On the planet a long-drawn out war is taking place between the Thals and the Kaleds, who each live in cities shielded from enemy attack by protective domes. The Doctor and Harry are captured by the latter, whose great scientist, Davros, aware that chemical warfare will cause his race to mutate into a quite different form, is creating a new species — the Dalek — through which he hopes to gain total power.
Sarah, in turn, is captured first by some of the genetic aberrations, the Mutos, who live in the wasteland outside the rival cities, and then by Thal soldiers who take her to their city where a rocket is being built ready for a final attack on the Kaleds.
Aware that the Doctor and the Kaled government are plotting to stop the Daleks, Davros gives the Thals the chemical formula needed to penetrate the Kaled dome. He tortures Doctor Who to find out the reasons for the Daleks' failure in the future, but the Doctor escapes and manages to stop the Dalek incubation process though, he thinks, perhaps only temporarily.
The Thal attack is successful and, with the Kaleds wiped out, Davros is left alone in a sealed bunker surrounded by Daleks who now refuse to obey his commands...!
Note: Catalogue number: ZCR 364
Note: Part of the BBC's "Vintage Beeb" range, which is re-releasing old BBC LPs on CD with the original vintage artwork and a "vinyl-looking" CD. This was the first such release devoted to Doctor Who, followed by Doctor Who Sound Effects in 2012 and Sci-Fi Sound Effects in 2013.
'Doctor Who, with his travelling companions, Sarah and Harry, has landed on a desolate planet called Skaro. As he surveys the barren landscape, a Time Lord appears and tells him he has been brought there to try and avert the creation of the Daleks, and thus prevent them from being the dominant creature in the Universe...'
With linking narration by Tom Baker, this condensed version of the original TV episodes includes one of the most memorable and dramatic moments in the history of Doctor Who: the Doctor's moral dilemma about whether he has the right to destroy the Daleks forever.
Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now reissued on CD.