The Evil Of The Daleks: Doctor Who: Season 4
The Evil Of The Daleks SYNOPSIS:
Having farewelled their companions Ben and Polly, the Doctor and Jamie are following the trail of the Tardis, stolen by unknown persons from Gatwick Airport. The trail ends at pawn shop of the mysterious Edward Waterfield. It's a trap however and the two are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1866 to Waterfield's home in Canterbury via his own time machine.
The Doctor finds that Waterfield and his colleague Maxtible are allied to the daleks who arranged the trap. having captured the Doctor's Tardis and Waterfield's daughter Victoria they coerce the two scientists into assisting Maxtible, greedy for dalek promises of wealth and power, into putting Jamie through rigorous strength and endurance experiments.
The Daleks want them to distill the human factor they believe was integral in their many defeats to humans and wish to implant it in the dalek race and avoid further defeats. The distilled human factor conditioning however makes the daleks docile and peaceful.
The Dalek Emperor has them taken to Skaro and sees the strength of the dalek factor. It orders the dalek factor distilled and then spread throughout the galaxy. The Doctor, Jamie hope and Waterfield hope to provoke a civil war between normal and humanized daleks in order to stop the Dalek Emperor and get back both the Tardis and Victoria.
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The Evil Of The Daleks DETAILS:
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The Evil Of The Daleks CAST & CREW
Patrick Troughton(Second Doctor)
Fraser Hines (Jamie McCrimmon)
Deborah Watling (Victoria Waterfield)
John Bailey — Edward Waterfield
Marius Goring — Theodore Maxtible
Brigit Forsyth — Ruth Maxtible
Geoffrey Colville — Perry
Griffith Davies — Kennedy
Alec Ross — Bob Hall
Windsor Davies — Toby
Sonny Caldinez — Kemel
Gary Watson — Arthur Terrall
Jo Rowbottom — Mollie Dawson
Peter Hawkins & Roy Skelton — Dalek Voices
Robert Jewell, Gerald Taylor, John Scott Martin, Murphy Grumbar, Ken Tyllsen — Daleks
Production Staff for Serial LL:
Writer - David Whitaker
Director - Derek Martinus
Script editor - Gerry Davis (episodes 1 to 3),
Peter Bryant(episodes 4 to 7)
Producer - Innes Lloyd
Missing episodes 1,3,4,5,6,7
It's set in the 1966 to begin with, then Jamie and the Dr are kidnapped by the daleks unwitting slave Edward Waterfield and are whizzed back to a mansion in 1866. Why? Because there Waterfield and the owner of the mansion one Professor Maxtible have been had their place invaded by the Daleks. Plus we meet for the first time popular future companion, the young and busty Victoria Waterfield. Presumably why the Daleks went to 1966 to begin with wasn't just to grab the Doctor's Tardis but was an attempt at leaping forward in time to get better technology. But who knows…the whole plot was about the daleks trying to scientifically distill the human factor so they could become nastier beings and finally have an edge over the humans that kept beating them only to find it turned them into nice daleks…or something like that…hmmm sounds like a new series episode….
But the acting was sound, direction was good and having at least one scene existing where Troughton's doctor confronts the daleks is gold. Bet as an early seven parter it would have dragged a bit around the Victorian mansion bits. But as they kept changing time periods and locales; 1 and a half episodes in 1966, 4 and a half in 1866 and one set on Skaro in the future for a meeting with the Emperor dalek for the first time and ended with a huge dalek civil war it would have held it's viewing interest.
From the only evidence we've got reckon it probably was the best story of that series and the best dalek story for the 60's.Hard to rate but will give it a 7.5/10 based on what's available.