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The Escape 

Susan meets Alydon of the Thals and agrees to try and arrange a treaty between his people and the Daleks. But the Daleks only see it as an opportunity to wipe the Thals out.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Wheatley ...
Virginia Wetherell ...
Philip Bond ...
Dalek Voices (voice)
Dalek Voices (voice)
Kevin Manser ...
Michael Summerton ...


Susan meets Alydon of the Thals and agrees to try and arrange a treaty between his people and the Daleks. But the Daleks only see it as an opportunity to wipe the Thals out.

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4 January 1964 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Temmosus was originally named Stohl; Alydon was originally named Vahn; Ganatus was originally named Kurt; and Dyoni took the place of a character named Daren. See more »


When Ian and the Doctor Remove the Dalek creature from the Tank unit you can see the shoulder of the Dalek operator inside the Tank unit. See more »


Dalek #1: We could let this catastrophe destroy the Thals.
Dalek #2: Will they let themselves starve to death?
Dalek #1: No. I feel preserving our prisoners was a good idea.
Dalek #2: And an arrangement to bring the Thals inside our city an even better one.
Dalek #1: We'll let our prisoners sleep and then give them food. After that, we can plan.
Dalek #2: Why not begin now?
Dalek #1: Because the lapse of time, the relation of sleep, the provision of food, all these things will give them a false sense of security.
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The Daleks Episode 3: Brilliant Sci-Fi Classic
29 June 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review for all 7 episodes:

This story is what really established Doctor Who in the public consciousness with the introduction of the fantastic and iconic metal cased monsters, the Daleks. Thank goodness they did this as it lead to 50 years and counting of TV magic!

The whole story is excellent and innovative. The acting and direction are good and the story and concepts throughout capture the imagination.

Whilst certain aspects of all the old Doctor Who episodes are dated these small issues are at an absolute minimum here. The only things such as Daleks using paper printouts and pen written letters are totally forgivable in what is still an impressive and impactful production. Things such as low ceilinged corridors, perfect for Daleks rather than designed for humans show thought and add believability that the impressive Dalek City was really built by Daleks for Daleks.

Overall the whole story is brilliant. Admittedly the Thals are not nearly as interesting as the Daleks and there are occasional flaws. Episodes 6 is slightly less impressive than the rest but not so much as to drop below a very high standard. The more filler like episodes towards the end are in fact very exciting and still include a lot more character development than almost any modern day TV show.

A must see TV classic!

My Ratings: Episodes 1-5 and 7 - 10/10, Episode 6 - 9.5/10

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