Doctor Who (1963)

Season 25 Episode 1

Remembrance of the Daleks, Part One

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Aired Saturday 5:15 PM Oct 05, 1988 on BBC
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Remembrance of the Daleks, Part One
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London, 1963. Returning to Totter's Lane, the Doctor and Ace find Daleks lurking in the shadows. They are in search of something that the Doctor left behind, long ago…

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  • Defeated Written by Ben Aaronovitch Directed by Andrew Morgan

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    The Doctor: "This is the Doctor. President elect of the high council of the Time Lords. Keeper of the Legacy of Rassilon. Defender of the Laws of Time. Protector of Gallifrey. I call upon you to surrender the hand of Omega and return to your customary time and place".

    Davros: "Ah…Doctor. You have changed again. Your appearance is as inconstant as your intelligence. You have confounded me for the last time".



    When it comes to this era of Doctor Who, my feelings are perfectly clear. Some stories work brilliantly and other stories don't. This however falls into the former category as we take a trip down memory lane. After all this was the last story to ever feature the Daleks or Davros in the old series.



    The Doctor and Ace, who are practically getting to know one another arrive back on Earth in 1963 and in terms of the fact that this episode marks the show's 25th anniversary, there's something rather apt to them landing in this particular time period for the serial.



    Soon enough they learn that a death has occurred at a junkyard and the military are all over it. The nice guy Mike who Ace is somewhat flirty with happens to be a sergeant and Rachel, the over eager scientist is determined to learn as much from The Doctor as she can, despite his evasive nature.



    At the junkyard itself there is a Dalek who wastes no time in attacking as many soldiers as it can. Knowing that Ace has some Nitro-9 handy, The Doctor uses it to destroy the wretched thing. When there's one Dalek you can always guarantee that there are more but Rachel is keen to learn more about the creature.



    The Daleks usually visit Earth to either enslave or go on a mad killing spree. Here they seem to be a bit more ambition. The Renegade Daleks are after the Hand Of Omega and have no problem using as many things to obtain this. On one had they've got Mike Smith following The Doctor as well as the nasty Ratcliffe.



    With Mike as a spy, Ratcliffe is able to deploy a few men into actually digging up the Hand Of Omega halfway through the serial. Before then The Doctor collects it and has a blind priest give it a ceremony. The method in which the Hand Of Omega is used to be transported raises a few eyebrows.



    As for the Daleks, it's nice that this serial doesn't waste too much time in having The Doctor meet them. A transmat sees a few Imperial Daleks showing with The Doctor almost about to be exterminated at one point. It seems the Headmaster is working with this lot and there's no surprise in them being also after the Hand Of Omega.



    However there is one particularly fantastic moment in this serial. In the past and the future we've seen companions try to hold their own with the Daleks. Of course we've never seen one of them actually physically assault a Dalek and having Ace beat the crap out of one of them with a baseball is an utter joy.



    This might be Sophie Aldred's second serial but she's quickly made Ace into a loveable character. On one hand, she's a typical stroppy teenage girl who reacts to things instantly rather than rationally thinking things through. That being said, the dynamic between her and The Doctor is one of the strongest going.



    It is however something of a shame that Mike turned out to be a traitor. Ace's hurt over this was palpable. Of course after his betrayal was revealed, Mike really was on borrowed time. He tried to use information to stop Daleks from killing him and then he stole the Renegade faction's Time Controller.



    Mike also made a cardinal error in pointing a gun at Ace. Of course he probably realised that his chances of redemption with her were already non-existent and to be fair, Ace had to worry more about that creepy little girl being a killer rather than Mike. The girl certainly didn't have much problems in killing him.



    That's the interesting thing. When it came to both factions of the Daleks, they had certain leaders. With the Renegade Daleks, there was that little girl and her battle computer and then later in the story, a black Dalek. The Imperial Daleks on the other hand only had Davros as their leader.



    In "Destiny Of The Daleks", Davros wasn't introduced into the fray until halfway through. Personally I found that a little annoying but nothing compared to his treatment. He only appears for about five minutes in the last part of this whole serial and his defeat has never felt so easy.



