Saturday, 1 July 2017

169 The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Seven

EPISODE: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Seven
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 01 July 1967
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Derek Martinus and Timothy Combe
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
RATINGS: 6.1 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Volume Four(1967)
TELESNAPS: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Seven

"The Daleks must not, cannot be destroyed. The race will survive! The Daleks will live and rule forever!"

In the Dalek city, Daleks start to question the orders they have been given. Maxtible is lured out of his cell with the promise of the transmutation machine he craves but passes through an arch that puts the Dalek Factor into him. The Doctor is hypnotised and likewise seemingly converted but the process fails because he isn't human. The Doctor converts the machine to inject the Human factor and then gets the Emperor to order the Daleks through it because the Daleks the human factor has spread from the other three Daleks. The two Dalek factions quickly end up battling each other. Waterfield is killed saving the Doctor's life, while Maxtible kills Kemel. The fighting spreads to the Emperors chamber causing him and the city to be destroyed. Jamie rescues Victoria as the Doctor escapes from the city.

JAMIE: Doctor.
DOCTOR: Jamie, Jamie!
JAMIE: A Dalek nearly caught us, but I tossed it over the edge. But, poor Kemel.
DOCTOR: Kemel?
JAMIE: Aye. You see, he was trying.
VICTORIA: Where is my father? Is he dead?
DOCTOR: Yes. Yes, I'm afraid he is. But he didn't die in vain. I think we've seen the end of the Daleks forever. Jamie, we must get along to the Tardis. It's over there.
JAMIE: We can't leave her alone, Doctor.
DOCTOR: We're not going to leave her. She's coming with us. The end. The final end.
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Another final episode where it all goes bang bang bang and everything happens at once leaving everyone dead bar the Doctor and his old & new companions. It's another episode where you suspect we're not getting the full benefit of the episode with just the soundtrack but fortunately model and effect sequences from this episode survive as part of the Last Dalek 8mm film and can be found on several Doctor Who DVDs including Doctor Who - Lost In Time.

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These give us a really good look at the Emperor prop and in the process show us the final appearance of Dalek Dome 2 with it's repaired broken neck ring. Thrown out by the BBC following this story it was salvaged by Bernard Wilkie, one of the heads of the special effects department and repaired. It is now in the possession of film director Peter Jackson, a big Doctor Who fan.

We're joined by a fifth Dalek operator for this episode as Ken Tyllssen, previously a Sensorite in The Sensorites and a Mechanoid fighting the Daleks in the Chase, makes his one and only appearance inside a Dalek casing.

The full size props are supplemented by Louis Marx Daleks in several model sequences in the battle.

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It wouldn't be the last time these Daleks appeared in Doctor Who either, they return forming the bulk of the frozen Dalek army in Planet of the Daleks.

The function of Evil as as a story is to provide a final end for the Daleks removing them from the series so Terry Nation could launch them in their own series. Unfortunately that plan goes awry and the Daleks do return but not for a few years in the program's life, their longest break from the show. While we see the city Daleks killed we now know there's the possibility of others surviving elsewhere in space. The only thing is the last of, in Dalek terms, is the use of Peter Hawkins for their voice. He'd been with the show since it's second serial but when the Daleks returned they had new voice artists before returning to his co-worker here, Roy Skelton, in Planet of the Daleks. Hawkins has two more Doctor who voices yet to come, as The Cybermen in Tomb of the Cybermen and Wheel in Space before making an encore appearance as a Dalek Voice in the missing third season Out of the Unknown episode Get Off Of My Cloud. And in amongst all the chaos here we get a little tiny hint to the Doctor's own origins as he speaks to Victoria:

VICTORIA: What are you thinking?
DOCTOR: I'm trying to puzzle out a problem, Victoria. The Daleks say I'm going to do something for them. Something I would rather die than do.
VICTORIA: Perhaps they think you're like him.
DOCTOR: Oh, no. The Daleks know me well enough by this time.
VICTORIA: They intend to persuade you then.
DOCTOR: Oh no, no, it isn't that either. You see, there isn't a persuasion strong enough. Not even the offer of all the lives in this room.
DOCTOR: Five lives against a whole planet? Well, it's not a choice, is it?
DOCTOR: Even if I could trust the Daleks, even if they set us free, we still couldn't go back to Earth. I suppose I might try and take you all to another universe. I might even try and take you to my own planet.
VICTORIA: Your own?
DOCTOR: Yes, yes, I live a long, long way away from Earth.
More will follow in the next story, The Tomb of the Cybermen.

Evil of the Daleks has the distinction of being the first full Doctor Who story to be repeated when it was shown on the 8th June - 3rd August 1968, plugging the gaps between seasons 5 & 6. It was introduced at the end of heel in Space by a small amount of footage from the close of episode 1 of Evil of the Daleks, while the start of episode 1 of Evil included some dialogue from the Doctor and his then companion Zoe setting the scene. The first story of season 6, The Dominators, then makes reference to the Doctor being tired from having mentally projected this earlier tale for his new companion!

Conversely Evil of the Daleks was the last original series story novelised. It appeared in 1993 and was written by John Peel who tackled many of the outstanding sixties Dalek stories. This left five stories un-novelised for Target books: The Pirate Planet, City of Death, Shada, Resurrection of the Daleks and Revelation of the Daleks. Three are Douglas Adams stories, two are Eric Saward Dalek stories.

