Doctor Who? The Daleks

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Nothing could be more terrifying than hearing the shrill battle cry of the Daleks, that cold scream of Exterminate. Terry Nation’s creation the Daleks are in my opinion what makes Doctor who the success it is. You can’t mention Doctor Who without mentioning the Daleks.

The Kaleds

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Davros and The Daleks

The Daleks originally come from the planet Skaro, home to two intelligent humanoid races, the Thals and The Kaleds. As was inevitable the Kaleds and Thals went to war, the reasons were lost to history, however the war had raged for centuries, being fought with chemical and biological weapons, as well as with guns, bows and arrows and even rocks.

All the resources of the Kaled nation were being put towards the war effort , which was spearheaded by the science elite, led by a man named Davros. Davros was a crippled Kaled scientist, who was a brilliant engineer, biologist and geneticist, who began experimenting with Kaled DNA, accelerating its evolution Davros takes the Kaleds to their ultimate form, however they are unable to move freely so Davros designs a travel suit and weapon system for the Dalek embryo’s to placed into. Davros’ genetic tinkering removed all emotion from the Dalek’s but hate and instilled a particular hatred for anything but other Daleks.  Murdering both the Kaled’s and Thal’s before turning on Davros for his own perceived impurity the Daleks being spreading across the universe

The Daleks

The Daleks make war wherever they go, making and breaking alliances as needed murdering all that get in their way. They have made war on such races as the Draconian’s and The Movellan’s. Choosing a leader from their own ranks, an Emperor and Supreme Dalek, the Daleks are a military force like no other, using the tactics of a swarm of locusts the Daleks destroy all in their path, with no time for, nor concept of, mercy.

The Daleks will not stop until they are all that exist in the universe and that does not mean they will not kill each other. There was in fact at least one Dalek civil war. Upon being revealed to still be alive, The Dalek’s creator Davros amasses a large army of Daleks loyal to him, calling himself the Emperor Dalek he begins a war against the forces of the Dalek Supreme and his renegade forces. This Dalek civil war is ended by the intervention of the Time Lord known as The Doctor, using a Time Lord Weapon The Hand Of Omega, The Doctor tricks Davros into destroying his fleet as well as the Dalek home world Skaro.

Time War

Whilst it is not certain, this act of treachery may be seen as the opening shots of the Last Great Time War, a war between Daleks and Time Lords. Whilst not much is known of the war itself, it is known that the war was fought for millennia, countless races were killed it ended with the near destruction of both the Daleks and the Time Lords.

After the time war ended, the Daleks and Time Lords have slipped into legend, but it is revealed that both the Dalek Emperor and Davros have survived both making their own attempts to rebuild the Dalek empire for their own ends, even going so far as to rebuild their home world of Skaro.

Stand Out Serials 

  1. The Daleks: The second serial of the entire show, it see’s the introduction to the Daleks in full black and white terror, it show’s much of the Dalek’s history and home world, including the war with the thals and their obsession with racial purity.
  2. The Chase: After developing their own mode of time travel the Daleks begin chasing the Tardis crew throughout time and space making stops in New York, The Mary Celeste, a desert world, a haunted house and a far future jungle world.
  3. Genesis of The Daleks: The origin of the Daleks, need I say more.
  4. Remembrance of the Daleks: This was the last Dalek story of the original run and has always been one of my favourites, it sees the the culmination of the Dalek civil war and the Destruction of the plaent Skaro and its the first time that I ever felt that the Doctor really hates the Daleks.
  5. Dalek: After the shows relaunch in 2005 it was only a matter of time before we saw the Daleks again six episodes in, there it was, the last Dalek in the universe face to face with the last Time Lord, and we see what the Dalek’s have tiwisted the Doctor into, Christopher Ecclestones Doctor really does manage to show what centuries of war will do to you, especially when you lose so much, then only to be confronted with those responsible.

Dishonourable Mention 

  1. Stairs: It says a lot that the greatest threat in the universe can be stopped by stairs, I know in later episodes the Daleks were shown to be able to fly, but in the early days it was seen that climbing a flight of stairs was the best way to beat a Dalek.
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Stairs, The Daleks Greatest Enemy

No!

I asked Marianna what I should blog about today, half heartedly hoping that she would offer up some insightful gem, because sometimes what out of the mouth of babes… whatever. But, what I got was no.

No is Marianna’s favourite word. She says it on average a hundred times a day, usually in some form of screech. So here is a blog dedicated to the word no.

