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The Evil of the Daleks
Evilofthedaleks title
Novelised as: The Evil of the Daleks
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Jamie, Victoria
Main enemy: The Daleks
Theodore Maxtible
Main setting: London, 20 July 1966
England, June 1866
Key crew
Writer: David Whitaker
Director: Derek Martinus
Timothy Combe
(Dalek battle sequence)
Producer: Innes Lloyd
Release details
Story number: 36
Season/series: Season 4
Premiere broadcast: 20 May - 1 July 1967
Premiere network: BBC1
Format: 7x25-minute episodes
Production code: LL
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The Evil of the Daleks was the ninth and final story of season 4 of Doctor Who and the first to feature companion Victoria Waterfield, played by Deborah Watling. It was at the time intended to be the Doctor's final battle with the Daleks. Except for a few cameos, they did not appear again in the series for five years. Only episode two remains intact; the rest of the story has been lost.

Synopsis Edit

The Daleks draft the Second Doctor into distilling the Human Factor. Once implanted, it will make the Dalek race invincible. Jamie's faith in the Doctor is stretched to the limit as the Doctor appears to be collaborating with the Daleks. The Doctor has a few tricks up his sleeve, but then again so might the Daleks...

Plot Edit

Episode 1 Edit

Having bidden farewell to Ben and Polly, the Doctor and Jamie round a corner to discover that the TARDIS has been stolen on the back of a lorry. They pursue the thieves but are too slow

They go into a building and ask a less-than-helpful air mechanic (Bob Hall). They are told it was taken by someone called J. Smitn for the Leatherman Company Unbenownst to Jamie and the Doctor their conversation is being listened to by a man named Kennedy who is reporting it back to his boss - Edward Waterfield

The Doctor tells Jamie he suspects Hall due to his uniform being too small and the cover sheet he was shown being different to the rest. They see Hall leave the airport and hail a cab to follow him

Waterfield explains to his assistant Perry that the police box is a special request for a particular client. Perry admires all the traditional looking Victoriana in the shop

Kennedy meets up with Hall but is disgusted to see he has been followed. Kennedy intends to hurt the Doctor and Jamie, but Hall refuses to be part of it. Kennedy knocks Hall out and hides. When the Doctor and Jamie enter they find Hall. All he can say is "Where's Ken" before losing conciousness As they investigate the place Kennedy sneaks out locking them in. When they finally break out Kennedy is long gone The Doctor finds a box of matches from the Tri-Colour cafe - he also deduces that the matches have been taken from left to right The only course of action is to go to the cafe and find someone called Ken who is left handed

When Kennedy meets Waterfield, it is revealed it is a trap. Waterfield ensures that it is the Doctor by showing Kennedy a picture. Waterfield's understanding of the cockney Kennedy seems stilted and he does not understand what he is saying some of the time. He asks Kennedy to fetch Perry While he is gone Waterfield goes to a secret room hidden by a book case. The room is sparse and decorated in a much more way than Waterfield's office. In the middle of the room stands a Victorian jug. He picks it up and leaves before Perry arrives. Waterfield explains the jug is for a Doctor Galloway - showing Perry a picture of the Doctor - who is to be met at the Tri-Colour Cafe and told to meet Waterfield at ten that night. As Perry leaves he notices Kennedy listening at the door and rebukes him.

At the Tri-Colour Cafe Jamie and the Doctor wait. The Doctor is sure it is a trap but says they have nothing else to go on. Perry approaches and tells them to be at the shop at 10PM. The Doctor goes along with it.

At the office Kennedy hears Waterfield shouting to someone demanding information and becoming furious when it is not given. Perry reports to Waterfield that the plan has worked.

Later that day Kennedy breaks into Waterfield's office and investigates. Soon enough he finds the secret room. As his back is turned a Dalek appears. The Dalek demands to know who he is as a horrified Kennedy is backed up against the wall.

Episode 2 Edit

Kennedy attempts to flee and is shot down by the Dalek Who promptly disappears

The Doctor and Jamie enter the antique shop half an hour early and note the antique clocks, which are too perfect to be reproductions, but too new to be genuinely Victorian. They also find a bill dated 1866, but again it is seemingly too new to be genuine.