Most modern fans first exposure to this story was the tape version of the soundtrack was released in 1992 with narration by Fourth Doctor Tom Baker, which topped the spoken word charts for sometime. A CD version was issued in 2004 with narration by Fraser Hines, who plays Jamie.

Only episode two of this story exists to watch and it was released on video in 1992 as part of The Daleks: The Early Years with Dalek Masterplan 5 & 10, Counterplot and Escape Switch, then the only surviving episodes of that tale. All 3 episodes were released on DVD in 2014 as part of Doctor Who - Lost In Time.

This also brings us to the end of the fourth season if Doctor Who, the only one without a complete story. It used to share this distinction with season five, but it doesn't any more! So when we return on 2nd September 1967 we'll be starting season five by watching the first episode of the first complete story since the War Machines!

Saturday, 24 June 2017

168 The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Six

EPISODE: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Six
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 24 June 1967
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Derek Martinus and Timothy Combe
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
RATINGS: 6.8 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Volume Four(1967)
TELESNAPS: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Six

"You will take the Dalek factor. You will spread it to the entire history of Earth!"

The three new Daleks continue to play with the Doctor engaging him in a game of trains pushing him round the room. The Doctor explains that he and Jamie are their friends and gives them name & a marking: Alpha, Beta & Omega. All the Daleks are recalled to Skaro. Maxtible tells Waterfield Victoria has been released and Waterfield searches for her while Maxtible packs a bag. He discovers a device on the floor: a Dalek Time bomb. He is dismayed that the Daleks intend to destroy his lab. Waterfield returns and attacks Maxtible but Maxtible knocks him out and leaves with the last Dalek. The Doctor & Jamie find Waterfield and jury rig the time machine to follow the Daleks, disappearing as the bomb detonates. Victoria & Kemel are held in a cell on Skaro: Maxtible visits them before leaving with a Dalek. The Doctor, Jamie & Waterfield have arrived outside the city. The Doctor finds a tunnel to the interior. Maxtible encounters a black domed Dalek, angry at his failure to bring The Doctor to Skaro. An alarm sounds: intruders are detected. Dalek Omega is found by another black domed Dalek and taken away. Victoria is taken away by the Daleks and screams, attracting the attention of the Doctor's party who then meet Dalek Omega in the corridor. Dalek Omega is a fake, which the Doctor detects pushing it off a ledge to it's doom. The Doctor's party reach the Dalek control room where they encounter the giant Emperor Dalek.

EMPEROR: Doctor!
JAMIE: Look at the size of that thing.
EMPEROR: So, you are the Doctor.
DOCTOR: We meet at last. I wondered if we ever would.
EMPEROR: The experiment is over.
DOCTOR: Yes, I have implanted the human factor in the three Daleks that you gave me. When I say run, run!
EMPEROR: Speak louder.
DOCTOR: Promise me, Jamie. I was merely telling my friend that the day of the Daleks is coming to an end.
EMPEROR: Explain.
DOCTOR: It's very simple. Somewhere in the Dalek race there are three Daleks with the human factor. Gradually, they will come to question. They will persuade other Daleks to question. You will have a rebellion on your planet!
DOCTOR: I say yes. I've beaten you and I don't care what you do to me now.
EMPEROR: Silence. The human factor showed us what the Dalek factor was.
JAMIE: What does that mean?
EMPEROR: Without knowing, you have shown the Daleks what their own strength is.
WATERFIELD: While you were doing one thing, they were really making you do another.
EMPEROR: The human factor is useless.
DOCTOR: You still have those three Daleks to contend with.
EMPEROR: They will be impregnated with the Dalek factor. Your discovery, but your work is not over.
DOCTOR: I won't work for you.
EMPEROR: You will obey!
JAMIE: What is the Dalek factor?
DOCTOR: You want me to guess? It means to obey, to fight, to destroy, to exterminate. I won't do it.

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JAMIE: The Tardis, Doctor!
EMPEROR: You will take the Dalek factor. You will spread it to the entire history of Earth!

Thus does the Dalek plan stand revealed. It's a bit like a typical Cyberman plan: over complicated and a bit rubbish. Can't they can easily travel in time themselves distributing the Dalek factor? So what do they need the Doctor for?

The child Daleks are great, a contrast to the usual Dalek behaviour and unlike the servant Daleks in Power absolutely genuine. But no sooner are they introduced then they disappear, recalled to Skaro, Not Skaros, take note Mr Maxtible! In fact this whole episode is VERY fast moving and lots packed in with the Child Daleks, Bomb, arriving on Skaro, and meeting the Emperor. You feel some of this material could have been given a little bit more space and longer on screen compared to some of the things that dragged in earlier episodes.

And finally, after six episodes hunting for it, The Doctor & Jamie find the Tardis! Still a bit of work to do before they can get it back though!

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We get to see the Dalek Emperor on screen for the first time here. There's been a Dalek Emperor in the comics for ages, a gold Dalek with a sphere shaped dome replacing the existing dome and neck. Many people later speculated that the Emperor might be Davros, TV creator of the Daleks, and in a self fulfilling prophecy the white domed but armless Emperor of Remembrance of the Daleks is revealed to be Davros.

