Doctor Who: The Daleks

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Original Release Date:
1963
Original Running Time:
161
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Fanedit Running Time:
111
Time Cut:
50
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Brief Synopsis:
Taking 7 short episodes and editing them down to 2 thrilling longer episodes, this is an edit that I'm VERY proud of. The Daleks continue to be menacing while the Thal's are more mysterious until we learn they are our friends.
Intention:
This is THE First Doctor story. While the previous episode introduces us to our favorite time traveling alien, this is the episode that launched the series into a vortex of popularity. The core of the story is there, but now with added music and bringing it down from 7 small episodes to 2 longer episodes, we get to really jump into this classic story.
Other Sources:
Lost in Space 50th Anniversary Soundtrack Set
Special Thanks:
BionicBob and LastSurvivor
Release Information:
Digital
Editing Details:
So much is gone and moved around and replaced, but the core of the story is there and one big story change is the removal of a hinted at romantic subplot with Barbara.
Cuts and Additions:
Too much to mention, but the main story is all there.

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2 reviews
Overall rating
 
9.3
Audio/Video Quality
 
9.0(2)
Visual Editing
 
9.5(2)
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9.0(2)
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9.0(2)
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9.5(2)
Overall rating
 
9.4
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8.0
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
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10.0
Had been years since I’d seen the original but could remembered the important story beats and glacial pacing. As with Ed’s edit of “An Unearthly Child”, nowhere at any time did it feel to me like a large chunk had been taken out, the resulting cuts giving a narrative that now moves along nicely.

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Overall rating
 
9.2
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10.0
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10.0
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9.0
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9.0
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9.0
The Daleks, the story that introduces the most iconic of Doctor Who monsters.

The Daleks in two parts pares only a few of the lesser moments away, while keeping intact the core of the plot. The most notable removal being early in the story, a short sideplot where Susan gets frightened when she thinks she's been touched by someone in the jungle, but no one believes her. All that's left in is a stray line the Doctor says to her at the food machine with no context. Some of the Thals dialogue gets trimmed as well, but there's still plenty there. Most of the Dalek interactions are still present, some excellent, some rather tedious.

The added incidental music is mostly well placed, although there is one spot I felt is really cued too early, which made me think it was a sound effect, throwing me out of the scene for a second. I didn't find any flaws in the visual editing, and the added episode title cards work seamlessly. The episode break is well placed and timed in the story.

Even cut to less than two hours The Daleks will still feel long, I think. The story twists and cliffhangers are pretty contrived and obvious. The early Daleks talk way too much for what's strictly needed for the plot, but let's chalk that up to it being the first story of its kind on Doctor Who. Considering that just about an episode's worth of material is gone, it still seems like a light touch up. MusicEd has done excellent work on this.

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