Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 6

Day of Reckoning (5 Dec. 1964)

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The Doctor manages to escape from the Dalek saucer and meet up with Susan and David but Ian is left trapped onboard. Meanwhile, Barbara and her new friends face a dangerous journey across London.

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The Doctor manages to escape from the Dalek saucer and meet up with Susan and David but Ian is left trapped onboard. Meanwhile, Barbara and her new friends face a dangerous journey across London.

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William Hartnell was injured during filming (he was dropped while being carried down from the Dalek saucer). His injury was sufficiently bad that he was not available to film the following week's episode. He appeared only as a brief reprise from this episode and then voiced over Edmond Warwick (who collapsed a short while into the episode). See more »

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The Dalek spaceship's main ramp has been repaired between episodes, despite the action being continuous. See more »

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The Dalek Invasion of Earth Part 3: Imperfect but still a brilliant classic
6 July 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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This story running from World's End for 6 episodes marks the return of the Daleks and was an extremely important story in establishing Doctor Who's popularity. This time the Daleks are more frightening because not only have they got additional powers of movement in different terrains and new levels of evil ambition but they are also the invaders of Earth. To show them on Earth and in fantastic iconic scenes around famous London landmarks with London and apparently the world turned semi ruin provides real fear and drama. The human race has been reduced to hiding or serving the Daleks. This is all powerful stuff even now let alone in the early sixties so near in memory to similar threats of the Nazis.

The story also marks the first departure of one of the Doctor's companions, his grand-daughter Susan. Her character has a decent last story and while she had lost her appeal somewhat her leaving scenes provide moving and lovely magic particularly from William Hartnell with a superbly written and acted speech of incredible dignity and pathos.

There are various imperfections such as strange elements to the scientific explanations and plans of the Daleks and far less effective Dalek voices than the first or later stories. However there is is so much else to recommend this story that these issues pale to insignificance.

A must see story in the history of Doctor Who.


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