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A Dalek Emperor is seen in the new series too in Bad Wolf & Parting of the Ways but that one's obviously a Dalek. You can't be sure when this story is set in Dalek chronology but my guess is this Emperor isn't Davros. If I had to point a figure at someone I'd be looking at the Dalek leader in Genesis of the Daleks.

When I first blogged these episodes I had been listening to many of these audio only episode while out and about on buses and trains: Evil 6 was heard while travelling from Kingston to Richmond to get some lunch (very nice Dim Sum, thank you. Why can't you get Dim Sum in Swindon?) On the way back a chap sitting opposite me on the bus was wearing a Salvador Dalek T-Shirt, parodying the famous Dali painting of the melting clock! An odd coincidence!

So for the first time since The Daleks we're definitely back on Skaro. There's a chance it might have appeared in The Space Museum & The Chase but the Dalek's base planet is unnamed there and could easily be Kembel or something else. We get to see, both inside and out, a new version of the Daleks' city and because we get to see inside it it's a return for the familiar heartbeat sound of the Dalek control room noise.

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Skaro means yet more Daleks so we're joined by a fourth Dalek operator: Murphy Grumbar. Under his original acting name of Peter Murphy he appeared in the Daleks and the Dalek Invasion of Earth before appearing as a Mechanoid in the Chase under his revised name. He'll be back in Day of the Daleks, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks and Death to the Daleks as well as playing Arcturus in Curse of Peladon.

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Saturday, 17 June 2017

167 The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Five

EPISODE: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Five
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 17 June 1967
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Derek Martinus and Timothy Combe
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
RATINGS: 5.1 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Volume Four(1967)
TELESNAPS: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Five

"No, Mister Terrall, I am not a student of human nature. I am a professor of a far wider academy, of which human nature is merely a part. All forms of life interest me."

Kemel & Jamie throw a rope round the Dalek and propel it off the balcony destroying it. They barricade themselves into Victoria's room. The Doctor takes a break and is found by Terrall sipping a glass of wine. They disagree, the Doctor observing that he's never seen Terrall eat or drink. Terrall threatens the Doctor with a sword that becomes magnetised when Terrall holds it. Jamie asks Victoria what has happened but her memory is hazy, as if she'd been hypnotised. Meanwhile Maxtible demonstrates hypnotic skills to Terrall using Molly. Maxtible orders Terrall to fetch Victoria. The Doctor has isolated elements of The Human Factor - courage, pity, chivalry, friendship and compassion - in a positronic brain to be added to each of the three inert Daleks that have been brought to the house. Victoria is abducted by Terrall using a secret passage, Jamie follows and engages Terrall in a sword fight. Terrall suddenly collapses. The Doctor appears and takes a Dalek control device off him. He orders Ruth and Molly to take him as far away as possible. Kemel finds Victoria in the lab but they are cornered by a Dalek he orders them into the Cabinet the Daleks are coming out of. They vanish, back to the Dalek home world Skaro. The brains are installed in three new Daleks which wake up and play with Doctor playfully pushing him round the room.

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Awww, that's a great sequence at the end as the Doctor activates the child like Daleks!

There's lots going on here. Terrall's been under Dalek control all along: he's freed, removing him, Molly & Ruth from the story. Maxtible's hypnotism is revealed to be the means behind Victoria's kidnap and the Doctor activates three child like Daleks. Even Victoria gets a little to do before being taken to Skaro.

I think my biggest problem with Evil of the Daleks concerns these middle 3 episodes of the story, three, four and five. There's four characters in here, Ruth, Molly, Toby and Terrall that don't really seem essential to what's going on. Terrall's only real function is in this episode where he grabs Victoria and takes her to the lab. Surely the same thing could have been easily achieved with Maxtible's hypnotism? I think another pass at Evil could eliminate those four characters and shorten the story by an episode in turn making Jamie's testing by the Daleks a lot shorter: it feels like it's gone on forever!

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The testing has effected Jamie and leads to them having a major disagreement:

DOCTOR: Well, Jamie, the experiment's nearly over. I've had no sleep. I've been up all night, but it's been worth it.
JAMIE: Och, don't touch me!
DOCTOR: Oh, now what's the matter?
JAMIE: Anyone would think this was a little game.
DOCTOR: No it is not a game.
JAMIE: Of course it isn't, Doctor. People have died. The Daleks are all over the place, fit to murder the lot of us, and all you can say is you've had a good night's work.
DOCTOR: Jamie.
JAMIE: No, Doctor. Look, I'm telling you this. You and me, we're finished. You're just too callous for me. Anything goes by the board. Anything at all.
DOCTOR: That's just not true, Jamie. I've never held that the end justifies the means.
JAMIE: Och, words. What do I care about words? You don't give that much for a living soul except yourself.
DOCTOR: I care about life. I care about human beings. Do you think I let you go through that Dalek test lightly?
JAMIE: I don't know. Did you? Look, Doctor, just whose side are you on?
The outcome of this is put on hold as the three Daleks are activated.

