Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Power of the Daleks: Episode One 

The TARDIS arrives on the Earth colony of Vulcan where the newly-regenerated Doctor assumes the identity of an Earth Examiner.


Christopher Barry


David Whitaker




Episode cast overview:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Anneke Wills ... Polly
Michael Craze ... Ben
Martin King Martin King ... The Examiner
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ... Quinn
Bernard Archard ... Bragen
Robert James ... Lesterson
Pamela Ann Davy Pamela Ann Davy ... Janley
Peter Bathurst Peter Bathurst ... Hensell


The TARDIS arrives on the Earth colony of Vulcan where the newly-regenerated Doctor assumes the identity of an Earth Examiner.

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Fans voted this number 15 in a countdown of the 163 Doctor Who (1963) stories in Outpost Gallifrey's 40th anniversary poll in 2003. See more »


In the color animated version made available for streaming online, as the Doctor is rummaging through the trunk, a button appears and disappears on his lapel. It is the "Vulcan Earth Examiner Accord Every Access" pin he doesn't acquire until after he exits the TARDIS. The black-and-white animated version of this episode as aired did not have this error. See more »


[first lines]
Polly Wright: [inside the TARDIS, the Doctor is regenerating. Ben and Polly watch in amazement as the frail old man changes into a younger figure. Ben and Polly discuss the "new" Doctor lying on the floor of the TARDIS] His face, his hair. Look at it!
Ben Jackson: He's breathing, and the TARDIS seems to be normal.
Polly Wright: Ben, what are we going to do? We can't just leave the Doctor there.
Ben Jackson: What, him? The Doctor?
Polly Wright: Well that's who came through the doors - there was no one else outside. Ben, do you remember what he said in ...
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Alternate Versions

In 2016, a black-and-white animated version of the whole 6-part story was created, airing starting in November 2016. See more »


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

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power of the daleks
15 August 2019 | by hdalektysonSee all my reviews

It was far from being all over William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton I found this funny, imaginative and exciting I love Patrick Troughton, my nanna watched this when it first bradcast its a shame the episode is missing but has been regenerated with animation and doesn't feel different from a normal 60s doctor who episode I thank david whittaker for this

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5 November 1966 (UK) See more »

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