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Genesis of the Daleks: Part One 

The Doctor and his companions are sent to the planet Skaro by the Time Lords to prevent the creation of the Daleks.


David Maloney


Terry Nation

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Episode complete credited cast:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Ian Marter ... Harry Sullivan
Michael Wisher ... Davros
Peter Miles Peter Miles ... Nyder
Dennis Chinnery Dennis Chinnery ... Gharman
Guy Siner ... Ravon
John Franklyn-Robbins John Franklyn-Robbins ... Time Lord
Richard Reeves Richard Reeves ... Kaled Leader
John Scott Martin ... Dalek Operator


The Doctor and his companions are sent to the planet Skaro by the Time Lords to prevent the creation of the Daleks.

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8 March 1975 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The opening conversation between the Doctor and the Time Lord was inspired by The Seventh Seal (1957). Originally, the scene took place in a garden, but David Maloney and Philip Hinchcliffe disliked the idea.. See more »


When Davros is showing the Dalek under voice control for the first time, his lips don't move after giving the directional controls to the Dalek. See more »


Ravon: Take a good look. In a few weeks we're going to change the shape of that map forever. We'll wipe the Thals from the face of Skaro.
The Doctor: Yes, I've heard that before.
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Featured in Genesis of a Classic (2006) See more »

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Is there a better opening episode in any Dr Who story? I think not.
21 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The opening episode of Genesis is without a shadow of a doubt one of the best single episodes in the show's history. Tom's previous episodes had worked particularly well, but Genesis certainly signifies the start of one of the most iconic, best loved periods in the show's history.

The first part is incredibly atmospheric, the setting creepy, sinister and hugely unusual, feeling like a World War 2 War zone, the reality, the dreaded Planet Skaro, during the birth of the Daleks.

So many incredibly interesting things in this one episode alone, The Time Lord's intervention, and fears over the Daleks, the revelation that the Kaleds were the indigenous people on Skaro, alongside the Thaals.

It's the magical trio of Tom Baker, Liz Sladen and Ian Marter that shine through, what a fantastic on screen team they were.

Zero faults, this episode is virtually perfect. 10/10

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