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The Executioners 

The Doctor has assembled a new time machine with a TV screen showing scenes in the past to order, Lincoln, Shakespeare and the Beatles are selected. They land on a barren planet with two ... See full summary »

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Richard Martin

Writer:

Terry Nation
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Maureen O'Brien ... Vicki
Robert Marsden Robert Marsden ... Abraham Lincoln
Roger Hammond ... Francis Bacon
Vivienne Bennett Vivienne Bennett ... Queen Elizabeth I
Hugh Walters Hugh Walters ... William Shakespeare
Richard Coe Richard Coe ... Television Announcer
Peter Hawkins ... Daleks (voice)
David Graham ... Daleks (voice)
Robert Jewell ... Dalek
Kevin Manser Kevin Manser ... Dalek
John Scott Martin ... Dalek
Gerald Taylor ... Dalek
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The Doctor has assembled a new time machine with a TV screen showing scenes in the past to order, Lincoln, Shakespeare and the Beatles are selected. They land on a barren planet with two suns,and become separated.A sandstorm causes the Doctor and Barbara to lose the TARDIS,Ian and Vicky meet an octopus-like monster, and the Daleks arrive, still hunting for them. Written by WesternOne

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1965 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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This was the first of two Daleks stories that Hugh Walters would feature in. The other was "Revelation of the Daleks". See more »

Goofs

Ian and Vicki's shadows are visible on the distant mountains, revealing the presence of a backcloth. See more »

Quotes

Dalek: To defy the daleks is death!
Dalek: They will pay for their crimes!
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Connections

Featured in The Thrill of the Chase (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Ticket to Ride
Composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performed by The Beatles
Seen on the TARDIS' Time/Space Visualiser
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The Chase: Episode 1 - A silly first episode followed by an adventure which is still silly at times but can be quite fun and has a really good last two parts.
19 August 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review for all 6 parts:

The Chase is a 6 part story beginning with The Executioners.

This adventure from writer Terry Nation features The Daleks chasing the TARDIS through time and space landing up in all sorts of adventures in different times and places. It is basically a comedic story without too much concentration on plot or serious realism for the first 4 episodes. Among other things this adventure explains the mystery of the Mary Celeste by landing the TARDIS and Daleks on board the sailing ship causing the disappearance of the crew. This is a nice idea but involves some silliness in how it is executed on screen. The first 4 episodes are all disappointingly silly in places but fun at times. Finally it gets more serious and increases in quality for the really good final two episodes.

This adventure starts badly with a very silly first episode featuring ideas like the 'Time Space Visualiser' or 'Time TV' invention which implausibly allows them to view historic events as they happened. Episode 2 is much better, not exceptional but good fun. Episode 3 goes back to being a bit more silly and is not hugely impressive but it has good moments and is not bad overall. Then there is the rather less satisfying episode 4 where the TARDIS and Daleks are in a 'haunted house' setting interacting with Dracula, Frankenstein's monster etc. (I kid you not). This is camp fun in a way but goes over the line into silliness far too much for my liking.

I think the problems in the first 4 episodes of this story exemplify this period when Dennis Spooner was script editor, it has too much silly humour and not enough quality. This was the last story before the superior Donald Tosh took over that role and the next 6 stories with Tosh as script editor had much better standards.

Thankfully things get much better and more serious in the last two episodes of this story. Part 5 is a very good, thoroughly enjoyable episode and episode 6 is an excellent concluding part of the story, also seeing the poignant exit of Ian and Barbara (William Russell and Jacqueline Hill). It is very sad to see them go as they were great companions but their farewell is nicely handled and the arrival of another really good companion Steven Taylor (Peter Purves) softens the blow.

The quality of the last 2 episodes rescue this from being a disappointing and overly silly story. It ends up being a reasonably fun adventure overall with a classic finale.

My Ratings: Episode 1 - 4/10, Episode 2 - 8/10, Episode 3 - 7/10, Episode 4 - 4.5/10, Episode 5 - 8.5/10, Episode 6 - 10/10, Average - 7.5/10.


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