Daleks have invaded the Earth! Thank goodness The Doctor’s accidentally piloted the troupe right smack into the centre of it all.
The Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara arrive in London. And they’re even the right size this time! Alas, The Doctor is not infallible and he’s accidentally dropped them in the year 2165 (perhaps even later; we don’t know) in post-apocalyptic Britain, which along with the rest of the Earth has been commandeered by the Daleks.
Most humans have been killed; many more have been enslaved to work in “the Bedfordshire mines”; some have been turned into soulless RoboMen; and the few that remain are either fighting a losing fight with the resistance or trying to survive as best they can by taking advantage of other humans or even collaborating with the invaders.
As per usual, The Doctor & Co get separated from the TARDIS and subsequently split up, leaving Susan in the capable hands of dapper young revolutionary David “Guerrilla Dave” Campbell, Barbara partnered with Jenny (aka “Blondie” aka “Balaclava”), and Ian occasionally teamed up with either “Leisuresuit” Larry or a Brendan Gleeson lookalike, while the Doc bosses Carl “Tyler Durden” Tyler around, but stays largely out of the picture.
The Daleks are way more advanced than they were/will be on Skaro a million years in the future, and a lot crueler as well. People are left without their homes and loved ones, brothers are pitted against one another and innocent civilians are made to toil in the mines, harvesting the Earth’s magnetic core so that the Daleks can act out their plan of… ooooooh, no, let’s not spoil that bit. You’ll have to watch this one for yourselves.
This Doctor Who serial is massive! The levels of suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat; the production value is through the roof; and this story sees, sadly, the departure of a companion from the show. For now.
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Many thanks to Gina (@GinaGuerrero1), JD (@mariuskane) and Davis (@ShrubThe) for sending in their fantastic mini-reviews, which are all included in this podcast, and available in writing here below.
PS: Forgot to talk about this on the podcast, but if you look closely at the saucer Daleks, you’ll see some of them are cardboard cut-outs. Thanks to Mark (@DrMarkABell) for pointing it out.
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