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|Victory of the Daleks|
|Main setting:||London and the Dalek Saucer, 1941|
|Premiere broadcast:||17 April 2010|
|Premiere network:||BBC One|
|Format:||1 x 45 minute episode|
|Doctor Who television stories|
|The Beast Below||The Time of Angels|
|The Beast Below||The Eleventh Hour|
Victory of the Daleks was the third episode of the fifth series of BBC Wales Doctor Who. In it, the Eleventh Doctor met for the first time both the Daleks and Winston Churchill, having met each before in past incarnations. Like Daleks in Manhattan before it, it involved the last Daleks in the universe desperately trying to rebuild the Dalek race in a famous period of Earth's recent past.
The episode was notable for its redesign of the Daleks into multi-coloured units, each with its own specific function. Writer Mark Gatiss acknowledged the controversial nature of this redesign in his in-vision commentary on the DVD box set. In conversation with principal Dalek voice artist Nicholas Briggs, and Dalek operator Barnaby Edwards, he said that the new shape of the Daleks, especially in the dorsal region, was not particularly to his liking. Briggs agreed but, with Edwards, swiftly noted that in their experience of taking the new Daleks on live exhibition to the public, British kids invariably loved the new design. The decision was revisited in DWM 431 with critics voicing their opinions on the design. A comparison was made with the RTD-era Daleks but no conclusion as to which was the better-made.
Receiving a call for help from his old friend Winston Churchill, The Doctor and Amy head for World War II to assist the Prime Minister. However, once there, the Doctor finds something that horrifies greatly - Daleks! But why are these survivors of the Medusa Cascade War passing themselves off as manmade weapons? And why don't they recognise the Doctor? What could these "Ironsides" have planned?
Churchill enters the Cabinet War Rooms and asks about the status of incoming enemy planes; they are out of range, ordinarily. He then advises them to roll out the secret weapon. One of them moves a figure on the board - it's a miniature of a Dalek!
The TARDIS materialises in the Cabinet War Rooms in response to Winston Churchill's call for help. The Doctor is greeted by the Prime Minister, whom he greets happily. Churchill is shocked that the Doctor has changed his face once again; the two are good friends. The Doctor and Amy have arrived a month after Churchill's call, leading the Doctor to explain that the newly-configured TARDIS is still inaccurate.
When a Luftwaffe squadron approaches London, Churchill takes the Doctor and Amy to the roof to show them his latest weapon. A squadron of Stukas comes into view over Blitz-torn London and are shot down by energy weapons with amazing precision; Professor Edwin Bracewell, the man in charge of the "Ironside" project, produces a camouflaged, Union Flag-wearing, obedient Dalek at the Doctor's request.
In Churchill's office, the Doctor argues with his old friend; Churchill will not listen to reason. Explaining that they are the Daleks and not "Ironsides", the Doctor is met with disbelief when Chuchill produces photos, blueprints and test results Bracewell gave him as proof of inventing them. Continuing, the Doctor asks Churchill to eliminate the Daleks, but Chuchill instead begins thinking what he can do with 100s or 1000s of "Ironsides". Sourly, the Doctor points out that's why he's trying to get him to listen. At wit's end, the Doctor asks Amy to tell Churchill about the Dalek invasion of Earth, but Amy has no memory of any planets in the sky or the Dalek invasion, disturbing him greatly
The Doctor goes to see their "creator" to get some answers. He asks Bracewell how he came up with the idea for the Ironsides, leading Bracewell to show the Doctor other highly advanced inventions he has been planning. When the Daleks and Churchill enter the room, the Doctor strikes the Ironside Dalek with a large, heavy wrench, ordering it to attack him. He reminds them of how he defeated them, how he is their greatest enemy, and eventually declares, "I am the Doctor and you are the Daleks!" before kicking the Dalek across the room. The Dalek recovers and reverts to its true personality, agreeing with the Doctor. The Dalek transmits the "testimony" to the Dalek mothership, which is hidden behind the moon. Two soldiers run in to stop the Daleks and are promptly exterminated. The Professor yells for them to stop; one of the Daleks blasts his hand off, leaving only exposed wiring -- Bracewell is their android, and they created him, not the other way around. They teleport away. Feeling like an idiot for falling for the Daleks' trap, the Doctor returns to the TARDIS, ordering Amy to stay behind.
