Doctor Who: Season 3, Episode 10

The Nightmare Begins (13 Nov. 1965)

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The Doctor runs afoul of the Daleks and Special Security Agent Bret Vyon on the planet Kembel.



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Episode cast overview:
Adrienne Hill ...
Peter Purves ...
Brian Cant ...
Nicholas Courtney ...
Pamela Greer ...
Philip Anthony ...
Kevin Stoney ...
Michael Guest ...
Peter Hawkins ...
Daleks (voice)
David Graham ...
Daleks (voice)
Robert Jewell ...
Kevin Manser ...
Gerald Taylor ...
John Scott Martin ...


In the year 4000, the Daleks conspire to conquer the Solar System. Their scheme involves treachery at the highest levels, and a weapon capable of destroying the very fabric of time. Only the Doctor and his friends have the means to prevent catastrophe - and there is no guarantee they will escape with their lives...(Originally broadcast in twelve parts.) Written by Outlaw Time Lord

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13 November 1965 (UK)  »

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This episode was the first of a serial called "The Daleks' Master Plan" which ran over twelve consecutive Saturday evenings and concluded with Doctor Who: Destruction of Time (1966). At twelve episodes, it was the longest Doctor Who (1963) serial for over 20 years until Doctor Who: The Trial of a Time Lord: Part 1 (1986), which had fourteen episodes. See more »


[first lines]
Katarina: He has a strange sickness. Can you not help him?
Dr. Who: I'm doing the very best I can, my child. Oh dear, dear, dear. It is such a worry. This poison seems to be spreading throughout the whole of his system. Yes, we need a special drug. I shall have to land somewhere.
Katarina: [lights on the console start flashing] What is that?
Dr. Who: Oh, we're slowing down, my dear. We're going to land in a moment.
Katarina: Can we have reached the place of perfection so soon?
Dr. Who: Ah, well, I rather doubt it. At least, that is, we ...
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The Daleks' Master Plan: Part 1 - Brilliant epic adventure
19 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 12 parts:

This is an epic 12 part story beginning with the episode The Nightmare Begins.

This adventure continues the story introduced in the episode Mission To The Unknown and features the Doctor trying to thwart the Daleks evil plans to conquer the solar system. It also features Nicholas Courtney, later to play Lethbridge Stewart a series regular, as Bret Vyon. He, along with the regular cast, Kevin Stoney's villainous Mavic Chen and most other cast, perform superbly. The Daleks too are at their peak in many ways and are great villains for this epic. In addition there are the other interesting alien characters and even the return of the Meddling Monk from the Doctor's home world!

The word epic is absolutely right for this mammoth story and it is incredible how the quality and interest is kept over an unprecedented 12 episodes. The only slight drop in quality being the 7th episode The Feast of Steven which is a Christmas special of a far more light hearted and whimsical kind. To compare that episode and criticise it as a blot on the story is very unfair, you have to take it on its own as a special episode more comparable to the kind of comedy spoof used for charity telethons in later years. On that basis it is successful. The other 11 episodes are brilliant, exciting and well made.

A classic.

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