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Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks (Story 72)
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An unexplained power loss has stranded the Doctor and Sarah Jane on Exxilon, a planet whose ancient civilisation has lapsed into savagery.]]>
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"Death to the Daleks" originally aired in 1974. Story Synopsis: The TARDIS has (yet another) glitch, goes off course, and ends up on the planet of Exxilon. Something drains the TARDIS' power, and they're stranded. The Doctor and Sarah Jane leave to investigate. The Doctor meets up with a similarly stranded Marine Space Corp patrol. They came to Exxilon to gather the element parrinium, the only known antidote to a massive plague that is sweeping the galaxy.
Sarah Jane is fascinated with a giant white building with a beacon flashing on top. She is captured by a group of native Exxilons, who say she has defiled their city and must die. Unbeknownst to her, the Doctor has joined forces with the Marines and with a group of similarly stranded Daleks - a tentative truce indeed, as the Doctor states, "Inside each of those shells is a living, bubbling lump of hate."
The Doctor stops Sarah's execution, and the two escape through some tunnels. In the tunnels they meet Bellal, one of a group of exiled Exxilon's who do not worship the white City, they are afraid of it. The Doctor realizes that it is the beacon that is draining energy from the TARDIS and other ships, and he and Bellal set out to stop it.
In the meanwhile, the Dalek's have outfitted themselves with mechanical weapons not affected by the power drain - and they want to capture the parrinium.Read more ›
The plot is simple. The planet has a special mineral that can save lives but also has a dangerous city that drains power from ship engines and weapons (but not from Daleks - they move with the power of their MINDS). Both the humans and Daleks have trapped themselves on the planet and now have to work together to mine the mineral and save themselves. Sadly the Daleks in this story don't seem very dangerous. They have to replace their energy weapons with bullet shooters that make Wild West Gun Shot noises, they huddle together and debate a lot in whispers, and they get beat up by backwater natives when not being killed by the roots of the city. One even blows himself up. Of course, it was meant to be the last Dalek story ever. Which is why it was called Death of the Daleks.Read more ›
On their way to a much-deserved holiday on the planet Florana, the Doctor and Sarah make a forced landing on the forbidding, fogbound planet Exxilon when the TARDIS suffers an inexplicable power failure. There the Doctor meets a scientific expedition from Earth also stranded by a mysterious force that consumes all electric power on the planet. The Earth expedition is mining the planet for "parrinium," the only known cure for a fatal space plague that has struck humans living on Earth's outer colony planets. Meanwhile, Sarah discovers a magnificent white citadel topped with a shining beacon but is captured by the Exxilons and prepared for sacrifice for defiling their holy city. Then a Dalek ship lands on the planet, also seeking parrinium, and the robotic creatures are forced into an alliance with the humans because their weapons don't work without electric power (the Daleks themselves, the Doctor reminds us, are powered by psychokinetic energy).
Miners' strikes in the early 1970s were causing intermittent power failures in the United Kingdom about the time Terry Nation wrote the script for "Death to the Daleks," so the British people were no strangers to lights out when the story first aired in early 1974. In fact, series rehearsals at Acton had to be scheduled around the power outages. Exterior shooting took place at a quarry near Lulworth Cove in Dorsetshire--a barren landscape to match Exxilon's lifeless terrain--but costume designer L.Read more ›
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One of the neater Dr. Who stories, this one encounters the Daleks and the Dr. stuck on a planet where a dampening field is stopping electronics from working. Daleks with guns!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by S. Garrett
The Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee) and Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) are planning a beach holiday but the TARDIS crash lands on the planet Exxilon. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Joseph M. Reninger
I haven't seen the DVD; it's for my Son-in-Law, who is a WHO addict but hasn't seen the best by far beginnings.Published 7 months ago by HS64MIL6467Free
I found this to be a little all over the map with too many elements going on at once for the story. The city puzzle works better in writing than on the screen where it came off as... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Malbus
One Step closer to completing my collection. Thank you, it's a great story!Published 8 months ago by VictorSlim3D
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He is a true Whovian! If that is a word! LOL and this episode is a good one! I am a fan of Dr. Who Number 4 too however my son can tell you ALL! Read more