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The Death of Doctor Who 

With Vicki trapped on board the Dalek time machine, the Doctor, Ian and Barbara decide to make their stand on the planet Mechanus.

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With Vicki trapped on board the Dalek time machine, the Doctor, Ian and Barbara decide to make their stand on the planet Mechanus.

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19 June 1965 (UK)  »

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This is one of only two occasions in which the technically incorrect name 'Doctor Who' is used in an on-screen title (the other occasion being the seven episodes of Doctor Who and the Silurians in 1970). See more »

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The Daleks clone of the doctor is less than successful as in many shots it's not William Hartnell it's a double Edmund Warwick. See more »

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Dr. Who: They now know who's Who!
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Featured in Verity Lambert: Drama Queen (2008) See more »

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The Chase: Episode 5 - A silly first episode followed by an adventure which is still silly at times but can be quite fun and has a really good last two parts.
19 August 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 6 parts:

The Chase is a 6 part story beginning with The Executioners.

This adventure from writer Terry Nation features The Daleks chasing the TARDIS through time and space landing up in all sorts of adventures in different times and places. It is basically a comedic story without too much concentration on plot or serious realism for the first 4 episodes. Among other things this adventure explains the mystery of the Mary Celeste by landing the TARDIS and Daleks on board the sailing ship causing the disappearance of the crew. This is a nice idea but involves some silliness in how it is executed on screen. The first 4 episodes are all disappointingly silly in places but fun at times. Finally it gets more serious and increases in quality for the really good final two episodes.

This adventure starts badly with a very silly first episode featuring ideas like the 'Time Space Visualiser' or 'Time TV' invention which implausibly allows them to view historic events as they happened. Episode 2 is much better, not exceptional but good fun. Episode 3 goes back to being a bit more silly and is not hugely impressive but it has good moments and is not bad overall. Then there is the rather less satisfying episode 4 where the TARDIS and Daleks are in a 'haunted house' setting interacting with Dracula, Frankenstein's monster etc. (I kid you not). This is camp fun in a way but goes over the line into silliness far too much for my liking.

I think the problems in the first 4 episodes of this story exemplify this period when Dennis Spooner was script editor, it has too much silly humour and not enough quality. This was the last story before the superior Donald Tosh took over that role and the next 6 stories with Tosh as script editor had much better standards.

Thankfully things get much better and more serious in the last two episodes of this story. Part 5 is a very good, thoroughly enjoyable episode and episode 6 is an excellent concluding part of the story, also seeing the poignant exit of Ian and Barbara (William Russell and Jacqueline Hill). It is very sad to see them go as they were great companions but their farewell is nicely handled and the arrival of another really good companion Steven Taylor (Peter Purves) softens the blow.

The quality of the last 2 episodes rescue this from being a disappointing and overly silly story. It ends up being a reasonably fun adventure overall with a classic finale.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 5.5/10, Episode 2 - 8/10, Episode 3 - 7/10, Episode 4 - 6/10, Episode 5 - 8.5/10, Episode 6 - 10/10, Average - 7.5/10.


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