Doctor Who: Season 2, Episode 35

The Planet of Decision (26 Jun. 1965)

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The Doctor and his friends are taken into the Mechanoid City but their troubles are far from over...especially when the Daleks launch an attack.



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Episode complete credited cast:
William Russell ...
Jacqueline Hill ...
Maureen O'Brien ...
Peter Purves ...
Peter Hawkins ...
Daleks (voice)
David Graham ...
Daleks / Mechonoid (voice)
Robert Jewell ...
Kevin Manser ...
Gerald Taylor ...
Murphy Grumbar ...
Jack Pitt ...
John Scott Martin ...
Ken Tyllssen ...
Mechonoid (as Ken Tyllson)


The Doctor and his friends are taken into the Mechanoid City but their troubles are far from over...especially when the Daleks launch an attack.

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26 June 1965 (UK)  »

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The Doctor's sadness in saying goodbye to Ian and Barbara was not entirely down to good acting. William Hartnell had become good friends with William Russell and Jacqueline Hill and was genuinely saddened to see them leave. See more »


You can see one of the cameras (it has a 5 on it) in the background when the Daleks begin preparation to attack the cave. The camera is in the background to the left of the TARDIS. See more »


Featured in The Thrill of the Chase (2009) See more »

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The Chase: Mostly nonsense that must be good if you're in the mood but I wasn't
3 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

In the new Doctor Who seasons one does get the feeling that the popular monsters of the Daleks, Cybermen etc do get a bit overused and this serial stands to remind us that this was also the case in the very early days. Despite already have been featured at the start of the second season in the far superior Invasion Earth, the Daleks return here in to chase the Tardis across time and space to hunt the crew down and kill them. Sounds dramatic right? Sadly the reality is that we have a fragmented series of stories and settings which are mostly delivered with a silly and ineffective content which really doesn't even work within its own context.

The plot sees the Doctor inventing a television that can see any moment in time – a plot device that seems pointless apart from acting as the sole way of seeing The Beatles performance which is featured as being seen via it (the irony of this show preserving another while so many of its own early episodes are lost). We have several moments via this TV thing before moving to a ship, to New York, to a haunted house, to a planet of robots and so on. Bits of it work but mostly it is just nonsense with an uneven tone that is silly but not fun. The planet in the final few episodes offer some excitement but the rest seems pointless – the comedy American, the haunted house etc, all of it is rather hard to watch.

The cast go with it but there is nothing here for them and it is a shame that this is the way that Ian and Barbara have to bow out. Such great companions from the start, they do not get the exit that Susan got and instead they just feel like they got dropped but were rewarding with a bit of mucking about in London as their leaving gift. What the show will be like without them (particularly with the ever vapid Vicki as the sole companion) I'm not sure, but I hope it will not miss them too much. The Daleks make limited impact (even if the serial tries to replicate the great reveal from the Thames) and generally they feel exploited for their popularity here, rather than a real threat or presence.

The Chase sounds good in a one line summary but the reality is a silly mess of ideas – most of which are not good ones. There are moments but they are infrequent and generally this didn't work. I guess the silliness of it all may work if you are in the mood, but for me even the comedic element was poorly done and misfired. So long Ian and Barbara, sorry it had to end like this.

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