‘The Evil of the Daleks’ (TV)

‘THE EVIL OF THE DALEKS’

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The Dalek Factor with the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria

For Deborah Watling

I’m very pleased ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ has been animated and released on DVD/Blu-ray! 🙂

‘The Evil of the Daleks’ is a ‘Doctor Who’ story worth checking out! It’s exciting, it’s clever and it’s seven episodes of non-stop Dalek action adventure. It’s one of the best Dalek stories ever made in the TV series from the 1960s, coupled with ‘The Power of the Daleks’ featuring the Second Doctor. 🙂

This also happens to be the season finale for Patrick Troughton’s first season of ‘Doctor Who’ – Season 4 in the classic era. I’ve enjoyed the story both as an audio TV soundtrack on CD and as animation story on Blu-ray. I hope that I will see this story again for ‘Doctor Who’s 60th anniversary.

The seven-part TV adventure is by David Whitaker, who was ‘Doctor Who’s first script editor in the early 1960s. David has a knack of recapturing the atmosphere and tension of a Dalek story by the pepperpots’ original creator Terry Nation. Not surprising as he first commissioned ‘The Daleks’ from him.

From beginning to end, I found ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ gripping to listen to on audio CD as well as gripping to watch on Blu-ray. ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ animation is more satisfying compared to previous animations of stories like ‘The Faceless Ones’, ‘The Web of Fear’ and ‘Fury From The Deep’.

Sadly most of ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ as a TV story is missing. Only one episode of the story has survived, which is ‘Episode 2’. This shocked me when I discovered this fact upon purchasing the audio TV soundtrack on CD and when I viewed the surviving ‘Episode 2’ on the ‘Lost in Time’ DVD. 😐

I didn’t think that all but one of the seven episodes of this story had been wiped from the BBC Archives. The TV soundtrack on the 3-disc audio CD was the only way to enjoy ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ in its entirety, unless of course you watched the telesnap version on certain sites such as YouTube. 😐

Thankfully, you can check out three versions of ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ on DVD/Blu-ray, including the black-and-white animation version, the colour animation version, and the telesnap version. I prefer checking out the black-and-white animation version with the surviving ‘Episode 2’ on my Blu-ray set.

I’m glad that the BBC animation team got around to animating ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ after doing ‘The Power of the Daleks’, which I hoped they would do. The animation is not as good as ‘The Invasion’ animation episodes and it’s in keeping with the animation featured in ‘The Faceless Ones’.

But at least it’s not like the animation featured in the animated ‘Episode 3’ of ‘The Web of Fear’, which I found disconcerting and disappointing. And after hearing ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ audio TV soundtrack more than once on CD, I’m able to know what’s to come next regarding the story itself. 🙂

The audio TV soundtrack on CD was worth having since it contained linking narration provided by Frazer Hines, who plays Jamie McCrimmon in the adventure. It was nice to hear the story with Frazer narrating in the background. It helped you to know where and when you were as the story progressed. 🙂

The story was made for television after all, so it would be difficult to know what sounds came when they did concerning what people were doing whilst talking and interacting with each other. It’s different compared to a full-cast audio drama as it formed more as an audiobook when hearing it. 🙂

Frazer Hines’ narration for the story is now provided for the telesnap version on DVD/Blu-ray. I still own the audio TV soundtrack of ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ on CD though, since I’ve had the CD cover of it signed by the lovely Deborah Watling (who plays Victoria in the TV adventure) and by Frazer Hines.

Debbie Watling signed the CD cover of ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ TV soundtrack on audio at the ‘Fantom Films @ Memorabilia Birmingham’ event in November 2011. Frazer Hines signed it at the ‘Stars of Time’ event in July 2012. I’m very pleased to have had the story’s CD cover signed by them.

With the surviving ‘Episode 2’, I was able to refer to the characters in regards to how I would visualise them in hearing the audio TV soundtrack. Thankfully I don’t need to do that anymore when viewing the story on Blu-ray. It’s intriguing my perception of the story differs to what’s on Blu-ray. 🙂

The surviving ‘Episode 2’ is exciting to watch, especially with the Doctor and Jamie appearing at the start and getting captured before being taken back in time to 1866. The suspense is also very good throughout the episode and the animation episodes reflect the story’s atmosphere and tension well.

