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Genesis of the Daleks: Part One 

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




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

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8 March 1975 (UK)  »

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Producer Philip Hinchcliffe didn't want to do a story featuring Daleks but inherited this script from outgoing producer Barry Letts. However, Hinchcliffe has since said that this turned out to be a very good story and a successful production that he is proud of. See more »


When Davros is showing the Dalek under voice control for the first time, his lips don't move after giving the directional controls to the Dalek. See more »


Time Lord: Ah. Welcome Doctor.
The Doctor: What's going on? Don't you realise how dangerous it is to intercept a transmat beam?
Time Lord: Oh, come Doctor, not with our techniques. We Time Lords transcended such simple mechanical devices when the universe was less than half its present size.
The Doctor: Look, whatever I've done for you in the past, I've more than made up for. I will not tolerate this continual interference in my life.
Time Lord: Continual? We pride ourselves we seldom interfere in the affairs of others.
The Doctor: Except mine.
Time Lord: You, Doctor, are ...
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Atmospheric opener
12 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A wonderfully striking atmospheric opening to this thoughtful-six parter. The principles are on fine form with top honours going to Baker who was by now starting to find his form in the role.

Nation again turns to WWII Nazi ideology and trappings for inspiration but whereas in the past he has attempted a degree of subtlety, here his references are explicit and blatant and all the more effective for it. WWII would have still been fresh in the memory for many of the mid seventies teatime audience catching this fresh off the back of the football results and I suspect this episode would have resonated a lot more than one would expect for a 'childrens' TV show.

I pity the 6 year old me back in 1975 having to wait an whole week for part 2!!!

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