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Synopsis


The Daleks Injure Ian
The Daleks Injure Ian
 The TARDIS lands in an alien, petrified jungle, beyond which lies a mysterious, deserted city. The Doctor insists on exploring, but before long the TARDIS crew all begin experiencing the early effects of radiation sickness.

 And then they discover that the metal city isn’t as deserted as they first thought…

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General Information

Season: One
Production Code: B
Story Number: 2
Episode Numbers:5 - 11
Number of Episodes: 7
Percentage of Episodes Held:100%
Alternative Titles:"The Mutants"
Working Titles:"The Survivors"
Production Dates: October 1963 - January 1964
Broadcast Started: 21 December 1963
Broadcast Finished: 01 February 1964
Colour Status: B&W
Studio: Ealing Television Film Studios and Lime Grove (Studio D)
Location: None
Writer:Terry Nation
Directors:Christopher Barry (Episodes 1, 2, 4 & 5) and Richard Martin (Episodes 3, 6 & 7)
Producer:Verity Lambert
Associate Producer:Mervyn Pinfield
Story Editor:David Whitaker
Production Assistant:Norman Stewart
Assistant Floor Managers:Jeremy Hare and Michael Ferguson
Designers:Jeremy Davies (Episode 6) and Raymond P Cusick (Episodes 1-5 & 7)
Costume Designer:Daphne Dare
Make-Up Designer:Elizabeth Blattner
Cameraman:Stewart Farnell
Incidental Music:Tristram Cary
Special Sounds (SFX Editor):Brian Hodgson
Studio Sounds:Jack Brummitt and Jack Clayton
Lighting:Geoff Shaw and John Treays
Title Sequence:Bernard Lodge
Title Music:Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. Arranged by Delia Derbyshire
Daleks Originally Created By: Terry Nation
Number of Doctors: 1
The Doctor: William Hartnell (The First Doctor)
Number of Companions: 3The Companions: Carole Ann Ford (Susan), Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright) and William Russell (Ian Chesterton) Additional Cast: Peter Hawkins, David Graham (Dalek Voices), Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, Michael Summerton, Gerald Taylor, Peter Murphy (Daleks), Alan Wheatley (Temnosus), John Lee (Alydon), Virginia Wetherell (Dyoni), Philip Bond (Ganatus), Marcus Hammond (Antodus), Jonathon Crane (Kristas), Gerald Curtis (Elyon), Jonathon Crane (Kristas), Chris Browning, Katie Cashfield, Vez Delahunt, Kevin Glenny, Ruth Harrison, Lesley Hill, Steve Pokol, Jeanette Rossini, Eric Smith (Thals)Setting: Planet Skaro Villain: Daleks

The Episodes

No. Episodes Broadcast
(UK)
Duration Viewers
(Millions)
In Archive
5The Dead Planet21 December 196324'22"6.916mm telerecording
6The Survivors28 December 196324'27"6.416mm telerecording
7The Escape04 January 196425'10"8.916mm telerecording
8The Ambush11 January 196424'37"9.916mm telerecording
9The Expedition18 January 196424'31"9.916mm telerecording
10The Ordeal25 January 196426'14"10.416mm telerecording
11The Rescue01 February 196422'24"10.416mm telerecording

Total Duration 2 Hours 52 Minutes


Audience Appreciation

Average Viewers (Millions) 9.0
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (1998)79.71%  (Position = 22 out of 159)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2009)80.51% Higher (Position = 37 out of 200)
Doctor Who Magazine Poll (2014)80.54% Higher (Position = 46 out of 241)


Archives


 All episodes exist as 16mm telerecordings. Telesnaps (off-air camera photos) exist for episodes 1, 2, 4 and 5.



