The Daleks return after a lengthy break and...oh no, they've come to get Davros again.
Gone is the old Wisher facemask from Genesis of the Daleks and Destiny of the Daleks. The part here (and later) was played by Terry Molloy. I didn't think much of him at the time, because I was already fed up with Davros returning again and again, but have since warmed to his role.
The story fails as it rehashes lots of previous Dalek stories, is pretty much all over the place and once again just about everybody gets killed. There are some pretty grusome scenes when people are exposed to gas, and the violence level is quite high. Yet again, we are "treated" to a flashback of the Doctors and the companions...it really was getting tedious.
There are some saving graces. Maurice Coulborne and Rodney Bewes are simply great as Lytton and Stein. Leslie "Dirty Den" Grantham, Chloe "Play School" Ashcroft and Rula Lenska also make small appearances.
There are some shots of London which make are interesting from the historical perspective; the parts shot close to London Bridge are no longer those rundown and abandoned buildings. The place was revitalised as condos for the Yuppie generation.
I suppose the action and the fact it is the Daleks covers the deficiencies but only on a first viewing.
Janet Fielding left in this story. It was quite a touching send off too for the mouth on legs (and nice legs too, in that leather miniskirt!). She was, in her way, as integral to the Davison era as Jamie was to Troughton.
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