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The Death of Time 

While Ian and Vicki are threatened by a Mire Beast, the Doctor and Barbara meet up with the Aridians...who are then ordered to hand them over to the Daleks.

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While Ian and Vicki are threatened by a Mire Beast, the Doctor and Barbara meet up with the Aridians...who are then ordered to hand them over to the Daleks.

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29 May 1965 (UK)  »

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Hywel Bennett's first TV role. See more »

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While fleeing the mire beast Barbara knocks over a stalagmite, revealing it to be made of polystyrene. See more »

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Dalek: Final termination is inevitable!
Dalek: Eradicate!
Dalek: Obliterate!
Dalek: Annihilate!
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Featured in Dennis Spooner: Wanna Write a Television Series? (2009) See more »

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The Chase: Episode 2 - 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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