Doctor Who: “The Daleks”

“The Dead Planet” – 21 December 1963
“The Survivors” – 28 December 1963
“The Escape” – 4 January 1964
“The Ambush” – 11 January 1964
“The Expedition” – 18 January 1964
“The Ordeal” – 25 January 1964
“The Rescue” – 1 February 1964


A bit overlong, but never short on fun and creepiness, it’s interesting to see how the Daleks were introduced into the Whoniverse and why we take these shrieking little tin cans seriously. All in all, though, I think that “The Daleks” is an effective little collection of episodes even though the whole story probably could have been done in four instead of seven.

The characterizations are becoming more solid, if a little sexist. The way that Susan is treated by the writers is pretty goddamn shameful even though we’re supposed to believe that she achieved some sort of victory by walking back to the Tardis by herself. I know it’s 1963, but come the fuck on! How many times are we going to have to listen to this broad cry?

Well, as I said, I liked it. I like how the show came together, I like how nasty and alien the Daleks are, and I constantly marveled at how the hell the Thals knew so much Earth slang from the 1960s. Are you guys probing people are what?

Fun episodes. Corny, but fun and that’s classic Who in a nutshell.


“You wanted advice, you said. I never give it. Never. But I might just say this to you, always search for truth. My truth is in the stars and yours is here”
– The Doctor

Fun Fact: With the introduction of the Daleks who would go on to become the Doctor’s greatest enemy, this episode was an unmitigated sucess with each serial gaining an audience bigger than the last. It’s thought that the Daleks were also responsible for turning Doctor Who into a pure science fiction series rather than the educational series it was intended to be.

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