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The Dominators: Episode 1 

The TARDIS arrives on the planet Dulkis where the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie decide to have a quiet holiday. Only to find the Evil Dominators and their robotic slaves, The Quarks have arrived on... See full summary »


Morris Barry


Mervyn Haisman (as Norman Ashby), Henry Lincoln (as Norman Ashby)

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Episode cast overview:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Ronald Allen ... Rago
Kenneth Ives Kenneth Ives ... Toba
Arthur Cox ... Cully
Philip Voss ... Wahed
Malcolm Terris ... Etnin
Nicolette Pendrell Nicolette Pendrell ... Tolata
Frazer Hines ... Jamie
Wendy Padbury ... Zoe
Felicity Gibson Felicity Gibson ... Kando
Giles Block Giles Block ... Teel
Johnson Bayly Johnson Bayly ... Balan
John Hicks John Hicks ... Quark
Gary Smith Gary Smith ... Quark
Sheila Grant Sheila Grant ... Quarks (voice)


The TARDIS arrives on the planet Dulkis where the Doctor, Zoe and Jamie decide to have a quiet holiday. Only to find the Evil Dominators and their robotic slaves, The Quarks have arrived on a radioactive island, where they plan to detonate a bomb in the planet's core, which will turn the entire planet as source of radioactive fuel for their invasion fleet. Written by Daniel Williamson

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10 August 1968 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Patrick Troughton was absent during location filming. He was doubled by Chris Jeffries in all location footage. See more »


The interior rear wall of the TARDIS prop is visible as the Doctor and his companions exit, revealing it to be no bigger than an ordinary police box. See more »


Featured in Second Time Around: The Troughton Years (2012) See more »

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Men In Skirts ! Never Trust A Pacifist
20 August 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

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This is the opening episode of season six of the classic series and right away you're aware how different it is to the previous season . Out go the horror inspired and instead we get more comic book inspired fantasy with stories that often have a bizarre structure . During the season we get a couple of stories with 5 episodes one of 8 episodes and one on 10 episodes in a rather unfocused series that gives the impression there might be problems going on behind the scenes which was unsurprisingly the case with stories about to enter production being cancelled at the last second and replacements having to be written on the spot and by the end of 1969 the BBC were seriously considering cancelling the show and this season is somewhat aimless to say the least

The Dominators was credited as being written by " Norman Ashby " which was a pen name for Mervyn Haisman and Henry Lincoln who wrote the previous season's two Yeti story that introduced The Great Intelligence that made its next appearance in the 2012 Christmas special of NuWho . The Dominators isn't a great script being a very obvious " If you're confronted by tyranny pacifism is the worst policy " type stories as the alien Dominators plan to turn Planet Dulkis in to a giant radioactive mass . In some ways it's similar to the Dalek debut story but where as the nature of pacifism is well explored and written the arguments are made in a very shallow way . It also started out as a six episode story and script editor Derrick Sherwin condensed the last two episodes in one episode which says a lot about the lack of drama involved and it was this that led the writers to insist the story was transmitted under a pen name . When a writer insists on broadcast under a pen name is the TV equivalent of a movie being released under the director name of " Alan Smithee " You do get the impression that Alan Smithee or even Ed Wood directed this story with its somewhat deranged costume design with the inhabitants of Dulkis wearing a kind of toga /mini dress regardless of their gender which looks very cute on the Doctor's new companion Zoe but is totally laughable on the male characters . This s probably deliberate on the part of the writers who envisaged their script as an attack on pacifism and feel they need to portray non violence at any price types as being terminally effete . That said The Dominators themselves are equally ridiculous looking with a costume looking like a cross between a turtle and a hunchback and respect to Ronald Allen and Kenneth Ives for portraying their silly looking one note baddies with such dead pan seriousness .

The Dominators are helped by small robots called Quarks which might appeal to little children but to an adult do seem somewhat silly and difficult to believe that in the wake of the success of the Daleks were planned to mirror more robotic success for the show . There's also a tale of behind the scenes cynicism where both the BBC and the writers tried to take out merchandising copyright on the Quarks , a copyright battle that became so bitter that Haisman and Lincoln actually threatened to go to court to stop the broadcast of this story . The irony of this was that in 1982 Lincoln co-wrote a historical novel called The Holy Blood And The Holy Grail which became subject to a court case in 2006 where co-writers of the book Richard Leigh and Michael Baigent claimed Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code copied wholesale concepts of their book , though Lincoln didn't take part in the lawsuit

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