‘Episode 2’ also happens to feature the debut appearance of new companion Deborah Watling as Victoria Waterfield. I also enjoyed the confrontation featured between the Doctor and the Dalek in ‘Episode 2’, especially when the Dalek came out of a cupboard and revealed itself before the Doctor.

There’s also something significant regarding ‘Episode 2’. It’s the only time that we get to see Patrick Troughton’s Doctor confronting a Dalek in a live episode out of the seven-part story. Unless the rest of the seven-part TV story is recovered, this is the only time we’ll see Patrick’s Doctor facing a Dalek.

I found the moment where a Dalek exterminated Griffith Davies as Kennedy very chilling and it does add plenty of menace when Roy Skelton voices the Daleks in this adventure. Mind you, Kennedy in a suit at the end of animation ‘Episode 1’ doesn’t match to him not in a suit in live-action ‘Episode 2’.

‘The Evil of the Daleks’ is a story where the Daleks capture the Doctor and Jamie in 1966 and they bring them back to 1866. They want the Doctor to help them with an experiment to provide them with ‘the human factor’. But as the Doctor helps them, the Daleks have an ulterior motive in mind. 😐

I enjoyed the 1966 setting featured in ‘Episode 1’ of the story. It was a joy to hear the 1960s music in the background when the Doctor and Jamie are in a coffee bar. The shift from 1966 to 1866 was truly inspirational and gives the tale a ‘classic’ feel, reminding me of the BBC classic dramas I’ve seen.

As I said before, ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ introduces Victoria Waterfield as the new ‘Doctor Who’ companion. I’ve met Debbie Watling at ‘Doctor Who’ conventions. Her role as Victoria here is brief, considering she’s in the captivity of the Daleks most of the time, but it was so nice to see her in this!

I enjoyed Victoria’s introduction in this ‘Doctor Who’ adventure. Sadly her father gets killed, but the Doctor and Jamie take her with them by the story’s end and they get to have adventures in time and space. I’m very pleased that Victoria Waterfield’s first episode in ‘Doctor Who’ managed to survive. 🙂

We get to see how Victoria starts out as a character. I like the idea of a young Victorian girl travelling in the TARDIS. Put that with a Highlander and a Time Lord, it does make for a pretty good team. Victoria’s relationship with her father is heart-warming and it’s saddening he gets killed by the end. 😦

I also enjoyed Victoria’s relationship with Sonny Caldinez (who would later play Ice Warriors in ‘Doctor Who’) as the mute Turk wrestler called Kemel. It signifies hints that there’s more to this lovely Victorian girl than meets the eye. I wish that had been explored more in her time in the TV series.

I’ve had nice chats with Debbie Watling about her time in ‘Doctor Who’ and how much she enjoyed working with Patrick Troughton and Frazer Hines throughout the TV series. I’m very pleased I met Debbie Watling at conventions. I do cherish the times I met her before she passed away in July 2017.

Back in November 2011, Debbie and I reflected on how sad it was that most of the TV stories she was in were wiped from the BBC Archives. Lately, ‘The Enemy of the World’ and ‘The Web of Fear’ were found in 2013, which I’m pleased about. It’s good Debbie got to witness the two stories’ return!

Patrick Troughton as the Doctor and Frazer Hines as Jamie are also brilliant! Patrick comes into his own in this adventure, as he’s grasped the role of the Doctor wonderfully and made the character his own. As this is the season finale, he becomes heroic and thoughtful throughout this TV adventure. 🙂

In the story, the Doctor crafts together his own plans whilst he’s playing the part of the fool. That moment where the Doctor passes through an archway to condition himself as a Dalek really made me wonder whether this was the end of the Doctor. But of course the Doctor isn’t human, is he? 😀

The Doctor manages to outwit the Daleks once more and his relationship with Jamie has developed well during Season 4 so far. It’s at its most strongest in this story and the scenes where Jamie doesn’t seem to trust the Doctor and they have their arguments are quite tense and gripping to hear/view. 🙂

It works well for some really good character development between the Second Doctor and Jamie. It’s obvious that Frazer Hines and Patrick Troughton work well together, and they have good moments in terms of comedy and drama. I did enjoy seeing them together in the comedy moments they have.

