Victory Of The Daleks is no stranger to fanediting…well, as far as mock intros are concerned anyway. All you need do is visit Youtube and search “Mighty Morphing Dalek Rangers” and you’ll get quite a few vids all poking fun at the episode’s biggest claim to infamy…trying to force feed the rebellious British Public the new Dalek paradigm. I recall back when the Anorak Zone had an episode guide devoted to New Who, the caption on one of the screen grabs simply read “BUY ME AS TOYS, I HAVE BECOME A WHOOOOOORE”
So with so many mock intros of the Fatleks/Dalektubbies/Dalek Rangers out there, one has to ask…is the whole episode worth a do-over? There are some things you can’t salvage if it’s beyond your capability, but there were some unique challenges I set for myself when tackling this one.
First order of business was to replace the pre-titles scene with a reprise of the end of “The Beast Below”, with the titles coming after the very appropriate cliff-hanger of that episode with Churchill calling in The Doctor for advise on the Ironside project. After this, the episode proceeds as normal right up until Danny Boy and company manage to avert the Daleks plan to light up London during blackout hours. With their plan thwarted, the Daleks make good their escape and we avoid the entirety of the Bracewell bomb climax. A little voice-over from Amy neatly takes us into our final scene, and we remove the cliffhanger with the crack in the wall.
I’d say small victories are the best.