Doctor Who (1963)

Season 17 Episode 4

Destiny of the Daleks, Episode Four

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Sep 22, 1979 on BBC
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Destiny of the Daleks, Episode Four
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Trapped between the Movellans and the Daleks, the Doctor must find a way to defeat both. Meanwhile, vast space fleets await new orders.

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  • Terry Nation's last DW script is by the numbers and seems to show the creator of the Daleks doesn't know much about them.

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    For my money, Tom Baker's years as the Doctor declined once Graham Williams took over as producer. The show was still worth watching but was taking itself less seriously and was made more kid friendly after compliants about the years Philip Hinchcliffe produced. Season 17 was Tom's worst season and it kicks off with the Daleks at their weakest. The return of Davros certainly was unexpected and excited me at first. But then you realize that he should not have survived the events of Genesis of the Daleks and a different (not as good) actor is playing him. In fact, he's smaller than Michael Wisher is so he bobbles inside his chair and looks pretty silly. They find Davros in the Kaled city but he was "killed" in his Bunker which was away from the city. The Daleks themselves look like they need a new paint job at the very least. Who's easier to beat: the Daleks or the Movellans? The Doctor beats a Dalek with a hat while the Movellans conveniently have their power source on the outside of their bodies a la the Robot in Lost In Space. The idea of two logical computers in a stalement is a good one but did Nation forget the Daleks are living creatures with emotions (negative ones anmyway)? The Daleks shouldn't need Davros to make mistakes, just look back to all the times the Doctor beat you! Was Nation saying that Daleks were now nothing more than robots? This idea is better suited to the Cybermen. I'm glad this is the Movellans only appearence although it is one too many. Disco outfits, metal dreglocks, simply awful. And Romana can kick their arms off! How powerful are they really? And what a surpise that part one ends with the Daleks appearing, like we didn't know they'd be there. Part One has Romana worried about not getting her radiation pill in time and this is then forgotten in the rest of the story. How is it the Daleks can't tell she's a Time Lord? Can she fool their machines or are they just not very smart? If Time Lords can fake their death, this escape should have been used more often. The opening scene of Romana trying on different bodies was silly and makes no sense in what we've been told of the Time Lords. Yes they were stuck having to do it but they could have come up with something better. I thought Time Lords always recognized each other but the Doctor doesn't realize it's Romana right away. What saves the story is Tom's acting, no matter how OTT it's always fun to watch. Romana's costume, a female parody of Tom's. Lalla Ward comes off as the better of the two Romanas with her girlish enthusiam. Their dialogue is great although one wonders why they still speak with earth references, neither is from Earth so it would be unecessary. Not an episode I'd show anyone who's never seen DW before.moreless
David Gooderson

David Gooderson

Davros

Guest Star

Tim Barlow

Tim Barlow

Tyssan

Guest Star

Peter Straker

Peter Straker

Commander Sharrel

Guest Star

Tony Osoba

Tony Osoba

Lan

Recurring Role

Mike Mungarvan

Mike Mungarvan

Dalek Operator

Recurring Role

Cy Town

Cy Town

Dalek Operator

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  • TRIVIA (7)

    • Revealing Mistake: While the Doctor and Romana are clearing the way to the TARDIS, one of the doors opens inwards.

    • When the slaves storm the Movellan's ship, the one wearing a Draconian-style cape is killed. He is later seen alive and well.

    • Revealing Mistake: When the Daleks are moving toward the Movellan ship, one shot shows three moving behind a ridge of sand. The Daleks wobble back and forth alarmingly. This is because they are very light partial Daleks being walked along by stagehands.

    • Factual Error: Davros comments that the Daleks are carrying "half a megaton of explosives". This would be forty times the power of the Hiroshima bomb and would have vaporized everything in the vicinity of the Movellan ship when detonated.

    • Revealing Mistakes: In the shot of six Daleks exploding, several of them vanish a split second before the explosions go off.

    • Revealing Mistakes: After Davros dispatches the Daleks on their suicide mission, there is one Dalek remaining. It is obviously a cardboard mockup as it wobbles badly and is missing some fine detail.

    • When the Doctor got trapped under some rubble in Part One, Romana ran back to the TARDIS to get K-9 but couldn't get in because of a rock fall. At the end of this episode, Romana easily picks up big rocks and tosses them aside to gain access to the TARDIS. If she were that strong, she could have retrieved K-9 earlier. Heck, if she were that strong, she could have freed the Doctor herself!

  • QUOTES (4)

    • Davros: It seems we have both been much in demand, Doctor.
      The Doctor: Well, it's nice to be wanted, isn't it?

    • The Doctor [ indicating deactivated Movellans ]: One, two, three, four, five. I'll go alone. Ask me why.
      Tyssan: Why?
      The Doctor: They're unconscious. Also, I'm a very dangerous fellow when I don't know what I'm doing.

    • (The Doctor and Romana are playing Rock-Paper-Scissors)
      Romana: Scissors cuts paper. Paper wraps…
      The Doctor [ dropping jelly baby in her hand ]: Jelly baby.
      Romana: Jelly baby?
      The Doctor: Mmm. [ whispering ]: Doctor catches robot.

    • The Doctor: Make mistakes and confuse the enemy.
      Romana: Brilliant.
      The Doctor: Yes.
      Romana: Mmm, is that why you always win?
      The Doctor: Yes... what?
      Romana: Because you always make mistakes?

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