Doctor - William Hartnell
Ian Chesterton - William Russell
Barbara Wright - Jacqueline Hill
Susan - Carole Ann Ford
Temmosus - Alan
Alydon - John Lee
Dyoni - Virgina Wetherell
Ganatus - Philip Bond
Antodus - Marcus Hammond
Kristas - Jonathon Crane
Elyon - Gerald Curtis
Thals - Chris Browning, Katie Cashfield,
Vez Delahunt, Kevin Glenny,
Ruth Harrison, Lesley Hill,
Steve Pokol, Jeanette Rossini, Eric Smith
Daleks - Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser,
Michael Summerton, Gerald Taylor,
Dalek Voices - Peter Hawkins, David
Raymond P. Cusick, Jeremy Davies
Costumes - Daphne Dare
Make-Up - Elizabeth Blattner
Incidental Music - Tristram Cary
Film Cameraman - Stewart Farnell
Studio Lighting - John Treays, Geoff
Studio Sound - Jack Clayton, Jack
Production Assistant - Norman Stewart
Assistant Floor Managers - Michael Ferguson,
The TARDIS has brought
the Doctor and his companions to the planet Skaro where they
meet two indigenous races.
The Daleks are malicious mutant creatures encased in armoured
travel machines; the Thals are beautiful humanoids with pacifist
principals. Despite the Thal's peace loving ethos, the Doctor
must convince them to fight the Daleks or risk annihilation.
Episode One - 'The Dead Planet'
When the TARDIS arrives in a petrified jungle, the First Doctor
and his companions are unaware that the planet is highly
radioactive. The Doctor is eager to explore a futuristic city
that they discover beyond the forest. Ian and Barbara insist on
returning to the ship. On the way back to the TARDIS, Susan is
separated from the rest of the crew and believes she is touched
by a human hand. Once back at the ship, Susan is disconsolate
that nobody believes her and Barbara complains that she feels
unwell. There is a knocking from outside the TARDIS, but the
scanners show nobody outside. This provokes Ian and Barbara to
demand that the Doctor remove them from this place. He seemingly
complies, but determined to get his way, the Doctor sabotages
the TARDIS, claiming that mercury is needed for the fluid link.
The only place to find mercury is the city.
The next morning, when the travellers emerge from the TARDIS,
they find a box outside. It holds vials filled with an amber
liquid, seemingly dropped by whoever knocked the previous night.
Susan places the box in the ship for safekeeping, then the four
travellers head off to the mysterious city. It is built entirely
of metal, with doorways shaped as squat, rounded arches. The
travellers separate. Barbara walks down a series of corridors
whose doors close behind her as she walks. She becomes aware
that she is trapped. A strange creature emerges, threatening her
with a metal arm.
Episode Two - 'The Survivors'
Ian, Susan, and the Doctor enter a room full of machines,
including a Geiger counter, which confirms they’ve been exposed
to radiation. They realise the gravity of the situation,
prompting the Doctor to admit his sabotage of the fluid link and
that they should leave immediately, abandoning Barbara. This
causes more mistrust between them. Ian takes the fluid link
hostage to ensure the Doctor helps him look for Barbara. As they
leave the room, they are surrounded by beings known as Daleks,
who imprison them. Ian tries to run but is shot by the Daleks,
rendering him paralysed. They are locked up alongside Barbara.
The Daleks summon the Doctor, and interrogate him. They explain
they are survivors of a neutronic war with the Thals,
inhabitants of the planet, which has caused mutations to both
races. The Daleks are now confined to their travel machines and
limited to the boundaries of their metallic city. The Doctor
persuades the Daleks that the travellers will die from radiation
sickness if no drugs are found. The Daleks order one of them to
leave straight away. The Doctor and Barbara are each too unwell
and Ian is still paralysed, so Susan is sent to retrieve the
vials that were left outside the TARDIS. She makes her way out
of the city and back into the petrified forest, followed by a
mysterious figure. The Daleks reveal that when the drugs are
returned to their city they shall take them and leave the
travellers to die. Having collected the anti-radiation drugs in
the TARDIS, Susan prepares herself for the return journey.
Episode Three - 'The Escape'
Outside the TARDIS, Susan encounters a stranger. He is a
striking, handsome, blonde man, named Alydon. His appearance
proves his race, the Thals, have not suffered the same
disfiguring mutations as the Daleks. Alydon is surprised to hear
the Daleks are still alive. His race believes they were wiped
out during the neutronic war. He explains that he brought the
drugs to Susan and gives her more, saying the Daleks should not
be trusted. She should keep the second stash secret. He explains
that the Thals have travelled many miles across the planet in
search of food, as their race is near starvation. They hope to
establish a treaty for food with the Daleks. Susan heads off to
the Dalek city, while Alydon returns to the Thal encampment and
tells his friends about his encounter, hoping Susan can broker a
peace and trade agreement.