Waterfield discovers Kennedy's body and is horrified at the Dalek's callous indifference to human life, but the Dalek demands that he follow orders. Despite his shattered nerves, Waterfield lays a trap for the Doctor and Jamie involving a photo of the two of them ripped in half and hides awaiting his guests

The Doctor and Jamie encounter Perry. As they make their way into Waterfield's office they discover Kennedy's body. Perry immediately runs off to fetch the police The Doctor investigates Kennedy's body and cannot fathom the cause of death but notes half of the photo of his face in the dead man's hands Jamie discovers the other half of the photo wedged in the box. Before the Doctor can warn him against the suspected trap, Jamie pulls at it which releases a gas which knocks the pair out. Waterfield moves their prone bodies onto the platform, and the three disappear.

The Doctor awakes to find him and Jamie in a country house. A maid by the name of Molly enters and gives the Doctor a restorative On enquiry the Doctor finds out it is the year 1866. A man by the name of Theodore Maxtible introduces himself to the the Doctor and states he will explain everything The Doctor is initially angry until Waterfield enters and explains that their is a higher power at play who have kidnapped his daughter in order to control them.

Waterfield's daughter, Victoria, is indeed prisoner to the Daleks and is being force fed to keep up her weight

Maxtible and Waterfield show the Doctor into a, comparatively, high-tech tomand explains that they have been researching time travel through the use of static electricity and a chamber lined with mirrors. Through their experiments with static electricity they inadvertently provided entrance to a group of Daleks who took Waterfield's daughter Victoria prisoner and forced them to kidnap the Doctor. A Dalek enters and threatens to destroy the TARDIS unless the Doctor assists them with an experiment. Jamie is to be subjected to a series of potentially lethal tests. The Dalek leaves. Maxtible believes that the Daleks may be trying to thwart their pattern of being defeated by humans by becoming more human themselves using Jamie as their guinea pig

Back in the living room Molly enters and wakes Jamie. Ruth, Theodore's daughter, enters and introduces herself to Jamie before he is left alone As he is distracted a ruffian enters and strikes Jamie over the head rendering him unconciouss Molly comes in and finds him She too is attacked.

The Doctor is determined to get to Jamie before the Daleks do and leaves with Waterfield to find a prone figure on the ground When uncovered it is not Jamie but Molly.

Maxtible is ordered by the Daleks to start the experiment or else they will begin killing indiscriminately - starting with the Doctor

Episode 3 Edit

Jamie has been kidnapped by a ruffian, Toby, at the behest of another houseguest, Arthur Terrall (a suitor of Maxtible's daughter Ruth). Terrall is under the control of the Daleks, and his behavior vacillates wildly from calm to violent.

The Daleks prepare for the test to begin, moving Victoria to one end of the south wing of the house. A mute Turkish muscleman, Kemel, a servant of Maxtible, demonstrates his strength by bending an iron bar. He is told that Jamie is a vicious ruffian, and is instructed to guard the house from him.

Jamie is puzzled by the Doctor's behaviour, as the Doctor claims Daleks are in the house and appears to collaborate with Maxtible and Waterfield. However, Jamie succumbs to the Doctor's reverse psychology forbidding him from attempting a rescue of Victoria. He has, after all, become seemingly smitten by a painting of Victoria's late mother, who he's told resembles her daughter exactly. Jamie is soon in the south wing, and squares off against the fearsome Kemel.

Episode 4 Edit

Jamie and Kemel fight each other, but in the struggle Kemel falls through an open window and dangles from the roof. Once Jamie pulls him back in, they come to a truce. Despite Kemel's muteness, they are able to communicate with each other. They're both fond of Victoria, and they work together to avoid fatal booby traps laid by the Daleks. The Doctor, monitoring their progress, gleefully notes how Jamie's compassion, courage, and instinct have allowed him to survive. Meanwhile, Waterfield is increasingly unnerved by the Daleks' ruthlessness, and Maxtible demands that the Daleks fulfil their end of the bargain — the alchemical secret of transmuting base metals into gold.

