The Fourth Dimension

Remembrance of the Daleks


Possibly the most straight-forward action/adventure romp in the whole Seventh Doctor era, Remembrance of the Daleks was a story drenched in continuity and yet never once let it get in the way of the story. It was set shortly after the First Doctor and Susan took Ian and Barbara away in the TARDIS in the very first Doctor Who episode, An Unearthly Child (1963). Now the Seventh Doctor and Ace returned to Coal Hill School and the (misspelled here) Totters Lane junkyard owned by I M Foreman, all now firmly established as being in Shoreditch, East London. The Doctor had come to retrieve an ancient Gallifreyan stellar manipulator, the Hand of Omega, which he left behind last time. But two opposing factions of Daleks, one led by Davros, also wanted it. New Dalek designs (the white Imperials, the silver and black renegades), a new Emperor and the Special Weapons Dalek, not to mention a life-size Dalek shuttle landing in the schoolyard all got Doctor Who's twenty-fifth anniversary year off to an impressive start.


Sites all over London were utilised for this story. The Totters Lane junkyard was in Waterloo as were the streets the Daleks battled in. Coal Hill School and the streets nearby were recorded at St John's School in Hammersmith, while the army base was in the Territorial Army Hall in Acton, which a number of Doctor Who stories from the 1960s were rehearsed in! Reverend Parkinson's cemetery was in Willesden, while Martin's funeral home was in Ladbroke Grove. The courtyard where the army fight the lone Dalek was in the Kew Bridge Steam Museum while the sequences of Ace then the Doctor driving the truck were done in North Acton.


Terry Molloy returns for the last time as Davros, previously seen in Revelation of the Daleks (1986). To keep secret the fact that Davros was the Emperor, the name Roy Tromelly was given in Radio Times and in the credits to Part Three - it being an anagram of Terry Molloy. John Leeson, more commonly associated with being the voice of K9 and appearing in The Power of Kroll (1979) provided the Dalek Control Voice operated by the Little Girl. Roy Skelton, Brian Miller and Royce Mills all returned as Dalek Voices, with John Scott Martin, Cy Town and Tony Starr inside the machines - this was the last time that all these Dalek veterans, voice and body, would perform these tasks. Simon Williams as Gilmore was most famous to television viewers for Upstairs Downstairs, while George Sewell, Ratcliffe, had been a regular on UFO and Special Branch and would later feature in The Detectives. Pamela Salem, here playing Rachel had been in The Face of Evil (1977) and The Robots of Death (1977) while playing Mr Parsons, the Headmaster, was Michael Sheard, whose previous stories were The Ark (1966), The Mind of Evil (1971), Pyramids of Mars (1975), The Invisible Enemy (1977) and Castrovalva (1982). Peter Halliday, the blind vicar had appeared in The Invasion (1968), Doctor Who and the Silurians (1970), The Ambassadors of Death (1970), Carnival of Monsters (1973) and City of Death (1979). Joseph Marcell, cafe night-worker John would later move to Hollywood and star alongside Will Smith in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. William Thomas, Martin, would appear in Boom Town (2005) and play Gwen Cooper's father in the second and fourth series of Torchwood.


Remembrance of the Daleks was released on DVD in 2001. It was reissued, with amendments, twice in 2005. Firstly as a box set along with Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) and The Dalek Invasion of Earth (1964) and then later as part of a Davros themed set with Genesis of the Daleks (1975), Destiny of the Daleks (1979), Resurrection of the Daleks (1984) and Revelation of the Daleks (1986).

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