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Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks
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Synopsis


Dalek Sec
Dalek Sec
 1930’s New York, and on top of the Empire State Building, The Doctor’s oldest enemies are at work.

 As a new Dalek Empire rises in 1930s New York, The Doctor must enter an unholy alliance.

Source: BBC DVD


General Information

Season: Twenty Nine (New Series 3)
Production Code: 3-4/3-5
Story Number: 182 (New Series: 26)
Episode Numbers:728 - 729 (New Series: 32 - 33)
Number of Episodes: 2
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Production Dates: October - December 2006
Broadcast Started: 21 April 2007
Broadcast Finished: 28 April 2007
Colour Status: Colour
Studio: BBC Wales (Upper Boat, Pontypridd)
Location: New York City, USA: Empire State Building, The Statue of Liberty and The Majestic Theatre.
Cardiff: Cardiff Bay, Penarth and Bute Park.
Writer:Helen Raynor
Director:James Strong
Producer:Phil Collinson
Executive Producers:Julie Gardner and Russell T Davies
Script Editor:Simon Winstone
Editor:Mike Jones
Production Executive:Julie Scott
Production Manager:Patrick Schweitzer
Production Designer:Edward Thomas
Director of Photography:Ernie Vincze BSC
Casting Director:Andy Pryor CDG
Costume Designer:Louise Page
Make-Up Designer:Barbara Southcott
Cameramen:Steven Hall (2nd Camera (Episode 2 Only)) and Roger Pearce (Operator)
Incidental Music:Murray Gold
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Paul Jefferies
Sound Recordist:Ron Bailey
Sound Supervisor:Paul McFadden
Sound Editor:Doug Sinclair
Visual Effects:The Mill
Special Effects:Any Effects
Prosthetics:Millennium FX
Stunt Co-ordinator:Tom Lucy
Stunt Performers:Andy Smart, Guy List and Will Willoughby
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Murray Gold
Music Performed By: The BBC National Orchestra of Wales
Daleks Originally Created By: Terry Nation
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: David Tennant (The Tenth Doctor)
Number of Companions: 1The Companion: Freema Agyeman (Martha Jones) Additional Cast: Miranda Raison (Tallulah), Ryan Carnes (Laszlo), Hugh Quarshie (Solomon), Andrew Garfield (Frank), Eric Loren (Mr Diagoras), Flik Swan (Myrna), Alexis Caley (Lois), Earl Perkins (Man #1), Peter Brooke (Man #2), Ian Porter (Foreman), Joe Montana (Worker #1), Stewart Alexander (Worker #2), Mel Taylor (Dock Worker), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek Operator), Nicholas Pegg (Dalek Operator), Anthony Spargo (Dalek Operator), David Hankinson (Dalek Operator), Nick Briggs (Dalek Voices), Paul Kasey (Hero Pig Man), Eric Loren (Dalek Sec), Ian Porter (Hybrid)Setting: Manhattan, New York City, USA (1930) Villain: Daleks

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
728Daleks in Manhattan21 April 200746'52"6.7Yes
729Evolution of the Daleks28 April 200746'25"7.0Yes

Total Duration 1 Hour 33 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 6.8
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2007)67.74%  (Position = 10 out of 10)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)61.43% Lower (Position = 152 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)58.64% Lower (Position = 208 out of 241)


Archives


 Both episodes exist and are held in the BBC's Film and Videotape Library.



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Notes


This story marks the first that has ever been filmed partially in the USA, albeit for effects shots and without any of the principal cast due to budget constraints. The shots that were taken in the USA were made possible due to the behind-the-scenes programme Doctor Who Confidential planning to travel to the Big Apple with Helen Raynor for an on-location interview segment. This enabled Director James Strong to obtain various plate shots and establishing shots to be taken. Despite the illusion neither David Tennant and Freema Agyeman accompanied James Strong to New York City.

The scenes on the rooftops and those in Central Park and the Hooverville scenes were filmed in Bute Park, Cardiff. While The Laurenzi theatre was really the Parc & Dare Theatre in Treorch with backstage areas shot at Headlands School in Penarth.

