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Published on April 16th, 2012 | by Christian Cawley

Death to the Daleks on DVD!

Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks out on DVD, June 18thWhat better way to plan for the summer than with some classic Doctor Who to choose from? It doesn’t get more classic than Death to the Daleks, coming out in June.

Starring Jon Pertwee and Lis Sladen as the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith, Death to the Daleks pits our heroes against Daleks with pistols and a sentient city, all taking place on a power-draining planet.

A power failure in the TARDIS draws it off course, and the Doctor and Sarah Jane Smith end up stranded on the bleak planet of Exxilon. They soon meet members of an Earth expedition in a similar situation.

The humans are searching for a rare mineral, but first they must find out what is draining their power and avoid what’s inside another grounded spaceship – the Doctor’s oldest enemies, the Daleks…

Special Features

  • Commentary – with actors Julian Fox (Peter Hamilton), Dalek operator Cy Town, director Michael E Briant, assistant floor manager Richard Leyland, costume designer L Rowland Warne and special sounds maestro Dick Mills. Moderated by Toby Hadoke.
  • Beneath the City of the Exxilons – Cast and crew look back on the making of this story. With actor Arnold Yarrow, Julian Fox, Michael E Briant, Richard Leyland, L Rowland Warne and fan and Dalek voice artist Nick Briggs.
  • Studio Recording – A rare glimpse into the production of a Third Doctor story.
  • On the Set of Dr. Who and the Daleks - Behind the scenes on the first Dalek film in 1965.
  • Radio Times listings (DVD-ROM)
  • Programme subtitles
  • Production information subtitles
  • Photo gallery
  • Coming soon trailer
  • Digitally remastered picture and sound quality
  • Doctor Who Stories – Dalek Men

Released on June 18th 2012, Death to the Daleks has an RRP of £20.42 – but you can save by ordering from Amazon, where the DVD is available to pre-order now for just £13.00!


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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

5 Responses to Death to the Daleks on DVD!

  1. avatar John Harley says:

    Sounds great! Doctor Who from when it was spetacular! But where is Joy Harrison?

  2. avatar James McLean says:

    I was looking at the commentary and was disappointed there was no Doctor or companion. It is 2am… I don’t think my brain has still quite clocked to how many passings there have been in this show. Death was the first VHS Who I bought – if not the first VHS period, so it holds strong memories. Glad to see it getting its release!

  3. avatar Gavin Noble says:

    I’ve been waiting a long time for this release as it’s long been one of my favourite stories – and I simply don’t know why.

    Maybe it was because it was one of my favourite Target novelisations that I used to borrow time and time again from my local library?

    Maybe it’s the fact the Daleks are handicapped in this story by the power drain and have to be more scheming than normal?

    Maybe it’s the section in the city where the Doctor and Bellal have to solve puzzles?

    Maybe it’s just because it’s not regarded by a lot of fans as a classic that I rail against it in a quest to be different?

    Maybe it’s all of those reasons?


  4. avatar Michael McElwee says:

    I really love this story too! It’s the first Jon Pertwee story I ever saw and was a repeated hire from my local video store at the time. I don’t really understand the hate for it– the opening scenes of the TARDIS being drained of power and the nightmarish trek through the darkened wilderness of Exillon are some of the things that really cemented my love of Doctor Who.

  5. avatar A Walters says:

    Looking forward to seeing the Doctor Who and the Daleks special feature! :)

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