Doctor Who: Season 25, Episode 1

Remembrance of the Daleks: Part One (5 Oct. 1988)

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The Doctor and Ace travel back to nineteen sixty three, and are caught in the middle of a Dalek civil war.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dursley McLinden ...
Karen Gledhill ...
George Sewell ...
Harry Fowler ...
Jasmine Breaks ...
The Girl
Peter Hamilton Dyer ...
Hugh Spight ...
Roy Skelton ...
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A chance meeting with a scientist named Prof. Rachel Jenson leads the Doctor and Ace to Totters Lane, an old junkyard which was once home to the Time Lord. The date is November 22nd, 1963, and British soldiers lead by Group Captain 'Chunky' Gilmore have cornered an extra-terrestrial inside the junkyard. The alien is revealed to be a lone Dalek. Once destroyed, it proves to be only the start of the Doctor's problems as the Dalek was a member of one of two warring factions, both searching to locate a legendary Gallifreyan artifact previously left behind by the wily Time Lord. Now the Doctor and Ace must work with military forces to prevent either side of the alien menace in achieving its goal. Written by Robert McElwaine

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Did You Know?


The cliffhanger with the Dalek climbing the stairs was meant to put the joke about their weakness to rest. See more »


Tam Williams, son of Simon Williams who played Group Captain Gilmore, appears as one of the schoolchildren in one of the first scene, but wears 80s style bluejeans that don't fit with the 1963 setting. See more »


Ace: [driving the Doctor back to the school] These Dayleks...
The Doctor: Daleks.
Ace: Oh, Daleks. Where are they from?
The Doctor: From Skaro. At least originally. They're the mutated remains of a species called the Kaleds. Left here.
Ace: When were they left here?
The Doctor: No! Turn left here.
Ace: Oh, right.
The Doctor: No, left! You've missed the turning!
Ace: What turn, where?
The Doctor: Why don't you concentrate on where you're going?
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Referenced in 'Doctor Who': The Hartnell Years (1991) See more »


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The last of the Dalek serials, and it's good fun too
28 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS is one of the better serials from the Sylvester McCoy era of DR WHO. That's because it's an action-packed story that hearkens back to the days of DALEKS: INVASION EARTH 2150 A.D. with the Doctor's greatest villains engaging in mass battles with plenty of explosions and pyrotechnic effects. There's even a special effects shot of a spaceship landing outside a school which looks actually decent for a change.

McCoy's era is unfortunately noted for its child-friendly atmosphere, apparently at the behest of BBC producers who complained that the Colin Baker era was too dark. This meant that many of the stories were silly and cheesy, but REMEMBRANCE OF THE DALEKS avoids those pitfalls for the most part. It's also the final Dalek story for 'classic' Who, so it has a special place in my heart.

McCoy gets more to do here than usual, his Doctor coming across as an action man who takes centre stage for once. Ace is less annoying than she would be in some other serials, and the inevitable return of Davros is a real highlight. There are central roles for plenty of familiar faces, including George Sewell, GRANGE HILL's Michael Sheard (playing an evil headmaster!), even the guy who played the butler in THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR turns up! Watch out for Dalek-vs-Dalek battles and the memorable scene where a Dalek climbs the stairs.

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