The Power of the Daleks


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The Power of the Daleks

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First Transmitted

5 November 1966

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Regular Cast

Patrick Troughton (Dr Who), Micheal Craze (Ben), Anneke Wills (Polly)

Guest Cast

Martin King (The Examiner) [1], Nicholas Hawtrey (Quinn), Bernard Archard (Bragen), Robert James (Lesterson), Pamela Ann Davy (Janley), Peter Bathurst (Hensell) [1-5], Edward Kelsey (Resno) [2], Richard Kane (Valmar) [3-6], Gerald Taylor [3-6]&Dagger,, Kevin Manser [3-5], Robert Jewell [3-6], John Scott Martin [4-6] (Daleks), Peter Hawkins (Daleks’ Voice) [3-6]&Dagger,, Peter Forbes-Robertson [4-6], Robert Russell [5-6], Robert Luckham [5] (Guards), Steven Scott (Kebble) [4-6].


Written by David Whittaker
Directed by Christopher Barry
Produced by Innes Lloyd


Still suspicious of the younger man claiming to be The Doctor, Ben and Polly discover that the TARDIS has landed on the Earth colony Vulcan. There, a scientist named Lesterson has unearthed a crashed capsule containing the inert forms of three Daleks.

The Doctor is horrified to learn that Lesterson has reactivated them, intending for them to serve the colony’s populace. But the time travellers soon discover that the Daleks have a far more malevolent agenda.


Ben : [Picking up the old Doctor’s ring.] “The Doctor always wore this. If you are him it should fit.” [He tries the ring on The Doctor’s finger, but it is too big.] “That settles it.”

The Doctor :”I’d like to see a butterfly fit into a chrysalis case after it spreads its wings.”

Polly :”Then you did change.”

The Doctor :”Life depends on change, and renewal.”

Ben :”Oh, that’s it, you’ve been renewed, have you?”

The Doctor :”Renewed? Have I? That’s it, I’ve been renewed. It’s part of the TARDIS. Without it I couldn’t survive.”

The Doctor : [Speaking of the reactivated Dalek] “It knew who I am, Ben.”

Ben :”Well, if a Dalek takes you for the proper Doctor, then I suppose I can.”

Lesterson : [To the other colonists present.] “This creation is called, I understand, a Dalek. Look at it. I have simply given it electrical power, and do you know what? It is capable of storing it! Furthermore, it responds to orders.” [To the Dalek] “Turn around. Move that chair. Stop.” [The Dalek obeys each command.] “You see! Imagine what it is going to do to our mining programme, to our processing, our packaging. Dozens of labour jobs, Governor. It may even be the answer to this colony’s problems.”

The Doctor :”Yes, it will end the colony’s problems – because it will end the colony!”

The Doctor : [On the Daleks] “It can do many things, Lesterson. But the thing it does most efficiently is exterminate human beings.”

episode endings

The Doctor, Ben and Polly have found two seemingly dormant Daleks inside the crashed capsule. Examining the floor, The Doctor realises that there was once a third. He fails to notice as a tentacled creature begins to emerge from a hole at the base of the wall behind him…

To the astonishment of the Doctor and the colonists, the reactivated Dalek grates ‘I am your servant!’ The Doctor tries to warn that the Daleks destroy human beings without mercy or conscience, but his voice is almost drowned out by the Dalek loudly repeating its phrase.

The three reactivated Daleks chant ‘We will get our power!’ as Lesterson looks on with growing concern…

As a horrified Lesterson looks on, a line of newly created Daleks roll off the conveyor belt on their ship…

The Daleks stream out of their capsule chanting ‘Daleks conquer and destroy! Daleks conquer and destroy!’

The TARDIS dematerialises from Vulcan. The lingering notes of a tune on The Doctor’s recorder are heard as the eye-stalk of one of the apparently destroyed Daleks slowly rises up as if to watch the ship depart.s


  • The Daleks return
  • The Power of the Daleks was Patrick Troughtons first story as The Doctor.
  • Bernard Archard returned in 1975, playing Marcus Scarman in Pyramids of Mars.
  • Peter Bathurst returned in 1971, playing Chinn in The Claws of Axos.
  • Robert James returned in 1976, playing the High Priest in The Masque of Mandragora.
  • The Doctor’s clothes transform along with his appearance.
  • We have the first clear sight in the series’ history of fully-evolved Dalek creatures, tentacled blobs placed into the casings of the new Daleks created in their capsule. (Those seen in The Daleks’ Master Plan were implied to have been regressed to a primordial form by the time destructor.)
  • Polly is absent from Episode Four and Ben from Episode Five as Anneke Wills and Michael Craze were on holiday during the respective weeks in which they were recorded.
  • One of Bragens guards is played by Robert Luckham, son of Cyril Luckham who would go onto play the White Guardian .
  • In one of the existing clips a Dalek has trouble getting through an archway.
  • There is obvious usage of Dalek photo blow ups.
  • In surviving footage, a Dalek crashes into the camera.
  • Starting from 20 November 2016, episodes of the same animated reconstruction were being gradually added to iTunes stores in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, the UK and US (as a collection of Doctor Who: The Classic Series), as well as to Amazon Video in the US (as a stand-alone series Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks) at a rate of one episode per week.
  • At the beginning of 2017, a coloured version of the animation was added to the season passes in iTunes (except in Australia and France) and in Amazon Video. BBC Store started selling the coloured version separately.
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