Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Chesterton
Robert Marsden ...
Abraham Lincoln
Francis Bacon
Vivienne Bennett ...
Queen Elizabeth I
Hugh Walters ...
William Shakespeare
Richard Coe ...
Television Announcer
Daleks (voice)
Daleks (voice)
Kevin Manser ...


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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although it's hard to tell because of the angle, when Vicki sits down near Barbara and tips the chair over, a tray of coffee spills onto the dress material Barbara is working with. See more »


On Aridius, Vicki's hairstyle changes between shots from being in bunches to being loose and then back again. See more »


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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Features Top of the Pops: Episode #2.15 (1965) See more »


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
19 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

If you firmly believe that Daleks should always be completely threatening, evil, and menacing, you will not like "The Chase". Outside of the portrayal of the Daleks I simply cannot understand why "The Chase" is not widely liked among fans of "Doctor Who". Sure, it is completely preposterous, it needs to be seen to be believed, it is completely bizarre, and it seems to have an identity crisis at times. What it also provides is:

  • An explanation for the mystery of the Mary Celeste... involving time-traveling Daleks.

  • The Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki in a haunted house with the Daleks after them. Surely the Daleks demanding of Frankenstein's Monster to tell them where the time-travelers are and threatening extermination is a classic bit of fun from early sixties Who?

  • A giddy fellow from Alabama atop the Empire State Building encountering the time-traveling Daleks and the TARDIS and its crew.

  • A brilliantly executed battle between the Daleks and the Mechonoids.

Among many other delights. Sure, "The Chase" is silly and a bit rubbish in places but it simply is not boring. Terry Nation was not attempting drama here, he was attempting a silly adventure/comedy featuring the Daleks. If you can't laugh at a Dalek falling off the Mary Celeste and another going around begging people to stop jumping off and just answer its question... I truly feel sorry for you. "The Chase" is legitimately successful at being a truly fun comic adventure, and is capable of solid drama when it wants to go in that direction. Ian and Barbara get a good send-off, Richard Martin's direction is inconsistent but for the most part quite good and better than his work on "The Web Planet", and the Daleks look and sound better than they did in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".

"The Chase" is just really great fun. It never aspires to be high drama, so why try to judge it by criteria it never aspired to? It's a fun, silly adventure, just go with it and have some fun. The Daleks aboard the Mary Celeste is one of the finest moments in "Doctor Who". It's a darn good romp and as far as I'm concerned the better Dalek story in season 2.

Episode 1: 9/10, Episode 2: 7/10, Episode 3: 10/10, Episode 4: 9/10, Episode 5: 6/10, Episode 6: 9/10.

Average: 8.33/10

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