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Death to the Daleks: Part One 

As the TARDIS heads to the paradise planet Florana where the Doctor and Sarah go for a holiday, the TARDIS goes off-course and arrives on the barren planet Exxilon, where the TARDIS is ... See full summary »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Duncan Lamont ...
John Abineri ...
Neil Seiler ...
Julian Fox ...
Joy Harrison ...
Mostyn Evans ...
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Dalek Operator (as John Scott-Martin)
Dalek Operator (as Murphy Grunbar)


As the TARDIS heads to the paradise planet Florana where the Doctor and Sarah go for a holiday, the TARDIS goes off-course and arrives on the barren planet Exxilon, where the TARDIS is loosing power. The Doctor and Sarah finds a group of humans and Daleks are searching for Parrinium, a mineral which is the only antidote to a space plague. Both parties encounter the native people and trouble ensues. In an attempt to find what caused the power-loss, the Doctor, chased by the Daleks, enter the Exxilon's lost city to be able to stop the power draining phenomenon. Written by Daniel Williamson

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23 February 1974 (UK)  »

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This story originally did not feature the Daleks. They were included because of Barry Letts and Terrance Dicks' desire to cash in on the Daleks' popularity. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: [singing] Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside / I do like to be beside the sea...
[the Doctor continues whistling]
Sarah Jane Smith: Sunglasses, sun lotion, water wings.
The Doctor: Well, you won't need those for a start.
Sarah Jane Smith: Oh, we're going swimming, you said...
The Doctor: You can't sink on Florana.
Sarah Jane Smith: I can sink anywhere.
The Doctor: The water's effervescent. The bubbles support you.
Sarah Jane Smith: Like swimming in a glass of bath salts.
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Imaginative Who serial
5 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Review of the Complete Story:

DEATH TO THE DALEKS is hardly a classic serial from the Jon Pertwee era of Dr Who, although it does have plenty of charm to recommend it to the fans. The story opens as the Doctor and Sarah Jane experience a massive power drain on the Tardis, which forces them to land on a murky and remote alien planet. They hook up with a human space expedition while being menaced by some unpleasant inhabitants.

The look of this serial is one of the things I liked most about it. There are exotic cities, weird rag-clothed aliens, some funny masks, and a murky, barren, alien planet all filmed in an old quarry somewhere. Inevitably the Doctor's most famous enemies also make an appearance, although the Daleks present a rather ordinary foe here with little of the fear factor that viewers are usually exposed to.

The bug-eyed aliens are more interesting, especially the friendly one that Pertwee hooks up with in the latter stages; it makes for amusing viewing. Elisabeth Sladen has little to work with but Pertwee's not bad and some of the guest stars (Hammer's Duncan Lamont, Joy Harrison) are good value. Not perfect, perhaps one for the fans to enjoy instead.

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