The TARDIS lands on a mysterious world. The Doctor asks Susan to check for radiation, and the TARDIS gieger counter shows all is well, until they have left, when the counter reads danger. Outside the TARDIS the Doctor, Susan, Ian and Barbara discover a petrified forest.
They also come across a huge city. The Doctor and Susan want to explore, but Ian and Barbara want to leave. The Doctor appears to agree, but sabotages the TARDIS. A vital component needs mercury, and the city is the only place likely to have any. Unwittingly they attempt to gain access to the city.
Barbara is captured, and later the Doctor, Ian and Susan are also captured by metallic creatures known as Daleks. Earlier the Doctor had been given drugs, left by a Thal outside the TARDIS. Susan is the only one fit enough to return to the TARDIS. The others are suffering from radiation sickness, and Ian was temporarily paralysed by the Daleks.
The Daleks find that the Thal drugs are of no use to them, and that to survive they need radiation. The Daleks plan to fire another neutron bomb that would also serve to wipe out their enemy - the Thals. The Doctor allys himself with the Thals, and after a battle the bomb's countdown is halted, and power to the city, and the Daleks is terminated.
Regular castSusan Foreman: Carole Ann Ford; Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill; Ian Chesterton: William Russell;
Guest castDalek Voices: David Graham (2-7), Peter Hawkins (2-7); Daleks: Robert Jewell (2-7), Kevin Manser (2-7), Peter Murphy (5-6), Michael Summerton (2-4,7), Gerald Taylor (2-7); Alydon: John Lee (3-7); Dyoni: Virgina Wetherell (3-6); Ganatus: Philip Bond (3-7); Temmosus: Alan Wheatley (3-4); Antodus: Marcus Hamomnd (4-7); Kristas: onathan Crane (4-7); Elyon: Gerald Curtis (4-5); Thals: (only credited for 7 but appeared in 2-7) Chris Browning, Katie Cashfield, Vez Delahunt, Kevin Glenny, Ruth Harrison, Lesley Hill, Steve Pokol, Jeanette Rossini, Eric Smith;
Uncredited cast: Thal Double: Frans Van Nordo; Double for Antodus: Peter Diamond; Double for Alydon: Chris Browning;
|BBC 1||5||The Dead Planet||Sat 21 December 1963||5:15 pm - 5:40 pm||6.9M||67th|
|BBC 1||6||The Survivors||Sat 28 December 1963||5:15 pm - 5:40 pm||6.4M||78th|
|BBC 1||7||The Escape||Sat 4 January 1964||5:15 pm - 5:40 pm||8.9M||45th|
|BBC 1||8||The Ambush||Sat 11 January 1964||5:15 pm - 5:40 pm||9.9M||28th|
|BBC 1||9||The Expedition||Sat 18 January 1964||5:15 pm - 5:40 pm||9.9M||27th|
|BBC 1||10||The Ordeal||Sat 25 January 1964||5:15 pm - 5:40 pm||10.4M||29th|
|BBC 1||11||The Rescue||Sat 1 February 1964||5:15 pm - 5:40 pm||10.4M||25th|
Repeats (on the BBC)
This programme does not have any outside filming
Ealing Television Film Studios; Lime Grove Studio D;
Bloopers and mistakes
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Notes and trivia
The first big screen movie - Doctor Who And The Daleks - was based on this story
The Mutants (this was the official title until the Pertwee story of this name was made); The Dead Planet; The Survivors; Episode 6: The Caves of Terror; Episode 7: The Execution;