He materialises inside the Dalek ship, where he brandishes a self-destruct control (which is, in fact, a Jammy Dodger biscuit) so that the Daleks will not exterminate him. The Daleks reveal that one Dalek ship survived the destruction of the Dalek race during the invasion of Earth; it located the last Progenitor device, a genetic archive containing pure Dalek DNA. Their explanation confuses the Doctor; why would they go to the trouble of building Bracewell? When the Daleks say it was necessary, the Doctor laughs that the device doesn't see them as Daleks (as they were created from Davros's DNA). If the Daleks became part of an army, Winston Churchill would lure the Doctor in, and the Doctor would confirm them as Daleks. The Progenitor accepted his testimony because he is the Daleks' greatest enemy, and sure to be an expert on them. The Daleks order the Doctor to leave or else they will destroy London.
The Doctor refuses because he knows their ship doesn't have the power to do so. However, the Daleks taunt him by saying "watch as the humans destroy themselves"; they activate a device which turns on all of London's lights, exposing the city as a target for incoming German bombers. The Progenitor completes its process, creating a new paradigm of five "pure" Daleks -- larger, more imposing, and presumably more powerful. The new Daleks promptly label their creators as inferior and (without resistance) exterminate them. The Doctor is shocked by this: "Blimey. What do you do to the ones who mess up?" The leader Dalek identifies the Doctor, ordering that he be exterminated, but the Doctor tells it not to mess with him; he brandishes the Jammy Dodger again.
In the Cabinet War Rooms, Amy and Churchill realise that they can use Professor Bracewell's alien technology to fight the Daleks. They find him preparing to commit suicide as hhe believes his life is a lie. However, Amy talks him out of it and Churchill demands to know what side he's taking. Remembering Bracewell told them all his ideas, Amy convinces him to construct anti-gravity shields around Spitfire planes and equip them with Dalek laser cannons, which will enable them to fly into space and attack the Dalek ship, which has entered Earth's orbit. While waiting for the planes to take off, Bracewell creates a device that allows them to see what's going on in the Dalek ship; it shows the new Supreme Dalek introducing the New Paradigm of Daleks to the Doctor.
Back on the ship, the Doctor demands the Daleks turn off the laser or he'll blow up the TARDIS and them with it. However, once the Daleks performed a scan that proved he was bluffing, he eats the Jammy Dodger, joking that he was promised tea. The Dalek sensors go off, informing them that they have incoming aircraft. The Spitfires arrive from Earth, and are ordered by the Doctor to target the dish as he flees into the TARDIS. The Dalek defence lasers take out two of the planes leaving only Danny boy. The Doctor dirupts the Dalek defenses long enough for Dannyboy to destroy the dish the laser is coming from, shutting off London's lights. As the Doctor orders Dannyboy to destroy the ship, the Daleks order the Doctor to stop the attack on their ship or they will destroy Earth with an oblivion continuum bomb they have built inside Bracewell.
The Doctor reluctantly calls off the attack and returns to Earth, leaving the Daleks free to escape and build a new race; however, the cruel Daleks still activate the bomb as they flee. Upon arrival on Earth, the Doctor reveals that the bomb is charging itself inside Bracewell. Realising that the only way to stop it from exploding is to convince Bracewell that he is human, not a bomb, he tries to remind the Professor of his memories and how much they hurt; however, the countdown continues. As the oblivion continuum approaches detonation, Amy asks him if he's ever fancied something he shouldn't; Bracewell proceeds to remember a girl called Dora Bella, recounting how beautiful she was as the countdown retreats, cancelling the detonation. The Daleks escape through a time corridor, declaring that they will return. The Doctor is distraught over the Daleks' escape, but Amy reminds him that he has just saved the entire world.
Amy bids Churchill farewell, but wonders where the Doctor has gone. The Doctor enters and explains he removed all the alien technology Bracewell had in the base. Churchill begs the Doctor to let him have the technology as it would allow them to win the war in a day, but the Doctor points out it's that very reason why he took it. The friends hug and prepare to part. However, Amy tells Churchill to give the TARDIS key back to the Doctor; it was swiped during their hug. Churchill gives the key to Amy, telling the Doctor she's sharp-witted. The Doctor then demand his key from Amy; she complies.
The Doctor and Amy go to Bracewell, who is ready to be deactivated, because as alien technology, he has no place on Earth or during this time peroid; all the ideas from his mind are also gone without the Daleks to supply them. However, they have no intention of doing so. When their subtle hints fail, the Doctor and Amy openly say Bracewell should go looking for Dora Bella or the old post office. Finally catching on, Bracewell happily packs his belongings.
