Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 9

The Expedition (18 Jan. 1964)

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The Doctor and his friends realise that their only chance of recovering the fluid link is to persuade the Thals to fight back against the Daleks.

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Jacqueline Hill ...
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John Lee ...
Philip Bond ...
Virginia Wetherell ...
Marcus Hammond ...
Jonathan Crane ...
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The Doctor and his friends realise that their only chance of recovering the fluid link is to persuade the Thals to fight back against the Daleks.

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This episode was watched by 9.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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In a scene in which a Dalek succumbs to the effects of the Thals' drugs, the Daleks in the background are flat photographic blow-ups. The wooden bases on which they are supported can be seen at the bottom of the shot. A change of camera angle makes the flatness of the blow-ups obvious. See more »

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Dalek #1: Has the anti-radiation drug distribution been stopped?
Dalek #2: Yes. Only Daleks in Section 2 and 3 received it. All Daleks in Section 3 have now died.
Dalek #1: Daleks in Section 2 are to be brought to the sonic chamber.
Dalek #2: We will direct the air polluted by radiation away from the nuclear reactors into the sonic chamber.
Dalek #1: And if they do not die, we shall have our answer.
Dalek #2: But if we need radiation, we can never rebuild the world outside.
Dalek #1: We do not have to adapt to the environment. We will change the environment to ...
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The Daleks Episode 5: Brilliant Sci-Fi Classic
29 June 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 7 episodes:

This story is what really established Doctor Who in the public consciousness with the introduction of the fantastic and iconic metal cased monsters, the Daleks. Thank goodness they did this as it lead to 50 years and counting of TV magic!

The whole story is excellent and innovative. The acting and direction are good and the story and concepts throughout capture the imagination.

Whilst certain aspects of all the old Doctor Who episodes are dated these small issues are at an absolute minimum here. The only things such as Daleks using paper printouts and pen written letters are totally forgivable in what is still an impressive and impactful production. Things such as low ceilinged corridors, perfect for Daleks rather than designed for humans show thought and add believability that the impressive Dalek City was really built by Daleks for Daleks.

Overall the whole story is brilliant. Admittedly the final three episodes are slightly less impressive than the first four but not so much as to drop below a very high standard. These more filler like episodes towards the end are in fact very exciting and still include a lot more character development than almost any modern day TV show.

A must see TV classic!


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