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Notes


This story was originally called "The Mutants", but is more commonly called "The Daleks" (mainly to avoid confusion with the Third Doctor story "The Mutants" - a story also directed by Christopher Barry). To avoid confusion, two titles have emerged as alternatives. "The Dead Planet" came into use after the 1973 Radio Times Tenth Anniversary Doctor Who Special referred to all the early stories by the title of their first episodes. "The Dead Planet" was then used in many licensed guides and magazines up until 1980, when it was displaced by "The Daleks", a title deriving from the story's book and film adaptations. This title has largely stuck, and was used for the script book published by Titan Books in 1989, as well as the VHS and DVD releases. However, some reference guides still refer to this story as "The Mutants".

The title of the final episode, "The Rescue" is not to be confused with the First Doctor story of the same name.

This story was a replacement for another story, "The Hidden Planet", and other stories including "Beyond the Sun" and "The Masters of Luxor" (aka "The Robots").

This story was originally to be designed by Ridley Scott, who later went on to become a very successful Hollywood director (Alien and Blade Runner).

This is the very first story to feature the Daleks - and due to the high ratings helped propel Doctor Who to popularity and quickly established the show as a hit - which it has remained ever since.

The Daleks though are not the first alien creatures to be seen in Doctor Who - The show's first monster is in fact the dead Magneton that the time travellers discover in the petrified forest.

Although many parts of the Dalek mythos were established in this story, several key elements were changed over the years. The most notable change regarded the nature of the war with the Thals and the transformation into the Daleks. In this story, the Daleks mutated as a direct result of the war, and their previous species was called the Dals. In the later "Genesis of the Daleks", their mutation was accelerated by the machinations of Davros, their previous species was the Kaleds, and the mutation marked the end of the war with the Thals.

The Doctor talks about the gulf between Susan's age and his own, and says that he was once a pioneer amongst his own people.

This story was also the only instance in which the Daleks' had a dependence on static electricity from the floors of their city for their motive power. In the next story they appear, "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", they find a way around this restriction by having small satellite-type dishes to receive power transmissions. Their need for static electricity was occasionally referenced in future stories, such as in the Second Doctor story"The Power of the Daleks", and the plot of the Third Doctor story "Death to the Daleks" required an explanation that for basic movement they now utilised telekinesis.

The famous Dalek catchphrase – "Exterminate!" – is first used in episode 4 as The Doctor and his companions escape via a lift. One Dalek is heard to order the other: ‘Make no attempt to capture them, they are to be exterminated, you understand, exterminated’.

The mercury-filled fluid links in the TARDIS console feature again in subsequent stories including "The Wheel in Space", written by "The Daleks" script editor David Whitaker.

The Thals feature again in "Planet of the Daleks" and "Genesis of the Daleks". In "Destiny of the Daleks", they appear to have abandoned Skaro.

The 1965 Amicus Doctor Who film Doctor Who and the Daleks, staring Peter Cushing as Doctor Who, was inspired by this production, with many plot elements being carried over to the film version. The film version starred Roy Castle (as Ian), Jill Curzon (as Barbara) and Roberta Tovey (as Susan).

This was the first Doctor Who story to be adapted as a novel. Written by David Whitaker, the book was first published in November 1964 by Frederick Muller as "Doctor Who in an Exciting Adventure with the Daleks". A paperback release by Armada Books followed in 1965. Then in 1973 Target Books published this story under the cover title Doctor Who and the Daleks, although the original title was still given on the inside frontpage. This was story was the very first novelisation published under the Target imprint (these adaptations of the Doctor Who stories would continue for the next 20 years).

The VHS video release of this story in 1989 was BBC Video's first Doctor Who release in episodic format.

In 1999 during a BBC2 themed evening, "Doctor Who Night" a special edit of episode 7 'The Rescue' was broadcast which included 5 minutes of footage from episode 6, not only that but due to a mistake when mastering a short section of episode 7 was omitted. This story was also chosen to be broadcast on BBC Four, as part of a celebration of the life and work of producer Verity Lambert. It was shown in three blocks from 5 April to 9 April 2008.