Susan reaches her friends and passes round the drugs, then
contacts the Daleks to say the Thals are looking for peace and
food. The Daleks imply acceptance, asking in return that the
Thals help them cultivate the land, but in reality they are
plotting revenge and extermination of their old enemies. The
message of peace is conveyed to the Thals, who are invited to
collect food from the entrance hall to the Dalek city the
following day. They believe this a genuine sign of friendship as
Susan promised them that if the message was signed by her name
it would be genuine.
Having recovered from the radiation sickness, the Doctor’s party
stages an argument amongst themselves that breaks out into a
fight. In the ensuing struggle, Susan breaks off the camera that
has been filming and recording their movement in the cell. Using
this new-found freedom to talk, the four speculate that the
Daleks are powered by static electricity due to the fact that
the floors are made of metal and that the smell of dodgems comes
off them. Ian theorises that if they were to break the circuit
between the Dalek and the floor, it would become inert. Susan
reveals that Alydon gave her a cloak they could use to achieve
this. Barbara states that even if this was possible, the Dalek
appears to be able to see very well with his eyestalk, so it
would be very hard to achieve. However, she devises a plan to
use the dirt off of Susan's shoes mixed with water to create
mud. The next time a Dalek comes with their food, the captives
jam the door, forcing the creature to return into the cell. The
four overpower him.
They open the Dalek, removing the creature inside so they can
use the robotic shell as a means of escape. The monstrosity
within is wrapped in Aldyon's cloak and dumped. Ian squeezes
into the casing. In this guise he escorts his three friends
through the city, hoping they can make a break for freedom. The
creature removed from the casing tries to crawl out of the
cloak. Part of its mutated body struggles free, but without the
shell that sustains its life, the creature dies.
Episode Four - 'The Ambush'
The ruse works when Ian discovers how to control the Dalek
internally, rather than have the Doctor push him. They are
stopped by another Dalek. Ian tells it that he is one of them
and is taking the three human prisoners for further questioning.
However, when the same Dalek makes enquiries, it discovers it
has been duped and sounds the alarm.
In the meantime, the Doctor has magnetically locked the door to
stop the Daleks from getting to them. The girls and he try to
get Ian out of the casing, but the catch is stuck. As the Daleks
burn through the door, Ian convinces them to get in the lift and
escape. After much persuasion, they leave Ian behind. Once safe,
they send the lift down for Ian. The Daleks enter the room and
blast through the Dalek casing to find it empty. Ian has escaped
just in time and gotten in the lift. Once he has joined the
other three, the Dalek summons the lift to catch up with them.
Ian and his friends find themselves at a window, where they
observe the Thals arriving to collect the food. The four shout
to alert them that it is an ambush, but the Thals cannot hear.
The four notice the lift is coming up. The Doctor prises open a
door to escape. Ian, Susan, and Barbara throw a Dalek sculpture
down the lift shaft to slow the approaching Dalek. By this time
the Doctor has gotten the door open and they escape. Once
outside, Ian decides to go back and warn the Thals of their
danger whilst the others run to safety.
As the Thals take the food, the elder, Temmosus, decides to plea
with the Daleks for a longer-lasting truce where in return he
offers to work with the Daleks to create food and a stable
environment. Unbeknownst to the Thals, they are being surrounded
by Daleks. Ian, watching this all unfold, shouts to the Thals
that it's a trap and many escape. However, Temmosus is
The surviving Thals, including Alydon, regroup with Ian and join
the Doctor, Susan and Barbara at the Thal encampment. A young
Thal named Dyoni provides a history of the planet Skaro from a
Thal perspective for the Doctor. It seems that the Daleks were
once known as Dals, humanoids similar to Thals. They mutated
into their current forms following the neutronic war. The Thals
have reacted to their history by adopting pacifism as a creed
even though their history reveals them as warriors. Ian attempts
to convince the Thals they'll need to fight the Daleks to
survive, but the Doctor suggests they leave. To everyone's
horror, they discover they can't. The fluid link held by Ian was
taken from him when Daleks searched him. The fluid link is in
the city, and the four are trapped on Skaro.
Episode Five - 'The Expedition'
After trying to convince the Thals that they should be more
aggressive towards the Daleks, Ian spurs Alydon to display
aggression when he threatens to take Dyoni to the Daleks as a
trade for the fluid link. The new Thal leader hits him. This act
of violence spurs the Thals into using violence only as a means
to do good and the Thals agree to help the TARDIS crew. One
group will accompany Ian and Barbara as they cross the swamp to
the rear of the city situated near a radioactive lake filled
with mutants. They can enter the city unseen through a back
entrance. The other group, led by the Doctor and Susan, will act
as a decoy, entering through the front door.
While the Daleks seem to have rudimentary abilities to film what
is going on in the jungle, they cannot hear the gang hatching
their plan. They are soon distracted. The Daleks' use of the
anti-radiation medication left by the travellers has a bad
effect on them. Two fifths of the Daleks fall ill. The Daleks
deduce they have become immune to radiation and in fact thrive
on it. They decide to increase the levels of radiation on Skaro
by deploying another neutronic bomb. Whilst this would sustain
the Dalek race, it would be impossible for the Thals to survive.
