Doctor Who: Season 11, Episode 11

Death to the Daleks: Part One (23 Feb. 1974)

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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 ...
Michael Wisher ...
Dalek Voices (voice)
John Scott Martin ...
Dalek Operator (as John Scott-Martin)
Cy Town ...
Murray Grumbar ...
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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This serial was released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in July 1987. 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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By The Numbers Dalek Story
19 August 2010 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Review Of All Four Episode - Some Spoilers

Death To The Daleks is a very workman like story from the show . Unlike Day Of The Daleks that revolved around mind bending and thought provoking paradoxes involving time travel , Death like Planet from the previous year is just a basic comic strip type adventure as you might expect from Terry Nation along with contrivance and plot holes

One of these plot holes involves the Daleks landing on the planet Exxilon and like the Tardis crew and the human expedition find any electrical power has been rendered useless . It's never explained why the Daleks themselves don't die within their travel machines but the audience aren't supposed to dissect the finer details of plotting . It does mean however the Daleks are somewhat impotent since their weaponry doesn't work

This plot turn affects the story somewhat . The Daleks are iconic TV villains down to the novel way the extermination ray works . People are turned in to a monochrome/colour photo negative , scream and fall dead . It's a very simple but oh so effective special effect and NuWho embellishes the effect just slightly . Watching the Daleks here go around machine gunning the Exxilons is very mundane

In fact the whole story is mundane . New script editor Robert Holmes changed Nation's Exxilon from a jungle planet in to an arid desert one . You can understand the thinking behind this but it means that all the location filming is restricted to a quarry in Surrey , and that's not when the planet Exxilon sudden turns in to some plastic boulders in a television studio . The jumps between the location film work and the VT studio work is very jarring

Death To The Daleks is nothing more than a season filler and would have been totally forgotten as a story if it hadn't featured the Daleks . It's a watershed story since it's the last time the Daleks would appear in the show without Davros and when you see stories like this you start to realise what a stroke of genius Davros was for the show

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