    Don't get me wrong, there are some excellent scenes between Sylvester McCoy and Terry Molloy as The Doctor and Davros allow their mutual animosity to come out. Davros rants about destruction and wanted the Hand Of Omega to allow his Daleks to really know the concept of time travel.



    However threatening Gallifrey's destruction lead The Doctor to do something pretty underhanded. Davros manages to escape but with his Daleks and even Skaro destroyed, I can see why we would have to wait until "The Stolen Earth" and "Journey's End" to see the megalomaniac again. This serial really could've ended him once and for all.



    Also in "Remembrance Of The Daleks"



    Out of all the speeches, the Martin Luther King one is the most effective and a stark contrast to Dalek beliefs.



    The Doctor: "You must be in the military".

    Gilmore: "How did you know?"

    The Doctor: "I'm very perceptive".



    Apart from the Black Dalek, we also had Special Weapon Dalek who could wipe out several Daleks with one shot – cool!



    The Doctor: "Oi, Dalek, it's me, The Doctor. What's the matter, don't you recognise your mortal enemy?"



    Imperial Dalek: "You are The Doctor. You are the enemy of the Daleks. You will be exterminated. Exterminate! Exterminate! Exterminate!"



    There's no real continuity between this serial and "Revelation Of The Daleks", nor do we get anything extensive on Susan, Ian or Barbara.



    The Doctor (re Dalek): "You destroyed it".

    Ace: "I aimed for the eye piece".



    Ace: "Don't anyone give me a hand".

    Alison: "Ace are you alright?"

    Ace: "I had an argument with the window".



    At one point in this serial, Ace actually jumped behind the sofa. As a Doctor Who, I have never done this.



    Imperial Dalek: "Renegade Daleks are in the area".

    Davros: "They will surrender the Hand Of Omega".



    Mike: "Where have you been?"

    The Doctor: "Dalek hunting and now it's reversed".



    This serial made tonnes of references to race and xenophobia throughout. Ace was disgusted when she realised that black people weren't allowed in Mike's mother's B&B.



    Ace (to Mike): "I said shut up. You betrayed me. You betrayed The Doctor. I trusted you. I even liked you".



    Gilmore: "The shuttle seems to be leaving".

    Rachel: "Good riddance to bad rubbish".



    Anyone else think that Mike Smith felt a little similar to Mike Yates from the Jon Pertwee era of the series?



    Davros: "The Daleks shall become Lords of Time! We shall become all - "

    The Doctor: "Powerful! Crush the lesser races! Conquer the galaxy! Unimaginable power! Unlimited rice pudding! Et cetera! Et cetera!"



    Why is Davros all hooked up on wires and in a white casing? Only his hand suffered major damage in "Revelation Of The Daleks".



    Davros: "Are you threatening me? If so it would be most unwise".

    The Doctor: "Everytime our paths have crossed, I've defeated you".



    Davros: "Have pity on me".

    The Doctor: "I have pity for you. Goodbye Davros, it hasn't been pleasant".



    This was released on DVD in 2001. There's a good commentary with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred.



    "Remembrance Of The Daleks" is a nice look at nostalgia as well as noting the changes in both the Daleks and Davros are since their debut serials. Davros isn't quite as well served in this serial as his creations but at least 20 years later, his reign of terror takes a twisted route.moreless
Simon Williams

Simon Williams

Gilmore

Guest Star

Dursley McLinden

Dursley McLinden

Mike

Guest Star

Pamela Salem

Pamela Salem

Rachel

Guest Star

Roy Skelton

Roy Skelton

Voices

Recurring Role

John Leeson

John Leeson

Voices

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (10)

    • Plot Hole: Rachel and Alison discuss the Dalek creature at Gilmore's HQ. But the Doctor left before telling them what it was.

    • Continuity: The doors of the yard read "I.M. Forman". They should read "I.M. Foreman".

