Doctor Who: Season 1, Episode 10

The Ordeal (25 Jan. 1964)

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While Ian, Barbara and their Thal friends try to find a way into the Dalek City through the mountains, the Doctor, Susan and Alydon attempt to make their own way in.

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William Russell ...
Jacqueline Hill ...
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John Lee ...
Philip Bond ...
Virginia Wetherell ...
Marcus Hammond ...
Jonathan Crane ...
David Graham ...
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Peter Hawkins ...
Dalek Voices (voice)
Robert Jewell ...
Kevin Manser ...
Murray Grumbar ...
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Gerald Taylor ...
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While Ian, Barbara and their Thal friends try to find a way into the Dalek City through the mountains, the Doctor, Susan and Alydon attempt to make their own way in.

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In the original script, the dangers facing Ian, Barbara and the Thals in the mountains were different - they originally included mutated spiders and a fiery gas fissure. See more »

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When the Doctor shorts the circuit to the Daleks' control room, the electrical flash is triggered by the crew about a second before he actually completes the circuit. See more »

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Antodus: Help me! Help me! I can't hold on! I can't hold on!
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The Daleks Episode 6: 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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