This though is not the first story to be set in the USA. Both the Daleks and the First Doctor briefly visited the completed Empire State Building in "The Chase"; neither stayed long enough to appreciate any Dalek architecture that may have survived. The last time that The Doctor visited the USA, he was with Rose Tyler. On that occasion, he encountered what he believed to be the very last Dalek.

Among the classic horror films and novels that helped inspire this story are The Island of Doctor Moreau, Frankenstein and The Phantom of the Opera.

Tallulah's name and character were inspired by Jodie Foster's performance as Tallulah in the 1976 film Bugsy Malone.

The Great Depression was an economic low point for the world, which started after the Black Tuesday stock market crash on 29th October 1929. Beginning in the United States, it quickly spread to the rest of the world, with devastating effects. International trade fell rapidly, as did personal incomes, tax revenues, prices and profits.

"Happy Days Are Here Again", heard on the radio at the start of the second episode, was written in 1929 by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen. It was a hugely popular song in the 1930s and remains well known to this day.

Construction of the Empire State Building began on the 17th March 1930. Remarkably, it was officially opened just over a year later, on the 1st May 1931. 3,400 workers were involved in the project, of which five died during the construction. For 41 years, it stood proud as the tallest skyscraper in the world.

On average, the Empire State Building is struck by lightning a hundred times each year. Due to efficient lighting conductors and other precautionary measures, the vast majority of strikes occur without incident.

The Pig Men are the latest race of humanoid slaves used by the Daleks. Others have included Robomen ("The Dalek Invasion of Earth"), Ogrons ("Day of the Daleks") and also humans ("Resurrection of the Daleks").

Daleks acknowledged the advantage of defining the 'Human Factor' in the Second Doctor story "The Evil of the Daleks". In past stories it has been revealed that the Daleks abhor anything that is genetically different from themselves; so much so, that variations in Dalek DNA have been known to cause civil war to break out between differing Dalek factions (see "Revelation of the Daleks" and "Remembrance of the Daleks").

We first learned about Dalekanium, the powerful metal from which Dalek cases are formed, in the classic 1964 story "The Dalek Invasion of Earth".

Although this is the first time Daleks have appeared on stage in the television show, they are no strangers to trundling the boards. Three major theatre productions have featured the Daleks over the years: "Curse of the Daleks" (1965), "Seven Keys to Doomsday" (1974) and "The Ultimate Adventure" (1989).

Before the title sequence in episode two there is a brief recap of the main events that took place in the first episode.

Like the last two double episode stories in Season Twenty Eight (New Series 2), the first episode of this story includes a trailer for the next episode - this follows immediately after the end credits. The end credits also include a title card reading "To be continued...". The ending of the second episode of this story includes a trailer for the next story - This being "The Lazarus Experiment".

Following on immediately after each episode of this story, on BBC3, were the fourth and fifth chapters of the third series of Doctor Who Confidential. These being "A New York Story" and "Making Manhattan". Both were presented by Anthony Head.



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first time Doctor Who has been filmed in the USA - albeit only for effects shots and without any of the principal cast.

 The first time Daleks have appeared on stage in the television series.

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Helen Raynor.


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The Plot

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The Empire State Building
The Empire State Building

After their previous visit to New, New York of the future The Doctor decides to take Martha Jones to the more familiar New York of her home planet Earth before returning her home. Arriving under the shadow of the Statue of Liberty they soon deduce, by looking at a discarded newspaper, that it is 1930. This date is backed up when they look at the Manhattan skyline and observe an incomplete Empire State Building.

The Doctor takes Martha on a guide tour and they soon reach Central Park – but instead of pleasant open grassland they find a whole makeshift shanty town known as Hooverville – the place the poor and the starving go when there is nowhere else for them to live. Those that end up here vow to help each other.

But even here no one is safe as the huddled masses are disappearing, one by one. The Doctor decides to investigate by volunteering to join a work party that has been tasked to clear a landslide in the sewers under the Empire State Building but what he and Martha find under the streets of Manhattan shock them.

Tallulah the Showgirl
Tallulah the Showgirl

Pig like creatures are being controlled by the Daleks to obtain a workforce for the Daleks who have taken over the Empire State Building. But what do the Daleks want with the Empire State Building and why are they so anxious that the communications antenna at the top is completed? Why have they been converting humans to pig slaves so as to capture even more humans and what is their great experiment?

