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Doctor Who, episode 16 (2.8)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:24:05
A madcap chase through time and space with the Daleks.
The travellers are forced to flee in the TARDIS when they learn from the Time/Space Visualiser taken from the Moroks' museum that a group of Daleks equipped with their own time machine are on their trail with orders to exterminate them.
The chase begins on the desert planet Aridius and takes in a number of stopping-off points including the observation gallery of New York's Empire State Building, the 19th Century sailing ship Mary Celeste (the Daleks' appearance causing all the crew and passengers to jump overboard) and a spooky haunted house which, although the Doctor and his friends do not realise it, is actually a futuristic fun-fair attraction.
Eventually both time machines arrive on the jungle planet Mechanus, where the Daleks try to infiltrate and kill the Doctor's party using a robot double of him. The travellers are taken prisoner by the Mechanoids - a group of robots sent some fifty years earlier to prepare landing sites for human colonists who, in the event, never arrived - and meet Steven Taylor, a stranded astronaut who has been the Mechanoids' captive for the past two years.
The Daleks and the Mechanoids engage in a fierce battle which ultimately results in their mutual destruction, and the Doctor's party seize this opportunity to escape. The Doctor reluctantly helps Ian and Barbara to use the Daleks' time machine to return home.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:47:44
The Chase is nowhere near as strong as the Daleks' first two stories. It revolves, as the title implies, around the simple premise of a chase - the Daleks pursuing the TARDIS through time and space in their own ship (referred to in the scripts - though mercifully not on screen - as a 'DARDIS'!), with the aim of catching and killing the four travellers.
'The first episode is... possibly the worst of... the six...' noted Christopher Williams in Zodin No. 3 dated 1986. '[It] begins with a scene...
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