In March 2005, BBC Audio released an MP3 CD of William Russell reading the complete text of David Whitaker's novelisation of this story. The book was written in the first character of Ian Chesterton. The CD format allowed inclusion of the Arnold Schwartzman line drawings (used in the Muller/Target editions), displayed on a TARDIS-style screen. This was the first time an unabridged reading of a Doctor Who novelisation had been commercially available. In November 2005, BBC Audio rereleased the audiobook on 5 CDs as part of a limited edition "Travels in Time and Space" box set. The tin contained William Russell's unabridged reading of "Doctor Who and the Daleks" alongside first-time releases of the actor reading "Doctor Who and the Zarbi" (based on "The Web Planet") and "Doctor Who and the Crusaders" (based on "The Crusade").



First and Last

The Firsts:

 The first time the TARDIS lands on an alien planet.

 The first appearance of the Daleks.

 The first appearance of the Thals.

 The first Doctor Who story to be written by Terry Nation.

 The first Doctor Who story to be directed by Christopher Barry and Richard Martin.

 Raymond P Cusick's first involvement in the show as Designer.

 Daphne Dare's first involvement in the show as Costume Designer.

 Tristram Cary's first involvement in the show providing the incidental music.

 The first Doctor Who story to be converted into a film. This being "Doctor Who and the Daleks".

 The first Doctor Who story to have an individual episode watched by more than 10 million viewers. This being the sixth episode.

 The first Doctor Who story to be novilised. As: "Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure With The Daleks".

 The first Doctor Who story to be released on a double VHS set.


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The Plot

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In the Petrified Forest
In the Petrified Forest

The TARDIS has brought the travellers to the planet Skaro where they find themselves in a petrified forest on an apparently dead planet. However, on exploring further they find an futuristic looking alien city in the distance. The Doctor is anxious to investigate further, but Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright insist that they return to the TARDIS.

Reluctantly The Doctor agrees but on their return The Doctor tricks his fellow travellers into believing that the TARDIS is faulty and that they will need to obtain some Mercury so as to fix his time machine. When it is realised that the most likely place to obtain some might be in the city it looks as if The Doctor will get to visit there after all.

On reaching the city, the travellers split up to explore. The Doctor, Ian and Susan discover a chamber containing a detector which indicates a dangerous level of radiation in the atmosphere. Meanwhile Barbara finds herself a prisoner of the city's inhabitants - the Daleks who are hideously mutated and have to live in metal life-support casings.

The Travellers Find the Dalek City
The Travellers Find the Dalek City

It is not long before they are all captured by the Daleks and it is then that The Doctor and his companions soon start to show signs of radiation sickness. Susan is eventually sent to retrieve anti-radiation drugs from the TARDIS. She believes that she is obtaining them for herself and her fellow travellers, but the Daleks plan to keep them for themselves so that the can be used to allow them to leave the confines of the city.

On reaching the TARDIS Susan encounters a second species living on Skaro, the Thals, who are beautiful humanoids with pacifist principles. On returning to the Dalek’s city, with a second set of anti-radiation drugs, given to her by the Thals as they do not trust the Daleks, The Doctor and his companions start to recover from the radiation sickness.

Barbara Meets a Dalek
Barbara Meets a Dalek

Susan then tells them that she has learnt that the Daleks are at war with the Thals and that the current situation is the result of a nuclear war that was fought some 500 years ago. She also tells them that the Thals are starving and they want to live peacefully with the Daleks.

The Doctor and his companions finally manage to escape from the Dalek's city but not before it becomes quite clear, when the Daleks opening fire on the Thals in what was supposed to be a peaceful exchange of food, that the Daleks are only interested in exterminating the Thals.

In order to save the Thals from the Daleks, The Doctor with the help of his companions manage to convince the Thals of the importance of aggression and the need to fight for their own survival. Joining forces with them, and braving Skaro's many dangers, they launch a two-pronged attack on the Dalek's city.

Threatening Daleks
Threatening Daleks

A final confrontation takes place in the Daleks' control room and the Daleks are all believed to be killed when, during the course of the fighting, their power supply is cut off. The Doctor and his companions bid farewell to the Thals and depart from Skaro in the TARDIS.

