Doctor Who: Season 22, Episode 12

Revelation of the Daleks: Part One (23 Mar. 1985)

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The Doctor and Peri arrive on the planet Necros to attend the funeral of scientist Professor Athur Stengos, only to discover Davros, the creator of the Daleks, has become "The Great Healer"... See full summary »



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The Doctor and Peri arrive on the planet Necros to attend the funeral of scientist Professor Athur Stengos, only to discover Davros, the creator of the Daleks, has become "The Great Healer" who runs Tranquil Repose, a facility where the terminally ill are kept in suspended animation until a cure is found. They learn Davros has been turning all those in suspended animation into Daleks that are loyal to himself while making food from their dead bodies. Written by Daniel Williamson

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When Natasha fires her laser pistol at the Stengos mutant, she doesn't hold it steady (while the post-production laser effect remains steady as a rock, and clearly not emitting from the muzzle of the pistol). See more »


Orcini: Bostock, my squire. I'm afraid the only philosophy practiced by Bostock is to do as little about his personal hygiene as possible.
Bostock: Lady.
Kara: And why not? The odor of nature has charms all of its own.
Bostock: My very sentiments, Lady.
Orcini: He may smell like rotting flesh, but he's an excellent squire.
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One of the Most Shocking Doctor Who Stories Ever
9 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As a kid, I saw this on TV when I was like 7 or 8. This is a story that you never forget. Eric Saward is really a great writer and this story proves it.

Davros, the creator of the Daleks, has set a complex trap for the (6th) Doctor on the funeral planet Necross. Luered by the funeral of friend, the Doctor and Peri soon stumble in a gruesome trap.

The Story flourishes from the writing and the Direction by Graem Harper. The amazing thing is how complex and grown up the story is despite the straight forward ideas in it. Davros is no longer just a crazed villain, but is also- at times- a shrewd and clever man.

Terry Malloy goes from berserk (in his previous Davros story) to chilling and subtle. Davros and the story push the Daleks into the background at times, but it works to the story's benifit.

The themes of murder, sadism, sex, and others things come to a brilliant peek in this adventure. The story is twisted and merciless a times with engaging characters. It proves that the Doctor doesn't have to be in every scene for a good story.

Also, the scene with Stengos is one of the few times a TV show made the hair stand up on my neck!

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