The Doctor and Amy return to the TARDIS. Amy questions the Doctor about having enemies, telling him she doesn't have a problem continuing travelling with him despite of this. The Doctor is puzzled and worried that Amy did not remember the Daleks from their attack on London or the Medusa Cascade incident, but puts this aside so that they may continue with their adventures. The TARDIS dematerialises, revealing a shining crack in the wall behind where it once stood.
- The Doctor - Matt Smith
- Amy Pond - Karen Gillan
- Winston Churchill - Ian McNeice
- Bracewell - Bill Paterson
- Blanche - Nina De Cosimo
- Childers - Tim Wallers
- Dalek 1 - Nicholas Pegg
- Dalek 2 - Barnaby Edwards
- Dalek Voice - Nicholas Briggs
- Lilian - Susannah Fielding
- Todd - James Albrecht
- Air Raid Warden - Colin Prockter
|Executive Producers Steven Moffat, Piers Wenger and Beth Willis|
|Not every person who worked on this adventure was credited. The absence of a credit for a position doesn't necessarily mean the job wasn't required. The information above is based solely on observations of the actual end credits of the episodes as broadcast, and does not relay information from IMDB or other sources.|
- The Doctor pretends a Jammy Dodger is a TARDIS self-destruct tool to threaten the Daleks. This echoes an earlier bluff by the Fourth Doctor threatening to use a "deadly Jelly baby" in TV: The Face of Evil.
- The Doctor threatens the Daleks with "the final end", referencing TV: The Evil of the Daleks.
- "Broadsword calling Danny Boy" is a quote from the film Where Eagles Dare.
- When the soldiers raise the British flag they make the exact same movements as the U.S. marines who raised the American flag on Iwo Jima.
- The idea of using Spitfires upgraded with alien technology to win the war was also mentioned in the Eighth Doctor story, AUDIO: Storm Warning, using laser cannons made with Triskele technology.
- The Doctor says to "exterminate" the Daleks, a phrase commonly used by the Daleks.
- When the Daleks say, "I am your soldier", this is a direct reference to TV: The Power of the Daleks, where they say, "I am your servant". Mark Gatiss asked Nicholas Briggs to purposely stall on the 'S' of "soldier" to trick the audience into thinking that they would say the infamous line once again.
- One of the Spitfire pilots has the callsign "Jubilee", possibly referencing the Dalek-centric story AUDIO: Jubilee.
- The Daleks refer to themselves as "the master race", a monicker given to both the Nazis (whom they were fighting in this story) and the humans who "became" the Master. (TV: The End of Time)
- As the new race of Daleks is born, the infamous 'Dalek heartbeat' sound is heard for the first time in the episode.
- The Daleks measure time in units of rels.
- Winston Churchill wants the Doctor's TARDIS key. It is referenced that he has met the Doctor before, and is aware that he can change his appearance. In the "expanded canon" Churchill meets both the Second and Sixth Doctors in the novel PROSE: Players and also meets the Sixth Doctor in the novel PROSE: The Shadow in the Glass.
- Shortly before the end of the episode, Amy asks, "So, you have enemies, then?" This is a reference to a famed quote by Churchill: "So, you have enemies, then? Good. That means that you stood up for something, once in your life."
Story notes Edit
- This episode had the working titles of The Dalek Project and The Dalek Tea Party. [source needed]
- In this episode, each Dalek was given a different title which corresponded with its armour colour, namely, "Scientist" (orange), "Strategist" (blue), "Drone" (red), "Eternal" (yellow) and "Supreme" (white). In Doctor Who Confidential, Mofatt and Gatiss both admit they don't know what the title "Eternal" means yet ("but it sounds cool").[source needed]
- This was the first Dalek story since TV: Dalek, back in 2005, not to feature David Tennant as the Tenth Doctor, as well as the first Dalek story since then to not be a multi-parter.
- Colin Prockter previously appeared as the Head Chef in TV: The Long Game.
- Like TV: The Unquiet Dead in Series 1, this episode is the third in the series, is a pseudo-historical, is penned by Mark Gatiss, and is both preceded and followed by two episodes by the head writer.
- Ian McNeice previously portrayed Winston Churchill in the Royal National Theatre's 2008 production of Never So Good.
- This is the second Dalek episode in the new series to use the infamous "...of the Daleks" title scheme, the first being TV: Evolution of the Daleks.
