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Genesis of the Daleks: Part Three 

The Doctor and Harry head to the Kaled city to alert the authorities to Davros' plans while Sarah and Sevrin are forced to work on the completion of the Thals' rocket.


David Maloney


Terry Nation




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Baker ... Doctor Who
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Ian Marter ... Harry Sullivan
Michael Wisher ... Davros
Peter Miles Peter Miles ... Nyder
Stephen Yardley ... Sevrin
James Garbutt James Garbutt ... Ronson
Guy Siner ... Ravon
Richard Reeves Richard Reeves ... Kaled Leader
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Kavell
Ivor Roberts Ivor Roberts ... Mogran
Michael Lynch Michael Lynch ... Thal Politician
Hilary Minster Hilary Minster ... Thal Soldier
Max Faulkner ... Thal Guard
John Scott Martin ... Dalek Operator


The Doctor and Harry head to the Kaled city to alert the authorities to Davros' plans while Sarah and Sevrin are forced to work on the completion of the Thals' rocket.

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22 March 1975 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode overran its 25 minute limit and rather than cut material out, the cliffhanger was changed from Davros' speech to the Doctor being electrocuted. See more »


Thal Soldier: [dangling Sarah over the edge of the scaffolding] If I should just slacken my grip... They say that people who fall from great heights are dead before they hit the ground. I don't believe that, do you?
[he pulls her back up]
Thal Soldier: You're going back to work. In a day or so, you'll wish I had let you drop.
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No mid story lull here, this is brilliant.
22 April 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

It s no wonder Genesis of the Daleks is adored by fans, when you watch and take notice of it, you realise how spot on this six part story truly is.

Part Three carries forward the quality of the first two episodes, with virtually every six part story there comes a lull towards the middle, not the case here, this episode is fast paced, thrilling, and incredibly enjoyable.

Some great acting from Lis Sladen, you see the terror in her face when she's at the top of the rocket, and subsequently dangled over the top, that's a really nasty moment, very well acted.

I hadn't particularly noticed, but almost everything on Skaro is a threat, The Kaleds, The Thaals, The Mutos, and of course The Daleks. The Doctor, Sarah and Harry having very little help, must battle against foes from all sides. It's fascinating the detail that goes into Davros's intention for his creatures, from this episode you get true belief that The Daleks would indeed become the dominant force.

Wisher and Miles superb once again. Another excellent cliffhanger, that's three so far, most episodes were lucky if they got one or two.

Brilliance. 10/10

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