The Doctor learns that the antenna has been coated in Dalekanium and that a solar flare is due soon which will create an electrical storm that the Daleks intend to harness so as to reawaken thousands of comatose humans that the have in storage.

Tallulah and Laszlo
Tallulah and Laszlo

The Cult of Skaro is back and the last four remaining Daleks are attempting to create a brand new Dalek race in New York. But even within the Cult of Skaro there is disagreement that what they are planning to do is right for the future of the Daleks.

The whole planet is in terrible danger unless The Doctor and Martha, with the help of showgirl Tallulah and her companion Laszlo (who has been partially converted into a pig) can thwart the Daleks plan.

But despite all their efforts they may not be able to stop the Cult of Skaro from awakening the comatose humans and so prevent the birth of a new race of Daleks from being created – a race of Human Daleks…

 
Manhattan
Manhattan
In Hooverville
In Hooverville
The Doctor and Martha
The Doctor and Martha
A Cult of Skaro Dalek
A Cult of Skaro Dalek
 
Dalek Sec
Dalek Sec
Pig Slaves and a Dalek
Pig Slaves and a Dalek
A Pig Slave
A Pig Slave
Fighting Back
Fighting Back




Quote of the Story


 'Daleks are bad enough at any time, but right now they're vulnerable - and that makes them more dangerous than ever…'

The Doctor



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
DVD
Daleks in Manhattan - Evolution of the Daleks - The Lazarus Experiment - 42June 2007BBCDVD 2382Photo-montage
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (Standard Version)November 2007BBCDVD 2579Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (Amazon Version)November 2007BBCDVD 2579Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (Woolworths Version)November 2007BBCDVD 2579Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Audio
CD
Original Television Soundtrack - Series 3November 2007SILCD1250Photo-montageMusic by Murray Gold
Video
DVD
Daleks in Manhattan/Evolution of the DaleksOctober 2009BBCDVD 2998Photo-montagePart of the "The Dalek Collection" box set containing all Dalek stories
Video
DVD
Series 1 - 4 Box SetOctober 2009BBCDVD 3058Boxed set containing all 43 stories on 23 Discs
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Series 1-7 Box Set (Limited Edition)December 2013BBCBD 0242Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray boxed set containing all Series 1-7 stories at full 1080p high definition
Video
DVD
The Complete Third Series (2014 Re-release)August 2014BBCDVD 3967Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 11 stories
Video
DVD
The Complete David Tennant Years Box SetNovember 2014BBCDVD 4000Photo-montageBoxed set containing all 37 stories on 26 Discs
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Third Series Box SetAugust 2015BBCBD 0263Photo-montageBlu-Ray boxed set containing 11 stories
Video
Blu-Ray
The Complete Third Series Box Set (Limited Edition Steelbook)May 2018Photo-montageLimited Edition Blu-Ray Steelbook boxed set containing 11 stories


In Print

No Book Release
Doctor Who Magazine - PreviewIssue 381 (Released: May 2007)
Doctor Who Magazine - After ImageIssue 383 (Released: June 2007)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 460 (Released: June 2013)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 16 (Released: August 2009)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 17 (Released: August 2009)

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On Release

DVD Cover
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VIDEO
DVD Box Set<BR>(Standard Version)
DVD Box Set
(Standard Version)

BBC
VIDEO
DVD Box Set<BR>(Amazon Version)
DVD Box Set
(Amazon Version)

BBC
VIDEO
DVD Box Set<BR>(Woolworths Version)
DVD Box Set
(Woolworths Version)

BBC
VIDEO
   
Original Television Soundtrack Cover
Original Television Soundtrack Cover

BBC
AUDIO
The Dalek Collection Box Set
The Dalek Collection Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set
Series 1-4 DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series 1-7 Ltd Edition Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
   
Complete Series DVD Box Set<BR>(2014 Re-release)
Complete Series DVD Box Set
(2014 Re-release)

BBC
VIDEO
Complete David Tennant Years DVD Box Set
Complete David Tennant Years DVD Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set
Complete Series Blu-Ray Limited Edition Steelbook Box Set

BBC
VIDEO
   



Magazines

Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 381
Doctor Who Magazine - Preview: Issue 381

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 383
Doctor Who Magazine - After Image: Issue 383

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 460
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 460

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 16
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 16

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Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 17
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 17

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