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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?


This serial was Michael Wisher's only appearance as Davros. He was the third choice for it after David Baillie and Roy Skelton passed. Wisher was wanted back for Doctor Who: Destiny of the Daleks: Episode One (1979) and Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks: Part One (1984) but was unavailable on both occasions. Terry Molloy, who became Wisher's permanent replacement in the 1980s, admitted that he based his own performance in Doctor Who: Resurrection of the Daleks: Part One (1984) on Wisher's performance in this serial. See more »


The big rocky wall visibly shifts when Sarah leans against it at the end. See more »


Kaled Leader: Two prisoners, sir, captured section 101.
Ravon: For interrogation. Good. I enjoy interrogation.
The Doctor: Yes, you look the type.
[a guard hits the Doctor]
Ravon: You insolent muto!
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Referenced in The Village That Came to Life (2012) See more »

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Atmospheric opener
12 October 2006 | by Bill SpibySee all my reviews

A wonderfully striking atmospheric opening to this thoughtful-six parter. The principles are on fine form with top honours going to Baker who was by now starting to find his form in the role.

Nation again turns to WWII Nazi ideology and trappings for inspiration but whereas in the past he has attempted a degree of subtlety, here his references are explicit and blatant and all the more effective for it. WWII would have still been fresh in the memory for many of the mid seventies teatime audience catching this fresh off the back of the football results and I suspect this episode would have resonated a lot more than one would expect for a 'childrens' TV show.

I pity the 6 year old me back in 1975 having to wait an whole week for part 2!!!

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