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Daleks in Manhattan (1)

Season 3, Ep 4, Aired 4/21/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: New York Date: 1930s Enemies: Daleks (Cult of Skaro), Pig Slaves It's 1930s New York. As Manhattan finds itself in the grip of The Great Depression, people are disappearing off the streets. Savage Pig Men are hiding in the sewers and, at the very top of the Empire State Building, the Doctor's oldest nemeses, The Daleks, are busy preparing their most audacious plan yet. The Doctor and Martha must team up with the locals to defeat the Daleks and prevent an already depressed city from total ruin.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Nicholas Briggs

    Dalek Voices

  • Helen Raynor

  • James Strong

  • Hugh Quarshie


  • Eric Loren

    Mr. Diagoras

  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • Dag yo

    By gpph, Dec 14, 2013

  • My First Dr. Who!

    By jennyrobot, Aug 18, 2013

  • Daleks in Manhattan

    By TrueTvWatcher, Nov 01, 2012

  • Interesting concept, but astoundingly cheesy execution.

    By laufu, Apr 30, 2007

  • I find it's always difficult to accurately review the first episode of a two-part story without having seen the concluding episode. It's akin to doing a half-time report at a football match.

    By vbkzlfie, Aug 13, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (30)

    • Solomon: And, uh, who might you be? Martha: He's the Doctor, I'm Martha. Solomon: A doctor? Huh. Well, we got, uh, stockbrokers, we've got a lawyer, but you're the first doctor. Neighbourhood gets classier by the day.

    • Foreman: One word from me and every man on this site stops work. So, go on, tell your masters that. Diagoras: If that’s your attitude, I think you should tell them yourself. Foreman: Yeah? Well, I ain’t afraid of no man in a suit (Diagoras presses the elevator call button) These… these new bosses, what’s their names? Diagoras: I think you can say they’re from outta town. Foreman: Italians? Diagoras: Bit further than that. Foreman: How much further? Diagoras: Beyond your imagination. Foreman: Oh, what’s that supposed to mean? Who are they? (pause) Mr. Diagoras, who are we working for? Diagoras: Behold your masters. (The elevator doors open to reveal Dalek Caan, flanked by two Pig Slaves)

    • Martha: Daleks! I demand to be told. What is this Final Experiment? Report! Dalek Jast: You will bear witness. Martha: To what? Dalek Jast: This is the dawn of a new age. Martha: What does that mean? Dalek Jast: We are the only four Daleks in existence. So the species must evolve. A life outside the shell. The children of Skaro must walk again!

    • Dalek Thay: (after scanning Martha) Superior intelligence. This one will become part of the Final Experiment. Martha: You can’t just experiment on people. It’s insane! It’s inhuman! Dalek Thay: We are not human!

    • Laszlo: They’re divided into two groups: high intelligence and low intelligence. The low intelligence are taken, become Pig Slaves like me. Tallulah: That’s not fair! You’re the smartest guy I ever dated! The Doctor: And the others? Laszlo: They’re taken to the laboratory. The Doctor: Why, what for? Laszlo: I don’t know. The masters only call it the Final Experiment.

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    Notes (8)

    • The Hooverville scenes were filmed in Cardiff's Bute Park.

    • Overnight viewing figures for this episode were 6.3 million, with a final viewing figure of 6.69 million.

    • The Dalek's Pig Men slaves were inspired by the H. G. Wells novel The Island of Dr Moreau.

    • The half human/half Dalek face mask takes 90 minutes to apply.

    • In the scene where the Doctor and Martha arrive in New York, the incidental music is Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin.

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    Trivia (8)

    • The story is set in November, 1930, as revealed by the newspaper Martha finds early on. The Hooverville in Central Park, however, did not exist until 1931.

    • Although one can see the Empire State Building from Liberty Island (where the Statue is), the view seen by the Doctor and Martha in this episode looks like they are across from Mid-Town Manhattan rather than Lower Manhattan as it should be.

    • The line by Dalek Thay concerning racial purity is a reference back to their creation as revealed in the Tom Baker story Genesis of The Daleks. In the story, Davros, creator of the Daleks, is creating the ultimate form of the Kaled race. For Dalek Sec to say that they are at an evolutionary standstill AND need to improve themselves, is nothing short of miraculous given their programmed imperatives.

    • When the Doctor and Martha are standing in front of a line of washing and watching Solomon in Hooverville, look carefully at the gap between them below the white t-shirt and you'll see a football goal in the background. Not something that would have existed in 1930s Central Park.

    • Dalek Caan: My planet was destroyed in a great war. Skaro was in fact destroyed when the Seventh Doctor used the Hand of Omega to cause Skaro's sun to go supernova in Remembrance of the Daleks. As this was before the Time War story was created there is no mention of the War within the episode, however Russell T Davies has previously intimated (in the Doctor Who Annual 2006) that various Dalek stories take place as parts of the Time War, such as Genesis of the Daleks.

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    Allusions (3)

    • The character of Solomon is based on the biblical figure King Solomon. The scene where he breaks the bread and shares it between the two men is similar to a story where Solomon threatens to cut a baby in half in order to determine which of two women is the baby's real mother. He gives the baby to the woman who does not want the baby harmed.

    • The Doctor: (looking at the Statue of Liberty) Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free. This is a quotation from a poem called 'The New Colossus', written in 1883 by Emma Lazarus (1849-1887) which was then engraved in a bronze plaque and mounted inside the Statue of Liberty. It is generally considered as the spirit behind the Age of Immigration and the Melting Pot culture of America.

    • Tallulah is based on Jodie Foster's character, also named Tallulah, from the 1976 musical 'Bugsy Malone'.

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