher, which doesn’t fit quite right. Michael Wisher was unavailable to reprise the role, so Gooderson took over but the change is noticable and Wisher is a miss.

The image of Daleks wearing explosives strapped around their waists as impromptu suicide bombers – on their way to the Movellan ship, is a bit uncomfortable now – especially in this age of modern terrorism.

Destiny Of The Daleks is slackly handled, dated and sometimes unintenionally laughable – Dalek episode. However, it is still more than entertaining to watch and there is enough good – to counteract the bad.

Tom Baker’s integrity helps make it work and it furthers the Dalek story much more than its follow-ups; Revelation Of The Daleks & Resurrection Of The Daleks.

It was always going to be a hard act to follow up on Genesis Of The Daleks but Destiny Of The Daleks does this adequately enough in the most bizarre fashion.

🔵🔵🔵⚪⚪ (3/5)

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