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The Power of the Daleks
Production Code: EE
Season 4, Story Number 30
Written by David Whitaker
Directed by Christopher Barry

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

Episode 1
05 November 1966 | 25'43" | 7.9 | Not in archive
Episode 2
12 November 1966 | 24'29" | 7.8 | Not in archive
Episode 3
19 November 1966 | 23'31" | 7.5 | Not in archive
Episode 4
26 November 1966 | 24'23" | 7.8 | Not in archive
Episode 5
03 December 1966 | 23'38" | 8.0 | Not in archive
Episode 6
10 December 1966 | 23'46" | 7.8 | Not in archive
Archive Status: All six episodes are missing. Episode 6 was originally retained by the BBC archives but was sadly lost. Telesnaps (off-air camera photographs) from this story exist in both the BBC archives as well as the hands of private collectors. Various clips exist from several sources including Blue Peter (1967), Whicker's World: "I Don't Like My Monsters to Have Oedipus Complexes" (1968), Tom Tom (1968) and Perspectives: C For Computer (1974), in addition to 8mm off-television recordings, as follows:

Episode 1Ben and Polly discussing the “new" Doctor lying on the floor of the TARDIS. [0:05,0:01,0:01]
The Doctor muttering: “It's over" to himself when he awakens. [0:03]
The Doctor feeling his new face. [0:01]
The Doctor turning and stumbling over the console. [0:03]
Ben and Polly discussing the Doctor as he search a trunk. [0:06]
The Doctor seeing his previous incarnation in a mirror. [0:02]
The Doctor muttering as he bites his finger. [0:02]
The Doctor putting on his stove-pipe hat. [0:01]
The Doctor rapidly leaving the lab as Ben asks Polly: “What's he up to now?" [0:07]
Ben and Polly following the Doctor into the capsule and finding the cobwebbed Daleks. [0:03]
Episode 2The Doctor explaining that one Dalek could wipe out the entire colony. [0:04]
Polly, in the lab, trying the “Lesterson listen" tongue-twister. [0:03]
The Doctor looking towards the ceiling. [0:01]
Lesterson wheeling out a Dalek. [0:04]
The Doctor musing with his 500 year diary. [0:01]
Resno getting exterminated. [0:02]
The Doctor looking on as the Dalek menaces the party in the rest room. [0:01]
The Doctor backing away as the Dalek looks at him through its eye stalk. [0:04]
The Doctor advising the destruction of the Daleks as the Dalek chants: “I am your servant". [0:04]
Episode 4Two Daleks moving through a doorway in the Dalek capsule. [0:10]
Finished Daleks on the conveyor belt. [0:06]
Episode 5A gunless Dalek gliding up to the camera and saying: “We are not ready yet to teach these human beings the Law of the Daleks". [0:10]
Daleks assembling in a room, waiting to strike. [0:08]
Daleks chanting: “Daleks - conquer and destroy" and emerging from a room. [0:40]
Episode 6Daleks and equipment exploding. [0:06]
Patrick Troughton (Dr. Who), Michael Craze (Ben Jackson), Anneke Wills (Polly Wright), Robert James (Lesterson), Nicholas Hawtrey (Quinn), Martin King (The Examiner), Bernard Archard (Bragen), Pamela Ann Davy (Janley), Peter Bathurst (Hensell), Edward Kelsey (Resno), Richard Kane (Valmar), Gerald Taylor (Dalek), Kevin Manser (Dalek), Robert Jewell (Dalek), John Scott Martin (Dalek), Peter Hawkins (Dalek Voice), Peter Forbes-Robertson (Guard), Robert Russell (Guard), Robert Luckham (Guard), Steven Scott (Kebble)
Polly and Ben witness the Doctor's apparent physical transformation but are left uncertain as to the true identity of the younger man now before them.

The TARDIS arrives on the planet Vulcan. The Doctor takes a stroll through the mercury swamps and witnesses the murder of an Earth Examiner (Martin King), who has been sent to the human colony based on the planet. When the Deputy Governor Quinn (Nicholas Hawtrey) and Head of Security Bragen (Bernard Archard) appear, the Doctor assumes the dead man's identity. Quinn and Bragen escort the Doctor, Ben and Polly to the colony, where Governor Hensell (Peter Bathurst) reveals that a 200-year old crashed spaceship has been discovered in the swamps. It has been examined by the scientist Lesterson (Robert James) and his assistant Janley (Pamela Ann Davy) but they have been unable to gain access. Both Hensell and Lesterson presume that the other has sent for the Earth Examiner and are concerned when they discover that this is not so - especially as there is a degree of unrest amongst the colonists.

