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Remembrance of the Daleks
WOW! That is more like it! DW is a strange creature. It can go from the worst three episodes to the best in some time. This is the best since maybe CAVES and it is truly GREAT! Totter's Lane, Coal Hill School, a scientific advisor, a Brig reference, and "aim for the eye piece." The Hand of Omega. And for once, all the disparate parts seem to fit together as a whole without bogging down the action...and what action...
The cliffhanger is the definitive one for the McCoy era and is quite memorable as a Dalek flies up the steps! The action seemed fast, the Doctor clever but not totally and even Ace seems like a renewed character, not the horror show she was from DRAGONFIRE. With last season happily gone, this season seems fresh, new and innovative...at least in this episode.
McCoy and Aldred share a unique rapport this time and it is very very funny. "You drive!" And the whole left-right thing ranks of Abbott and Costello but it's a nice take on that. Also some humor in the quick pace of the dialog such as "humans" and "Give some of that nitro 9 you're not carrying" and "choke," "no thanks."
A few things: why the military take to the Doctor and even send Mike off with Ace on a mission SO EASILY is beyond me. And WHY the Dalek operator takes so long to attack Ace and the Doctor is also beyond me.
And Micheal Sheard (great guest star) kicks or knees Ace between the legs and she goes down as if she had male privates...WHY? Still that might explain alot.
The location work works, the music works, and even though the first Dalek was pretty silent, he works, too. McCoy is in top form and there are mysteries afoot. Just what is the hand of Omega, who is the little girl, and that can't be Davros in that chair or they would have shown us him. Who is it? Is the Emperor back? A few things in this story will turn up in the 2005 series PARTING OF THE WAYS and DALEK, including the skeleton image showing up when someone gets shot by a Dalek.
Nice episode! DW seems back!