Doctor Who S4 E9 "The Evil of the Daleks" / Recap - TV Tropes
The Doctor's very first meeting with the Daleks is at the original end of their history This Doctor met his nemeses once more in 's Evil Of The Daleks, at the end . This one is more overtly about the Doctor's relationship to the squawking. The Evil of the Daleks has a somewhat more surrealist, even whimsical aspect comments to Jamie on how he believes he has seen the final end of the Daleks. I also loved her relationship with both the Doctor and Jamie. The Final End Subject: The Evil of the Daleks Original to DVD The Tomb of the Cybermen The Final End was a documentary featuring 8mm footage of the end of .
Waterfield and his friend Maxtible were experimenting with time travel technology which eventually created a portal to another time and world, Skaro! The Daleks have always been defeated by human beings and believe that it is because of certain traits that human beings have. With no other options the Doctor is forced to help the Daleks and even performs experiments on their human captives, Victoria and Jamie. The Doctor eventually is able to isolate the human factor and transplant it into three Daleks.
The Daleks develop human emotions, become happy, caring and even come to see the Doctor as their friend. Whilst Edward Waterfield only serves the Daleks reluctantly, Maxtible is willingly working for them as they have promised him the secret of alchemy. The Doctor plans to spread the human factor like a virus throughout the Dalek race in the hopes that it will lead to a civil war that will destroy them. However his plan fails and he is captured by the Daleks and taken back to Skaro along with Waterfield, Maxtible, Jamie and Victoria.
Considering the experiment a failure after Omega, Alpha and Beta became too compassionate. The Emperor instead wants the Doctor to implant the Dalek factor which makes the Daleks evil, xenophobic, and ruthless into the human race throughout all of history which will wiping humanity from existence. Once again with no other options the Doctor is forced to help the Daleks. The Doctor is able to isolate the Dalek factor which the Daleks then transplant into Maxtible. Maxtible comes to think and behave exactly like a Dalek just as they hoped.
The Daleks then plan to implant the Dalek factor into the Doctor himself, in order to make him their servant. Their plan however fails as the Doctor programs the machine to make sure the Dalek factor only infects humans.
The Doctor however pretends to be loyal to the monsters and works against them from within. Freeing the three humanized Daleks, the Emperor becomes scared that the human factor will spread.
The Doctor tells the Emperor to send all Daleks through the Dalek factor machine to which the Emperor agrees. Unfortunately for the Daleks, the Doctor reprograms the machine to infect all of the Daleks who go through it with the human factor.
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The humanized Daleks soon turn on the rest of their kind and a massive civil war erupts. Sadly Edward Waterfield is killed whilst saving the Doctor from a Dalek. The Doctor promises Waterfield that he will look after his daughter. As the city of the Daleks erupts in flames and the Emperor is seemingly exterminated, the Doctor comments to Jamie on how he believes he has seen the final end of the Daleks.
Review The Evil of the Daleks is overall deserving of its status as a classic story, but I do think its flawed somewhat, particularly when compared with the previous Troughton Dalek adventure. Evil takes us deeper into the monsters psychology, as well as their society and how they function than any other before. We see their chain of command, the Emperor and how they deal with members of their kind who are different. Before we have only ever seen the Daleks persecute other life forms, but showing them turn on and actually exterminate members of their own kind was a nice twist that made them seem even more horrifying.
Though David Whitaker had explored the idea of a humanized Dalek in The One in A Million Dalek comic story much earlier, Evil marked the first time this idea was explored in the television series itself.
The creatures are also at their sneaky and manipulative best in this story too. We get to see them twist the minds of various people, good and evil over the course of the story.
With Waterfield they can recognise that he would never help them willingly so they threaten to hurt the person he loves the most to get him to serve them. Maxtible however fulfils the Mavic Chen type role of being the devious, self serving human who thinks he can use the Daleks for his own ends, but they play on his greed instead. The interactions between the Doctor and the Daleks are also particularly strong in this story. I think this adventure and Power of the Daleks really helped to shape the kind of Doctor Patrick Troughton ended up being.
The Doctor sabotages the "Dalek Factor" machine so that it humanises more Daleks - but not before Maxtible has been enslaved. Soon, civil war breaks out on Skaro between the pure Daleks and the humanised ones.
Kemal and Maxtible are killed, and Waterfield dies saving the Doctor. He and Jamie will have to look after the now orphaned Victoria.
As the Dalek city burns, the Doctor wonders if he has finally seen the last of his old enemies This seven part adventure was written by David Whitaker, and was broadcast between 20th May and 1st July, It marks the end of Season 4. Only Episode 2 remains in the archives, though the soundtrack and telesnaps exist for the missing parts. It is significant for the introduction of new companion Victoria Waterfield, played by Debbie Watling, and as being the last Dalek story of the monochrome 's.
It was almost the last Dalek story in Doctor Who full stop. The civil war really was supposed to be "the final end". Terry Nation had decided to launch his creations in their own series in the US - utilising the Space Security Service elements of his last Dalek stories. Nation was still too busy working on his more lucrative ITC sub-Bond series, so the writing of the Daleks returned to Whitaker - who in some ways knew them better than their creator. Whitaker adds to their mythos by introducing the Emperor and its black-domed inner retinue - elements which would be brought back in 's The Parting of the Ways.
A gold domed Emperor had been a mainstay of the 's comic strip Daleks, and Davros also became Emperor in Remembrance of the Daleks. There's a black-domed Dalek in their Asylum also. There is a wonderful scene when Jamie learns about the experiment - after the Doctor has been forced to keep silent about it.
Jamie is furious at the Doctor's apparently callous behaviour and threatens to abandon his travels. The Doctor is heartbroken at hurting his friend - even though he was secretly trying to preserve his life. Debbie Watling is a fine actress, but her character is a bit of a throwback after Polly.
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It will only be in later stories that we get to see her real mettle as the character gets its limited development. It is interesting to think that, only a year ago, the idea of a companion from history was deemed unworkable.
Now, there are two. The principal guest actor is Marius Goring as Maxtible.
He was famous for his roles in a number of Powell and Pressburger films, and he would go on to play The Expert from - Episode endings for this adventure are: As Kennedy rifles the safe, he fails to see a Dalek materialise silently behind him. The Daleks are eager for the experiment to begin - unaware that Jamie has gone missing. In a darkened wing of the house, Kemel advances menacingly towards Jamie.
Jamie and Kemel have found Victoria, but a Dalek suddenly appears. Instead of exterminating him, the Daleks decide to play "trains" with the Doctor. The Doctor watches the Dalek city burn and ponders their final end - but one of the creatures remains alive It regularly features in Top 10's. To be brutally honest, it is far from perfect.