I found it funny when in ‘Episode 2’, the Doctor tells Jamie not to knock anything over in the antiques shop. He knocks something over and Jamie catches it just in time! 😀 It’s nice that Jamie gets more to do in this story, since Polly and Ben left the TARDIS in ‘The Faceless Ones’ and he comes into his own.

Jamie gets to be heroic when he’s rescuing Victoria Waterfield; defies the Daleks and has a healthy interest in women. This is where Jamie’s character really starts to work well as a ‘Doctor Who’ companion compared to previous Season 4 stories. It’s great that this continued to develop later on.

The story’s guest characters are great and interesting too. I enjoyed John Bailey as the troubled character of Edward Waterfield, Victoria’s father. Waterfield is desperate for her daughter to be returned safely to him by the Daleks, since he’ll go to great lengths to capture the Doctor and Jamie.

Waterfield’s horror of the Daleks’ callous disregard for human life by killing them without a second thought makes you sympathise with him, as he realises what he’s getting himself into. It’s interesting how he first appeared as an owner of 1960s antiques shop before the truth about him was revealed.

I also enjoyed Marius Goring as Theodore Maxtible in the story. He seems to be gentlemanly and intelligent at first, but then his greed for wealth overwhelms him. It’s revealed that he made a bargain with the Daleks and that he was responsible for having Victoria be captured by them in this.

Theodore Maxtible is a character that you really want to loathe in this story. His Dalek conditioning by ‘Episode 7’ pays the price for what he’s done. It was interesting how Maxtible became obsessed for the secret of transmutation from metal into gold by the Daleks, which seems to be absurd.

The other characters I enjoyed in this story are as follows. In ‘Episodes 1 and 2’, as well as Griffith Davies as Kennedy, there’s also Geoffrey Colville as Perry. There’s Jo Rowbottom as Mollie Dawson, who I found a sweet and gentle character when she attended to the Doctor and Jamie in ‘Episode 2’.

There are also faces I recognised in ‘Episode 2’ appearing in this story. There’s Brigit Forsyth, who later starred in ‘Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads’, as Ruth Maxtible, Maxtible’s daughter. There’s Windsor Davies (Battery Sergeant-Major Williams in ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’) as Toby. WOW!

There’s also Alec Ross as Bob Hall, who helps Kennedy acquire the TARDIS in ‘Episode 1’ of the story. There’s Gary Watson as Arthur Terrall, who’s engaged to Ruth Maxtible and seems to be under the control of the Daleks. Jamie ends up having a sword fight with Arthur Terrall, which is intense to see.

The Emperor Dalek makes his debut appearance in this ‘Doctor Who’ story. I recall seeing ‘The Parting of the Ways’ from the new ‘Doctor Who’ TV series where the Emperor Dalek appeared. The Emperor Dalek who appears in this story is far different to the one I saw in ‘The Parting of the Ways’.

When I heard the TV soundtrack of ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ on audio CD, I could imagine the Emperor Dalek’s foreboding presence. I was thrilled to bits when I heard the Doctor’s confrontation with the Emperor Dalek and the ‘Episode 6’ cliffhanger moment is thrilling and engaging to listen to.

The Emperor Dalek looks equally impressive in animation form. I’m glad the animation team were able to recapture the Emperor Dalek from how it looked in photos and surviving footage from ‘Episode 7’ of the story during the Daleks’ ‘final end’. It was a treat to behold viewing it on Blu-ray. 🙂

I was eager to find out what would happen to the Doctor and Jamie when they were being threatened by the Emperor Dalek to implant ‘the Dalek factor’ into the human race. I first heard the scene on ‘The Dalek Conquests’ audio CD. I could easily visualise the scene when I heard it on audio.

It is surreal to view the scene differently in animation form compared to hearing it on audio both on ‘The Dalek Conquests’ CD and on ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ audio TV soundtrack. If the missing episodes ever be found, I’ll be very intrigued how the scene will look compared to how I visualised it.

