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'Radio Times', 5-11 November 1966

Patrick Troughton's first appearance as 'Doctor Who' overshadowed by the Daleks.

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Radio Times (Incorporating World-Radio) November 3, 1966. Vol. 173: No. 2243.
November 5 - 11

Radio Times SOUTH AND WEST EDITION

Sixpence

[Image of three Daleks milling outside a space rocket, with caption: Daleks are back on BBC-1]


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[Image of Polly and Ben in front of two Daleks.]

Title: THE DALEKS ARE BACK as Polly and Ben soon find out in tonight's new adventure

BBC1
5.50pm

Events move too fast for the Tardis travellers to puzzle long over the apparent change in Dr. Who - for in today's episode they face the greatest and most indestructible enemy - the Daleks. Other menaces such as the War Machines, the blonde Drahavians, and the ant-beetle Zarbis have all been overcome - but not the Daleks.

Many times in the past the Doctor has appeared to be the victor, to have the destroyed the Daleks for ever, but the power of evil they represent has proved too strong for them to perish entirely. They always return more terrible than before and pledged to the Dalek law which says that 'all human beings must be ex-ter-min-ated.'

In this new six-part adventure set on the planet Vulcan, a colony of Earth, the Daleks emerge in a new guise. They are supposedly obedient and servile to their masters on Vulcan. But the Doctor knows the Daleks and realises their potential threat. He senses treachery and danger. But will the leaders of the planet heed his warnings?

Patrick Troughton, well known to children viewers for his role as Paul of Tarsus, appears in this serial as the new Dr. Who. Bernard Archard, who played Colonel Pinto in the Spycatcher series, appears as Bragen, Chief of Security in the colony.

The voices of the Daleks are again spoken by Peter Hawkins who has recorded between 800 and 900 television programmes. And Christopher Barry, who was responsible for bringing to the screen the first Daleks, returns to direct the new adventure.

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5.50
DR.WHO

An adventure in space and time starring
PATRICK TROUGHTON as Dr. Who
with Bernard Archard, Robert James, Anneke Wills, Michael Craze

The Power of the Daleks by DAVID WHITAKER

Part 1: Who's the Doctor? - Ben and Polly try to discover the answer.
Cast in order of appearance:
Dr. Who - Patrick Troughton
Polly - Anneke Wills
Ben - Michael Craze
The Examiner - Martin King
Quinn - Nicholas Hawtrey
Bragen - Bernard Archard
Lesterson - Robert James
Janley - Pamela Ann Davy
Hensell - Peter Bathurst

Title music by Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop
Designer, Derek Dodd
Producer, Innes Lloyd
Directed by Christopher Barry

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03 November 1966

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1966

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Patrick Troughton's debut appearance as the new Doctor Who goes almost unnoticed as the Daleks are the focus for 'Radio Times'. As this was the first time 'Doctor Who' had changed its lead actor, the emphasis for this edition of the magazine is very much business as usual. The half-page feature on page 3 reassures viewers that the serial is directed by the same man who brought the Daleks to the screen in their first adventure and that the metal monsters are, once again, voiced by Peter Hawkins. Patrick Troughton's debut is almost an aside.

Article courtesy of 'The Radio Times' Magazine.

Did you know?

To help maintain the mystery of this new Doctor's identity, fans had to wait six weeks for a more thorough introduction to Troughton in the pages of 'Radio Times'.
The reference in the article to Drahavians is a misremembered detail on the part of the author. The Drahvins battled the First Doctor in a 1965 adventure called 'Galaxy 4'.

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