Doctor Who: Season 12, Episode 11

Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (8 Mar. 1975)

TV Episode  -   -  Adventure | Drama | Horror
9.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 9.0/10 from 355 users  
Reviews: 8 user | 4 critic

The Doctor and his companions are sent to the planet Skaro by the Time Lords to prevent the creation of the Daleks.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: February

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in February.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 50 titles
created 31 Jul 2011
 
a list of 3201 titles
created 29 Apr 2012
 
list image
a list of 242 titles
created 11 Aug 2013
 
a list of 118 titles
created 07 Nov 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 7 months ago
 

Related Items

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (08 Mar 1975)

Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (08 Mar 1975) on IMDb 9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Doctor Who.
« Previous Episode | 392 of 695 Episodes | Next Episode »
Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
...
Ian Marter ...
Michael Wisher ...
Peter Miles ...
Dennis Chinnery ...
...
John Franklyn-Robbins ...
Richard Reeves ...
John Scott Martin ...
Edit

Storyline

The Doctor and his companions are sent to the planet Skaro by the Time Lords to prevent the creation of the Daleks.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 March 1975 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This episode was watched by 10.7 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

Goofs

Why do the Thal soldiers wear camouflage gear, yet paint their gas masks a garish red and yellow? See more »

Quotes

Gharman: Ready, Davros.
Davros: Observe the test closely, my friend. This will be a moment that will live in history.
[he flicks a switch. The Dalek is activated. Slowly, it starts to move]
Davros: Halt. Turn right. Halt. Now, exterminate.
[the Dalek fires at the targets]
Davros: Perfect. The weaponry is perfect. Now, we can begin...
See more »

Connections

Featured in Screenwipe: Episode #2.1 (2006) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Genesis of the Daleks (story #78)
17 May 2009 | by (prejudicemadeplausible.wordpress.com) – See all my reviews

"If someone who knew the future pointed out a child to you and told you that the child would grow up... to be a ruthless dictator who would destroy millions of lives, could you then kill that child?... Do I have that right?"

The Daleks were always reminiscent of the Nazis, but while Nation's previous Dalek stories used this as subtext, it is made exceptionally blunt here and that's not a criticism. It's always surprised me, sort of, that "Genesis" had such a big mainstream fanbase (it and "The Five Doctors", I believe, have outsold and by far any other Doctor Who DVD release). I suppose it is very memorable, but it's also not REALLY what "Doctor Who" feels like much of the time. It lays on mythology and history rather heavily, is surprisingly violent and gruesome (the new show would never have anything approaching some of this in it, and if it did it would probably be ruined by hackneyed dramatics), and has a pretty dark, ominous tone, with only a few scenes of the sort of humor present in a lot of previous Who stories. While its popularity is more than understandable, it is a little odd to me that it is often referred to as the definitive Who story (unless you view "Doctor Who" as "The Dalek Show", a view Russell T. Davies has seemed rather eager to uphold).

Of course I have little to add to what has already been said many times about this story. Its reputation is well-deserved, its scale believable thanks to good direction even though there is nothing in the way of location shooting or elaborate sets, the writing consistently tight and smart. For the Who fan "Genesis" represents a stylish, relatively well thought-out revisionist take on the Dalek's history. The lack of consistency in the 'canon' of Who is understandable given how it was made (and the fact that before the late seventies/early eighties and even then and after they were making it for one-time viewing, basically, other than reruns home video was not really a part of the equation), but given that Terry Nation wrote most of the previous Dalek stories one can hardly see this as anything but a revision of past history, one which is 'explained' by some fans rather well. I prefer not to talk about 'canon' though and just assess the stories on their own merit.

The actors are all convincing and the story is consistently involving, moving from scene to scene with conviction and a fast (but not speedy) pace. It's rather heavy stuff, as previously mentioned, and quite intelligent in its handling of its themes, for "Doctor Who" anyway, and without the pretension and mawkish sentimentality which would inevitably be par for the course these days (though another Dalek story lends itself better to bitching about RTDWho, imagine the Doctor saying goodbye to Susan in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" done in RTD's era... blech). Admittedly this could be an episode or even two shorter but it is such a legendary and well-done story all around that it's hard to knock it, and I really love Davros in this.


1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
If Roger Delgado had lived.... clewis100
Ogrons and klingons pervangtoft
Favourite forgotten scenes? deebeeinthesky
The Sixth Doctor sn939
What type of reconstruction treatment do people prefer? kiwibeca
The two versions of "An Unearthly Child" - any comments? timmdoolen
Discuss Genesis of the Daleks: Part One (1975) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page