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Planet of the Daleks: Episode One 

The TARDIS lands on the jungle planet Spiridon, where the Doctor has fallen into a coma, where The Doctor has requested the Time Lords to pilot the TARDIS, so he and Jo can follow the ... See full summary »


David Maloney


Terry Nation

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Episode complete credited cast:
Jon Pertwee ... Dr. Who
Katy Manning ... Jo Grant
Bernard Horsfall ... Taron
Prentis Hancock ... Vaber
Tim Preece Tim Preece ... Codal


The TARDIS lands on the jungle planet Spiridon, where the Doctor has fallen into a coma, where The Doctor has requested the Time Lords to pilot the TARDIS, so he and Jo can follow the Daleks to their base. Where Jo learns the Dalek's base has been located on Spiridon where the Daleks are attempting to discover the secrets of Invisibilty and create a bacterial virus in their goal of universal conquest. Where The Doctor, recovered from his coma and Jo are joined by a task-force of Thals and a native Spiridon named Wester, Where they not only set out to stop The Daleks evil plot, they also discover a army of 12,000 Daleks are in suspended animation and are waiting to be revived to begin their universal conquest and claim themselves as the supreme rulers of the galaxy. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Release Date:

7 April 1973 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although not generally recognised, this serial continues the storyline begun in Doctor Who: Frontier in Space: Episode One (1973), essentially making this the second half of a single twelve-episode story arc. See more »


Referenced in The Rumble in the Jungle (2009) See more »

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Average story with a classic enemy
17 June 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

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PLANET OF THE DALEKS is about par for the course for a Dr Who adventure. It was made during the tenure of Jon Pertwee, my favourite Doctor of all time (with Tom Baker a close second), with generally good production values for the series. The setting is a sweaty, humid, jungle planet, one which is ably brought to life within the confines of the studio.

The story is a little slowly paced, involving the Doctor and Jo crash landing on a remote planet where they hook up with a team of Thals who are attempting to thwart a Dalek invasion force. There's plenty of to-ing and fro-ing, and the pacing would have been improved by tightening up the narrative; at six episodes this serial is a little long, and four episodes would have been a better choice, I think.

PLANET OF THE DALEKS most reminded me of the Peter Cushing movie DR WHO AND THE DALEKS, as the story lines are very familiar. Viewers will enjoy an enthusiastic Pertwee and Katy Manning, both of whom get into it. Some scenes, like the cavern of a thousand Daleks, are well achieved on a low budget. The scenes with the invisible Daleks are entertaining. The only bit I didn't like were the aliens, who when revealed look like they're wearing fluffy purple bath mats - not the effect intended, I'm sure.

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