B. The Daleks

Season One - 1963/1964

Story Editor: David Whitaker
Writer: Terry Nation
Directors: Christopher Barry (1,2,4,5) and Richard Martin (3,6,7)
Produced by: Verity Lambert
Designers: Raymond P Cusick (1-5,7) and Jeremy Davies (6)
Incidenal Music: Norman Kay


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 Cast

  • Susan Foreman: Carole Ann Ford
  • Barbara Wright: Jacqueline Hill
  • Ian Chesterton: William Russell

Guest Cast

  • Dalek 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
  • Thal Double: Frans Van Nordo
  • Double for Antodus: Peter Diamond
  • Double for Alydon: Chris Browning

Original broadcast on the BBC

Channel Title Date Viewers Rating
BBC 1 5. The Dead Planet Saturday, December 21, 1963 5:15 PM - 5:40 PM 6.9M 59%
BBC 1 6. The Survivors Saturday, December 28, 1963 5:15 PM - 5:40 PM 6.4M 58%
BBC 1 7. The Escape Saturday, January 4, 1964 5:15 PM - 5:40 PM 8.9M 63%
BBC 1 8. The Ambush Saturday, January 11, 1964 5:15 PM - 5:40 PM 9.9M 63%
BBC 1 9. The Expedition Saturday, January 18, 1964 5:15 PM - 5:40 PM 9.9M 63%
BBC 1 10. The Ordeal Saturday, January 25, 1964 5:15 PM - 5:40 PM 10.4M 63%
BBC 1 11. The Rescue Saturday, February 1, 1964 5:15 PM - 5:40 PM 10.4M 65%

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Working Titles

Part 6: The Caves of Terror

Part 7: The Execution

The Mutants (this was the official title until the Pertwee story of this name was made)

The Dead Planet

The Survivors


The first big screen movie - Doctor Who And The Daleks - was based on this story