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The Dead Planet 

The TARDIS lands in a petrified forest on an alien planet. Determined to explore, the Doctor leads his companions into the metal city, where they discover the danger of what will become his... See full summary »

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The TARDIS lands in a petrified forest on an alien planet. Determined to explore, the Doctor leads his companions into the metal city, where they discover the danger of what will become his deadliest enemies, the mutant Daleks. (Originally broadcast in seven parts.) Written by Sarah Hadley

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21 December 1963 (UK)  »

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This episode was watched by 6.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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Early in the episode, the studio backcloth moves from the effect of a wind machine. See more »

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Barbara Wright: Ian, where are we?
Ian Chesterton: I don't know.
Barbara Wright: Well, why doesn't he take us back?
Ian Chesterton: I'm not sure that he can.
Barbara Wright: What, ever?
Ian Chesterton: I hate it as much as you. I'm just as afraid. But what can we do?
Barbara Wright: Well, we could at least stay near the ship.
Ian Chesterton: Hmm. The ship's no good without him. We better keep an eye on him. He seems to have a knack of getting himself into trouble.
Barbara Wright: You think there's any danger?
Ian Chesterton: Not necessarily.
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The Daleks Episode 1: Brilliant Sci-Fi Classic
28 June 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 7 episodes:

This story is what really established Doctor Who in the public consciousness with the introduction of the fantastic and iconic metal cased monsters, the Daleks. Thank goodness they did this as it lead to 50 years and counting of TV magic!

The whole story is excellent and innovative. The acting and direction are good and the story and concepts throughout capture the imagination.

Whilst certain aspects of all the old Doctor Who episodes are dated these small issues are at an absolute minimum here. The only things such as Daleks using paper printouts and pen written letters are totally forgivable in what is still an impressive and impactful production. Things such as low ceilinged corridors, perfect for Daleks rather than designed for humans show thought and add believability that the impressive Dalek City was really built by Daleks for Daleks.

Overall the whole story is brilliant. Admittedly the Thals are not nearly as interesting as the Daleks and there are occasional flaws. Episodes 6 is slightly less impressive than the rest but not so much as to drop below a very high standard. The more filler like episodes towards the end are in fact very exciting and still include a lot more character development than almost any modern day TV show.

A must see TV classic!

My Ratings: Episodes 1-5 and 7 - 10/10, Episode 6 - 9.5/10


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