The Daleks
 

No. 15 of 145 in the BBC classic series videos series
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Starring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, William Russell & Jacqueline Hill
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Editions:  UK UK (original VHS) | Australia Australia (original VHS) | US US (VHS) | UK UK (remastered VHS) | Australia Australia (remastered VHS)
Note:This was the first Doctor Who video release which contained unedited episodes exactly as originally aired — all previous releases had edited individual episodes together into one long "movie".

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Edition: UK UK (original VHS)
When:  June 1989
Format: 2 x VHS
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Note:  2 tapes, packaged in separate boxes. Tape 1 is labelled The Daleks Part 1 Episodes 1-4: The Dead Planet while the second is The Daleks Part 2 Episodes 5-7: The Expedition.

Cover blurb:
Both tapes have different cover blurbs, as follows:

Part 1 — The Dead Planet:

An early, unedited classic in two parts featuring William Hartnell as the original Doctor in his very first terrifying encounter with the Daleks — destined to become his deadliest enemies.

When the Doctor and his companions find themselves on a dead planet, a distant glimpse of a magnificent city arouses the Doctor's ruthless curiosity and puts them all in grave danger. On inspection the city seems deserted but they make two lethal discoveries: the planet is radioactive and the subterranean corridors conceal a terrible menace... the Daleks.

Captured and suffering from radiation sickness all seems lost. Strangely Susan is allowed to fetch essential drugs from the Tardis, but the Daleks are using her as bait to trap the Thals, a 'mutated' race living above ground. The Daleks must be stopped but the Doctor is dying and Susan has not yet returned...

Part 2 — The Expedition:

An early, unedited classic in two parts featuring William Hartnell as the original Doctor in his very first terrifying encounter with the Daleks — destined to become his deadliest enemies.

Having escaped, the Doctor and his companions find they have left a vital Tardis component in the underground maze. With horror they realize they must return and they finally persuade the peace-loving Thals to join forces against the murderous Daleks. Back at the city the Doctor and Susan are recaptured and discover that the Daleks, dependent on radiation for survival, plan to subject the planet to another lethal dose.

Ian, Barbara and the Thals must infiltrate the stronghold, save the Doctor and Susan, and stop the evil Daleks in their relentless quest for supreme power. But first they must face the abominations that lurk in the deadly swamp...

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Edition: Australia Australia (original VHS)
When:  December 1989
Format: 2 x VHS
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Note:  2 tapes, packaged in separate boxes just like the original UK edition. The cover for Tape 1 is pictured on the right — click here to view the cover of Tape 2.

Cover blurb:
Same as original UK edition.

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Edition: US US (VHS)
When:  October 1993
Format: 2 x VHS
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Cover blurb:
Same as original UK edition.

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Edition: UK UK (remastered VHS)
When:  February 2001
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Cover blurb:
The infamous Daleks make their first ever appearance in this classic black and white Doctor Who episode, which has been digitally remastered.

The TARDIS has brought the Doctor and his companions to the planet Skaro where they meet two indigenous races. The Daleks are malicious mutant creatures encased in armoured travel machines; the Thals are beautiful humanoids with pacifist principals.

Despite the Thal's peace loving ethos, the Doctor must convince them to fight the Daleks or risk annihilation.

Originally broadcast 21st December 1963 - 1st February 1964.

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Edition: Australia Australia (remastered VHS)
When:  April 2001
Format: 1 x VHS
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Note:  Single tape.

Cover blurb:
The TARDIS lands on Skaro, a seemingly dead world with high levels of radiation. Seeing a deserted city, the Doctor deliberately sabotages his TARDIS in order to force Ian, Barbara and Susan to explore further. But the city is not as dead as it first appears. The TARDIS crew are captured by sinister metal creatures that silently glide through the corridors and walkways — Daleks.

Survivors of a deadly nuclear war with their enemies the Thals, the Daleks have mutated into creatures dependent on their travel machines to keep them alive. One by one, the time-traveller captives succumb to the effects of Skaro's radiation, leaving Susan their only hope in retrieving life-saving drugs from the TARDIS.

Outside the city, the peaceful Thal survivors are running out of food and supplies — but can they trust the Daleks to aid them? With the TARDIS stranded, the Doctor and his companions are caught up in a battle for survival between the two species.

And time is running out — the radiation-dependent Daleks plan to explode another neutron bomb, killing all other life on Skaro.

This story, featuring the first ever appearance of the Daleks, was broadcast on BBC1 between 21 December 1963 - 1 February 1964.



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