The Daleks' plan to transform Earth into a giant spaceship and wipe out its inhabitants is nearing completion and the Doctor and his friends face a race against time to prevent them from destroying the planet's core.

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William Russell ...
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Peter Hawkins ...
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David Graham ...
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Robert Jewell ...
Gerald Taylor ...
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The Daleks' plan to transform Earth into a giant spaceship and wipe out its inhabitants is nearing completion and the Doctor and his friends face a race against time to prevent them from destroying the planet's core.

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26 December 1964 (UK)  »

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In the original script, the Daleks attempted to kill all their slaves by trapping them in the mines, which will be deluged with lava when the bombs explode. See more »

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During a scene in the Dalek control room, the pedal mechanism that allows the actor to control the movement of the Dalek Supreme can be heard creaking. The Daleks supposedly use static electricity to glide along the floor. See more »

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The Doctor: One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in your beliefs, and prove to me I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye, Susan - goodbye my dear.
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Edited into Doctor Who: The Five Doctors (1983) See more »

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

Review of all 6 episodes:

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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