Death To The Daleks: Doctor Who: Season 11
Death to The Daleks SYNOPSIS:
The Tardis loses all power and crash lands on the planet Exxilon. The Doctor sets off for assistance but is captured by two natives. Sarah also leaves the Tardis and is taken by the hostile natives to their temple. The Doctor is rescued by an expedition from Earth who also crashed after losing power. They are on Exxion to mine the chemical parrinium needed to fight a deadly space plague.
Another craft crash lands nearby the expeditions makeshift HQ. It contains daleks whose weapons are also powerless. A truce is reached between the group when the hostile Exxilons take them all hostage. The Doctor saves Sarah from sacrifice but then both are sentenced to execution by a creature called a rute. The daleks are use machine guns as replacement weapons to take over.
The daleks get the humans to act as supervisors to the slave force of Exxilons to mine the parrinium and horde it so the humans have no cure for the plague. Bellal, the Doctor and Sarah's new Exxilon ally leads them to the sentient city, the reason for the massive power drain.
The Doctor and Bellal must make it through the maze of traps within the city and stop it draining power so the Tardis can and the humans can leave. However the daleks are in pursuit so they can leave and the humans must stop them taking all the parrinium.
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Death to The Daleks DETAILS:
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Death to The Daleks CAST & CREW
Jon Pertwee (Third Doctor)
Elizabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith)
Duncan Lamont — Dan Galloway
John Abineri — Richard Railton
Joy Harrison — Jill Tarrant
Julian Fox — Peter Hamilton
Neil Seiler — Commander Stewart
Arnold Yarrow — Bellal
Roy Heymann — Gotal
Mostyn Evans — High Priest
Michael Wisher — Dalek Voices
John Scott Martin, Murphy Grumbar, Cy Town — Daleks
Production Staff for Serial XXX:
Writer - Terry Nation
Director - Michael E. Briant
Script editor - Terrance Dicks
Producer - Barry Letts
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Death to The Daleks REVIEWS
Or "The One With The Foam City"
So Death to The Daleks is a Terry Nation by the numbers script E.G. A planet that resembles a sand quarry, some galactic expedition stranded there, a space plague, some nasty primitives and of course the famous foam city that drains everything of power…BUT it has a weird, unsettling atmosphere to it where you really aren't sure whether anyone - daleks included - are going to get out alive, plus it's the first time you ever really see a dalek blow up! So put this down to the director, Michael E Briant.Saw this when I was about 11 back in 1983 and it was scary.
The first episode has some night filming and is very effective as the Doctor and Sarah first of all lose all power in the Tardis and are forced to operate on a primitive level. The aliens are just dark, threatening shadows here and threaten to kill them from the get go. Then the Daleks turn up without power! First time they've resorted to teaming up with the Doctor to get out of somewhere alive, they get machine guns and mini tardis props to shoot at eventually. Meaning one of them popped down to a local Aussie disposals and Minotaur in Elizabeth st. to pick them up early on in Death to The Daleks. Funny the Daleks here actually seem to be on the back foot a lot in this one, maybe it was because they were tacked on?
The Exxilons don't look to good in the light of day with some headpieces flapping about and the rute with it's really bad wire supports didn't help nor did the petrol being sprayed on the city at the end to dissolve it. The supporting cast are ok too, who didn't want Galloway not to take command of the rag tag bunch of humans? Still yeah a few things let it down but maybe because it's sorta creepy with the music and sounds and everything that makes it watchable, my fav for the season. 7.1/10 Oh it's only 4 parts too!
Director Micahel E Briant (you're showing off now Tim!) does a good job here and the music composer Carey Blyton rationalizes that since the daleks don't have any power, then the music should be represented without the aid of electronics - so she opts for the London Saxaphone Quartet to do it instead. Nice. The logic games (another Terry staple) are very strange. The maze to get into the city doesn't have a start or end point so you're instantly fucked there, and the patterned floor game later on screws you instantly if you don;t have a sonic screwdriver. The humans are a very generic bunch as they always are in these Terry scripts and there is plenty of corridor action too. You gotta wonder what Terry - and later the Hancock Estate - were actually paid to DO??? Anyway, as I said its all okay if you're brain is in the off position - just like Terry's when he wrote it. 6/10
I do kind of like episode 4 though. I know it's Terry Nation by numbers, but I like the "series of tests" kind of scenario. And why wouldn't you want to complete these tests to get to a great piece of CSO like that! Yep - some of the CSO here is even worse than some of the Green Death and Inferno CSO... I guess we have to forgive it as at the time it was cutting edge... but it's pretty lame.
I really like the realisation of the Exxilions and Bellal though. It's creepy and very alien... on the other hand, the bizarre root thing is... well... odd.
So all up, it's an OK story, but the Dalek stuff was kind of not needed... and we're lucky it wasn't really the Death to the Daleks!