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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Nicola Bryant ...
Eleanor Bron ...
Alexei Sayle ...
Terry Molloy ...
Jenny Tomasin ...
William Gaunt ...
John Ogwen ...
Stephen Flynn ...
Bridget Lynch-Blosse ...
Trevor Cooper ...
Colin Spaull ...
Hugh Walters ...
Alec Linstead ...


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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This was the last Doctor Who (1963) serial to feature 16mm film use on location rather than video. See more »


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 »


Grigory: Look, if I open that door too soon, the molecular structure of the body will break down, and poor old Stengos will turn into a pool of high-protein water. Even if I were confident I could reconstitute it, we do not have a suitable vessel into which it could be ladled.
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Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks: Part 1 starts as the TARDIS arrives on the planet of Necros where a place called the Tranquil Repose offers the rich & famous throughout the Universe the opportunity to be cryogenically frozen until such time a cure for whatever killed them can be found. The Doctor (Colin Baker) informs Peri (Nicola Bryant) that he wishes to pay his respects to the deceased Professor Arthur Stengos & to satisfy himself over some suspicions he has over his friends death. Meanwhile it's clear that all is not well in the Tranquil Repose as evil mechanical Daleks rule the corridors & their master & creator Davros (Terry Molloy) lurks in the planets catacombs concocting an evil plan to conquer the Universe...

Episode 12 from season 22 & the second in the 80's 'R' Dalek trilogy as I call them (all three Dalek stories from the 80's began with the letter 'R', Peter Davison's Resurrection of the Daleks (1984), this & the Sylvester McCoy story Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)) this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during March 1985 & was Colin Baker's sixth story in his first season as the Doctor & his last conventional one as the whole of the following season was devoted to The Trial of a Timelord (1986), directed by Graeme Harper I thought this was alright but nothing particularly special as far as Doctor Who goes. The script by Eric Saward is decent enough some some nice ideas, the whole cryogenic freezing thing was probably quite relevant at the time & the DJ who broadcasts to the cryogenically frozen dead is an interesting notion & a good idea. I also liked that the Universes resources aren't infinite & can barely support those alive as it is let along bring back people from the dead, you can make your own parallels with Earth's dwindling resources. Away from the political & environmental messages this isn't classic Doctor Who in my opinion, the Doctor & Peri have no involvement with anything or anyone else in this episode & only reach the Tranquil Repose right at the end so in that regard it doesn't feel like Doctor Who because he's barely in it & when he is he doesn't do anything. There is some amusing dialogue here which I liked a lot especially between the Doctor & Peri, it's actually quite funny at times & that helps. It moves along at a fair pace although bear in mind this is one of the 45 minute long episodes rather than the more traditional 25 minute ones.

I was on Dalek watch & I have to tell you there's only one Dalek in the entire episode & it gets about 2 minutes worth of screen time & what the hell has happened to it's voice? It's a horribly irritating high pitched monstrosity. Davros fares a lot better with a great mask which is actually attached to the actors face so it moves properly with his jaw & lip movements. This one features the classic scene with the transparent Dalek with a mutated head inside which looks quite gross with what looks like pulsating brain matter, talking of brains there's a scene in a laboratory where there are three floating brains in fish tanks. This one isn't that scary but there are some unsettling moments with pizza faced mutants & floating brains. Some of the sets don't look that great & the acting is variable as usual with Alexi Sayle as the DJ simply awful but overall this has reasonable production values everything considered & I did like the wintry look of the snow covered Necros surface.

I don't normally do this but I watched this last night on DVD & straight after I watched it again with the commentary track playing, it's not a bad commentary & for those interested the highlights are that producer John Nathan-Turner phoned Sir Laurence Olivier's agent & offered him the part of the mutant & unsurprisingly the Oscar winner turned the part down. Then the story that when Colin Baker was in the Doctor Who production office when producer Nathan-Turner came out of his office & rudely said 'Colin your getting fat' in front of everyone & then went back into his office! The director Harper points out that the music used during the DJ scenes isn't real & is in fact performed by sound alike's presumably because they couldn't get the worldwide rights to the original music tracks. Writer Saward also says that producer Nathan-Turner insisted that he put a statue of the Doctor in the story somehow although gave him no reason how or why. At the end one of them says what did everything think about the episode & they all agreed it had some clangers in it but was basically still pretty good which is a sentiment I actually agree with.

Revelation of the Daleks: Part 1 is an OK Doctor Who story from an underrated Doctor, it's not brilliant & there's barely any Dalek action in it but Davros makes for a good villain. Worth a watch & a must for fans of the series.

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