Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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Steven, Sara and the Monk are captured by the Daleks in order to force the Doctor to hand over the Taranium Core.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Kevin Stoney ...
Peter Butterworth ...
Jeffrey Isaac ...
Derek Ware ...
Kevin Manser ...
Daleks (voice)
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Steven, Sara and the Monk are captured by the Daleks in order to force the Doctor to hand over the Taranium Core.

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15 January 1966 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was thought lost until 1983, when it was found in a church basement in London. See more »


[first lines]
Steven: [Steven shouts] Doctor! Doctor! Doctor? Doctor!
[he turns to Sara]
Steven: No Doctor!
Sara: [sees the TARDIS] Perhaps he's inside.
Steven: [They try to open the TARDIS door but it is still locked] Doctor! Doctor!
Sara: [Sara sees something behind them. She calls to Steven] Steven... Look!
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S3: The Daleks' Master Plan: Interesting and frustrating
15 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

It is hardly worth making a comment on this serial but at the same time having my words be pointless is not a new experience for me so here I go. The first thing about this story that stuck me was the fact that I was basically 11 episodes into the third season before I even had more than one episode to watch – and this is the first serial to have more than one episode surviving. It is so hard to fathom that this could be the case and even for a casual viewer such as myself it is frustrating – particularly when only a few decades later and many people will have terabytes of storage space kicking around their house, or be able to carry entire seasons of this show on their ipod – so to think that it was only recently when tapes of this show were destroyed for the sake of space. I can only imagine how much it eats at fans and the very occasional discovery is always bitter sweet.

Anyway, this story comes with the additional frustration that we have a 12 week story arch involving the Daleks and only 3 episodes survive. In some ways this may not have been a bad thing because the last outing for the Daleks was the so-so The Chase. At this point they started to feel overused and maybe these 12 episodes would have been more of that? It is hard to say just off these three episodes – particularly as they are not directly connected but spread out over the story, but it appears to be interesting. Lots of characters in play, lots of movement – even the Monk makes a reappearance (along with my reservations about his portrayal by someone I only know for their Carry On work). The story appears to have a tough edge to it and offer good tension with the Doctor not joking around in the face of the Daleks. Beyond that it is hard to say too much, but it looked good and the range of sets added something to it as well.

The cast are mostly pretty good; as I said Hartnell plays it mostly very serious which I prefer from him. Outside of him Purves was a solid presence although I need to see more of him to start to like him as a replacement for Ian. Hill shows up as Katrina but then is gone the very next minute – a shame since I read she died which would have been interesting to gauge, although I guess the impact would have been limited by how short a time she was in the show. Also a shame to miss the exit of Vicki some episodes prior. Marsh is again in it so little it is hard to say, but an interesting character at least. The support is mostly pretty good with solid vilins taking the load off the Daleks as the whole story.

The Daleks Master Plan looks interesting in retrospect; so little of it remains that it is hard to really be sure but it certainly played better than The Chase and offers much. Frustrating generally for how much of this third season is simply gone, but just as frustrating is that specifically so little remains of what appears to be a good Dalek serial. The next serial in this season is also totally gone, but at least all parts of The Ark are available, so it'll be that next.

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