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A third Dalek means a third Dalek Operator so joining Robert Jewell, who's been in the story since the first episode, and Gerald Taylor, who was added to the cast in the third, is John Scott Martin. He'd made his Doctor Who début in The Web Planet as a Zarbi graduating to Dalek Operator in The Chase three stories later a role he'd repeated in Mission to the Unknown, The Dalek Masterplan and Power of the Daleks. He'll return as a Dalek in Day of the Daleks, Frontier in Space, Planet of the Daleks, Death to the Daleks, Genesis of the Daleks, The Five Doctors, Resurrection of the Daleks, Revelation of the Daleks and Remembrance of the Daleks. He also plays the Robot in Colony in Space, Charlie in the Daemons, a Mutant in the Mutants, Hughes in The Green Death, a guard in Robot and Kriz in Brain of Morbius. His distinctive hair makes him a familiar figure amongst bit part actors in many television roles.

Years ago there was a big fan debate about if the Doctor ate meat or drank alcohol. Well he has some wine here, and he's positively knocking it back in Day of the Daleks. Meat is a little harder but he has mutton stew in Planet of the Spiders as we recently saw when the DVD came out. We'll keep an eye out for more evidence for these two arguments.

Saturday, 10 June 2017

166 The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Four

EPISODE: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Four
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 10 June 1967
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Derek Martinus
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
RATINGS: 5.3 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Volume Four(1967)
TELESNAPS: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Four

"Obey the Daleks!"

Jamie and Kemel fight but Kemel falls off a roof. He then saves Jamie's life from a booby trapped blade and a truce is formed between them as they go together to rescue Victoria. The Doctor and the Daleks confer on what is the human factor. Waterfield & Maxtible discover Toby's body: Maxtible is appalled and refuses to co-operate. Maxtible is about to shoot him when Arthur Terrall appears and offers to dispose of the body. Terrall catches Molly wandering the house and is furious at her: Ruth Maxtible, Terrall's fiancée, protects Molly but wants to know why Terrall is so changed. Ruth comes to speak with her father who tells her how the Daleks are going to give him the secret of alchemical transmutation to gold. Jamie & Kemel near where Victoria is hidden but are cornered by Daleks.

A bit of an odd episode this week: lots of fighting and wandering through potentially trapped corridors, the sort of thing that probably works better with moving visuals. Troughton's off on holiday this week, his first break, so he appears only in brief pre filmed inserts observing the tests that Jamie & Kemel are enduring.

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Deborah Watling as Victoria is mostly absent too, in fact she's hardly appeared in any of the three episodes she's been in so far. It's very much the Jamie McCrimmon action half hour this week!

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We do learn something interesting about Jamie this episode: He can read. He reads both Kemel's name and Victoria's initials. Given the time period Jamie is from I'd have thought literacy levels weren't that high. Is he well educated for the time or is the Tardis somehow giving him the ability to read?

In fact it's interesting that Kemel himself, a mute Turk, can write English. I suspect Maxtible's description of him in the previous episode does Kemel a severe disservice! Jamie befriending the mute giant that everyone, save possibly Victoria, has previously looked down on is one of the highlights of this episode.

Behind the scenes Peter Bryant makes his début in the script editor's chair this episode as the replacement for Gerry Davis. He'll be playing musical chairs for much of the next few months between this and the producer's role. His arrival lead Victor Pemberton, who'd been serving as assistant script editor, to believe chances of his advancement to full script editor would be blocked but things turn out differently as we shall see resulting in us needing another new script editor in the not too distant fut

Saturday, 3 June 2017

165 The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Three

EPISODE: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Three
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 03 June 1967
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Derek Martinus
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
RATINGS: 6.1 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Volume Four(1967)
TELESNAPS: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Three

"You will not be exterminated!"

Toby takes Jamie to Arthur Terrel, a man obviously suffering from a mental disorder of some kind. He denies asking Toby to do this and drives him away, but while talking to Jamie suffers mood swings, a mild fit and denies things he said a little while earlier. The Doctor finds Jamie and brings him back to the house. The Doctor is commanded by the Daleks to isolate The Human Factor, the element that allows them to defeat the Daleks. Jamie to be put to the test and forced to rescue Victoria. Maxtible's servant Kemmel is assigned too guard Victoria and prevent Jamie from succeeding. The Doctor assures Waterfield that Jamie will co-operate but Jamie overhears them and has an argument with the Doctor during which he storms off to rescue Victoria aided by Molly the Maid. Seeking recompense for his services Toby breaks into the house and is exterminated. Jamie, seeking Victoria, finds the huge mute Kemmel blocking his path.

Lots of bits to the episode, which interrupts it's flow somewhat. Terrall is odd as a character: something has happened to him beyond his soldiering experience but what? The Doctor & Jamie arguing doesn't work for me though it's clever how the Doctor steers him into doing what he was meant to do anyway. The episode does feature a superb line, as Victoria is moved to different accommodation by a Dalek:

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This episode marks the last credit for Gerry Davis as Script Editor. He'll be back as a writer for Tomb of the Cybermen then Revenge of the Cybermen and, with frequent Doctor Who co-author Kit Pedler, will be responsible for the creation of highly regarded science fiction series Doomwatch that was finally released on DVD in 2016.

Joining the cast in the last episode was Marius Goring, a very well established actor who helped found the Equity union and twice served as it's president. The previous year to this he'd appeared in the Out of the Unknown episode Too Many Cooks as Wattari. Like many episodes of this series, it is missing from the BBC archives.