I also love the three humanised Daleks in the story. They are Alpha, Beta and Omega! I couldn’t help giggle at hearing those three Daleks in their friendly and somewhat deranged manner as they chatted to the Doctor and Jamie and when talking to the ‘normal’ Daleks in the last two episodes. 😀

It adds to the comedy and it was interesting how the Daleks can speak very unusual things compared to what they would normally say in character terms. Their questioning of Dalek orders makes them unique and I did like the moments where they questioned and stood up against the ‘normal’ Daleks.

There’s also ‘the final end’, where a Dalek civil war on Skaro takes place. Huge explosions occur and the Emperor Dalek chants, “Do not fight in here!” which made the story feel pretty epic. I’ve seen the surviving footage of ‘the final end’. They do make the story’s climax feel very dramatic indeed. 🙂

It was deliberate and intentional that this would be the final appearance of the Daleks in the ‘Doctor Who’ TV series. This of course didn’t happen, as the Daleks keep coming back to our TV screens to this day! I know what will happen in the future concerning the ‘Doctor Who’ series. More Daleks!!! 🙂

On the 3-disc Blu-ray set, the special features are as follows. On Disc 1, as well as the black-and-white animation version of the story, there’s the surviving original ‘Episode 2’. It turns out you can ‘play all’ animated episodes and you can ‘play all’ episodes with the surviving original ‘Episode 2’ in the ‘PLAY ALL’ option of the Blu-ray menu. There are also audio commentaries on selected episodes. There’s a commentary on the surviving original ‘Episode 2’ with Deborah Watling, moderated by Gary Russell, which was originally included on the ‘Lost in Time’ DVD. There’s also a new commentary on the surviving original ‘Episode 2’ which features an interview with production designer Chris Thompson, conducted by Phil Newman. There’s a commentary on ‘Episode 4’ with Sonny Caldinez and assistant floor manager David Tiley, moderated by Toby Hadoke. There’s a commentary on ‘Episode 5’ which features an interview with director Derek Martinus, conducted by Richard Marson. And there’s a commentary on ‘Episode 7’ with Frazer Hines and second unit director Timothy Combe, moderated by Toby Hadoke. There’s also an alternate ‘Episode 1’ audio featuring an introduction by Patrick Troughton as the Second Doctor and Wendy Padbury as Zoe, which was part of the 1968 repeat of ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ following the transmission of ‘The Wheel In Space’.

On Disc 2 of the 3-disc Blu-ray set, there’s the colour animation version of the story. There’s ‘An Assignment with Grim Evil’, which is a 2018 interview with production designer Chris Thompson, conducted by Phil Newman. There’s also an animation gallery and there’s a photo gallery featuring an audio commentary with second unit director Timothy Combe, moderated by Toby Hadoke. There’s the 1992 audiobook of the story, read by Tom Baker. The audio commentaries and the alternative ‘Episode 1’ audio are featured on Disc 2 and are the same as Disc 1, except the audio commentaries for the surviving original ‘Episode 2’ aren’t included. It’s just the audio commentaries for the animation versions of ‘Episodes 4, 5 and 7’.

On Disc 3 of the 3-disc Blu-ray set, there’s the black-and-white telesnap version of the story with the TV soundtrack and optional linking narration by Frazer Hines. There’s ‘The Dalek Factor’ making-of documentary featuring behind-the-scenes cast and crew interviews, and there’s ‘The Last Dalek’ behind-the-scenes making-of film about ‘The Evil of the Daleks’, which was originally released on the ‘Lost in Time’ DVD. The audio commentaries and the alternative ‘Episode 1’ audio are featured on Disc 3 and are the same as Disc 1, except the audio commentaries for the animation versions of ‘Episodes 4, 5 and 7’ aren’t included. It’s just the audio commentaries for the surviving original ‘Episode 2’. There are also scripts and ‘Radio Times Listings’ for ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ which can be accessed via a computer.

Incidentally, from listening to ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ audio CD, there were some audio excerpts on how the production team did the explosions in ‘The Evil of the Daleks’. There were also Dalek voice session recordings from ‘The Power of the Daleks’, which are currently included on the latest Special Edition DVD/Blu-ray release for that story.

