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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16mm telerecordings of this serial were saved by Ian Levine, who discovered them at BBC Enterprises marked for destruction in 1978. 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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Dr. Who: But I assure you, I am determined to study that place.
Ian Chesterton: You can do what you like, as long as you don't endanger the rest of us.
Dr. Who: Very well, then, I shall look at it myself, alone.
Ian Chesterton: You're the only one who can operate the ship. I'm afraid I can't let you do that, Doctor.
[hands the Doctor his glasses]
Ian Chesterton: Your glasses.
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Introducing an iconic villain...
10 May 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

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THE DALEKS is probably the most famous of the William Hartnell DR WHO serials, mainly because it introduced the chief villains of the series. Even now, the Daleks remain an effective screen presence, with endless fun and hijinks arising from seeing them on screen. The fact that they're clunky and unwieldy is part of their charm, I reckon.

Sadly, as a serial THE DALEKS has dated like the majority of the Hartnell years. The story isn't bad, but it feels very, very dragged out considering this goes on for a full seven episodes. There's no discernible reason why the usual four episodes wouldn't have done better, because in the last few episodes there's a lot of repetitive stuff and characters waiting around for stuff to happen.

I wasn't really a huge fan of the Doctor in this one either, as he comes across as weak and then stuffy later on. His refusal to help out with the situation paints him as a cold character and there are lots of scenes where he's passed out or suffering, which is not like the Doctor we know. Still, his companions are coming into their own with the acting greatly improved from AN UNEARTHLY CHILD, and there's plenty of screen time given to those fantastic antagonists, so it's not all bad.


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