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Playing Maxtible's daughter Ruth is Brigit Forsyth, later to find fame as Thelma in Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads?. Future Doctor Who writer Russell T Davies' casts her in his first children's tv fantasy production Dark Season as Miss Maitland.

The Maxtible's maid Mollie Dawson is played by Jo Rowbottom, who had auditioned for the role of Victoria. Five years prior to this production she's appears in an episode of Out of This World, the ITV predecessor to Out of the Unknown, as Elaine in Immigrant. She also appears in I, Claudius as Calpurnia in Hail Who? & A God in Colchester and in The Professionals as Betty Marlow in It's Only a Beautiful Picture.

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Playing the Maxtible's mute Turkish manservant is the great Sonny Caldinez, appearing in Doctor Who for the first time here. A tall Trinidadian, he'll find his true calling in Doctor Who in three stories time when he makes his début as an Ice Warrior. He's the only actor to appear in all four Ice Warrior stories playing Turoc in The Ice Warriors, an unnamed Warrior in The Seeds of Death, Ssorg in Curse of Peladon and Sskel in Monster of Peladon.

Gary Watson plays Ruth Maxtible's fiancée as Arthur Terrall. He too has an Out of This World to his name appearing in Pictures Don't Lie as Nathen. Some years later he plays a radio reporter in Chocky, which was dramatised by another Doctor Who script editor Anthony Read.

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One of the most famous faces in the story only ha a very brief role: playing the thug Toby is Windsor Davies some years before his starring role as Battery Sergeant-Major Williams in It Ain't Half Hot Mum. This isn't his only brush with science fiction: he appears in the UFO episode The Cat with Ten Lives as Morgan then supplied the voice for Sergeant Major Zero in Terrahawks.

Joining the cast this episode as a second Dalek Operator is Gerald Taylor. Taylor first appears in the sixth episode of Doctor, The Daleks 2: The Survivors as a Dalek, a role he repeats in Dalek Invasion of Earth, The Chase, Mission to the Unknown, Dalek Masterplan and Power of the Daleks. He was in The Web Planet as a Zarbi, The War Machines as a War Machine & the Voice of Wotan and as Damon's assistant in The Underwater Menace. He can be seen again as The Baker's Man in The Dæmons episode 2 and then heavily made up as Vega Nexos in Monster of Peladon episode 1. Outside of Doctor Who he's in one of the currently missing second season episode of Out of the Unknown, The Naked Sun, as a robot. We were joined last episode by Peter Hawkins as a Dalek Voice: he's supplied the voices for the Daleks, mainly alongside David Graham, for every single one of their appearances so far including the two movies. He's also supplied the voices for the Cybermen in Tenth Planet and The Moonbase. This story is the last time we'll hear him as a Dalek in Doctor Who but he returns as a Cyberman voice for Tomb of The Cybermen and Wheel in Space. Hawkins makes one last appearance voicing a Dalek in the missing Out of the Unknown third season episode Get Off Of My Cloud

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Some of the larger interiors at Maxtible's house are filmed at Grim's Dyke in Harrow Weald, near where some exterior location filming was done for episode 1. The house was previously owned by W.S Gilbert of Gilbert and Sullivan fame.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

164 The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Two

EPISODE: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Two
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 27 May 1967
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Derek Martinus
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
RATINGS: 7.5 million viewers
FORMAT: DVD: Doctor Who - Lost In Time
TELESNAPS: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode Two

"Negative and positive electricity had failed, so we tried static. If only we could have known the powers we were going to unleash!"

We have an episode to watch! On with the DVD!

The Dalek exterminates Kennedy. Waterfield enters and is horrified at what happens but is told to obey. The Dalek disappears, leaving Waterfield behind. He tears a photo of the Doctor placing half in Kennedy's hand and half in the edge of a box. The Doctor & Jamie enter the shop and examine the oddly new Victorian antiques. Jamie thinks Waterfield's invented a time machine but the Doctor says that's unlikely. They're met by Perry who has also returned to the shop. Entering the back room they find Kennedy's body. The telephone isn't working due to interference so Perry leaves to phone the police. The Doctor and Jamie find the hidden chamber but as Waterfield watches Jamie opens the box gassing him and the Doctor into unconsciousness. Waterfield activates the futuristic machinery in the room which vanishes taking Waterfield, the Doctor and Jamie with it.

The Doctor wakes in a Victorian sitting room. Molly Dawson, a servant, serves him a revitalising tonic and tells him that he arrived late last night from abroad with Mr Waterfield. The year is 1866. The house belongs to Theodore Maxtible, yet a picture of Waterfield's wife hangs over the fireplace. Waterfield's daughter, Victoria, is being held prisoner by the Daleks elsewhere in the house but refuses to eat feeding the birds her food. The Doctor is taken to Maxtible's lab where he & Waterfield explain their experiments with a cabinet lined with mirrors and subjected different charges of electricity. When they mention static electricity the Doctor is alarmed and a Dalek burst from the cabinet. The Doctor is needed to perform an experiment on Jamie. The Dalek enters the mirrored cabinet and vanishes. Jamie awakes and is served cordial by Molly. She goes to fetch him tea but a man, Toby, enters and knocks him out. When Molly returns she too is rendered unconscious and left on the sofa under a blanket. The Doctor & Waterfield return to find Jamie gone.

