Doctor Who: The Daleks (1963)

UK, 21 September -1 February 1964
4 episodes, 25m each
videotape, black and white, 4:3
mono, English
Previous Serial: Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child (1963)
Next Serial: : The Edge of Destruction (1964)
Series: Doctor Who (1963-1989) – series 1, episodes 5-11

A British science fiction television serial. The second Doctor Who serial, a six-parter which introduced the programme's longest-running and most-popular villains, the cyborgs The . It also marked the first appearance of the Dalek homeworld, , the first alien planet visited in Doctor Who. It was remade as a feature film in 1965, the first of two big screen reworkings of Dalek serials.

Plot Summary

The crew of the find themselves stranded on a barren, scarred world dominated by petrified forests and poisoned wastelands. Discovering a vast city, tricks his companions into exploring but are soon captured by the inhabitants, the Daleks, organic creatures cased in protective metal shells. The planet is Skaro, devestated by a nuclear war 500 years ago fought between the Dals – now mutated into the megalomaniacal Daleks – and the still humanoid and now pacifist . A group of starving Thals arrive at the Dalek city hoping that their old enemies will take pity on them and help to save their dying race but the Daleks ambush them and exterimate their leader Temmosus. The Doctor and his companions escape with the fleeing Thals but are forced to return to the Dalek city to retrieve a missing component from the TARDIS. Persuading the Thals to give up their peace loving ways, the quartet lead an assault on the Dalek city hoping not only to retrieve their missing component and make good their escape from Skaro, but also to prevent the Daleks from detonating a massive neutron bomb that will obliterate the Thals once and for all…

Credits

* = uncredited

Crew
Directed by: Christopher Barry [episodes 1-6]
© [not given on screen]
Production Company: BBC TV [episodes 1-6]
Producer: Verity Lambert [episodes 1-6]
Associate Producer: Mervyn Pinfield [episodes 1-6]
Written by: Terry Nation [episodes 1-6]
Story Editor: David Whitaker [episodes 1-6]
Studio Lighting: John Treays *
Film Cameraman: Stewart A. Farnell *
Film Editor: Ted Walter *
Title Music by: Ron Grainer with the BBC Radiophonic Workshop [episodes 1-6]
Incidental Music by: Tristram Cary [episodes 1-6]
Studio Sound: Jack Brummitt *
Special Sounds: Brian Hodgson *
Costume Supervisor: Daphne Dare [episode 6]
Make-Up Supervisor: Elizabeth Blattner [episode 6]
Designer: Raymond Cusick [episodes 1-6]
Assistant Floor Manager: Michael Ferguson *
Production Assistant: Norman Stewart *

Cast
The Dead Planet
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell ()
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford ()

The Survivors
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Peter Hawkins, David Graham (Dalek voices)
Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, Michael Summerton, Gerald Taylor (Daleks)

The Escape
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Alan Wheatley (Temmosus)
John Lee (Alydon)
Virginia Wetherell (Dyoni)
Philip Bond (Ganatus)
Peter Hawkins, David Graham (Dalek voices)
Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, Michael Summerton, Gerald Taylor (Daleks)

The Ambush
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Alan Wheatley (Temmosus)
John Lee (Alydon)
Philip Bond (Ganatus)
Virginia Wetherell (Dyoni)
Marcus Hammond (Antodus)
Jonathan Crane (Kristas)
Gerald Curtis (Elyon)
David Graham, Peter Hawkins (Dalek voices)
Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, Michael Summerton, Gerald Taylor (Daleks)

The Expedition
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
John Lee (Alydon)
Philip Bond (Ganatus)
Virginia Wetherell (Dyoni)
Marcus Hammond (Antodus)
Jonathan Crane (Kristas)
Gerald Curtis (Elyon)
David Graham, Peter Hawkins (Dalek voices)
Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, Peter Murphy, Gerald Taylor (Daleks)

The Ordeal
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
John Lee (Alydon)
Philip Bond (Ganatus)
Virginia Wetherell (Dyoni)
Marcus Hammond (Antodus)
Jonathan Crane (Kristas)
David Graham, Peter Hawkins (Dalek voices)
Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, Peter Murphy, Gerald Taylor (Daleks)

The Rescue
William Hartnell (Dr Who)
William Russell (Ian Chesterton)
Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright)
Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)
Philip Bond (Ganatus)
Marcus Hammond (Antodus)
Jonathan Crane (Kristas)
John Lee (Alydon)
Virginia Wetherell (Dyoni)
David Graham, Peter Hawkins (Dalek voices)
Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, Peter Murphy, Gerald Taylor (Daleks)
Chris Browning, Katie Cashfield, Vez Delahunt, Kevin Glenny, Ruth Harrison, Lesley Hill, Steve Pokol, Jeanette Rossini, Eric Smith (Thals)

Episodes

1. The Dead Planet (21 December 1963)
2. The Survivors (28 December 1963)
3. The Escape (4 January 1964)
4. The Ambush (11 January 1964)
5. The Expedition (18 January 1964)
6. The Ordeal (25 January 1964)
7. The Rescue (1 February 1964)

Alternative Titles

Beyond the Sun
The Dead Planet
The Mutants
The Survivors

Remake
Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965)

Extracts included in
The Lambert Tapes: The Doctor (2011)
Suddenly Susan (2012)

Press

New Musical Express 15 July 1989 p.24
1963! William Hartnell! Spurious educational value! The second Doctor Who serial introduced the pepper-pot bastards with plumber's tools for killer weapons. This particular serial will be familiar to those of you who have seen the useless movie Dr. Who and the Daleks, featuring Peter Cushing, because it is the same plot. Infinite, frequently dull, and highly reliant on the viewer being impressed by the sight of the Daleks or the Doc's tedious assistant Ian. Susan is pretty brilliant though, as are the bits where the Daleks kill people and some of the well thought-out sets. The most interesting thing here is that Doctor Who is actually a really cantankerous evil old sod. – from an illustrated review (Video reviews: Who's in the house!) by David Quantick

References

Periodicals

  • Doctor Who Weekly no.1 (17 October 1979) pp.9-11 – illustrated article (Day of the Daleks by B. Aldrich & G. Blows)
  • New Musical Express 15 July 1989 p.24 – illustrated review (Video reviews: Who's in the house! by David Quantick)

Books

  • Doctor Who Program Guide 25th Anniversary Edition by James C. Armstrong Jr, Michael L. Brown p.4 – credits, episode list
  • Doctor Who: The Television Companion by David J. Howe and Stephen James Walker pp.11-16 – credits, review, synopsis
  • Terry Nation: The Man Who Invented the Daleks by Alwyn W. Turner pp.88