However, once the ship is in flight the TARDIS is rocked by an explosion and the four travellers are thrown to the floor as the control room is plunged into darkness.

 
Ian is Shot
Ian is Shot
The Thals
The Thals
Susan is Forced to Write to the Thals
Susan is Forced to Write to the Thals
A Dalek Inside the City
A Dalek Inside the City
 
The Doctor Helps Ian Get Inside a Dalek
The Doctor Helps Ian Get Inside a Dalek
Susan and is Trapped
Susan and is Trapped
The Daleks are Defeated
The Daleks are Defeated
The Doctor
The Doctor




Quote of the Story


 'If they call us mutations… what must they be like?'

Alydon
(Thal leader talking about the Daleks)



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Release Information

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)Code NumberCover ArtRemarks
Video
VHS
The Daleks: Part 1 Episodes 1-4 The Dead PlanetJune 1989BBCV 4242Photo-montageThe first episodic release
Video
VHS
The Daleks: Part 2 Episodes 5-7 The ExhibitionJune 1989BBCV 4242Photo-montageThe first episodic release The 'next episode' caption has been removed from "The Rescue"
Audio
CD
Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop Volume One - The Early Years 1963-1969June 2000WMSF 6023-2Music and sound effects
Video
VHS
The DaleksFebruary 2001BBCV 6960Photo-montageDigitally remastered re-release
Audio
CD
Devils Planets: The Music of Tristram CarySeptember 2003
Video
DVD
The DaleksJanuary 2006BBCDVD 1882(B)Photo-montagePart of "The Beginning" box set (BBCDVD 1882) along with "An Unearthly Child" & "The Edge of Destruction"
Video
DVD
The DaleksSeptember 2013BBCDVD 3813Photo-montagePart of "The Monster Collection - The Daleks" boxset
Audio
CD
The 50th Anniversary CollectionDecember 2013Photo-montageOriginal Television Soundtracks
Audio
CD
The DaleksSeptember 2017Photo-montageMusic Score
Audio
LP
The DaleksNovember 2017Photo-montageMusic Score


In Print

FormatTitleRelease Date (UK)PublisherAuthorCover ArtRemarks
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure with the DaleksNovember 1964Fredrick MullerDavid WhitakerArnold SchwartzmanThe first Doctor Who Novel (1st Edition Hardback)
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure with the Daleks1964Fredrick MullerDavid WhitakerArnold SchwartzmanThe first Doctor Who Novel (2nd Edition Hardback)
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who In An Exciting Adventure with the Daleks1965Armada Books C130David WhitakerPeter ArcherIncludes six black and white illustrations by Peter Archer that were not reused by Target (Target used the illustrations from the Frederick Muller hardback)
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the DaleksMay 1973Target No. 16David WhitakerChris AchilleosISBN: 0-426-10110-3
(1st Edition Target Cover)
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the Daleks1975LionDavid WhitakerHardback
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the Daleks1975Target No. 16David WhitakerChris AchilleosISBN: 0-426-11287-3
(2nd Edition Target Cover)
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the Daleks1977Target No. 16David WhitakerChris AchilleosISBN: 0-426-10110-3
(Blue Logo Cover)
Script
Script
The DaleksDecember 1989Titan BooksTerry NationTony ClarkEdited by John McElroy.
ISBN: 1-85286-145-2
Novel
Novel
The DaleksJanuary 1992Target No. 16David WhitakerAlister PearsonVirgin new cover reprint.
ISBN: 0-426-10110-3
MP3
MP3
Doctor Who and the DaleksMarch 2005Target No. 16David WhitakerChris AchilleosAudio version of the Target Novel read by William Russell (Ian Chesterton). Includes a bonus Interview with William Russell.
CD
CD
Doctor Who and the DaleksNovember 2005Target No. 16David WhitakerChris AchilleosAudio version of the Target Novel read by William Russell (Ian Chesterton). Part of the "Travels in Time and Space" box set.
Novel
Novel
Doctor Who and the DaleksJuly 2011Target No. 16David WhitakerChris AchilleosBBC reprint with introduction by Neil Gaiman. ISBN: 978-1-84990-195-6
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time)Issue 2
Doctor Who WeeklyIssue 3 (Released: October 1979)
Doctor Who WeeklyIssue 4 (Released: November 1979)
Doctor Who Magazine - NostalgiaIssue 112 (Released: May1986)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 279 (Released: June 1999)
Doctor Who Magazine - Time TeamIssue 280 (Released: July 1999)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArchiveIssue 331 (Released: June 2003)
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of FictionIssue 471 (Released: April 2014)
Doctor Who Magazine - Fast-Return SwitchIssue 492 (Released: December 2015)
Doctor Who Magazine - ArticleIssue 541 (Released: September 2019)
Doctor Who DVD FilesVolume 91 (Released: June 2012)