Awwwww, what a good episode. Somewhere along the line the Doctor Jamie relationship has clicked. This is one of the first occasions they get extended screen time together by themselves and they're on cracking form here as they enter the antiques shop.

JAMIE: I don't know what you're being so cautious about.
JAMIE: They left the door open for us, didn't they?
JAMIE: Hey, it's half-past the nine o'clock.
DOCTOR: Yes, I know.
JAMIE: But they made the appointment for ten. Why have we come early?
DOCTOR: The early bird catches the worm, Jamie. Now do be quiet, there's a good chap. And for heaven's sake, don't knock into anything.
JAMIE: Any good, this?
DOCTOR: It's interesting. In fact, Jamie, it's quite remarkable.
JAMIE: Hey, Doctor, you know you told me outside it said Genuine Victorian Antiques? Well, all the stuff in here's brand new.
DOCTOR: Hmm, you've noticed that.
JAMIE: Of course I did. The man's a rogue.
DOCTOR: Yes, so it seems. Except
JAMIE: Except what?
DOCTOR: Except that all these things are not reproductions. They're all genuine.
JAMIE: Now, that's ridiculous.
DOCTOR: Here, look at this. To one deed box, four guineas. This is a bill from William Dearing and Son, 1866.
JAMIE: Then it's a forgery.
DOCTOR: Yes. If you were going to make a forgery, wouldn't you try to dirty it up a bit? Yellow the edges, crinkle it up? This is brand new.
JAMIE: I've got an idea.
JAMIE: All the stuff in here is genuine.
JAMIE: But brand new.
DOCTOR: Well done.
JAMIE: Well, that is impossible, unless Waterfield could have invented a time machine like the Tardis, Doctor, and he's bringing all this stuff back from Victorian times.
DOCTOR: But it's not very likely, is it? The only way to find out is to ask Waterfield.

There's some superb business there with the Doctor knocking a statue over an Jamie catching it just as he says "And for heaven's sake, don't knock into anything!"

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Our attention is drawn to the phone interference:

DOCTOR: Yes, well, we'll have to find it before he comes back. Now I wonder what this telephone interference is.
The Doctor blames it on the Time Machine when he finds it:
DOCTOR: Well, look at this. That's where your telephone interference is coming from. Oh, yes, this is interesting.
Just as with Dalek Masterplan 8: Volcano and the cricket match I'm forced to wonder if a young Douglas Adams was watching? A similar idea crops up in Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency but I'm struggling to remember if the same idea is in Shada, the cancelled Doctor Who story which "inspired" much of Dirk Gently's.

The Daleks have had time travel before now, using a Tardis like vessel in The Chase and Dalek Masterplan. Here though the technology moves people and objects from site to site, like Star Trek Transporter or Blake's 7's Teleporter. In later stories this, or something similar, is referred to as Time Corridor technology which the Daleks use in Resurrection and Remembrance of the Daleks.

We know there's something odd about Waterfield but it's still a huge shock to suddenly find ourselves in the middle of Victorian England. It's a good episode to survive as we get to see two of the three major locations in the story, most of the major characters and it's the first appearance of Victoria Waterfield, Edward's daughter, who'll be staying with us when the story closes. The painting of her mother that hangs in the hall is somewhat of an oddity though: what's a painting of Waterfield's wife doing hanging in Maxtible's house? Is she some how related to Maxtible, an older daughter perhaps? Has Maxtible bought Waterfield's house and left the picture hanging there? Or had Waterfield relocated to Maxtible's and hung the painting in pride of place?

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There's an oddity in the lab too: Before the Dalek reveals itself to the Doctor it can be clearly seen through the gap in the doors of the cabinet!

The reveal of the Daleks to the Doctor is significantly teased to him beforehand:

