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The Power of the Daleks: Episode Four 

With Polly being held prisoner by the rebels, the Doctor and Ben decide to investigate them, while Lesterson discovers the Daleks are reproducing.


Christopher Barry


David Whitaker, Terry Nation (Daleks created by)




Episode credited cast:
Patrick Troughton ... Dr. Who
Michael Craze ... Ben
Robert James ... Lesterson
Bernard Archard ... Bragen
Richard Kane Richard Kane ... Valmar
Peter Bathurst Peter Bathurst ... Hensell
Pamela Ann Davy Pamela Ann Davy ... Janley
Steven Scott ... Kebble
Nicholas Hawtrey Nicholas Hawtrey ... Quinn
Peter Hawkins ... Dalek (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Jewell ... Dalek
Kevin Manser Kevin Manser ... Dalek
John Scott Martin ... Dalek
Gerald Taylor ... Dalek


With Polly being held prisoner by the rebels, the Doctor and Ben decide to investigate them, while Lesterson discovers the Daleks are reproducing.

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Release Date:

26 November 1966 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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This episode was wiped by the BBC and no copy of it is known to exist. Short clips of varying quality exist. See more »


[first lines]
Daleks: We will get our power. We will get our power. We will get our power. We will get our power. We will get our power. We will get our power.
First Dalek: Turn back the power supply.
Lesterson: I will, I will. But I want you to remember that I control you.
First Dalek: We are your servants.
Lesterson: I know. Remember it. I gave you each a special charge to bring you back to life. Any further power you need must come from this generator. And I control it. Is that clear?
First Dalek: To await your orders, master.
Lesterson: Good. Have you completed the ...
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Superb story with brilliantly devious Daleks and establishing Troughton as the new Doctor
21 August 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review of all 6 episodes:

This 6 part story is the first with Patrick Troughton following the Doctor's first regeneration. If Troughton had failed to work as the Doctor the series would have died so he really is of as much importance in establishing Doctor Who as William Hartnell. The characterisation is interesting to say the least and flirts with disaster in many ways. To make the Doctor SO incredibly different to Hartnell's Doctor that preceded him was astonishing in its bravery. He is a scruffy, strange acting, clownish figure who plays the recorder to 'help him concentrate'! At the start of the story they even have him behaving extremely evasively and mysteriously, making it even harder to cope with the change in lead actor. Nowadays we are more used to coping with huge changes in the Doctor's behaviour after regeneration and it still is difficult so to imagine viewers at the time being thrust into this change so dramatically is mind boggling.

I think what really makes it work are two things. Firstly Troughton's quality which comes through as he begins to establish himself later in the adventure, but this is slow to have an impact. The second is the truly excellent quality story from David Whitaker featuring Daleks which are at their very best.

The adventure is thrilling as the Daleks pretend to be harmless servants to unsuspecting human colonists whilst secretly creating a huge production line of Daleks to conquer and EXTERMINATE the humans. This story has certainly been very influential to Doctor Who since its return in 2005.

The whole story is top quality with strong performances and continuity provided by Michael Craze and Anneke Wills as companions Ben and Polly, really good human guest characters such as Lesterson (Robert James), great dialogue and brilliant Daleks which are the best yet with better voice performances than earlier stories and devious, threatening plans.

Great stuff! All 6 episodes 10/10.

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