No:
Determiner: not any;“there is no excuse”

Exclamation: used to give a negative response:“‘Is anything wrong?’ ‘No.’”

Adverb: “they were no more able to perform the task than I was”

Noun: a negative answer or decision: “he was unable to change his automatic yes to a no”

Doctor Who? The Seventh Doctor

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After Colin Baker left the series the role went to Sylvester McCoy and the editorial decision was made to return the Who? Back Into Doctor Who?

The Seventh Doctor 

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The Seventh Doctor

Travelling with Mel the Doctor is attacked and kidnapped by The Rani, thus triggering his regeneration. After foiling her experiments the Doctor and Mel travel to help the inhabitants of Paradise Towers out from the murderous machinations of a disembodied architect and help an exiled queen find love and end a war with the help of some 50’s rockers in a Welsh seaside resort. Upon travelling to Ice World the Doctor and Mel meet up with Glitz and Ace, a stranded teenager from 1980’s Perivale. At the end of the Serial Dragonfire, Mel begins travelling with Glitz and Ace leaves Ice World to travel with the Doctor.

This is when the series began to take a darker tone, with the Doctor becoming more manipulative of events and showing the first signs of a hidden history from his life on Gallifrey. All but destroying the Daleks and Cybermen within the early days of travel with Ace, as well as battling a robot made out of candy, yes you heard that right, before manipulating events to defeat the Gods of Ragnarok.

Moving on from the events surrounding the Greatest Show In The Galaxy, The Doctor and Ace join up with U.N.I.T and the Brigadier in fighting the villains from Authurian myth, defeating Morgaine Le Fay and her son Mordred under the guise of Merlin The Magician. The Doctor and Ace then travel to Preivale in the 1800’s and discover that house that Ace burns down a century later is inhabited by the spirit of Light, a being of immense power who spends eternity cataloguing all life. After defeating Light a psychic residue is imprinted on the house, and it is revealed that Ace burnt the house in anger over he friend being subject to racist attack, some hundred years in the future.

Moving forward in time to World War 2, where it is revealed that Ace has been manipulated her whole life, having been sent to Ice World by fenric, manipulating events such as the Doctors recent encounters with the Daleks and Cybermen. And because of the nature of time travel, it is revealed that Ace sent her own grandmother and infant mother away from danger, revealing a great deal about her difficult relationship with her mother. The Doctor, revealed to have known all this about Ace stands revealed as a master manipulator and justifies it as becoming Time’s Champion, but the rift between the Doctor and Ace is there.

With the wounds of their encounter with Fenric still fresh, the Doctor returns Ace to Perivale in her own time. Having been presumed missing for some time Ace finds that many of her friends have also gone missing. The Doctor investigates, and discovers that the residents of Perivale are being taken across the galaxy to the become the prey of the Cheetah People, under the orders of the Doctors old enemy: The Master. After defeating the Master and abandoning him on the disintegrating planet of the Cheetah People, Ace decides to continue travelling with the Doctor, with the two walking off into the sunset, marking the end of the original run of the series.

Next we see of the Doctor he is still in his Seventh regeneration, however is travelling alone, with no reference as to the fate of Ace. The Doctor is then contacted by the Time Lords and ordered to retrieve the remains of the Master from the planet Skaro (previously thought destroyed) home world of the Daleks and return them to Gallifrey. Managing to cheat death the Master forces an emergency landing of the Tardis, landing in San Francisco on New Years Eve 1999, upon exiting the Tardis, the Doctor is caught in the middle of a gang land shoot out and dies of multiple gun shot wounds sustained in the cross fire.

Sylvester McCoy was a short and non imposing man with a slight Scottish lilt in his voice (the first time the Doctor had not sounded English) and was given to dark moods and a secretive nature, McCoy made the role his own for 3 series, racking up 12 serials (42 episodes in all) before the series end, before going on to reprise his role for the Doctor Who Moive which then saw the attempt to reignite the series with Paul McGann as the Doctor.