MAXTIBLE: Please, please, Doctor. First things first. You asked what date it was and where you were.
DOCTOR: Yes. Well?
MAXTIBLE: You're in my house, some miles from Canterbury. The date is June the 2nd, eighteen hundred and sixty six.
DOCTOR: And just what do you think you're up to? You steal my property, you spirit Jamie and me a hundred years back in time and you murder a man along the way.
MAXTIBLE: We had nothing to do with the death of that man.
DOCTOR: I don't believe you!
MAXTIBLE: You will believe, Doctor. We are all of us the victims of a higher power. A power more evil and more terrible than the human brain can imagine.
DOCTOR: Power? Victims? What do you mean?
The word Power distinctly gets his attention: remember the last Dalek story, Troughton's first as the Doctor, was called The Power of the Daleks and a major plot point is them securing a source of power.
WATERFIELD: They've taken my daughter, Victoria.
DOCTOR: Who are they?
MAXTIBLE: You will not be kept in suspense very much longer, Doctor. Pray, come with us and we will show you how it all began.
WATERFIELD: Doctor, do whatever it is they ask, I beg of you. My daughter's life is in your hands.
DOCTOR: I will listen, I promise.
Learning an innocent girl is in mortal danger does get the Doctor's attention though as he is shown to the lab:
DOCTOR: Oh, yes, yes, very impressive. And now perhaps you'll explain what all this is about?
MAXTIBLE: Patience, my dear sir, a little longer.
DOCTOR: Patience? You don't seem to understand what's happened. A man has been murdered! You behave as though we're going on Sunday school outing.
MAXTIBLE: Neither Whitefield nor I were responsible for his death. A cigar?
DOCTOR: Why have you brought us here? Who are these enemies of yours, these ones you say control you?
MAXTIBLE: Brilliant minds, Doctor.
WATERFIELD: They are monsters.
MAXTIBLE: Oh, I admit, Waterfield, they have behaved callously.
WATERFIELD: Inhuman monsters!
DOCTOR: Inhuman?
WATERFIELD: Creations of the devil!
The Doctor's interest is piqued again.
MAXTIBLE: Let me explain.
DOCTOR: Please do.
MAXTIBLE: I have always been fascinated by the concept of travelling through time. Waterfield here is an expert in certain technical matters and I have the money to indulge my whims. Everything you see about you here was constructed by us two.
DOCTOR: To try to find a way of exploring time?
MAXTIBLE: Yes. Now this is my theory. A mirror reflects an image, does it not?
MAXTIBLE: So, you may be standing there, and yet appear to be standing fifty feet away. Well, following the new investigations twelve years ago by J Clark Maxwell into electromagnetism and the experiments by Faraday into static electricity.
DOCTOR: Static?
The Daleks have been users of Static Electricity since their first appearance and it was referred to again in Power of the Daleks. For my reckoning this is the point where he figures out who he's facing even if he's hoping it's not them!
MAXTIBLE: Correct. Waterfield and I first attempted to refine the image in the mirror, and then to project it. In here, Doctor, are one hundred and forty four separate mirrors.
WATERFIELD: And each is of polished metal. Each is subjected to electric charges, all positive.
MAXTIBLE: Like repels like in electricity, Doctor, and so next, Waterfield and I attempted to repel the image in the mirrors, wherever we directed.
DOCTOR: You mentioned static electricity.
See what I mean? He's worried.
WATERFIELD: That was our last experiment. Negative and positive electricity had failed, so we tried static. If only we could have known the powers we were going to unleash.
DOCTOR: Powers?
WATERFIELD: In the middle of our final test with static, creatures burst out of the cabinet, invaded the house, took away my daughter.
MAXTIBLE: Oh, my dear fellow. My dear, dear fellow. But we shall win through now that the Doctor is here.
DOCTOR: These creatures?
WATERFIELD: We had opened the way for them with our experiments. They forced me into the horror of time travel, Doctor. They ordered me to steal a box belonging to you and thus lure you into a trap and transport you here, together with your colleague Mister McCrimmon.
DOCTOR: They knew about me, these creatures.
MAXTIBLE: They gave us likenesses.
WATERFIELD: What could I do? They said my daughter would die.
DOCTOR: What are they called, these creatures?
DALEK: Doctor! Now do you understand?
DOCTOR: Oh, yes. Perfectly.
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DALEK: Move back! Our plan has worked. We shall triumph! You will obey! You will obey!
DOCTOR: Obey? Obey? What do you want?
DALEK: We have your time ship. We will destroy it unless you help us with an experiment.
DOCTOR: What experiment?
DALEK: You will help the Daleks test another human being.
DOCTOR: What sort of test?
DALEK: Do not question!
DOCTOR: I will not be your slave!
WATERFIELD: Doctor, I beg you.
DALEK: No harm will come to you if you agree. Where is your companion?
DOCTOR: Jamie?
WATERFIELD: He is in the house. I have done everything you asked me to.
DOCTOR: Why do you ask about Jamie?
DALEK: He is the human being who is to be tested.
DOCTOR: What do you mean? Tested how?
DALEK: Silence! You will reveal nothing to your companion. Obey the Daleks! You are in our power!

This episode marks the first appearance of Deborah Watling as Victoria. The daughter of actors Jack Watling, who we'll see in a few months time, and Patricia Hicks she'd started acting as a child first appearing on screen aged 11. The previous year she'd appeared in the now missing second season Out of the Unknown episode The World In Silence as Sarah Richards.

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Victoria's widowed Father, Edward Waterfield, is played by John Bailey. He'd previously appeared in The Sensorites episode 6: A Desperate Venture as the Commander of the marooned group of Earthmen and would return many years later as Sezom in The Horns of Nimon.

Evil of the Daleks 2 was recovered in May 1987 from the same collector as Faceless Ones 3 - see that episode for details as to how they were returned. Nobody quite knows how this lone episode of Evil of the Daleks made it's way into private hands but there is an incident that's worth noting: While involved in the making the BBC Documentary Whose Doctor Who in 1976, former script editor Terrance Dicks recommended a list of clips to use amongst which was "The Doctor meeting the Daleks in Victorian England". Evil of the Daleks was last sold abroad in 1970 and is records show the film print as having been junked in 1974. So how, two years later, was Terrance Dicks able to recommend using a clip from Evil? Was there a print in existence at this time, possibly this very print of episode 2 that now survives, that he was able to see which then went walkabout? Terrance sadly can't remember what he watched as research so we will probably never know.

I first saw this episode in 1992 when it was released as part of The Daleks: The Early Years with Dalek Masterplan 5 & 10, Counterplot and Escape Switch, then the only surviving episodes of that tale. All 3 episodes were released on DVD in 2014 as part of Doctor Who - Lost In Time which is how I've watched this episode now.

