Daleks: The Early Years

No. 4 of 7 in the BBC Years videos series
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Starring: William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Peter Purves & Adrienne Hill
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Editions:  UK UK (VHS) | Australia Australia (VHS) | US US (VHS)
Note:Video compilation containing three 1960s Doctor Who episodes featuring the Daleks: Episodes 5 & 10 of The Daleks’ Master Plan and episode 2 of The Evil of the Daleks, plus an assortment of other clips.

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Edition: UK UK (VHS)
Released:  July 1992
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x VHS PAL
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Cover blurb:
“Exterminate! Exterminate!"

The distinctive battle-cry of the Daleks echoed across television screens for over 20 years as children (and adults) shivered in their seats or from behind their sofas. From their invention in 1963, the Daleks have always been the Doctor’s most famous and indeed most formidable enemies. Introduced by Doctor No. 5, Peter Davison, this special BBC Video explores those early years of Dalekmania back in the ‘60s.

There are interviews with Terry Nation — creator of the Daleks, Raymond P. Cusick — the creatures’ designer and John Scott Martin and Roy Skelton — Dalek operator and Dalek voice respectively, as they reminisce about those early beginnings.

In addition there are many clips from the Hartnell and Troughton eras:

From the Hartnell era...

Snippets from the very first Dalek adventure, THE DALEKS: Episode 1 THE DEAD PLANET (the Doctor’s second adventure), plus THE DALEKS: Episode 2 transmitted on 28th December 1963 when the Daleks were revealed fully for the first time. Also there is footage from, THE DALEK INVASION OF EARTH and THE CHASE.

Plus: Rare footage from the adventure THE DALEK MASTER PLAN including a clip from Episode 4 and two full episodes: Episode 5 “Counterplot” and Episode 10 “Escape Switch”.

From the Troughton era...

A rare clip from THE POWER OF THE DALEKS (Episode 4) — all that remains of Patrick Troughton’s first encounter with the Daleks. THE EVIL OF THE DALEKS (Episode 2) — the only surviving episode from this adventure.

All this plus a special Dalek ‘out - take’ from THE FIVE DOCTORS, a snippet of the Daleks’ very own pop record and a glimpse of Peter Cushing as the famous timelord in the cinema film: “Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D."

With thanks to the Museum of the Moving Image, London

Cover image for Daleks: The Early Years
Edition: Australia Australia (VHS)
Released:  February 1993
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x VHS PAL

Cover blurb:
Same as UK edition.

Cover image for Daleks: The Early Years
Edition: US US (VHS)
Released:  October 1993
Publisher:  BBC Video
Format: 1 x VHS NTSC
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Cover blurb:
“Exterminate! Exterminate!"

The battle-cry of the blood-thirsty Daleks, Doctor Who’s most formidable and fearsome enemies, has terrified a generation of fans. This video explores the early years of Dalekmania, from the Hartnell and Troughton eras. It features interviews with creators, designers and operators of the creatures, highlights of the earliest and most legendary Dalek adventures, and more. Also included are never-before-seen outtakes, a sampling of the Dalek’s very own pop record and an appearance by Peter Cushing from his famous portrayal of the Time Lord in the theatrical release, Daleks: Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. It’s a must-have collector’s item for every Doctor Who fan.

Inculdes Highlights From:

  • The Daleks: Episode 1, The Dead Planet
  • The Daleks: Episode 2
  • The Dalek Invasion of Earth
  • The Chase
  • The Dalek Master Plan
  • The Power of the Daleks
  • The Evil of the Daleks
  • The Five Doctors

    Also includes three full episodes: The Dalek Master Plan: Counterplot and The Escape Switch and Evil of the Daleks Episode 2.

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