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The Power of the Daleks
Doctor Who, episode 30 (4.3)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:25:51
The colonists of Vulcan are delighted with their friendly robot servants. The Daleks.
The TARDIS brings the new Doctor, Polly and Ben to the Earth colony planet Vulcan. The Doctor witnesses a murder and, investigating the body, discovers a pass badge allowing him unrestricted access to the colony.
The dead man was an Earth Examiner who had been secretly summoned by Deputy Governor Quinn to investigate the activities of a group of rebels - a problem regarded as insignificant by Governor Hensell.
A scientist, Lesterson, has meanwhile discovered a crashed space capsule containing inert Daleks, which he is now in the process of reactivating. The Doctor's warnings are ignored when the Daleks claim to be the colonists' servants.
As the rebels grow in strength, their operations covertly led by Head of Security Bragen, the Daleks take advantage of the colonists' naive trust to establish a reproduction plant - on a conveyor belt system - with which to increase their numbers. The Doctor eventually destroys the Daleks by turning the colony's power source against them.
The defeat of the Daleks, to whom Bragen and the rebels had allied themselves, gives Quinn an opportunity to re-establish control, Hensell having previously been killed. The Doctor and his friends slip back to the TARDIS.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:48:14
The transition from William Hartnell to Patrick Troughton received remarkably little coverage in the popular press (certainly by comparison with that accorded to the later changes of Doctor). The only significant report appeared in the Daily Sketch on the day that the first episode of the The Power of the Daleks was transmitted::
'If you believe the programme overlords, most viewers have a compelling urge... to be frightened out of their wits. And that explains the strange affair of The...
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