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The Fourth Dimension

The Evil of the Daleks

MUSIC IN MY EARS

During Episode 1, when the Doctor and Jamie visit the Tricolour coffee bar, the music on the juke box that is playing in the background includes Paperback Writer by the Beatles and Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen by the Seekers.

HOLIDAY FROM THE DALEKS

The Doctor and Victoria only appear on pre-recorded film sequences for Episode 4 as they were both away on holiday during the week that episode was made.

HOME OF THE DALEKS

To create the atmosphere of the Dalek city seen in the final two episodes of the story, sound effects used for the Dalek cities in The Daleks and The Daleks’ Master Plan were used.

DALEK WAR

To help swell the numbers of the epic Dalek civil war in the final episode, a quantity of toy Daleks were used in some model sequences. These were commercially available ‘tricky-action’ Daleks manufactured by Louis Marx that had been repainted but were quite different in design than the full-size Daleks.

THE FINAL END

This story was intended to be a final end for the Daleks and their last appearance in Doctor Who. Terry Nation, creator of the Daleks, was intending to launch the Daleks in their own series in America. However, the production did not progress far and the Daleks would return to Doctor Who in Day of the Daleks in 1972, which means that Evil of the Daleks is the last black-and-white Dalek story.

THE VICTORIAN AGE

With Ben and Polly having departed in the previous story, The Faceless Ones, a new companion was on the cards for this story. She was to be Victoria Waterfield, a young girl from 1866 who, by the story’s end, is orphaned. She accepts the Doctor and Jamie’s invitation to travel with them in the TARDIS.

EVIL CASTING

Marius Goring was cast as Theodore Maxtible. Goring had appeared in many films and TV shows, most notably appearing in The Red Shoes and A Matter of Life and Death. Goring had been the TV incarnation of the Scarlet Pimpernel in which Patrick Troughton had also played a regular part.

COMEDY CASTING

Future sit-com stars, Windsor Davies and Bridget Forsythe were amongst the cast for Evil of the Daleks. Davies was Toby, a thug hired to kidnap Jamie, and would later find fame as the Sergeant-Major in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. Forsythe was Ruth, daughter of Maxtible and would later play Rodney Bewes’ wife in Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?

DALEK HEADACHE

During the final, epic battle, we see the top of a Dalek blown off and inside the pulsating, Dalek organism can be seen.

DVD AND AUDIO RELEASE

Only Episode 2 of Evil of the Daleks survives and was released on DVD as part of the Lost in Time box set in 2004. The full soundtrack for the series, accompanied by linking narration from Frazer Hines, has been released on CD and for MP3 download by BBC Audio.

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