The Fourth Dimension
Day of the Daleks
THE RETURN OF THE DALEKS
After a long absence from Doctor Who, the Daleks are back! Following their appearance in 1967’s Evil of the Daleks, Dalek creator Terry Nation had intended to launch them in their own series in America. Although this project made some progress, ultimately it was abandoned. Nation then allowed the Daleks to once again be used in Doctor Who.
Here the Daleks use the ape-like Ogrons to do their dirty work for them. Physically very strong, the creatures aren’t the brightest of sparks but they can handle a weapon and know how to operate time travel equipment. The Ogrons will return in Frontier in Space and also make a cameo appearance in Carnival of Monsters.
FATE OF THE DALEKS
A scene was written and recorded in which the Daleks explained how they had escaped what appeared to be their total annihilation at the end of Evil of the Daleks. However, due to timing reasons, this scene had to be cut from the final version of the story.
RANK AND FILE
Appearing in colour for the first time in a Doctor Who Dalek serial, the Doctor’s old enemies get a new paint job. The common ‘foot-soldier’ Dalek is dark grey/blue. This will become the standard from this point onwards (with the exception of Death to the Daleks) for several years. The Dalek leader is a shiny gold colour to denote his rank.
The Doctor claims to have met Napoleon Bonaparte and that it was he who inspired the legendary French leader’s line, ‘an army marches on its stomach’.
HERE IS THE NEWS
A mock news broadcast, covering the peace conference, was included as part of the story. The news item was presented by Alex Macintosh who had, in real life, been a news reporter for the BBC.
NO, NOT THE MIND PROBE!
The Daleks strap the Doctor into their mind analysis machine to find out for certain that he really is the same Doctor that they have known and feared in the past. The output from the machine is shown on a large screen and is represented by the swirling patterns of the Doctor Who title sequence. We see images of the First and Second Doctors, which is proof enough for the Daleks.
As it had been a few years since the Daleks had been in Doctor Who, it seems that the art of making Dalek voices had been forgotten. Here they are very gurgly and not very much like how they have sounded in the past. The voices were provided, for this story only, by Oliver Gilbert and Peter Messaline.
The Doctor mentions the Blinovitch Limitation Effect, a phenomenon that limits time travel. Producer Barry Letts and script editor Terrance Dicks came up with this handy piece of techno-babble to explain why the Doctor (when he has a working time machine) doesn’t just keep hopping back in time to put things right.
IN THE ARCHIVES
All four episodes of Day of the Daleks are held in their original colour format by the BBC.