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Genesis of the Daleks: Part Six 

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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12 April 1975 (UK)  »

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Terry Nation had no intention of killing off Davros in this story, as the production team decided he was too good a character to last the one story. A deleted scene shows his life-supported system indicating that he survived being shot by the Dalek. See more »

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[the Doctor is holding the ends of two wires connected to the explosives he has set up in the Dalek incubator room]
Sarah Jane Smith: Well, what are you waiting for?
Doctor Who: Just touch these two strands together and the Daleks are finished. Have I that right?
Sarah Jane Smith: To destroy the Daleks? You can't doubt it.
Doctor Who: Well, I do. You see, some things could be better with the Daleks. Many future worlds will become allies just because of their fear of the Daleks.
Sarah Jane Smith: But it isn't like that.
Doctor Who: But the final responsibility is mine, and mine alone....
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S12: Genesis of the Daleks: Dark, industrial, cruel, grimy, and really well done
26 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Although I am gradually watching Doctor Who from the start, I am no great fan and there is an element of OCD in my decision to watch it all in order. So, in the case of this serial, although I had been aware of Davros as a character, I certainly had not seen this serial before. In addition to this, the previous Dalek stories, and their use in the modern seasons, had taught me that they were almost a novelty, brought in as a series favorite to help boost ratings whenever a brand-name villain was needed. So, when I saw the next serial in season 12 was one relating to the Daleks, I really did not expect anything particularly special – which is why I think it caught me off guard about just how strong it was.

The plot provides a very strong bed, with a plot which has plenty of drama (as opposed to manufactured cliff-hangers), and yet also plenty of thoughtful material around morality, fascism, and other elements. The Daleks are really supporting players next to the character of Davros – who is essentially Hitler. His is such a strong presence that it is hard not to be taken by every scene he is in. Baker's Doctor matches this approach with a quite serious performance throughout; and the whole thing is played straight and means that the Daleks are genuinely more menacing due to the context. Of course it helps that the serial has a particularly mean streak in its specifics and in its general delivery.

Specifically we see cruel deaths, Nazi-style characters, scenes that are genuinely unsettling in their tone and content, and a delivery that never plays it for laughs or comedic japes. This is continued by the design of the sets, characters, and general 'feel' of the serial; it is futuristic but yet industrial – and a type of industry build on the suffering of many for the benefit of the few. It feels grimy, cruel and dark – and it combines this very well with the material. I had never seen this serial before even if I was aware of Davros et al from later seasons; nor had I heard the hype for this as one of the best of the show. I was glad I had not because I came in without any knowledge or preconceptions, and it grabbed me from the start to the end by how well done it was. I'm not sure how long it can keep this up, but at the minute this season is shaping up to be one of the strongest of the lot thus far.


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