C002 The Daleks



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The Doctor, Susan, Barbara and Ian arrive on the planet Skaro, where war has been raging between the Thal and the Daleks for 500 years.



The Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara arrive on the planet Skaro only to realise that it’s entirely barren – petrified, even! They see a strange city in the distance. Ian, wisely, explains that the most likely outcome of going towards said city is death and that they ought to return home. The Doctor, however, while pretending to agree with him, actually sabotages the TARDIS and tricks them into exploring the city for a means to repair it, only in order to satisfy his own curiosity.

Once there, they’re captured by the evil Daleks, then rescued by the good-natured and hunky Thal, then captured and rescued and captured again. And, finally, rescued again, only to realise that they need to face-off with the Daleks again in order to get home, in the process of which they get captured.

An incredibly complicated and dangerous mission is proposed, wherein Hunk #4 is killed in a whirlpool of Angel Delight. You have to watch this one and then laugh along with us. Essentially, it’s established, once again, that the Doctor is a selfish bastard, only intent on exploring and escaping by himself. How wonderful!

(The Ratings and Reviews of this Doctor Who story kick in at the 55m50s mark.)

 

4 Responses to “C002 The Daleks”

  1. Enjoyed your review of “The Daleks,” guys! You did a nice job of not being afraid to have some fun with the story — goodness knows it cries out for it at points — but also giving it its due. I’ve watched it several times in a row, all seven episodes, for a blog post I was working on; and it remains remarkably entertaining and absorbing each time.

    Here’s a nitpick for you: the petrified metal creature is revisited once later during the serial (episode 3 or 4, I don’t recall exactly) – it’s called a Magnedon on-screen, and Alydon (I think) says it can be used to “recharge the torch.” How they’ll do that from a dead, petrified one, and whether Magnedons can fulfill that purpose when alive, who knows?

    Also this: the reference to birds in the air is one of three in the first three stories, isn’t it? In “An Unearthly Child,” the Doctor asks Ian if seeing “birds wheeling in an alien sky” would satisfy him; here, as you point out, the Doctor says the Thals may yet hear birds in their skies; and, in “The Edge of Destruction” (whichi s nowhere NEAR as bad as “Spock’s Brain”!!!) as the scanner shows them the picture of the planet where they “almost lost the Tardis,” the audio is playing the sounds of birds squawking. Coincidence? (Well, yes, most likely!)

    Thanks again for a great podcast! (Mike Poteet, @Bibliomike)

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    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for the great comment! Glad you enjoyed our review. To this date, “The Daleks” remains one of my favourites. Also, mega gracias for the Magnedon info. That had completely eluded me. I shall add it to the Visual Index posthaste!

      As for the bird theory… Well, I’m not gonna lie. I’m a little sceptical. Then again, birds are brought up (or rather the absence of them is) in “Dalek Invasion of Earth”, so perhaps you’re on to something there, after all. Actually, as I recall, Flappy and I devised a Dalek Bird Theory of our own at the end of that review. So let’s make a point of tracking that trope to see if we can get to the bottom of this avian conundrum…

      Lastly, please feel free to submit the link to your blog post!

      Thanks for listening!

      Ponken

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  2. Peter Zunitch

    Such an epic adventure for a second serial is truly a bold move. Man I wish this was in color, almost as much as Marco Polo and Marinus.
    There’s so much good here that it’s just easier, if not unjust, to talk of the problems first. If the Daleks were run by static electricity everyone’s hair would be standing on end. I see this though as a last resort power source for them. At this point they simply can’t generate power any other way. Had the Thals never made it to the city it’s quite possible the Daleks would have died out, never learning the truth of their radiation needs, and running out of usable power and other resources before they could leave the city. Also they would probably never have cared to leave and/or possibly never ventured into the universe, having already conquered all they know.

    Some acting is a little hokey and some bkg chars. Needed a little more development, but the rest is great.

    Other than the fossilized creature I see no plot dead ends, only further stories that have yet to be explored and expanded upon. The lizard was supposed to be a native reptile fossilized and somehow metalicised (?) in the fallout. But not everywhere on the planet was devastated, and eventually life and nature finds a way to flourish once again.

    This story is only made better by watching Genesis of the Daleks, and much of what we see here is a logical extension of what is shown there.

    All main actors have their hearts in this to the full.

    4.7

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