Doctor Who: Season 12, Episode 12

Genesis of the Daleks: Part Two (15 Mar. 1975)

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The Doctor and Harry are taken to the Kaled bunker where Davros is preparing to demonstrate the Daleks, while Sarah is captured by the Thals and taken to their city as a slave worker.

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The Doctor and Harry are taken to the Kaled bunker where Davros is preparing to demonstrate the Daleks, while Sarah is captured by the Thals and taken to their city as a slave worker.

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The Thal soldiers were originally supposed to be boys aged 15 or 16 to illustrate the youth of those fighting in the war, but this was later changed to make them appear more mature. See more »

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Nyder: I want these two screened and passed to Ronson for full interrogation.
Tane: Yes, sir.
Nyder: [handing him a box] Prisoner's belongings.
[they exchange Nazi-esque salutes and Nyder leaves]
Doctor Who: Good, well, now he's gone, any chance of a cup of tea?
Tane: WHAT?
Doctor Who: Or coffee. My friend and I have had a very trying experience. Haven't we had a trying experience, Harry?
Harry Sullivan: Very trying, Doctor.
Tane: Step into the security scan!
Doctor Who: What, no tea?
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Rightly considered one of the true classic stories in Doctor Who.
19 November 2014 | by (South Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

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One of the most famous and most loved stories in Doctor Who history, this really deserves the fame and praise it receives. It is a fabulous story with brilliance in every aspect of its production.

The Doctor, Sarah and Harry are intercepted by the Time Lords as they try to return to the Nerva space station via Transmat. The Time Lord who speaks to The Doctor gives him a mission to interfere with the creation of the Daleks as they are considered a threat to the Universe. He is told he can stop their creation or influence their nature for the better. They find themselves in the middle of a war on Skaro between the Thals and the Kaleds. The war has gone on for a very long time and scientist Davros has created the Daleks in order to bring the war to an end. Davros is power crazed and has evil intent for his Daleks to become all powerful creatures. There are adventures as The Doctor seeks to interfere with Davros' plans. Finally when he has the chance to destroy the Daleks, The Doctor has a moral dilemma as to whether to destroy the Dalek race is excusable due to their evil or if it makes him as bad as the Daleks with such a genocidal act.

The script, story and acting are top class throughout. Davros is an inspired creation, a villain of the finest quality and acted amazingly well by Michael Wisher. Baker is on top form and his scenes with Davros and their intellectual duelling is gripping. The scene with the dilemma of conscience for The Doctor trying to decide whether to destroy the Daleks is genius and the story as a whole is exceptionally well written.

One of the most exceptional stories in Doctor Who and therefore television history.


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