Doctor Who: Season 9, Episode 2

Day of the Daleks: Episode Two (8 Jan. 1972)

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Jo uses the guerrillas' time machine to travel to the 22nd century where the Controller tricks her into telling the Daleks where she's come from.

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Richard Franklin ...
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Jo uses the guerrillas' time machine to travel to the 22nd century where the Controller tricks her into telling the Daleks where she's come from.

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This episode was watched by 10.4 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »

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The operation of the resistance fighters' time modules is inconsistent: in the first episode, the operator is not affected by the time field, while the time-traveller - even at a distance from the machine - is transported into the future. When Jo Grant uses the same module, however, she and the machine are both transported into the future, whereas the characters standing outside the vortex (including the future resistance fighters) are unaffected. See more »

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Enjoyable second episode.

Doctor Who: Day of the Daleks: Episode Two starts as the Doctor (Jon Pertwee) & Jo (Katy Manning) are captured at gun point by the three time travelling guerrilla's from the 22nd Century lead by Anat (Anna Barry) who are trying to change future history. Because of the 'Blinovitch Limitation Effect' the guerrilla's cannot go back any further to try & assassinate Sir Reginald Styles (Wilfred Carter) as a previous assassination attempt was unsuccessful & as such need to wait until he returns to Auderley House. Meanwhile in the future the evil Daleks are aware of what the guerrilla's are trying to do & send the monstrous ape like Ogron's back in time to stop them & prevent history from being changed...

Episode 2 from season 9 this Doctor Who adventure originally aired here in the UK during January 1972, directed by Paul Bernard this is a fine opening story to the ninth season & a cracking Doctor Who serial all round. The script by Louis Marks has two distinct layers, the sequences & events that take place in 'present day' Earth during 1972 & those set in the future with the existence of both relying what happens in both. The two sets of sequences are well thought out & the switch between the two is easy to identify & very smooth, the switch between present & future never becomes distracting & is a vital part to the story. The time travel concepts, ideas & themes brought up in Day of the Daleks are pretty intelligent & thoughtful, the fact the guerrilla's try to influence their own future by altering the past in which they haven't even been born yet is a contradiction that I find rather amusing. I mean surely if they end up altering the future they won't be born to be sent back in the first place, right? You can think about the idea for ages in your head & just end up going round in circles! Think about it, how can the guerrilla's go back & change the past if they alter it to such an extent where they are never born in the future to go back in the first place...

The Doctor Who production team once again do a good job here with very limited time & funds, there's some very nice grand looking Stately Home sets but then the BBC was always better at convincing period drama rather than futuristic sci-fi (most classic series Doctor Who fans will testify to that). There's also been some nice location shooting, Osterley Park House in Middlesex was the original location for Auderley House but was changed to Dropmore Park in Buckinghamshire which makes for a fine looking location. The Ogron monsters look pretty good as well with decent face mask's. Day of the Daleks: Episode Two went out on the 8th January 1972 & got viewing figures of 10.3 million which was the first time any episode of Doctor Who had broke the 10 million viewer barrier since Devil's Planet (1965) the third episode of The Daleks' Master Plan staring William Hartnell during season three.

Day of the Daleks: Episode Two is another entertaining way to pass twenty five minutes, I liked it & it's a good solid Pertwee story & at only four episodes long it's a lot more brisk than most from his era.


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