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On Release

Original VHS Video Cover
Original VHS Video Cover

BBC
VIDEO
Original VHS Video Cover
Original VHS Video Cover

BBC
VIDEO
Audio - Volume 1: The Early Years
Audio - Volume 1: The Early Years

BBC
AUDIO
Remastered VHS Video Cover
Remastered VHS Video Cover

BBC
VIDEO
   
Devils Planets CD Cover
Devils Planets CD Cover

BBC
AUDIO
The Begining Box Set DVD Cover
The Begining Box Set DVD Cover

BBC
VIDEO
The Monster Collection - The Daleks Cover
The Monster Collection - The Daleks Cover

BBC
VIDEO
The 50th Anniversary Collection Cover
The 50th Anniversary Collection Cover

BBC
AUDIO
   
Original Television Soundtrack CD Cover
Original Television Soundtrack CD Cover

Silva Screen
AUDIO
Music LP Cover
Music LP Cover

Silva Screen
AUDIO



In Print

Fredrick Muller Book Cover (1st Edition)
Fredrick Muller Book Cover (1st Edition)

Fredrick Muller
NOVEL
Fredrick Muller Book Cover (2nd Edition)
Fredrick Muller Book Cover (2nd Edition)

Fredrick Muller
NOVEL
Armada Book Cover
Armada Book Cover

Armada Books
NOVEL
Original Target Book Cover
Original Target Book Cover

Target
NOVEL
   
Lion Book Cover
Lion Book Cover

Lion Books
NOVEL
Second Edition Target Book Cover
Second Edition Target Book Cover

Target
NOVEL
Third Edition Target Book Cover
Third Edition Target Book Cover

Target
NOVEL
Titan Script Book Cover
Titan Script Book Cover

Titan
SCRIPT
   
Reprinted Virgin Book Cover
Reprinted Virgin Book Cover

Virgin
NOVEL
Target Audio MP3 Cover
Target Audio MP3 Cover

BBC
MP3
Target Audio CD Cover
Target Audio CD Cover

BBC
CD
Reprinted BBC Book Cover
Reprinted BBC Book Cover

BBC
NOVEL
   



Magazines

Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time): Issue 2
Doctor Who CMS Magazine (An Adventure in Space and Time): Issue 2

CMS
Doctor Who Weekly: Issue 3
Doctor Who Weekly: Issue 3

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Weekly: Issue 4
Doctor Who Weekly: Issue 4

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Nostalgia: Issue 112
Doctor Who Magazine - Nostalgia: Issue 112

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 279
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 279

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 280
Doctor Who Magazine - Time Team: Issue 280

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 331
Doctor Who Magazine - Archive: Issue 331

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 471
Doctor Who Magazine - The Fact of Fiction: Issue 471

Marvel Comics
   
Doctor Who Magazine - Fast-Return Switch: Issue 492
Doctor Who Magazine - Fast-Return Switch: Issue 492

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 541
Doctor Who Magazine - Article: Issue 541

Marvel Comics
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 91
Doctor Who DVD Files: Volume 91

GE Fabbri


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