Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 30

The Executioners (22 May 1965)

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The Doctor has assembled a new time machine with a TV screen showing scenes in the past to order, Lincoln, Shakespeare and the Beatles are selected. They land on a barren planet with two ... See full summary »

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The Doctor has assembled a new time machine with a TV screen showing scenes in the past to order, Lincoln, Shakespeare and the Beatles are selected. They land on a barren planet with two suns,and become separated.A sandstorm causes the Doctor and Barbara to lose the TARDIS,Ian and Vicky meet an octopus-like monster, and the Daleks arrive, still hunting for them. Written by WesternOne

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Terry Nation discarded several ideas for the serial, including sequences set in ancient Egypt (where the first of the Great Pyramids would be erected over the remnants of a destroyed Dalek), the planet Stygian whose inhabitants were invisible, and the mist-shrouded world of Vapuron. These ideas would subsequently be recycled in The Daleks' Master Plan. See more »

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During a scene in the TARDIS control room, a studio light can be seen through a gap in the set. See more »

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Dalek: To defy the daleks is death!
Dalek: They will pay for their crimes!
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Features Top of the Pops: Episode dated 15 April 1965 (1965) See more »

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Ticket to Ride
Composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Seen on the TARDIS' Time/Space Visualiser
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The Chase: Episode 1 - A fun adventure getting a little silly at times but very good entertainment overall.
19 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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The Chase is a 6 part story beginning with The Executioners.

This adventure features The Daleks chasing the TARDIS through time and space landing up in all sorts of adventures in different times and places. It is basically a fun and purely entertaining story without too much concentration on plot or serious realism. This works well generally but it is never going to be a classic because it is quite silly in places.

Among other things this adventure explains the mystery of the Mary Celeste by landing the TARDIS and Daleks on board the sailing ship before the disappearance of the crew.

This adventure starts solidly and then the fun cranks up making it really good until the rather less satisfying episode 4 where the TARDIS and Daleks are in a 'haunted house' setting interacting with Dracula, Frankenstein's monster etc. This is still fun but goes over the line into silliness slightly too much for my liking. Finally there is a really good concluding part of the story.

All in all just good clean fun.


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