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.