After working together to destroy a Dalek by flinging it into a lit fireplace, Jamie and Kemel climb the balcony of the trophy room, finding Victoria in the closed room beyond. A hidden panel slides open and a Dalek advances on them.

Episode 5 Edit

Jamie and Kemel manage to propel the Dalek off the balcony, where it explodes on the floor below. They break into the room beyond to finally find Victoria.

The Doctor closes in on Terrall, correctly suspecting that he's under Dalek influence. It is evident that the strain on Terrall is worsening. Meanwhile Waterfield pleads with the Doctor to stop the experiment – surely once the Daleks have the Human Factor, they'll be invincible. The Doctor continues nonetheless, imprinting the qualities that Jamie exhibited into positronic brains that will be implanted into three test Daleks.

Terrall sneaks into Victoria's room via a secret passageway and steals her away under Jamie and Kemel's noses. They follow through the passageway to find her. They split up, and Kemel finds Victoria unconscious in the lab. A Dalek orders him to carry her into the time travel cabinet.

Terrall finally collapses under the strain of the Dalek influence. The Doctor removes the control device, and urges Ruth to take him away to recover. Jamie is furious with the Doctor for his seeming collaboration with the Daleks, and has lost his faith in the Doctor. Then the three test Daleks with the Human Factor activate; rather than invincible killing machines, they are childlike and playful.

Episode 6 Edit

The Doctor is overjoyed with the success of the experiment, watching the Daleks enjoying the individual names given to them by the Doctor (Alpha, Beta and Omega) and playing trains and roundabouts. All the Daleks, including the three humanised ones, are summoned back to Skaro now that the experiment has ended. Maxtible follows to receive his promised reward, though he is greatly aggrieved to learn that the Daleks intend to destroy the house.

Waterfield finds the bomb left behind by the Daleks. The Doctor realises that they can't deactivate it in time, so they have no choice but to also follow them to Skaro. They leave just before the bomb explodes and destroys the house.

Kemel and Victoria are in a cell in the Dalek city. Maxtible arrives to explain to them how they've been transported across the galaxy. Victoria despairs but Kemel resolves to defend her. The Daleks are furious with Maxtible for not bringing the Doctor with him to Skaro, but an alarm soon rings: the Doctor, Jamie and Waterfield are infiltrating the city via an underground passage. The Daleks force Victoria and Maxtible to scream to lure them in.

Meanwhile, the Black Dalek encounters one of the three humanised Daleks, Omega, who proudly boasts how the Doctor gave him his name.

In a tunnel, the Doctor, Jamie and Maxtible meet a Dalek claiming to be Omega, but the Doctor quickly recognises it's an imposter and pushes it over a cliff. They eventually reach a vast chamber, the throne room of the giant Emperor Dalek. The Doctor boasts to the Emperor how the humanised Daleks will soon ferment revolution on Skaro (his true goal all along), and that the Daleks are beaten. The Emperor then reveals that he too has a secret. Identifying the Human Factor has allowed the Daleks to identify the Dalek Factor, and now that they have the Doctor's TARDIS, they can then implant the Dalek Factor across the history of Earth.

Episode 7 Edit

The Doctor is appalled and refuses to comply. They are all put in the holding cell, and Victoria is reunited with her father at last. The Daleks lure Maxtible with the secret of turning lead into gold to walk through an archway that implants him with the Dalek Factor.

Later, as they sleep, Maxtible hypnotises the Doctor into walking through the arch as well. The others wake to see him, and Jamie cries out in vain for him to stop. As he passes through, the Doctor seems to also be mentally converted into a Dalek. Jamie and the others despair, and all hope seems to be lost.

Meanwhile, the Black Dalek orders a work party to stop, but is enraged when one Dalek asks, “Why?”

Maxtible and the Doctor work on creating a device that can convert humans into Daleks on a massive scale. When Maxtible leaves, however, the Doctor's demeanour changes, and he makes a quick adjustment to the conversion arch. He then sneaks back into the holding cell, urging them to walk through the arch. Jamie is still unsure if the Doctor can be trusted. A Dalek comes to bring the Doctor before the Emperor. As he leaves, the Doctor gives a subtle wink to Jamie.

