Doctor Who: Season 12, Episode 11

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

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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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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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Tom Baker named Genesis of the Daleks as one of his favourite Doctor Who (1963) serials. See more »


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Kaled Leader: Two prisoners, sir, captured section 101.
Ravon: For interrogation. Good. I enjoy interrogation.
The Doctor: Yes, you look the type.
[a guard hits the Doctor]
Ravon: You insolent muto!
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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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