They go to the city and get captured by the Daleks. When the Daleks shoot Ian, it doesn't kill him. It paralyzes his legs. The Daleks tell him that if they shoot him again in a short period of time, the paralysis will be permanent. Later on they do kill people, so I suppose the Daleks have different settings on their guns. That's unusual. Okay, a lot of what goes down with the Daleks and the war with the Thals contradicts what is said about all this stuff later on in the series. CONTINUITY FUN! For instance, series canon is that Daleks are Kaled mutants. That's not the case here. In this episode, they are mutants inside those casings, but they have always been Daleks or Dals. Series canon is that a Kaled named Davros created the Daleks to be superior beings and conquerors. In this episode, the Daleks' mutation is a byproduct of radiation from the war. Is this really the first meeting of the Doctor and the Daleks? He doesn't recognize Daleks. The Daleks can't leave the city. The Thals don't think the Daleks survived the war. I thought that later on in the series, they paint the war between the Thals and the Daleks as a never-ending struggle since the time Kaleds were still around. Here, the war was 500 years ago. Also, the Daleks in this episode are powered by static electricity and need radiation to survive. How are they supposed to conquer the universe or win a war when they always have to be on a metal floor? They can't go outside! Our heroes disable one by directing it onto a cloak on the floor. The powered by static electricity and needing radiation to survive aspects of the Daleks don't last. Now is a time to take a deep breath and forget about continuity.
|The one on the right's eye stalk looks broken.|
The plot? First everyone has radiation sickness, so they need drugs. Then the Thals are starving, and the Daleks try to trick them into meeting so that the Daleks can kill them all. Ian has a go inside of a Dalek. That one they disabled? They ripped the mutant out of it, and Ian climbs inside. It was funny hearing his voice as a Dalek.
|Yes, that is Ian inside of a Dalek.|
There is an interesting bit about the TARDIS lock, which does not stay true for long in the series. They need someone to go back to the TARDIS. Ian says he will go, but Susan says that only she and the Doctor can use the key. There are twenty-one different ways to place the key in the lock, and if you don't do it right, the lock melts as a defense mechanism. The thing is, this lock explanation ends up being completely unnecessary. Ian's legs haven't recovered at this point, so Susan has to go, anyway. Oh, Doctor Who. You do love to over-complicate things. This leads to a long scene of Susan running around the jungle being annoying.
Once they escape, it's not over. It feels like it should be over. It's not. They have to go back because the Daleks took the TARDIS part from Ian. Good job, Ian! They have to convince the Thals to help them.
|The Thals have some interesting outfits.|
A lot of time is spent making their way back to the city. They split up for a two-pronged attack. There is some serious flirting going on between one of the Thals and Barbara.
|How you doin'?|
I'm glad Ian wasn't around to see that! Even this early on, I think Ian has a thing for Barbara.
I like this episode, even though it feels too long. I should have broken it up into two viewings. It felt like two separate episodes. The first was everyone trying to escape from the Daleks. The second was everyone trying to get back to the city to fight them. The Daleks looked like Daleks have always looked. The Daleks talked about exterminating people. The Daleks did their Dalek thing.
|I'm eccentric! I grab my lapels all the time!|
Companions: Susan, Ian, Barbara
Episode: #2, "The Daleks," seven parts- 'The Dead Planet,' 'The Survivors,' 'The Escape,' 'The Ambush,' 'The Expedition,' 'The Ordeal,' 'The Rescue'
Adversary: the Daleks
Classic Lines: the Doctor: "The mind will always triumph!"; the Doctor: "You wanted advice, you said. I never give it. Never. But I might just say this to you- always search for truth. My truth is in the stars, and yours is here."
Tuck This Away to Impress Your Friends: The Daleks' home planet is Skaro. The Daleks unwillingly share their home planet with the Thals.
Next Up: "The Edge of Destruction"