- Mark Gatiss said in the Radio Times: "They're bigger than they've ever been; and in technicolour!" This would show that the new Daleks shall be different colours like the 'classic' Daleks of the earlier eras.
- This is the third time in the new series that the Daleks have been featured mid-way in the series, following TV: Dalek in series one and then in the series three two part story TV: Daleks in Manhattan and TV: Evolution of the Daleks.
- The Daleks seen since series 1 were designed so that the eye stalk lined up with Billie Piper's eyes. The new Daleks are designed to match Karen Gillan's height.
- For narrative and filming purposes, the Cabinet War Rooms in the episodes are far larger than the real ones and have an RAF "spotter" table that was not really present.
- The Dalek model on the "spotter" table appears to be a Character Options Dalek toy painted grey, likely the "mutant reveal" Dalek figurine with the removal front given the visible separation lines on the front of the model.
- This episode holds the record for the most Dalek props (with the exception of CGI, cutouts, toys and other illusions) used in a single story, with no less than eight Dalek models on-screen at the same time.
- The Doctor mentions how the Daleks always manage to recognise him despite his regenerations, as they first did in TV: The Power of the Daleks with his second incarnation. However, this has not always been the case: in TV: Revelation of the Daleks, only Davros' Daleks recognised his sixth incarnation, with the other faction disbelieving that he was the Doctor. Furthermore, in TV: Doomsday, the Cult of Skaro failed to recognise the Tenth Doctor but acknowledged that he registered as an enemy.
- It is not clarified whether these Daleks were part of the half-human faction from Parting of the Ways or members of the New Dalek Empire from Journey's End. They are implied to be from the latter but it is never stated. The Progenitor won't recognise the gold Daleks, the ones seen thus far in the series, because (according to the Doctor) it doesn't recognise their DNA as Dalek. This could mean that these Daleks are part of the fleet developed by the Dalek Emperor from human DNA or part of Davros' Medusa Cascade fleet developed from his own Kaled cells. The latter seems more likely, as Rose, empowered by the Time Vortex, wiped out the Emperor's fleet in an instant, making it extremely unlikely that a saucer would escape. The Dalek Handbook also states they are Daleks who survived the War in the Medusa Cascade.
- Amy refers to the Daleks as the Doctor's "archenemies".
- This episode aired on the same day the K9 episode Jaws of Orthrus was first broadcast on Disney XD in Britain. It also aired on the same day that The Korven was first broadcast on Network Ten in Australia.
- Although Terry Nation originally based the Daleks on the Nazis, this the first time the race has appeared in World War II - ironically, helping the British fight against the Nazis.
- This is the first Dalek episode of the new series to not show any Daleks in flight.
- "Jammie dodgers" were added to the Doctor's list of favourite foods. He asked for them later. (TV: Night Terrors, The Impossible Astronaut)
- As is routine for post-2005 Doctor Who, a "NEXT TIME" trailer for the next episode is shown at the end of the episode.
6.2 million - First broadcast
7.82 million - Final BARB ratings
Filming locations Edit
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- Adolf Hitler was rumoured to make a brief appearance. He was mentioned, but not seen.
- Fans speculated that the Daleks had been digitally re-coloured for the Radio times election special covers, and the Daleks featured in the episode would be uniformly coloured. This was proven false, and Daleks coloured red, blue and yellow were seen in the episode alongside others.
Production errors Edit
- In the scene where the Doctor and Amy are discussing Bracewell's possible deactivation, editor John Richards fails to match the frontals of the Doctor with the reverses looking at Bracewell. In the frontals, Matt Smith clearly has his hands in his pockets or clasped together in front of him. On the reverses, his right hand is seen dangling rather lifelessly at his side.
- At the end, when Churchill is talking to the Doctor and Amy, he bends down to light a cigar, and puts it in his mouth. When he gets up, it is no longer anywhere to be seen.
- When the Doctor was talking to the Dalek Supreme on the "actual" shot he was further away from the Dalek but on the screen provided by Bracewell the plunger is nearly touching him. The Supreme Dalek was also seen moving towards the Doctor after the 'cleansing' of the old Daleks, but immediately after seen starting to move, it is back in its original position and immobile.
- There were numerous points in the episode where the 'earlights' of the Daleks did not light when a Dalek was speaking.
- Before the Doctor arrived, a Dalek states, "Commencing stage two!", but its earlights aren't on. The next Dalek that speaks uses another's voice instead of its own.
