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Day of the Daleks
Production Code: KKK
Season 9, Story Number 60
Written by Louis Marks
Directed by Paul Bernard
No episode stills are currently available for this story.

Each episode is identified with date of transmission, duration, ratings in millions, and (for 1963-1974 only) archive status.

Episode 1
01 January 1972 | 23'36" | 9.8 | PAL 2" color videotape
Episode 2
08 January 1972 | 23'52" | 10.4 | PAL 2" color videotape
Episode 3
15 January 1972 | 24'18" | 9.1 | PAL 2" color videotape
Episode 4
22 January 1972 | 24'17" | 9.1 | PAL 2" color videotape
Archive Status: All four episodes exist as PAL 2" color videotape as held by the Film & Videotape Library when audited in 1978.
Jon Pertwee (Doctor Who), Katy Manning (Jo Grant), Nicholas Courtney (Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart), John Levene (Sergeant Benton), Richard Franklin (Captain Mike Yates), Wilfrid Carter (Sir Reginald Syles), Jimmy Winston (Shura), Anna Barry (Anat), Scott Fredericks (Boaz), Aubrey Woods (Controller), JeanMcFarlane (Miss Paget), Deborah Brayshaw (Girl Technician), Gypsie Kemp (U.N.I.T. Radio Operator), Tim Condren (Guerilla), Valentine Palmer (Monia), Peter Hill (Manager), Andrew Carr (Senior Guard), George Raistrick (Guard at Work Centre), Rick Lester (Ogron), Maurice Bush (Ogron), David Joyce (Ogron), Frank Menzies (Ogron), Bruce Wells (Ogron), Geoffrey Todd (Ogron), John Scott Martin (Dalek), Ricky Newby (Dalek), Murphy Grumbar (Dalek), Oliver Gilbert (Dalek Voice), Peter Messaline (Dalek Voice), Alex Macintosh (Television Reporter)
Sir Reginald Styles (Wilfrid Carter), organiser of a world peace conference, narrowly survives an assassination attempt by a combat-uniformed guerrilla who vanishes like a ghost. Later the guerrilla is attacked by huge, ape-like creatures called Ogrons and found unconscious by UNIT troops in the grounds of the house. The Doctor deduces that he comes from about two hundred years in the future and that a device found with him is a time machine. While Styles is away, the Doctor and Jo keep watch. The guerrillas attack again, but the Time Lord convinces them that he is not Styles. One of their party, Shura (Jimmy Winston), is later injured by an Ogron. Jo meanwhile accidentally activates one of the guerrillas' time machines and is transported to the 22nd Century. When the guerillas return there, the Doctor goes with them. He learns that the Earth of this period is ruled by the Daleks with the help of the Ogrons and human collaborators, whose leader is known as the Controller (Aubrey Woods).

Jo and the Doctor are both taken prisoner at the Dalek base. The guerrillas rescue them and explain that they are attempting to kill Styles because he caused an explosion at the peace conference, starting a series of wars that left humanity vulnerable to Dalek conquest - a history that they wish to change. The Doctor realises that the explosion was actually caused by Shura in a misguided attempt to fulfil his mission. Returning to the 20th Century with Jo, he has Styles' house evacuated. Daleks and Ogrons arrive in pursuit, but are destroyed when Shura detonates his bomb.

Synopsis from Doctor Who: The Third Doctor Handbook by David J. Howe, Mark Stammers and Stephen James Walker, reprinted with permission; further reproduction is not permitted.

Production Team
Sue Hedden (Assistant Floor Manager), Mary Husband (Costumes), Terry Nation (Creator of the Daleks), David Myerscough-Jones (Designer), Rick Lester (Fight Arranger), Fred Hamilton (Film Cameraman), Dan Rae (Film Editor), Dudley Simpson (Incidental Music), Heather Stewart (Make-Up), Barry Letts (Producer), Norman Stewart (Production Assistant), Terrance Dicks (Script Editor), Brian Hodgson (Special Sounds), Alan Horne (Studio Lighting), Tony Millier (Studio Sound), Delia Derbyshire (Theme Arrangement), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Jim Ward (Visual Effects)
Story Notes
Originally penned as "The Ghost Hunters" by Louis Marks and pitched as "Years of Doom," the producers of Doctor Who decided to incorporate the Daleks at a late stage and received permission from Terry Nation, who was paid a fee for their usage. The story became "Day of the Daleks" (sometimes incorrectly with an extra "The" at the beginning), the first Dalek story since "The Evil of the Daleks" at the end of the fourth season. Interestingly enough, a sequence in episode 4 was recorded with the Doctor having a conversation with the Daleks about the 'human factor' element and other story points from "Evil" but they were dropped in the editing stage. Images of William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton are used in a mindprobe of the Doctor. Several cue errors exist in the serial, including the closing music title sting at the end of the reprises in episodes 2 and 3. BBC reporter Alex Macintosh appears as himself. Nicholas Courtney also appeared, uncredited, in Episode 3, in the reprise from the end of Episode 2.
For more in-depth information about the contents of this story, a complete episode-by-episode detailed breakdown can be found at the Doctor Who Reference Guide.
Additional, more detailed information about the production of this story can be found at Shannon Patrick Sullivan's A Brief History of Time (Travel).
Video release
Released as "Day of the Daleks" in the UK [July 1986] and Australia/New Zealand [January 1987] (BBC catalog #2036), US/Canada [March 1989] (WHV catalog #1151); omnibus (movie) format, cover montage/illustration by Sid Sutton. The July 1986 UK release was in two formats, both VHS and Betamax (this was, in fact, the final Doctor Who release in the Beta format.) Rereleased as a budget-priced VHS tape in the UK [March 1988] (BBC catalog #4109), omnibus (movie) format, same cover. Rereleased again in the UK [February 1994] (BBC catalog #5219), episodic format, also same cover illustration. Story also released in laserdisc format as follows: Edited format similar to video release in CLV (extended play) format in the US/Canada [1989] (CBS/FOX, catalog # unknown), omnibus (movie) format, same cover illustration by Sid Sutton as the original video release; unedited form on laser disc in CLV format in the UK [1994] (Encore Entertainment cat.# EE1202), episodic format, cover illustration by Pete Wallbank.
In Print
Novelised as "Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks" by Terrance Dicks (Target #18), first released in 1974 with cover art and interior illustration by Chris Achilleos. Rereleased in 1982 with cover art by Andrew Skilleter, and in 1991 with cover art by Alister Pearson. Also released as a Pinnacle book in the US with cover art by David Mann.
For more details on the various novelizations of this story, with additional background material, artwork and details of both UK and foreign releases, visit On Target.