The Emperor is informed about the three humanised Daleks beginning to question and defy commands. The Doctor, still pretending to be converted, suggests that all Daleks be passed through the conversion arch so that the humanised Daleks will be re-impregnated with the Dalek Factor.

As the Daleks begin moving through the arch, the Doctor urges his imprisoned colleagues to go through also. He reveals his double-cross: he switched the circuitry, and all the Daleks passing through the arch are being humanised (because the Doctor is not human himself, the initial Dalek conversion failed). They go through the archway and are unchanged.

Chaos erupts in the Dalek city. Humanised Daleks begin defying the non-processed Daleks, and are destroyed. The Doctor urges the humanised Daleks to defend themselves and to demand answers from the Emperor. Soon civil war erupts in full force. The enraged Maxtible hurls Kemel over a cliff to his death, before himself being killed in the crossfire. Waterfield sacrifices his life to save the Doctor by hurling himself in front of a Dalek energy blast. The Emperor himself is destroyed by the fighting in the throne room. The Doctor and Jamie escape the melee with the now-orphaned Victoria and watch the city burn, apparently witnesses to the final end of the Daleks. Jamie expresses concern about Victoria being left alone, to which the Doctor replies that she'll be going with them as they leave. In the midst of the rubble, one lone overtoppled Dalek is emitting a pulsing light...

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Story notes Edit

  • Written by former Doctor Who script editor David Whitaker, The Evil of the Daleks was initially intended to be the last Dalek story on Doctor Who. Writer Terry Nation, the creator of the Daleks, was busily trying to sell the Daleks to American television at the time, to produce a spin-off series featuring them, and it was intended to give them a big send off from the series. Of course, despite the Doctor's pronouncement, this was not to be his last encounter with these most famous of his adversaries. In addition, despite the intention to "kill off" the Daleks, Lloyd was told, at the last moment before filming the final scene, not to. He did this inserting a light globe inside one of the wrecked Daleks in the Emperor Dalek's chamber. This light glowed, suggesting that something within remained alive.
  • The working title of this story was The Daleks (also sometimes known as Daleks). A rumoured working title is War of the Daleks, but this does not appear on any contemporary BBC paperwork.
  • This was the last story on which Gerry Davis served as story editor.
  • The Evil of the Daleks was wiped from the BBC's archives in the early 1970s. Only a telerecording of episode two remains, which was returned to the archive in May 1987 after being found at a car boot sale a few years earlier. A copy of the soundtrack was released in 1992. A second version with alternative narration was released in 2003. A home movie of the filming of the Dalek battle sequence exists and is included on the DVD of The Tomb of the Cybermen.
  • This was the first series-finale in Doctor Who history that featured a returning adversary, as well as the first series-finale to feature the Daleks.
  • This is the first Dalek story in which William Hartnell does not feature, if recaps and images seen in The Power of the Daleks are included.
  • In 1993, readers of DreamWatch Bulletin voted The Evil of the Daleks as the best ever Doctor Who story in a special poll for the series' thirtieth anniversary.
  • The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" and the Seekers' "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" are used as background music on the jukebox in the coffee bar scenes in episode one.
  • The theme given to the Daleks by Dudley Simpson in his incidental music was based on the series' own signature tune.
  • Patrick Troughton and Deborah Watling appear only in film inserts in episode four. Both were on holiday during the week when it was recorded.
  • Sound effects from The Daleks and The Daleks' Master Plan are reused for the Dalek city.
  • Some Louis Marx "tricky action" toy Daleks are used in model work for the scenes of the destruction of the Dalek city.
  • The first individual visual effects designer credits ever given on the series appears, for Michealjohn Harris and Peter Day. Previously, visual effects had been handled by the series' scenic designers rather than by the BBC's Visual Effects Department, although the Department as a whole did receive a credit on the first story, An Unearthly Child.
  • Roy Skelton was uncredited on-screen for episode five, but credited in Radio Times.
  • This story picks up where The Faceless Ones left off. The first two parts take place contemporaneously with part four of The War Machines, which may go some way to explaining why the First Doctor said at the start of the earlier story that he had the same feeling he had when Daleks were around.
  • The following story, The Tomb of the Cybermen, picks up immediately after the events of this story on Skaro, with the Doctor welcoming Victoria aboard the TARDIS as its newest crewmember.
  • A sequel to this story was released in DWM. It was called Children of the Revolution.