- Before the new Daleks emerged, an old Dalek states that they had succeeded, but none of their earlights were on.
- The Supreme Dalek had numerous incidents: when it ordered the extermination of the Doctor and stated that the Daleks would return, its earlights weren't on.
- The Scientist Dalek's earlights didn't turn on when it was monitoring the energy pulse and the shields. Also notable is that its earlights were on, when it wasn't speaking, when the Supreme Dalek ordered the Doctor to 'explain'.
- The cockpits of the spitfire pilots glow green when firing their lasers, but they fired red lasers.
- When the TARDIS dematerialises and causes wind to blow against Churchill and Amy their clothes are affected but the cigar smoke in the air is unaffected and actually drifts towards the TARDIS.
- When the Dalek ship renders all light switches useless, one person flicks a switch three times in an attempt to turn them off. When power is returned to the switches, the lights in the cabinet war room should technically have turned off, as the switch was hit an odd number of times.
- In many scenes where the ironside Daleks are present, the grill parts on their casing look ripped and in other scenes they are intact. The same thing happens on the Dalek spaceship, including with the gold Dalek.
- Just as one of the Dalek ironsides is about to hand Bracewell a cup of tea, its dome is slanted to the left, but as its sucker arm retracts, the dome is straight again.
- The Daleks immediately kill their predecessors/creators. This would later condridict their belief that it would be offensive to them to destroy such "divine hatred". (TV: Asylum of the Daleks) the reason might be since the mutants of those 3 daleks were simply seen as "impure"
- The Doctor mentions sending the Daleks back into the Void (TV: Doomsday) and saving all of reality from them. He further states that Amy should have remembered them from when there were "planets in the sky", (TV: The Stolen Earth/Journey's End) and is concerned that she doesn't remember.
- Subservient Daleks is also the theme of the first Second Doctor adventure. (TV: The Power of the Daleks)
- White Daleks appeared in TV: Revelation of the Daleks and TV: Remembrance of the Daleks.
- The end of TV: The Beast Below directly leads into this story.
- The Dalek Saucer seen in the dogfight with the Spitfires is similar to those from TV: Bad Wolf/The Parting of the Ways and TV: The Stolen Earth/Journey's End.
- The Doctor has had a group of soldiers point weapons at him shortly after or while exiting the TARDIS before, in the Torchwood Tower and in Albion Hospital. (TV: Army of Ghosts, Aliens of London) It will later happen again in TV: A Good Man Goes to War.
- The Doctor mentions that his TARDIS is a Type 40 TARDIS. (TV: The Ribos Operation)
- The new Daleks use a time corridor to depart from the era. The last time a time corridor was used on-screen was in TV: Resurrection of the Daleks.
- Another one of the cracks can be seen on the wall of the Cabinet War Room after the TARDIS dematerialises.
- In Doctor Who Confidential, Gatiss confirms that the brightly coloured restored Daleks are a nod to the 1960s Amicus films.
- Churchill remarks that the Doctor has changed his face again, implying that he has encountered at least two other incarnations of his. The Doctor had already met Churchill in his sixth incarnation in PROSE: The Shadow in the Glass and both his second and sixth incarnations encountered him in PROSE: Players and The Shadow in the Glass.
- The Dalek saucer is hidden on the dark side of the Moon. The Cybermen hid a craft there in TV: The Invasion.
- The Spitfire Pilot known as Danny Boy later appears in Series 6 as one of many who owe a debt to the Doctor. He takes part in the Battle of Demon's Run where he destroys their communication array. (TV: A Good Man Goes to War)
- The Doctor exclaims to the new Daleks that it is the final end - something that he had said at the end of TV: The Evil of the Daleks.
- In the end, the Daleks escape and declare that they will return. They do return, this time accompanied by an entire new Parliament, in Asylum of the Daleks, where they want the Doctor to "save" them.
Home video releases Edit
BBC Video - Doctor Who Series Five - Volume One was released on DVD and Blu-Ray on 7 June 2010 (UK only), featuring The Eleventh Hour, The Beast Below, Victory of the Daleks and the featurette The Monster Files.  This episode is also featured on Disc 2 of The Complete Fifth Series Box Set.
- Victory of the Daleks at Shannon Sullivan's A Brief History of Time (Travel)
- Detailed synopsis of Victory of the Daleks at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- ↑ Doctor Who News Page - Matt Smith First DVD Release Date, accessed 3rd March 2010