Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 6

Dalek (14 Apr. 2006)

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The Doctor and Rose travel to the year 2012 and land in a museum of extra-terrestrial objects accumulated by the very wealthy Henry van Statten. He's an avid collector - the TARDIS lands on... See full summary »

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The Doctor and Rose travel to the year 2012 and land in a museum of extra-terrestrial objects accumulated by the very wealthy Henry van Statten. He's an avid collector - the TARDIS lands on the museum's 53rd floor below ground level - but he's also using alien technology to develop new weapons from which he derives his large income. He's particularly proud of one device he's acquired but has not yet been able to make functional and to the Doctor's horror, it turns out to a very old and very dangerous enemy from the past. Written by garykmcd

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The titular dalek was operated by three people. One actor was inside the dalek casing to move and rotate the body. A second was moving the head and eye stalk and operating the lights by a radio controlled remote. The third was performing the voice and gesturing to the remote control operator to time the lights with the voice. In the original series, Doctor Who (1963), the daleks had only two operators; one performing the voice and the actor inside the casing doing everything else. See more »

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Many of the "Americans" speak with "stage American" accents: i.e., not the way Americans really talk, but the way many British assume they do. See more »

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[first lines]
Rose Tyler: So, what is it? What's wrong?
The Doctor: Don't know, some kind of signal drawing the TARDIS off course.
Rose Tyler: Where are we?
The Doctor: Earth, Utah, North America. About half a mile underground.
Rose Tyler: And... *when* are we?
The Doctor: 2012.
Rose Tyler: God, that's so close. So I should be... 26.
[the Doctor flicks a switch and lights flood the area]
Rose Tyler: Blimey! It's a great big museum!
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Solid return of everybody's favourite irate pepper-pot
31 December 2006 | by (England) – See all my reviews

In 2005 "Dalek" managed to make the Daleks frightening again. Not that the Daleks had ceased to be an inspired and fearsome creation for a legion of devoted fans. Through fiction, graphic novels and audio adventures, the Daleks had continued their war against anything un-Dalek. Only on television had their impact been reduced by the dreaded "Gay Daleks" of Victor Lewis-Smith's "TV Offal" and even an appearance in a Kit-Kat advert.

With "Dalek", the diminutive metal terrors were back with a vengeance. Or rather, to be strictly correct, one Dalek was. This "last Dalek" showed the fans what they'd known all along - that one, solitary, lonely Dalek is more dangerous than an army of armed humans.

Robert Shearman's script is tight and director Joe Ahearne leaves no time for boredom to set in. This is a return to classic "Who". No frills, no laughs, just solid, gripping story-telling.

Christopher Eccleston's Doctor is clearly more than a little upset to see the Dalek. In fact, the 9th Doctor's reaction creates a dilemma for his companion, Rose. This is a Doctor pushed to the very edge of his patience and sanity, and it's not a pretty sight.

This episode managed the seemingly impossible and made the audience actually care about the Dalek. Its appearance in the final scene, revealed without its protective polycarbide-armoured shell, is unforgettable.

Early in the episode, there's an Aladdin's cave of artifacts for the keen viewer to search for old, familiar props. No prizes, though, for those who recognised the classic "Invasion"-style Cyberman head! Excellent television and a genuine wish come true for many fans.


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