The Doctor and his companions sneak into Lesterson's laboratory. The Doctor manages to get inside the crashed spaceship and discovers two apparently dead Daleks and evidence that a third has already been removed. A claw-like creature suddenly scuttles into the shadows. Bragen is summoned by Lesterson and the Doctor tries in vain to warn him about the missing Dalek. The travellers later discover that their rooms are bugged. The Doctor decides that he must transmit his suspicions back to Earth but finds that the transmitter has been sabotaged and the technician (Philip Ryan) attacked. The only other person found in the communications room is Quinn, who is arrested by Bragen and charged with murdering the man in the swamp.

Lesterson has been experimenting on the third Dalek, which he has removed from the ship and hidden with the help of Janley and Resno (Edward Kelsey). Drawing power from cables, the Dalek reactivates, its first act being to blast Resno. Resno is rushed away and Janley later tells Lesterson that he is recovering. Lesterson removes the Dalek's gun and takes the alien with him to an enquiry by Hensell into Quinn's alleged treason. When the Dalek (Gerald Taylor; voice: Peter Hawkins) sees the Doctor it immediately recognises him. Lesterson asserts that the creatures can be used as slaves, but the Doctor argues that they are dangerous and should be destroyed. The Dalek glides forward declaring 'I am your servant' to Hensell.

The Doctor's warnings go unheeded and the enquiry continues to hear evidence against Quinn, who is accused of being a rebel set on undermining confidence in the colony's leaders. Bragen alleges that Quinn wishes to usurp Hensell's position. In reality it is Bragen himself who is bidding to take over, using Janley to stir up the rebels so that he can use their arrest as a springboard to power. Janley lures Polly to the Communications Room where she is kidnapped by a rebel called Valmar (Richard Kane). The Dalek has promised Lesterson that it will improve the colony's meteorite deflector. It then uses this as a ruse to power up the two dormant Daleks, which are still armed. The Doctor and Ben enter the laboratory in time to hear the Daleks' plans to regain full mobility using static electricity and then to take over the colony. Hensell goes on a tour of the perimeter leaving his new deputy, Bragen, in charge. Bragen warns the Doctor that he knows he is an impostor - thus confirming the Doctor's suspicion that he is the true murderer. The Doctor then receives a note from the rebels informing him of Polly's kidnap and warning him not to move against the Daleks. Lesterson has become alarmed by the Daleks' demands for raw materials and power but is blackmailed into silence by Janley, who reveals that Resno is in fact dead. The Doctor has discovered that there are now four Daleksand that Janley and Valmar have begun laying a power cable around the colony to give them greater mobility.

The Doctor and Ben decipher a secret message that leads them to a covert meeting of the rebels. They watch from hiding as Janley and Valmar demonstrate to Bragen an armed Dalek apparently operated by remote control, with which they plan to take over the colony. The Dalek registers the travellers' presence, however, and they are captured. The Doctor is imprisoned with Quinn. Lesterson sneaks into the crashed ship and discovers a production line ready to create hundreds of new Daleks. He attempts to shut down the power but the Daleks now have the ability to create and store their own. The Daleks continue with the deception that they are willing slaves to Janley and Valmar. When Lesterson tries to warn Bragen, Janley convinces Bragen that the scientist is ill through overwork.

The Doctor and Quinn escape and make contact with Hensell, who rushes back to the colony to find Bragen has seized power, surrounded by guards loyal to him. Bragen arms a Dalek and commands it to kill Hensell. Polly has been held captive in the laboratory. The Doctor and Quinn free her by overpowering her guard, Kebble (Steven Scott). They speed to the Governor's office but are too late to save him. Inside the Dalek spaceship a Dalek army (Gerald Taylor, Kevin Manser, Robert Jewell, John Scott Martin, Nick Evans) is now poised to 'conquer and destroy'. Quinn, the Doctor and Polly are escorted to the cells by Bragen's men but a group of Daleks appear and order the guards to leave. The Doctor and friends use the confusion to escape and are reunited with Ben, who has been held prisoner by Valmar. Bragen tells Janley that, having taken over the colony, he now intends to kill the rebels. Horrified, Janley rushes to inform Valmar. On hearing Bragen's plan, the Daleks offer their services to Valmar and the rebels. Once turned loose in the colony, however, they begin to kill indiscriminately.

The Doctor and his companions discover Lesterson, whose sanity has begun to crumble. The group once again return to the laboratory. Lesterson reveals that they will need the help of Valmar, who set up the Daleks' power cabling, if they are to succeed. They find Valmar mourning the death of his partner Janley - a victim of the Daleks. Now aware of the Daleks' true motives, Bragen is convinced by Quinn and the Doctor to allow his guards to create a diversion while the Doctor and Lesterson work on the Dalek ship.

