Doctor Who

Evolution of the Daleks (2)

Season 3, Ep 5, Aired 4/28/07
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  • Episode Description
  • Location: New York Date: 1930s Enemies: Daleks The newly-created Dalek-human hybrid, and the other three members of the Cult of Skaro launch an attack on Hooverville, along with their Pig Slaves. The Doctor, Martha, and Frank manage to escape, but discover that the Daleks' plan involving the Empire State Building...

  • Cast & Crew
  • Helen Raynor

  • James Hawes

  • Miranda Raison


  • Ryan Carnes


  • Hugh Quarshie


  • Fan Reviews (25)
  • Evolution of the Daleks

    By TrueTvWatcher, Nov 01, 2012

  • Shades of Dr. Frankenstein!

    By Carycomic, Aug 04, 2007

  • ok I'm kinda sick of all these plot holes already. I mean I was willing to overlook them in season 1 and even season 2 but season 3 is really pushing it

    By racxiu, Aug 08, 2008

  • The worst Dalek episode in the show's long history, and by far the worst two episodes of the new series.

    By joeytwintail, Apr 29, 2007

  • What the hell was that???

    By gideon9595, Apr 30, 2007

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (31)

    • Martha: Meant to say, I’m sorry. The Doctor: What for? Martha: Just… cos that Dalek got away. I know what that means to you. Do you think you’ll ever see it again? The Doctor: Oh, yes. One day.

    • The Doctor: (enraged at the Daleks' murder of Solomon) Daleks... ALRIGHT SO IT'S MY TURN!! THEN KILL ME!! KILL ME!! If it'll stop you attacking these people! Dalek: I will be the destroyer of our greatest enemy! The Doctor: Then do it! DO IT!! JUST DO IT!! DO IT!!

    • Frank: They’ll give you a home, Laszlo. I mean, uh… don’t imagine people ain’t gonna stare. And I can’t promise you’ll be at peace. But, in the end, that is what Hooverville is for: people who ain’t got nowhere else.

    • The Doctor: Now what? Dalek Caan: You will be exterminated! The Doctor: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, just think about it, Dalek- what was your name? Dalek Caan: Dalek Caan The Doctor: Dalek Caan. Your entire species has been wiped out, and now the Cult of Skaro has been eradicated, leaving only you. Right now, you’re facing the only man in the universe who might show you some compassion because I’ve just seen one genocide, I won’t cause another. Caan, let me help you. What do you say? Dalek Caan: Emergency temporal shift! (Dalek Caan vanishes)

    • The Doctor: If I’m gonna die, let’s give the new boys a shot. What do you think, eh? The Dalek humans, their first blood. Go on, baptise them! Dalek Jast: Dalek humans, take aim. (The Dalek humans train their weapons on the Doctor) The Doctor: What are you waiting for? Give the command! Dalek Jast: Exterminate! (Everyone winces as they expect the Doctor to be exterminated; the Dalek humans do not shoot) Dalek Jast: Exterminate! Obey! Dalek humans will obey! Martha: They’re not firing. What have you done? Dalek Jast: You will obey! Exterminate! Dalek Human: Why? Dalek Jast: Daleks do not question orders! Dalek Human: But why? Dalek Jast: You will stop this! Dalek Human: But, why? Dalek Jast: You must not question! Dalek Human: But you are not our master. And we… we are not Daleks. The Doctor: No, you’re not, and you never will be. Sorry, I got in the way of the lightning strike. Timelord DNA got all mixed up. Just that little bit of freedom.

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    Notes (3)

    • International Air Dates: Australia: 28 July 2007 Canada: 15 July 2007 New Zealand: 23 September 2007 on Prime United States: 3 August 2007 Turkey: 28 November, 2010 on CNBC-e

    • Overnight viewing figures for this episode were 6.5 million, with a final viewing figure of 6.97 million.

    • This episode is in many ways a wonderful parallel to Frankenstein (1931). The episode has: The lightning giving life (a theme seen before in Doctor Who). The atmospheric lab, with bubbling chemicals and flames and an albeit more modern take on electrical arcs (the screens). The creator (in this case the Daleks) fall foul of their own creations. The music - a lot of it is reminiscent of the era, and of the old Flash Gordon style serials. The "townspeople" making a stand. The assistant being deformed (pig slaves, as opposed to a hunchback).

    Trivia (13)

    • When Tallulah looks out over the New York skyline from the top of the Empire State Building, the brightly lit crown of Chrysler Building is visible. The building was completed in May 1930, just weeks before the episode takes place. However, the lights on the spire were not added until 1981.

    • Toward the end, as the Doctor holds his sonic screwdriver aloft in the theatre, his body position, hand position and held light source all mirror the Statue of Liberty.

    • In the final scene in the episode the Statue of Liberty is shown with the all gold-leaf surface torch that was put in place in 1984. In 1930, the torch was made of glass panes mounted on a copper frame.

    • As Lazlo rescues the Doctor from the Daleks and their pig slaves, he yells to the Doctor informing him of the elevator arriving at their location. Lazlo uses the word "lift", the British English term for elevator. Since Lazlo is supposed to be an American living in 1930s New York he should have used the word elevator.

    • The Dalek-Humans' weapons look like Thompson Sub-Machine Guns (Tommy-Guns) a famous weapon used a lot during the Great Depression in gang wars. However, the barrels have been redesigned to mimic those on a Dalek.

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    Allusions (5)

    • Martha: The pig and the showgirl! This may be a reference to the 1957 film, 'The Prince and the Showgirl' staring Marilyn Munroe as a ditzy blonde singer and Lawrence Olivier as a thoughtful but lonely Prince.

    • The Doctor: Allons-y The French phrase means 'let's go'. The Doctor last used this saying in 'Army of Ghosts', and in that episode mused that he should say it more often, especially if he met someone called Allonzo.

    • Martha: and I am telling you I'm not going. This is the title of the signature song from the play, and hit 2006 movie, Dreamgirls. The lyrics are both strongly devoted and defiant, a refusal on the part of the female lead to abandon her mentor and manager.

    • Dalek Human: Why? Dalek: Daleks do not question orders! This is one of the many allusions in this episode to the second doctor serial The Evil of the Daleks when, after being ordered by one of the black Daleks to do something, one of the human factor infused Daleks asks "Why?" and why he should obey to which the Black Dalek replies furiously that Daleks do not question orders, pretty much escelating into a civil war from there on, just how the human daleks end up turning on the Daleks as the Human Factor Daleks back then did.

    • The Doctor: This planet hasn’t even split the atom yet.

      Ernest Walton and John Cockroft were awarded the 1951 Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on ‘the transmutation of the atomic nuclei by artificially accelerated atomic particles‘ (what is popularly known as ‘splitting the atom’) at the Cavendish Laboratory at Cambridge University, twenty-one years after this story is set.

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