Stand Out Serials

  1. Remembrance Of The Daleks: This was the first serial of the McCoy’s second series in the role, and saw the return of the Daleks and of Davros, introduced the special weapons Dalek and saw a lot of nods to earlier serials, being set on November 23rd 1963 (Doctor Who’s first broadcast date) the story is set at Coal Hill School and Totters Lane Junkyard, the shcool and junkyard from the first serial of the series An Unearthly Child, and it was also the last proper look at the Daleks for almost 17 years when the series was eventually relaunched in 2005.
  2. Silver Nemesis: A classic tale of Time Lord versus Cyberman, with a lot more of the Doctors newfound talent for manipulation on display, revealing the culmination of events several hundred years in the making this is a classic tale with a twist.
  3. The Curse Of Fenric: What I liked about this serial is that it pretty much wraps up Aces storyline, we discover how a teenager from a council estate in London wound up several galaxies away, and find out just what it is this Doctor has been up to since day one, hinting that he may be more than just another Time Lord.
  4. Survival: It was the final episode of the original run, and it was a high note to go out on, the Doctor engaged in mortal combat with his greatest enemy, before walking off into the sunset, knowing that no matter where he goes, there’ll be some that needs sorting

Dishonourable Mention 

  1. Delta And The Bannermen:  The whole premise of a galactic time travel bus trip to the 1950’s itself is bad enough, but add in the ridiculous war that the holiday makers seem to become embroiled in, not to mention that one side seems to be made up of Green Plastic Toy Soldiers, you get an awful story, made worse by the bad music, costumes and phrases that were the 1950’s.
  2. Cannibal Grannies: In the serial Paradise Towers, companion Mel is captured by two Cannibal octogenarians, you read that right. Mel the last of the shrieking companions with little character depth beyond being a narrative devise designed for exposition and rescue, is captured by two little old dears, who happen to eat people

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Doctor Who? The Sixth Doctor

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After Peter Davison’s departure from the role of the Doctor in March 1984, the role went to Colin Baker, the Doctors most colourful incarnation to date. Colin Baker stared in only 8 serials (33 episodes) until being replaced in 1987.

The Sixth Doctor 

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The Sixth Doctor

The Sixth Doctor was a man given to great eccentricities, donning a patchwork coat of rainbow hue, a pair of bright yellow pinstripe trousers, mismatched waistcoat, polkadot cravat and capped off with bright orange spats and a mop of curly blonde hair. Due to the trauma of his regeneration this Doctors personality was prone to violent outbursts of temper and a depressive sensibility, often at times brooding, his domineering personality was only enhanced by his great physical stature, a big man, both tall and broad, this Doctor was the most physically imposing to date.

Continuing his travels with Peri, The Doctor battle old enemies such as the Daleks and Cybermen, meeting new foes such as Sil and The Board, whilst meeting H.G Wells before coming across the Master and the sociopathic Time Lady the Rani, a being solely interested in the advancement of her scientific research, stopping at nothing to meet her ends.

The Doctor then once again meets one of his past selves, his second incarnation (played by Patrick Troughton), when this prior incarnation and Jamie are sent on a mission by the time lords to end rival experiments into time travel, experiments being conducted on behalf of the war like Sontaran’s, all to aid their war effort against the Rutan Host. Managing to save himself from the Sontaran’s grasp, both Doctors return to their proper place in time and space, the Second Doctor about to being exile on Earth and the Sixth Doctor still in 20th century Spain.

It is then that the Doctor faces the most difficult battle of his life, placed on trial by his own people the Doctor faces off against the mysterious Valeyard, a Gallifreyan prosecutor with a clear grudge against the Doctor. Presenting evidence from the Doctor’s past, a court room drama unfolds, in which the prosecution seems to stack against the Doctor, before a plot at the very heart of Time Lord society. The Doctor is framed by the Valeyard for the Death of Peri, before being revealed to by the Master as a potential future incarnation of the Doctor. Defeating the Valeyard and The Master, the Doctor meets new companion Mel, before discovering that Peri is still alive and well, living as a queen, his innocence secured the Doctor and Mel once again set off into time and space.

Whilst Colin Baker did not serve in the role long, two series in total, he is still the most colourful Doctor there has ever been and it saddens me a little that he didn’t come back for a regeneration scene, and whilst his successor is still probably my favourite doctor since William Hartnell, I feel that Colin Baker deserved better.

Stand Out Serials

  1. The Trial Of A Time Lord: This was to be Colin Bakers last serial (also last series as it lasted a whole series), this 14 part saga, saw the departure of Peri, the introduction of companion Mel and recurring character Glitz, all whilst the Doctor battles through a trial, being enforced on him by his own people, with a biased Judge and vengeful prosecutor the Doctor is fighting for his lives.
  2. Vengeance On Varos: Its a little like the hunger games, and a bit like big brother, all with the Doctor and Peri trying to get out of the clutches of a group of corrupt politicians and some slimy merchants.
  3. The Two Doctors: Doctor meets Doctor in this head on collision that tires to see the Time Lords maintain their monopoly on time travel, in the heart of the endless conflict between the Might Sontaran Empire and the Rutan Host. This episode also gives rise to the series 6b fan theory, that in spinoff media suggests that the second Doctor didn’t go straight from courtroom to exile on earth, but was in fact acting as a secret agent of the Time Lords.