    • Revealing Mistake: When the soldier is blasted by the Dalek, the corrugated metal behind him moves in response to the string pulling him back.

    • Revealing Mistake: In the scene in which the Doctor and Ace change places, they can be seen sitting perfectly still a moment before the lights come on.

    • One of the pieces of audio stock heard in the Episode 1 pre-credits sequence is from Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech. This speech was in August, 1963, mere months before Doctor Who premiered and the appearance of the Daleks themselves.

    • Revealing Mistake: Throughout the story, copies of the script can be seen sticking out of the pockets of Sylvester McCoy's coat. One pocket would contain pages they were to film, and the other scenes they'd already filmed that day. McCoy points out instances of this on the running commentary for the DVD.

    • Anachronisms: During driving sequences and scenes filmed in many public outdoor areas, several modern day buildings, vehicles, and other objects can be seen in the background. The most notable in this episode is when the Doctor and Ace are driving the van.

    • Revealing Mistake: The episode has several instance of dubbing out of synch. Notable are when the Doctor is explaining the Dalek origin and when the Doctor is counting down the Nitro-9 explosion.

    • At the cliffhanger to this episode, when the Doctor is trapped behind the locked cellar door and the Dalek is levitating up the stairs, screeching that it intended to exterminate the Doctor, why doesn't it fire its weapon?

    • In the cliffhanger, when the Dalek's dome is in close up, the wire that rotates its dome is clearly visible.

  • QUOTES (4)

    • The Doctor: Group Captain, you're not dealing with human beings here.
      Group Captain Gilmore: Then what am I dealing with, little green men?
      The Doctor: No, little green blobs in bonded polycarbide armour.

    • Ace [ of the Girl ]: What's she staring at?
      The Doctor: Your clothing's a little anachronistic for this time period.
      Ace: It's not my fault this decade's got no street cred!

    • The Doctor: You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies.

    • The Doctor: Ace, give me some of that Nitro-9 you're not carrying.

  • NOTES (7)

    • DVD: Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (BBCDVD 1040) released in February 2001. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1183) in April 2002. Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks Special Edition (BBVDVD 2451) included in Doctor Who: The Davros Collection (BBCDVD 2508) released in November 2007. Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks Special Edition released separately in July 2009.

      Video: Doctor Who: Remembrance of the Daleks (BBCV 5007) was included in Doctor Who: The Daleks Limited Edition Boxed Set (BBCV 5005) released in September 1993. Released in U.S.A./Canada (Warner Home Video E1145) in October 1993.

    • Novelisation: Doctor Who – Remembrance of the Daleks by Ben Aaronovitch (ISBN 0 426 20337 2) first published by W H Allen in 1990.

    • This serial ended up being more than £12,000 over its allocated budget.

    • This story contains numerous references to Doctor Who history. The yard at 76 Totter's Lane featured in An Unearthly Child. Ace finds a book on The French Revolution in the school lab which is similar to the one Susan was reading in that episode. At one point, the Doctor refers to Gilmore as Brigadier instead of Group Captain. In Episode 2, the caretaker watching over the casket containing the Hand Of Omega is confused by the appearance of the Doctor: he was expecting an old man with white hair, a reference to the appearance of the First Doctor. The Doctor tells Ace the Daleks conquer Earth in the 22nd century, a reference to The Dalek Invasion of Earth, and asks whether she had ever heard of the Zygons (from Terror of the Zygons).

    • The little girl connected to the battle computer is disguised to make the viewer think she is Davros with cleverly altered voices. It is ironic that she later shoots energy bolts from her hands, a new power Davros had displayed in the last Dalek story, Revelation of the Daleks.

    • This episode finally broke the Dalek lore that all the Doctor had to do was climb up stairs, etc., as he had done in Destiny of the Daleks. Since Davros had the levitating ability in Revelation of the Daleks, it makes sense that his Imperial Daleks have it, too.

    • This episode features a pre-titles sequence of the Dalek mothership looming towards Earth, only the fourth time that a pre-titles sequence had been used on Doctor Who.

  • ALLUSIONS (3)

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