Doctor Who: Season 12, Episode 16

Genesis of the Daleks: Part Six (12 Apr. 1975)

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Gharman tries to convince the Kaleds to vote against the Dalek project but Davros has a trick up his sleeve, while the Doctor works to destroy the tape recording of Dalek victory and the Thals plan an intervention of their own.



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Gharman tries to convince the Kaleds to vote against the Dalek project but Davros has a trick up his sleeve, while the Doctor works to destroy the tape recording of Dalek victory and the Thals plan an intervention of their own.

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After Genesis of the Daleks was broadcast. The Daleks would not be seen again in Doctor Who for 4 years, until the 1979 Tom Baker story Destiny of the Daleks. See more »


Davros: You must obey me! I created you! I am the master, not you! I! I! I!
Dalek: Our programming does not permit us to acknowledge that any creature is superior to the Daleks.
Davros: You cannot exist without me! You cannot progress!
Dalek: We are programmed to survive. We have the ability to develop in any way necessary to ensure that survival.
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Bloodridden, Epic, Brilliant, but Not for Faint-Hearts
1 July 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've probably seen this dozens of times, but before rushing to give it a 10 (which I would on all recent viewings) I have to say that watching it on TV for the first time as a child in 1975 I felt betrayed by Doctor Who, which had never before seemed so bloodthirsty.

I think what marked the Tom Baker period was not just the extraordinary character that Baker brought (in itself truly an extension of Baker himself, he improvises as on so many TV them then watch him as the Doctor... he doesn't actually... ACT..) but also the shift in the the writing and direction to far bleaker and horrific story lines.

The spoiler alert is never more necessary than here; what stunned my child self was that in Doctor Who quite so many (like dozens, many characters we've seen painstakingly developed) hapless souls could be gunned down in such cold blood. The final part of GOTD is classic death-knell of liberalism; Gharman (earlier present as Davros's closest confidante as the first Dalek is unveiled) wants a bloodless revolution in which much is decided by vote..

Davros swiftly sees this and plays it to the max, delays things as he needs and once the necessary force of Daleks is assembled, dispatches his over-idealistic foes.

The extra twist is of course that Davros himself is then also exterminated (and he is, watch it, listen to the screams, he really is, and later claims by DW writers that he survived are not plausible) and he is thus, himself, also discarded as a tool by the real forces of evil.

A lot for a young lad to take!! Genesis of the Daleks is no picnic; my older self gives it a 10 for true brilliance, realism, quality of writing and drama, and by later standards it's relatively tame, but for a youngster used to earlier more subtle Doctor Who it was brutal stuff.

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