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The Evil of the Daleks: Episode 1 

Trying to find the stolen TARDIS, the Second Doctor and Jamie are lured into a trap by the Doctor's old enemies the Daleks.

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The Doctor and Jamie are stranded in 1966 London when the TARDIS is stolen, driven away in the back of a lorry. The Doctor uses his keen sense for clues and deduction to track the TARDIS back to a very unusual antique shoppe owned by the even more unusual and mysterious Edward Waterfield. As it transpires Mr. Waterfield and Victorian scientist Theodore Maxtible have devised a method of time travel with the help of some rather sinister associates - the Daleks. The Daleks have taken Edward Waterfield's daughter, Victoria, hostage. Using her life as a bargaining piece the Daleks force the terrified men to serve them and assist in capturing the Doctor. When this is accomplished the Daleks soon force the Doctor into their service by threatening to destroy the TARDIS if he does not aide them by experimenting on Jamie... Written by Anonymous

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20 May 1967 (UK)  »

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The Doctor: [unable to catch the lorry driving off with the TARDIS on its bed, The Doctor and Jamie go into the hangar, where a man in overalls is sitting, listening to a radio] Jamie!
Jamie: The TARDIS! Doctor!
The Doctor: Excuse me!
Bob Hall: Ey?
The Doctor: I wonder if you could help us?
Bob Hall: My mate likes the wireless turned on at full blast.
[points to his hearing aid]
Bob Hall: I have to keep this turned down.
The Doctor: Oh, I see.
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The End of the Daleks........ Spoiler: it is only the end until they eventually return in 5 series time.
28 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 7 episodes:

This 7-parter seemingly ends with the destruction of the Daleks and that is suitably dramatic. The fact that they eventually returned does not diminish the power of this story as they only reappear 5 series later. That is a long gap without the most famous enemy appearing in the show. The drama and impact in this story is impressive but so too is the story idea itself with the great concept of setting events in the past, present AND future. The plot does not always make sense, for example why do the Daleks even need to test Jamie to "find the Dalek factor" but it is thrilling and interesting.

Over the course of the story with its different elements a tremendous amount of absorbing entertainment is created. We have Earth in the past, Earth in the 1960s (present day of the time) and an alien planet in the future providing contrasting backgrounds to the action. There are also some fascinating characters such as Maxtible (Marius Goring), good acting especially by Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines with plenty of excitement and fun.

The quality of script writing from David Whitaker is as usual very high and nothing really lets this story down very much except the logic of parts of the plot. Despite that flaw it is a great adventure and a great end to series 4 leading into the superb 5th series.

My Ratings: 1, 2, 4, 5 and 7 - 10/10, Episode 3 - 9.5/10, Episode 6 - 9/10

Season 4 was a momentous season but in my view falls somewhere in the middle compared to all the other seasons rather than near the top. It has five great stories but it also has one of the show's poorest stories and three stories which are unexceptional. Innes Lloyd and Gerry Davis running of the series brought some great stories but not consistent greatness.

Average Season 4 rating: 8.65/10


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