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Death to the Daleks: Part Three 

The Doctor and Sarah meet up with Bellal, who helps them escape from the Daleks and explains the origin of the City.

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Michael E. Briant (as Michael Briant)

Writer:

Terry Nation
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Episode complete credited cast:
Jon Pertwee ... Doctor Who
Elisabeth Sladen ... Sarah Jane Smith
Duncan Lamont ... Dan Galloway
Julian Fox Julian Fox ... Peter Hamilton
Joy Harrison Joy Harrison ... Jill Tarrant
Arnold Yarrow Arnold Yarrow ... Bellal
Roy Heymann Roy Heymann ... Gotal
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)

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The Doctor and Sarah meet up with Bellal, who helps them escape from the Daleks and explains the origin of the City.

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The Doctor: [of the markings Bellal has made on the wall] You say that markings like these are cut into the walls of the city?
Bellal: Yes, these are as I remember them.
Sarah Jane Smith: I saw them too, Doctor. Do they mean anything to you?
The Doctor: No, not fully. But I do have a rough idea of what they're intended to convey. You see, I've seen them before.
Sarah Jane Smith: Seen them before? Where?
The Doctor: On the walls of a temple in Peru.
Sarah Jane Smith: Oh, that's impossible!
The Doctor: Yeah, that's what they said about the Peruvian temple as well. Yes, it's one of Earth's great mysteries,...
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Daleks with a difference.
15 November 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review of all 4 episodes:

This adventure has the Daleks in a bit of a different kind of story to usual. The TARDIS is stranded on a planet with all its power drained. The Doctor and Sarah Jane venture out onto the planet and come under attack from natives of the planet called Exxilons. They also find a small group of humans who are similarly stranded and powerless. The end of the first episode has a great cliffhanger as another ship arrives and as The Doctor and the humans gather to meet the ship's occupants, thinking it will be a rescue party they are faced with Daleks. A pity the title gives away their presence but the cliffhanger scene is done brilliantly.

Instead of being the usual invaders or destroyers, in this story the Daleks are also stranded on the planet with their ship and all their weapons drained of power. They have to agree a truce with the humans and work together to try to find a way to overcome their power loss and escape from the planet. Of course the Daleks evil intent is ever present and they quickly try to gain the upper hand. Really great that writer Terry Nation has brought something fresh to a Dalek story.

This adventure has credible, well acted human characters, great performances from Pertwee and Elisabeth Sladen in the lead roles (with Sarah Jane again proving to be a gutsy companion instead of a damsel in distress like some companions) and interesting use of the Daleks. The Exxilons are good background characters with nice, effective costume/make up and a friendly Exxilon provides an endearing alien character with a little depth. There is plenty of action and thrills. The 'roots' of the city are an interesting idea and very well realised as robotic tentacles.

The production values are generally good and the music is mostly really nicely done. The plot is strong and the dialogue is mostly excellent. All the acting is excellent and effects are as good as anyone could expect for this era.

The final part is a little less brilliant in my opinion compared to the preceding episodes as the quest through the city does not really excite me, struggling to find imaginative puzzles/obstacles for them to face but it is still fun and has great elements with Sarah Jane's efforts to rescue the medical supplies and the climactic scenes of the city decaying. Also, after the great cliffhanger to episode 1 the 'cliffhanger' to episode 3 is pretty lame I suppose but the rest of that episode is absolutely great and thoroughly absorbing. Any flaws in this serial are minor and all in all this is an excellent Dalek story and an excellent sci-fi adventure.

My ratings: Parts 1 & 2 - 9.5/10, Part 3 - 10/10, Part 4 - 8.5/10. Overall - 9.38/10.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 March 1974 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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