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Death to the Daleks: Part One 

As the TARDIS heads to the paradise planet Florana where the Doctor and Sarah go for a holiday, the TARDIS goes off-course and arrives on the barren planet Exxilon, where the TARDIS is ... See full summary »


Michael E. Briant (as Michael Briant)


Terry Nation




Episode complete credited cast:
Jon Pertwee ... Doctor Who
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Duncan Lamont ... Dan Galloway
John Abineri ... Richard Railton
Neil Seiler Neil Seiler ... Commander Stewart
Julian Fox Julian Fox ... Peter Hamilton
Joy Harrison Joy Harrison ... Jill Tarrant
Mostyn Evans Mostyn Evans ... High Priest
Michael Wisher ... Dalek Voices (voice)
John Scott Martin ... Dalek Operator (as John Scott-Martin)
Cy Town ... Dalek Operator
Murphy Grumbar ... Dalek Operator (as Murphy Grunbar)


As the TARDIS heads to the paradise planet Florana where the Doctor and Sarah go for a holiday, the TARDIS goes off-course and arrives on the barren planet Exxilon, where the TARDIS is loosing power. The Doctor and Sarah finds a group of humans and Daleks are searching for Parrinium, a mineral which is the only antidote to a space plague. Both parties encounter the native people and trouble ensues. In an attempt to find what caused the power-loss, the Doctor, chased by the Daleks, enter the Exxilon's lost city to be able to stop the power draining phenomenon. Written by Daniel Williamson

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Release Date:

23 February 1974 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several modifications were made to avoid similarities with Planet Of The Daleks: the jungle-choked Exxilon became rocky and barren, while the humans were more securely established than the hunted Thals of the previous story. See more »


When the Doctor mentions to Sarah-Jane that you can't sink on Florana because the waters are effervescent, this is in fact false. The bubbles actually reduce the density of the water so if one were to swim in water where bubbles are coming up from under you, you would sink. See more »


[first lines]
The Doctor: [singing] Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside / I do like to be beside the sea...
[the Doctor continues whistling]
Sarah Jane Smith: Sunglasses, sun lotion, water wings.
The Doctor: Well, you won't need those for a start.
Sarah Jane Smith: Oh, we're going swimming, you said...
The Doctor: You can't sink on Florana.
Sarah Jane Smith: I can sink anywhere.
The Doctor: The water's effervescent. The bubbles support you.
Sarah Jane Smith: Like swimming in a glass of bath salts.
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Referenced in Beneath the City of the Exxilons (2012) See more »

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Imaginative Who serial
5 June 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

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DEATH TO THE DALEKS is hardly a classic serial from the Jon Pertwee era of Dr Who, although it does have plenty of charm to recommend it to the fans. The story opens as the Doctor and Sarah Jane experience a massive power drain on the Tardis, which forces them to land on a murky and remote alien planet. They hook up with a human space expedition while being menaced by some unpleasant inhabitants.

The look of this serial is one of the things I liked most about it. There are exotic cities, weird rag-clothed aliens, some funny masks, and a murky, barren, alien planet all filmed in an old quarry somewhere. Inevitably the Doctor's most famous enemies also make an appearance, although the Daleks present a rather ordinary foe here with little of the fear factor that viewers are usually exposed to.

The bug-eyed aliens are more interesting, especially the friendly one that Pertwee hooks up with in the latter stages; it makes for amusing viewing. Elisabeth Sladen has little to work with but Pertwee's not bad and some of the guest stars (Hammer's Duncan Lamont, Joy Harrison) are good value. Not perfect, perhaps one for the fans to enjoy instead.

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