Ratings Edit

Original broadcast only

  • Episode 1 - 8.1 million viewers
  • Episode 2 - 7.5 million viewers
  • Episode 3 - 6.1 million viewers
  • Episode 4 - 5.3 million viewers
  • Episode 5 - 5.1 million viewers
  • Episode 6 - 6.8 million viewers
  • Episode 7 - 6.1 million viewers

Repeat transmission Edit

  • The Evil of the Daleks was the first Doctor Who serial to be repeated in its entirety. This occurred between June and August of 1968, when the serial was aired to fill the gap between seasons 5 and 6, with a two-week break between episodes three and four to accommodate the BBC's extended coverage of the Wimbledon tennis tournament. Unlike most reruns, the repeat was actually worked into the narrative of the series, by having new companion Zoe Heriot watching the events unfold via a telepathic projector hidden behind one of the roundels of the console room. For the repeats, episode one had an added voice-over by Patrick Troughton and Wendy Padbury immediately after the opening title sequence that referred back to the fact that this was being "shown" to Zoe:
The Doctor: "Now as I remember, Zoe, it all started when Jamie and I spotted someone making off with the TARDIS."
Zoe: "But what about those Daleks you showed me?"
The Doctor: "We're coming to that, Zoe. Just let me show you the story from the beginning..."
  • The Radio Times programme listings for the repeats of episodes one and two featured additional opening paragraphs. These were as follows:
Episode one: "As Dr. Who and Jamie embark on another adventure today, they're in a desperate plight. With the TARDIS stolen, their base, their home, their means of escape are all gone. The TARDIS must be found at all costs — and soon!"
Episode two: "In search of the stolen TARDIS, Dr. Who and Jamie have followed a curious trail leading to a Chelsea antique shop."

Filming locations Edit

  • The hangars on Kendal Avenue in Ealing were used for the opening scenes at Gatwick Airport.
  • Grim's Dyke Mansion House at Harrow Weald, Middlesex served as the location for Theodore Maxtible's estate.
  • Warehouse Lane in Shepherd's Bush was used for the scene at the railway arches.
  • All other scenes, including the final scenes on Skaro, were filmed at Ealing Television Film Studios, Ealing Green, Ealing.
  • Lime Grove Studios (Studio D), Lime Grove, London

Production errors Edit

If you'd like to talk about narrative problems with this story — like plot holes and things that seem to contradict other stories — please go to this episode's discontinuity discussion.
  • In episode two, part of a camera appears as the Dalek questions Victoria.
  • In episode two, Maxtible refers to Edward Waterfield as "Whitefield."
  • In episode seven, when the "Dalekised" Doctor and Maxtible report to the Emperor, their voices are slightly but audibly "Dalekised" also. Similarly, the echo effect of the Emperor's voice affects other Daleks in the control room.

Continuity Edit

Home video and audio releases Edit

DVD releases Edit

Audio releases Edit

  • The Evil of the Daleks was released on 6 July 1992 in a 2-cassette package with linking narration by Tom Baker. The Tricolour coffee bar scenes in episode one were edited out, because the BBC at the time did not wish to have to pay the copyright holders for the use of "Paperback Writer" by the Beatles and "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" by the Seekers, which are audible in the background of the original.
  • A newly mastered version with narration by Frazer Hines was released on CD on 3 November 2003, as part of the "Dalek tin" box set. In this version, while "Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen" was successfully cleared for commercial release, "Paperback Writer" proved impossible. As the only other options would have been to edit the whole scene out again or not release the story at all, "Paperback Writer" was digitally replaced with another 1960s track: "Hold Tight" by Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich.
  • The same recording was released individually on 2 August 2004. It was re-released as part of the box set Doctor Who: The Lost TV Episodes - Collection Four on 2 February 2012.

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