‘The Evil of the Daleks’ is a very good ‘Doctor Who’ story. I enjoyed it on audio CD and I’ve enjoyed it again in animation form on Blu-ray. There’s so much to talk about, but I’ll let you find out what the story is like. This is worth checking out, especially via its latest 2021 animation form on DVD/Blu-ray.

The story is also checking out to see Deborah Watling’s debut as Victoria Waterfield in ‘Doctor Who’. The story doesn’t have Victoria doing much, but it’s a decent introduction to her and it was nice how she joined the Second Doctor and Jamie in their TARDIS travels following the sad death of her father.

‘The Evil of the Daleks’ rating – 9/10


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4 thoughts on “‘The Evil of the Daleks’ (TV)

  1. Timelord 007

    I wish these missing episodes could be found as listening to this gem several times it’s reminded me how many classic stories are still unavailable.

    Excellent review Tim you summed this story up perfectly, the Doctor is more Machiavellian in this story betraying Jamie which was a bit low but it was good to see a bit of depth added to the drama & shows the Doctor being a three dimensional character.

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  2. Tim Bradley Post author

    ‘The Evil of the Daleks’ is one of my favourite stories and I too wish this was found today and returned to the BBC Archives, as I could easily visualise it in my head with Daleks and Victorian house setting in it.

    Very pleased you enjoyed my review on this ‘Doctor Who’ story, Simon. I love the Doctor and Jamie in it and it was great to feature Deborah Watling’s first appearance as Victoria in the series. The aspects of the Second Doctor being manipulative in this story echo well to what he would become later as the Seventh Doctor in ‘Doctor Who’.

    Thanks for your comments, Simon.

    Tim. 🙂

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  3. Williams Fan 92

    Great review Tim.

    This story was lovely to watch in animated form on Blu-Ray. I watched it via the black-and-white animation. I will try and watch the surviving episode 2 and then the colour version of the animation. I find it interesting that they went back to 4:3 for the B/W version.

    The story itself was really good. I found the new chemistry between Jamie and the Doctor to be well-made and it was tense when the Doctor seemed like he had sided with the Daleks which Jamie then berated him for. The Daleks themselves were good to watch and very menacing when not under the human factor, especially the Emperor Dalek. The scenes where the Doctor was carried around by a Dalek was hilarious as was the scene were Jaime escorted Victoria, Edward and Kemel past the dizzy Daleks.

    Victoria’s had a good debut. I really felt for her whenever she was in distress, especially when the Doctor informed her of the death of her father. I liked the chemistry that she shared with Kemel. It’s nice that her first ever episode in ‘Doctor Who’ exists along with two complete serials and one nearly complete serial. I have two more of her tv stories to watch, ‘The Abominable Snowmen’ and ‘The Ice Warriors’.

    The guest cast were really good. John Bailey put in a great performance as Edward Waterfield and it was noble as well as sad when he sacrificed himself. I agree that Maxtible is a loathsome character. I wonder if he died along with the Daleks. I also enjoyed Sonny Caldinez as Kemel. I was shocked and saddened when he was killed off. It was interesting to see Windsor Davies in this. I haven’t seen ‘It Ain’t Half Hot Mum’, but I have seen him in the ITV sitcom ‘Never the Twain’ with Donald Sinden.

    I still have a few DW related stuff to comment on over this week. I’m glad I’m able to put off my thoughts on ‘The Lost Resort and Other Stories’ and ‘Time-Flight’ until the last week of December. I’ll soon update my thoughts on ‘Logopolis’, but tomorrow I’ll comment on your review of ‘Dragonfire’.

    Take care, WF92.

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    1. Tim Bradley Post author

      Hi WF92,

      Glad you enjoyed my review on ‘The Evil of the Daleks’. I’m pleased you were able to see it in black-and-white form. Hope you enjoy the surviving Episode 2 as well as the colour animation version of the story. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on the Second Doctor and Jamie as well as Victoria, the Daleks and other guest characters. I’m looking forward to seeing the animation version of ‘The Abominable Snowmen’ when it comes out in 2022.

      i look forward to your thoughts on ‘Logopolis’ and ‘Dragonfire’ soon as well as ‘The Lost Resort and Other Stories’ and ‘Time-Flight’.

      Many thanks,

      Tim 🙂

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