Dishonourable Mention

  1. The Doctor and the Amazing Technicolour Nightmare Coat: Even Colin Baker admitted to absolutely loathing his costume, it was tartan, it was tweed, it was gingham and it was a rainbow coloured nightmare of fashion dont’s.

Doctor Who? The Fifth Doctor

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At the end of the eighteenth series of the show, Tom Baker submitted the role of the Doctor to the young actor Peter Davison. Davison ditched the 4 meter scarf and battered fedora for a traditional English cricket attire, adorned with a stick of celery, yes that’s right, a stick of celery, pinned right there. On his lapel.

The Fifth Doctor

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The Fifth Doctor

This Doctor continued travelling with companions Nyssa and Adric, all while unsuccessfully trying to return Tegan to her proper place and time as an air stewardess bound for Heathrow Airport, travelling together until Adric’s death at the hands of the Cybermen the Doctor and friends might alien invaders and a snake deity, before coming face to face with the Master once more.

Still reeling from Adric’s death, the Doctor once again battles the Legendary Time Lord Omega, the snake god the Mara, before meeting up with the Doctor’s old friend The Brigadier and new companion Vislor Turlough, a young alien stranded on Earth as a political exile, tasked with murdering the Doctor by the villainous Black Guardian.

After the departure of Nyssa and Turlough’s betrayal of the Black Guardian the Tardis crew land in medieval England on the eve of the Magna Carta, where the Master is attempting to manipulate time for his own ends, this time using the Robot Kamelion, a shape changing robot.

The Doctor is then embroiled in a plot which sees his past selves being taken from time, where they must unite to stop Cybermen, Daleks, Yeti’s, The Master and Other Time Lords from stealing the Time Lord’s ultimate weapon, immortality. After once again being dragooned into taking the presidency of the Time Lords, the doctor absconds with his Tardis once more.

After tangling with old foes such as the Silurians, the Sea Devils and the Daleks, Tegan leaves the Tardis returning to earth, whilst the Doctor continues to travel with Turlough, and new companion Peri, Turlough soon returns to his home world, after the trio are betrayed by Kamelion, still controlled by the Master. The Doctor, on the planet Androzani Minor, succumbs to some form of poisoning before traumatically regenerating once more.

Peter Davison stared in 20 serials (69 episodes) from January 1982 until the penultimate serial of the 21st Series in March of 1984, before being replaced by Colin Baker. Davison, was the youngest man to play the Doctor at this point in the shows history, and made the role his own, seeing in the show’s 20th year and battling a whole slew of villains both old and new, whilst his tenure was no shorter than most to this point Davison is one of the classics and to my mind will be remembered most fondly.

Stand Out Serials

  1. The Five Doctors: This single, feature length episode, features all past incarnations of the Doctor, who are taken from time, to join the game of Rassilon, where the winner will find immortality.
  2. The Kings Demons: Set on the eve of the Magna Carta, this introduces the robotic companion Kamelion and sees the return of the Master, this time using an Iron Maiden as a tardis and affecting a questionable french accent.
  3. Earthshock: This episode sees the revival of the cybermen, in a new form (which would last until the series’ revival in 2005) in an effort to destroy the earth the Cybermen actually bring about the death of a companion, the third time in the shows history (both Katarina and Sara Kingdom die in the first Doctor serial the Daleks Masterplan), the credits role silently, and it is something that has a lasting effect across the series, especiall as the companion in question, Adric, was meant to be one of the youngest of the Doctors Travelling Companions.

Dishonourable Mention

  1. Celery: I want to know who thought that it would be a good idea to put the Doctor in cricket whites for everyday wear, and then accessorise it (or should that be garnish?) with a decorative vegetable? I know it was explained away at the end of Davisons run, but we went almost three whole series with no comment about the fact that a grown man is wearing a vegetable pinned to his lapel as if it were the worlds worst boutonniere. I mean seriously who pins a but of salad to the jacket and thinks hey this looks good? I mean its almost as bad as the radish earrings worn by Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter, but at least she is mocked, and rightly so, for it. Now you can see why it gets the dishonourable mention of this particular post. Celery, I mena come on, Celery.

 

 

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