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The Executioners 

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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22 May 1965 (UK)  »

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Christopher Barry was considered to direct. 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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Barbara Wright: What is that awful noise?
Dr. Who: I beg your pardon? "Awful noise"? That's no way to talk about my singing!
Barbara Wright: No, Doctor, not that awful noise! The other one!
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Referenced in Cusick in Cardiff (2010) 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 silly first episode followed by a fun adventure, still silly at times but mostly enjoyable.
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, comedic and purely entertaining story without too much concentration on plot or serious realism. This works well at times but it is never going to be a fully successful 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 quite badly with silly ideas like the Time TV and then the fun cranks up making episodes 2 and 3 much better 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 back over the line into silliness too much for my liking.

Finally parts 5 and 6 are two good episodes with the excellent concluding part of the story also seeing the exit of Ian and Barbara. Sad to see them go as they are great companions but their farewell is very nicely handled and the arrival of another really good companion Steven Taylor softens the blow.

All in all good clean fun, no classic but with some classic moments.


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