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Revelation of the Daleks
Doctor Who, episode 143 (22.6)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2012 09:42:59
The Great Healer has come up with a solution for famine. It involves dead bodies and Daleks.
The Doctor and Peri arrive on the planet Necros where, in a facility called Tranquil Repose presided over by Mr Jobel and his assistant Tasambeker, the wealthy can have their newly-deceased bodies cryogenically frozen until such time as medical science can cure whatever killed them.
The Doctor wishes to pay his last respects to his friend Professor Arthur Stengos, and also to assuage some nagging suspicions about the man's death. His suspicions prove justified, as it turns out that this is just a ruse to lure him into a trap.
The Great Healer masterminding Tranquil Repose is Davros, who is using the organic material in the cryogenic storage units both as the raw material for the synthetic food that is Necros's biggest export and also to create a whole new army of Daleks with which to take control of the universe.
Davros's plans are foiled when Daleks loyal to the Dalek Supreme arrive on Necros and take him prisoner. The Doctor suggests to the planet's inhabitants a new basis for their economy.
By The Television Companion on 23 Oct 2003 21:52:58
One of the most frustrating things about mid-eighties Doctor Who is its extreme inconsistency of tone and quality. Earlier periods of the series' history had had their ups and downs, of course, but within any given season the stories had all tended to be produced in a similar style and to be of a roughly comparable standard. In seasons twenty-one and twenty-two, on the other hand, for every gritty classic like The Caves of Androzani there is a gaudy clunker like The Twin Dilemma, for every...
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