Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Power of the Daleks: Episode One 

The TARDIS arrives on the Earth colony of Vulcan where the newly-regenerated Doctor assumes the identity of an Earth Examiner.


Christopher Barry


David Whitaker




Episode cast overview:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Anneke Wills ... Polly
Michael Craze ... Ben
Martin King Martin King ... The Examiner
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ... Quinn
Bernard Archard ... Bragen
Robert James ... Lesterson
Pamela Ann Davy Pamela Ann Davy ... Janley
Peter Bathurst Peter Bathurst ... Hensell


The TARDIS arrives on the Earth colony of Vulcan where the newly-regenerated Doctor assumes the identity of an Earth Examiner.

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50 years after its UK broadcast, this six-episode story was rereleased as an animated version. They were released in both black & white and colour on both DVD & Blu-Ray. See more »


When the black-and-white animated version aired on BBC America, guide data provided to TiVo DVRs reported it as being part of the new Doctor Who series, not the original 1963 series. See more »


[first lines]
Polly Wright: [inside the TARDIS, the Doctor is regenerating. Ben and Polly watch in amazement as the frail old man changes into a younger figure. Ben and Polly discuss the "new" Doctor lying on the floor of the TARDIS] His face, his hair. Look at it!
Ben Jackson: He's breathing, and the TARDIS seems to be normal.
Polly Wright: Ben, what are we going to do? We can't just leave the Doctor there.
Ben Jackson: What, him? The Doctor?
Polly Wright: Well that's who came through the doors - there was no one else outside. Ben, do you remember what he said in ...
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Alternate Versions

A color version of the animated version was also created, the parts made available for streaming online after each episode aired. See more »

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Superb story with brilliantly devious Daleks and establishing Troughton as the new Doctor
21 August 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review of all 6 episodes:

This 6 part story is the first with Patrick Troughton following the Doctor's first regeneration. If Troughton had failed to work as the Doctor the series would have died so he really is of as much importance in establishing Doctor Who as William Hartnell. The characterisation is interesting to say the least and flirts with disaster in many ways. To make the Doctor SO incredibly different to Hartnell's Doctor that preceded him was astonishing in its bravery. He is a scruffy, strange acting, clownish figure who plays the recorder to 'help him concentrate'! At the start of the story they even have him behaving extremely evasively and mysteriously, making it even harder to cope with the change in lead actor. Nowadays we are more used to coping with huge changes in the Doctor's behaviour after regeneration and it still is difficult so to imagine viewers at the time being thrust into this change so dramatically is mind boggling.

I think what really makes it work are two things. Firstly Troughton's quality which comes through as he begins to establish himself later in the adventure, but this is slow to have an impact. The second is the truly excellent quality story from David Whitaker featuring Daleks which are at their very best.

The adventure is thrilling as the Daleks pretend to be harmless servants to unsuspecting human colonists whilst secretly creating a huge production line of Daleks to conquer and EXTERMINATE the humans. This story has certainly been very influential to Doctor Who since its return in 2005.

The whole story is top quality with strong performances and continuity provided by Michael Craze and Anneke Wills as companions Ben and Polly, really good human guest characters such as Lesterson (Robert James), great dialogue and brilliant Daleks which are the best yet with better voice performances than earlier stories and devious, threatening plans.

Great stuff! All 6 episodes 10/10.

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5 November 1966 (UK) See more »

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