TARDIS arrives on planet Skaro. The Doctor deliberately sabotages
the TARDIS to have an excuse to explore an alien city. There, the travelers
encounter the Daleks, evil mutants who have
survived centuries of neutronic wars and who are now encased in mobile
machines powered by electricity conducted through the city floors. Later,
Susan meets Alydon, one of the Thals, the Daleks' ancient enemies, who
have mutated into perfect human beings. Alydon tells her that his race
is starving. Susan asks the Daleks to help, but instead they set a trap
and the Thal leader, Temmosus, is killed. The Daleks then plan
to detonate another neutron bomb to render Skaro totally uninhabitable.
The Doctor and the Thals invade the city and destroy the Daleks by cutting
off their power.
The Doctor: William
Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill
Susan Foreman: Carole Ann Ford
Alydon: John Lee
Dyoni: Virginia Wetherell
Temmosus: Alan Wheatly
Elyon: Gerald Curtis
Kristas: Jonathan Crane
Antodus: Marcus Hammond
Thals: Chris Browning, Katie Cashfield, Vez
Delahunt, Kevin Glenny, Ruth Harrison, Leslie Hill, Steve
Pokol, Jeanette Rossini, Eric Smith.
Jewell, Kevin Manser, Michael Sumerton, Gerald Taylor, Peter
Dalek Voices: Peter
Hawkins, David Graham
Producer: Verity Lambert,
Assistant Producer: Mervyn Pinfield
Script Editor: David Whitaker
Writer: Terry Nation.
Directors: Christopher Barry, (episodes 1,2,4,and
5), Richard Martin (episodes 3,6 and 7)
P. Cusick, Jeremy Davis (episode 6)
Make up: Elizabeth Blattner
Novelized as "Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure with the
Daleks" by David Whitaker (Target
#16), first released in 1964;
later renamed "The Daleks". Cover art by Chris Achilleos,
Arnold Schwartzman, Alister Pearson, Peter Archer (various releases).
Also issued in 1989 by Titan Books as a script book, "The Daleks,"
(1 85286 145 2) edited by John McElroy,
with cover art by Tony Clark. New edition in 1994 with cover by Alister
Released as "The Daleks: The Dead Planet and The Exhibition"
in UK [June 1989] in Australia and New Zealand (BBC catalogue #4242);
Also released in US & Canada in 1995, (CBS/FOX catalogue #8253); as
a two-tape set, with photomontage cover, in episodic format (the first-ever
BBC "Doctor Who" Video in episodic
release). Remastered version of the entire serial set for release in early
Episodes 1 and 2 are also available on "Daleks - The Early Years",
(BBCV 4810) first released in 1992 with photomontage cover.
was the first Dalek story, which turned Doctor Who into an overnight success
with over 8 million viewers and the serial that secured the future of
The original title was "The Mutants", later changed
to avoid confusion with Pertwee story NNN
This story was later adapted into a 90 minute feature film, "Doctor
Who and the Daleks", starring Peter Cushing.
episodes exist on 16mm telerecordings. They were recovered from negative
film prints discovered at BBC Enterprises in 1978.
Filming. (28 October - 1 November; 2 December 1963)
Studio recording in Lime Grove D. (15, 22, 29 November;
6, 13, 20 December 1963; 3, 10 January 1964)
1 - While Ian and the Doctor are examining
the clock in the TARDIS, both manage to interrupt each other.
Episode 3 -
There are obvious shots of Susan 'running' through the forest by runing-on-the-spot
against a scrolling background.
Episode 3 -
In one shot of the interior of the Dalek city, a boom shadow is clearly
Episode 6 -
When the Thals are jumping across the chasm, Ian grabs onto the rock wall
when he lands. His handhold breaks off with the rip of tearing styrofoam,
and the white spot where it was is visible for the rest of the scene.
Episode 6 -
In one of the scenes in the Dalek control room, one Dalek runs into the
control console with an audible Thud.
Episode 7 -
One of the Daleks rattles noisily as it trundles down a corridor.
Episode ? -
It is mentioned that the Thals have been traveling for four years, but
later on the figure has been shortened to just over one year