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"Doctor Who" The Dead Planet (TV Episode 1963) Poster

(TV Series)

(1963)

Trivia

16mm telerecordings of this serial were saved by Ian Levine, who discovered them at BBC Enterprises marked for destruction in 1978.
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This serial introduces the Daleks, the series' most iconic and popular monsters, for the first time and established Doctor Who (1963) as a resounding popular hit, with ratings rising to 10.4 million by the end of the serial. As a result of its success, the production team quickly arranged a return for the Daleks to be broadcast in the next season, which became Doctor Who: World's End (1964).
This installment had to be remounted due to talk-back - direction from the on-set director to the cast - that had made it onto the original version's soundtrack.
It was during the filming of this serial that American president John F. Kennedy was assassinated. The very next day, Doctor Who made its public debut when the first episode of An Unearthly Child was broadcast.
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This story, commonly known as "The Daleks", is made up of seven episodes:
  • Episode 1: The Dead Planet
  • Episode 2: The Survivors
  • Episode 3: The Escape
  • Episode 4: The Ambush
  • Episode 5: The Expedition
  • Episode 6: The Ordeal
  • Episode 7: The Rescue
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The music from this story was reused in several stories: The Rescue, The Daleks' Master Plan, The Ark, and The Power of the Daleks.
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Fans voted this number 22 in a countdown of the 163 Doctor Who (1963) stories in Outpost Gallifrey's 40th anniversary poll in 2003.
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First story to be novelised in the Target range of books as "Doctor Who and the Daleks" in 1973.
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This episode was watched by 6.9 million viewers on its original transmission.
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This serial was first released by the BBC on video cassette in the UK in June 1989.
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Spoilers 

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Takes place 6000 years after Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks: Part Six (1975).
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