David Brown wrote:And now for the controversial bit. I've just watched "Planet of the Daleks", and I have to say that Terry Nation was very capable of writing stilted dialogue for formulaic characters in weakly plotted stories.
controversy? Planet of the Daleks
is the second-weakest of the Terry Nation-plotted Dalek stories that I have watched, or at least recently. It's only above Destiny of the Daleks
, and between them is the absolutely brilliant Genesis of the Daleks
. Which, I might add, shares a lot of cast and crew that would later go on to do Blake's 7
But Planet of the Daleks
wasn't all bad. It just was basically a re-run of Terry Nation's greatest hits, not to mention with rather flat characters on the Thal end. But it was exciting enough with some nice concepts, and David Brown, you cannot deny that whatever role he plays, Bernard Horsfall is excellent.
Terry Nation wasn't that great a writer all the time. You only have to look at The Chase
(which, while highly entertaining, is still thin on the ground) or The Keys of Marinus
, not to mention some of his own Blake's 7
stories. But he had a gift for more hits than misses.
Four minutes? That's ages! What if I get bored? I need a television, a couple of books. Anyone for chess? Bring me knitting.
-The Eighth Doctor, defiant in the face of death, in Doctor Who: The Night of the Doctor