The attack party heading for the Lake of Mutations makes good
progress on their lengthy journey. Four Thals, Elyon, Kristas,
Ganatus, and Antodus, accompany Barbara and Ian. Ganatus and
Antodus are brothers and have been to the lake before with fatal
consequences to two of their party. The lake contains many
mutated beings from the fallout of the neutronic war. Ian soon
spots a multi-tentacled creature in the water. The next morning
Ian discovers a series of pipes that suck the water from the
lake into the city. The assembled party are shocked to hear one
of their number, Elyon, scream as a monster drags him below the
murky surface in a large whirlpool.
Episode Six - 'The Ordeal'
Elyon is dead, but even though the Thals are upset (especially
Antodus), the party must continue with their journey and climb
the mountain to complete their end of the plan.
At the front of the city the Doctor’s party block the Daleks'
video and radio communication masks by beaming light at the top
of the masts to scramble the images they get. They use this
radio silence to sneak into the city.
Whilst this plan is being put into action, the Dalek leaders
receive the news that it would take twenty-three days to create
a neutronic bomb powerful enough to sustain radiation to ensure
the Daleks' survival. As the Daleks absorb this news, the Doctor
and Susan sabotage a static electricity control box. It destroys
some of the Daleks' computer terminals. Unfortunately, their
activity alerts the Daleks, who soon surround them. They are
taken to the city's control centre and are told of the Dalek
plan to irradiate the entire planet. Instead of dropping a
neutronic bomb, the Daleks will blow up their nuclear reactors
to create the radiation.
Meanwhile, Ian's party has found a tunnel that should lead to
the Dalek city. They drop into a crevasse that heads directly to
the city. Antodus tries to persuade his fellow Thals that they
should turn back, saying even if they survive the journey, the
Daleks will kill them. While they argue, a rockfall occurs. It
injures Antodus and blocks any chance of retreat. The only way
is onward – and a vast chasm is their next hurdle. Ian jumps
first, followed by the second Thal, who discovers another tunnel
they can use. One by one the party has to jump across, supported
by a rope that Ian ties to a rock and then around himself. The
last to jump is Antodus, who loses his footing and falls into
the abyss, his weight breaking the rock and dragging Ian toward
Episode Seven - 'The Ordeal'
Antodus sacrifices his life to save the others by cutting the
rope and letting himself fall. The others press on and soon find
themselves at a dead end, with their light fading. They discuss
going back; however, as the light cuts out, they see a light
from a hole in the cliff and find an entrance to the city.
The Daleks have now taken the Doctor and Susan to their control
room. They tell him of their plans to wipe out all other life on
Skaro so they can thrive in the neutronic fallout. In
desperation, the Doctor says that he will help the Daleks build
another TARDIS. They say they can do this themselves and don't
need the Doctor to help them.
At the front of the city, Alydon has also led another band of
Thals in an assault, hoping to rescue the Doctor and Susan. By
luck this party meets Ian's gang and they elect to attack the
Dalek control centre at the same time. Together they destroy the
Dalek apparatus and prevent the radiation release. They also
disable the power source for the Daleks in the city. The
creatures become immobile and soon die, but not before they beg
the Doctor to repair their system, which he refuses to do. The
Thals are disgusted by all the death, but are grateful that
their struggle is finally over.
They all return to the Thal camp – this time with the fluid link
– and the Doctor and his party make their farewells and return
to the TARDIS. It is revealed that Barbara and Ganatus have been
having something of a romance; they kiss just before Barbara is
called into the TARDIS.
As soon as they are in flight, there is an explosion on the
console and the four travellers fall to the floor.
[Source: TARDIS Wikia]
■ The Mutants
Things to look out for:
■ The series' first monster is the dead Magneton in the petrified
■ All 7 episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings.
■ Coming Soon
The Beginning - box-set
Manufactured by: BBC DVD / 2|Entertain
Format: DVD -
Region 2 & 4 - PAL UK Episodic
The Daleks, released as part of
The Beginning box-set, together with
An Unearthly Child &
The Edge of Destruction.
■ Commentaries on various episodes by William Russell
and Carol Ann Ford plus the show's producer Verity Lambert and
directors Waris Hussein and Christopher Barry.
■ Unedited studio footage of the pilot episode.
■ Documentary detailing the origins of the show.
■ Condensed version of the (missing) fourth story Marco
■ Comedy sketches from the Doctor Who night broadcast on
Manufactured by: BBC Video (cat.#4252)
VHS - PAL UK - Episodic
This was released as part of a two-tape set.
The Daleks (Remastered)
Manufactured by: BBC Video (cat.#6960)
VHS - PAL UK - Episodic
This is a re-release, and is part of a two-tape set.
Doctor Who and The Daleks
Manufactured by: BBC Audio
Format: MP3 Audio CD
7th March 2005
Read by William Russell with bonus interview.