Sadly Evil of the Daleks 2 remains the only episode of this story in the BBC archives, so for the last 5 episodes of this story we'll be back on CD. Fans are keen to have Tenth Planet 4 back for the obvious reasons: Cybermen, last Hartnell, regeneration, historical significance etc, and Web of Fear 3, for the first appearance of Lethbridge-Stewart, then a Colonel before his promotion to Brigadier. But if you took a straw poll of Doctor Who fans then Evil of the Daleks would probably be the story that they'd most like to see completed.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

163 The Evil of the Daleks: Episode One

EPISODE: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode One
TRANSMITTED: Saturday 20 May 1967
WRITER: David Whitaker
DIRECTOR: Derek Martinus
PRODUCER: Innes Lloyd
RATINGS: 8.1 million viewers
FORMAT: CD: Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes Volume Four(1967)
TELESNAPS: The Evil of the Daleks: Episode One

"Who's taken the Tardis?"

The Doctor & Jamie see a lorry carrying the Tardis drive off from a hanger. The man minding the hanger, Hall, knows not where the Lorry has gone but tells them the name of the company that took the Tardis. A man called Kennedy listens to their conversation in a nearby field. The Doctor & Jamie follow Hall in a taxi while Kennedy reports events to his superior, Edward Waterfield, a man dressed in Victorian garb. Waterfield's assistant Perry arrives telling him "the object has arrived" and commenting on how authentic the brand new Victorian clocks Kennedy has look. The delivery is a Police Box - The Tardis. Hall and Kennedy meet at a warehouse and fight: Hall is knocked unconscious. The Doctor finds him and takes from his person a matchbox for the Tricolour coffee bar while Hall mutters the name "Ken". Kennedy reports all that has happened to Waterfield who shows him photos of the Doctor & Jamie: Kennedy confirms it was them. Kennedy spies on Waterhouse as he accesses a secret room from his study. Waterfield sends Perry to the Coffee bar where he meets The Doctor and Jamie, instructing them to meet Waterfield at his shop at 10pm. Perry confirms the arrangements have been made to Waterfield before leaving to go home. Kennedy is ordered to return later in dark warm clothing. Waterfield slips into the secret room and confers with unseen masters. After Waterfield leaves Kennedy breaks into the study and then into the inner chamber, which contains some advanced equipment. As Kennedy looks for something to steal a Dalek appears and advances on the terrified Kennedy demanding to know "WHO ARE YOU?"

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Yup, that's the traditional "Reveal The Dalek" ending we expect but that's a gorgeous effect there for the time, mimicked years later at the end of the opening episode of Remembrance of the Daleks.

We're back in mystery territory again here: who has taken the Tardis and why? The who is obvious: people acting for Waterfield who in turn is obeying the Daleks who seem to have set some trap for the Doctor. The Why will take some while to become clear.

The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer' and The Seekers' 'Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen' were used in the Café scenes but for rights reasons they've been substituted for the CD release.

Although this episode is long since destroyed, a small section of footage remains from the last few moments, embedded in a different episode on Doctor Who. In 1968 The Evil of the Daleks became the first complete Doctor Who serial to be repeated in the gap between the close of Season 5 and the start of Season 6. It was prefigured at the End of Wheel In Space 6 by The Doctor displaying events on the Tardis scanner: Kennedy's encounter with the Daleks. Episode 1 of Evil, repeated the following week, then had some extra voice over on top of the opening scenes. For some while this footage was thought to be taken from the reprise in episode two (also sourced from this episode) but it's been discovered that what's used in Wheel 6 is fractionally longer than the material found in Evil of the Daleks 2.

Bob Hall is played by Alec Ross, the first husband of actress Sheila Hancock who would later appear in The Happiness Patrol as Helen A. Although this is Ross' only Doctor Who appearance it's not the only time he's appeared with the Daleks: he plays a Police sergeant in the missing third season Out of the Unknown episode "Get off of my Cloud"! Hall died of cancer in 1971.

You can probably guess what's about to happen to Griffith Davies, who plays Kennedy!

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The Dalek voices here are provided, for the first time, by Roy Skelton who has previously voiced the Monoids in The Ark and the Cybermen in Tenth Planet. He will contribute Dalek voices to most of their appearances from here onwards. Inside the shell is Robert Jewell who had been a Dalek operator in all their previous TV appearances as well as the two films and played a Zarbi in the Web Planet and the clown in Dalek Masterplan 7: The Feast of Steven. Jewell will return once more to Doctor Who as The Dalek in The War Games but he also plays a Dalek in the Out of the Unknown episode mentioned above, Get Off Of My Cloud, which you can find out more about and see some pictures of at Dalek 6388's Five Years in the Cold page.

There's some nice location work in this episode with Kendall Avenue, the then home of the BBC's Outside Broadcast department, substituting for Gatwick Airport while the brief shots of Kennedy observing the Doctor & Jamie were shot at Grim's Dyke Hotel in Harrow Weald whose interiors we'll see later in the story. Then Warehouse Lane, by the Hammersmith & City line in Shepherd's Bush supplies the location of Hall's Warehouse.

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I commented on the début of the new titles during Macra Terror: this story seems to be the first time we see the full length of them with story title, episode number and writer superimposed over the top. In fact this may be the first time this has happened: generally they've been displayed over the opening action or, like The War Machines and Tenth Planet, over specially designed captions.

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