The Daleks return to the laboratory just before the Doctor completes his adjustments to the power generator. Lesterson sacrifices his own life as a diversion to allow the Doctor to make the final connection, which overloads the power system and causes the Daleks' casings to explode. Now free of the Dalek threat, Bragen makes one more attempt to regain power, but Valmar kills him.

Ben, Polly and the Doctor head back to the TARDIS leaving Quinn and Valmar to rebuild the colony. A crushed Dalek stands by the TARDIS, and, as the ship dematerialises, its eyestalk slowly rises…

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

Production Team
Marjorie Yorke (Assistant Floor Manager), Sandra Reid (Costumes), Terry Nation (Creator of the Daleks), Derek Dodd (Designer), Peter Sargent (Film Cameraman), Jim Latham (Film Editor), Tristram Cary (Incidental Music), Gillian James (Make-Up), Innes Lloyd (Producer), Michael Briant (Production Assistant), Gerry Davis (Script Editor), Brian Hodgson (Special Sounds), Graham Sothcott (Studio Lighting), Buster Cole (Studio Sound), Delia Derbyshire (Theme Arrangement), Ron Grainer (Title Music)
Story Notes
Patrick Troughton's debut story, which also features the return of the dreaded Daleks. Dennis Spooner actually penned the final version of the scripts, but received no onscreen credit; Dalek creator Terry Nation, however, did receive credit at the end of the story for his creations. At one point, a photograph of William Hartnell is used as the new Doctor peers into the mirror in the TARDIS in episode 1. (A slide of Hartnell was also used in the opening scene which then faded into Troughton. This is very similar to the shot of Hartnell fading into a slide of Troughton in 'Tenth Planet' but from a different angle.) This story showed the actual Dalek creatures within the travel machines for the first time in the series' history. The working title for the story was "The Destiny of Doctor Who"; individual rehearsal scripts for episodes 3 and 4 bore titles as well, respectively "Servants of Masters" and "The Destiny of Doctor Who". Anneke Wills and Michael Craze were absent from filming episodes 4 and 5, respectively, as both were away on holiday. The year the story took place is 2020 AD, but only noted so in the scripts.
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).
DVD release
Some footage, including the newly-discovered trailer (found in 2003) for episode 1 and the surviving film clips from episodes 4, 5 and 6, are included on the "Lost in Time" DVD set released in 2004 in the separate option entitled "The Power of the Daleks". The existing 8mm off-air home movie footage from episodes 1 and 2 is included as part of the "8mm Off-Screen Footage" option.
Audio release
Complete audio soundtrack released on CD as "The Power of the Daleks" by the BBC Radio Collection in November 2003, included as part of the "Dalek Tin" CD set (along with "The Evil of the Daleks" and the documentary "My Life as a Dalek"), narrated by Frazer Hines. Released individually in August 2004. An edited version of these episodes was released in 1993 as "The Power of the Daleks," presented by Tom Baker, via the BBC Radio Collection. Some selections from this story (music and/or sound effects) have been released on "Doctor Who at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Volume One - The Early Years, 1963-1969" (BBC Music WMSF 6023-2).
In Print
Novelised as "Doctor Who - The Power of the Daleks" by John Peel (Target #154, part of the Virgin series), first released in 1993 with cover art by Alister Pearson. Also issued by Titan Books as a script book, "Power of the Daleks," edited by John McElroy, with cover art by Alister Pearson.
Links and Additional Info
Photonovel: The official BBC Doctor Who website has released a "photonovel" of this lost story using images, video clips and the original audio soundtrack; you can visit the BBC website to view the Photonovel.

Reconstruction: Reconstructed using photos and the original audio soundtrack by Loose Cannon Productions; details are available at recons.com. Also reconstructed earlier by Change of Identity/Bruce Robinson and Joint Venture Productions, no longer in circulation.

Full Script: The script for "The Power of the Daleks" can be found at the Scripts Project site, hosted by the Earthbound Timelords.
Screencap Descriptions
Descriptions of each story screen capture above right, top to bottom:
  • Ben and Polly (Michael Craze, Anneke Wills) are dumbfounded by this new stranger who used to be the Doctor
  • the Doctor (Patrick Troughton) looks in the mirror... and sees the reflection of his predecessor (William Hartnell)
  • Lesteron (Robert James)
  • the Daleks
  • the Doctor is in the sights of the Daleks as Ben stands helpless
  • the situation gets ugly with the Examiner (Martin King) and Quinn (Nicholas Hawtrey)