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Death to the Daleks: Part Four 

The Doctor and Bellal continue to penetrate the City's defences while Sarah and Jill try to stop the Daleks leaving with the parrinium.


(as Michael Briant)




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Episode complete credited cast:
Duncan Lamont ...
Julian Fox ...
Joy Harrison ...
Arnold Yarrow ...
Michael Wisher ...
Dalek Voices (voice)
John Scott Martin ...
Dalek Operator (as John Scott-Martin)
Cy Town ...
Murphy Grumbar ...
Dalek Operator (as Murphy Grunbar)


The Doctor and Bellal continue to penetrate the City's defences while Sarah and Jill try to stop the Daleks leaving with the parrinium.

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Release Date:

16 March 1974 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was watched by 9.5 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


The doctor is disturbed by the Daleks and 'bacteria' before he can replace the boards he has modified. Yet when the doctor and Gallal are retreating through the maze they meet and a malfunctioning door and the Doctor determines his meddling is working. See more »


[first lines]
[the Doctor and Bellal walk down a recently revealed corridor]
The Doctor: [blocking Bellal with his hand] Stop, don't move!
Bellal: What is it?
The Doctor: Another test, I think.
[the Doctor squats down to get a closer look at the red-and-white mosaic on the floor]
The Doctor: The people who built this city, they didn't go in for ornamental floors, did they?
Bellal: I don't understand.
The Doctor: No, neither do I.
[the Doctor takes out his sonic screwdriver and sweeps it across the pattern. It beeps part-way, buzzes, then beeps again]
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Daleks with a difference.
15 November 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

This adventure has the Daleks in a bit of a different kind of story to usual. The TARDIS is stranded on a planet with all its power drained. The Doctor and Sarah Jane venture out onto the planet and come under attack from natives of the planet called Exxilons. They also find a small group of humans who are similarly stranded and powerless. The end of the first episode has a great cliffhanger as another ship arrives and as The Doctor and the humans gather to meet the ship's occupants, thinking it will be a rescue party they are faced with Daleks. A pity the title gives away their presence but the cliffhanger scene is done brilliantly.

Instead of being the usual invaders or destroyers, in this story the Daleks are also stranded on the planet with their ship and all their weapons drained of power. They have to agree a truce with the humans and work together to try to find a way to overcome their power loss and escape from the planet. Of course the Daleks evil intent is ever present and they quickly try to gain the upper hand.

This adventure has credible, well acted human characters, great performances from Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen in the lead roles and interesting use of the Daleks. The Exxilons are decent background characters with a friendly Exxilon providing an endearing alien character with a little depth. There is plenty of action and thrills. The 'roots' of the city are an interesting idea and very well realised as robotic tentacles.

The final part is a little disappointing in my opinion compared to the preceding episodes as the quest through the city does not really excite me. Also after the great cliffhanger to episode 1 the 'cliffhanger' to episode 3 is really lame. However, these niggles are relatively minor. All in all this is an excellent Dalek story and an excellent sci-fi adventure.

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