Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Daleks' plan to transform Earth into a giant spaceship and wipe out its inhabitants is nearing completion and the Doctor and his friends face a race against time to prevent them from destroying the planet's core.


Richard Martin


Terry Nation

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
Peter Hawkins ... Daleks (voice)
David Graham ... Daleks (voice)
Robert Jewell ... Dalek Machine Operator
Gerald Taylor ... Dalek Machine Operator
Nick Evans Nick Evans ... Dalek Machine Operator
Murphy Grumbar ... Dalek Machine Operator (as Peter Murphy)
Martyn Huntley Martyn Huntley ... Roboman
Peter Badger Peter Badger ... Roboman
Peter Fraser Peter Fraser ... David Campbell
Bernard Kay ... Carl Tyler
Ann Davies Ann Davies ... Jenny


The Daleks' plan to transform Earth into a giant spaceship and wipe out its inhabitants is nearing completion and the Doctor and his friends face a race against time to prevent them from destroying the planet's core.

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26 December 1964 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in London in the 2160s. See more »


When the Doctor, Susan, David and Tyler are looking over the cliff, the Doctor leans against a rock, the wobbling of which reveals it to be made of polystyrene. See more »


The Doctor: One day, I shall come back. Yes, I shall come back. Until then, there must be no regrets, no tears, no anxieties. Just go forward in your beliefs, and prove to me I am not mistaken in mine. Goodbye, Susan - goodbye my dear.
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The Dalek Invasion of Earth Part 6: Imperfect but still a brilliant classic

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This story running from World's End for 6 episodes marks the return of the Daleks and was an extremely important story in establishing Doctor Who's popularity. This time the Daleks are more frightening because not only have they got additional powers of movement in different terrains and new levels of evil ambition but they are also the invaders of Earth. To show them on Earth and in fantastic, iconic scenes around famous London landmarks with London and apparently the world turned largely to ruins, provides real fear and drama. The human race has been reduced to hiding or serving the Daleks. This is all powerful stuff even now, let alone in the early sixties so near in memory to similar threats of the Nazis.

The story also marks the first departure of one of the Doctor's companions, his grand-daughter Susan. Her character has a decent last story and while she had lost her appeal somewhat, her leaving scenes provide moving and lovely magic from William Hartnell with a superbly written and acted speech of incredible dignity and pathos.

There are various imperfections such as strange elements to the scientific explanations and plans of the Daleks and far less effective Dalek voices than the first or later stories. However there is is so much else to recommend this story that these issues pale to insignificance. Plot issues and less well executed elements mainly occur in the 4th and 5th episodes, the rest of the episodes are 10/10 quality, exciting, menacing, absorbing and with striking ideas and imagery. The story is written by Terry Nation but David Whitaker as script editor deserves some credit for this and all previous stories. This marks the last story before the departure of Whitaker from that role, he would only return as a guest writer.

A must see story in the history of Doctor Who.

My Ratings: Episodes 1-3 and 6 - 10/10, Episode 4 - 8.5/10, Episode 5 - 9/10

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