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21 November - 26 December 1964

Average Viewing Figure: 11.9M


When The Tardis crew is shrunk down in size they must avert the plans of Forester and his insecticide 

Arriving in the 22nd century, The Doctor and his companions discover the Daleks are the masters of Earth 


William Hartnell (The Doctor), William Russell (Ian Chesterton), Jacqueline Hill (Barbara Wright), Carole Ann Ford (Susan Foreman)

Bernard Kay (Carl Tyler), Peter Fraser (David Campbell), Alan Judd (Dortmun), Martyn Huntley (Roboman)

Peter Badger (Robomen/Phil Badger), Robert Jewell (Dalek), Robert Aldous (An Insurgent), Gerald Taylor, Kevin Manser

Peter Murphy, Nick Evans (Daleks), Nick Evans (Slyther Operator), Peter Hawkins, David Graham (Dalek Voices), Ann Davies (Jenny)

Michael Goldie (Craddock), Michael Davis (Thomson), Richard McNeff (Baker), Graham Rigby (Larry Madison)

Nicholas Smith (Wells), Patrick O'Connell (Ashton), Jean Conroy, Meriel Hobson (Women in Woods)

Uncredited Cast

Kenton Moore (Roboman in River), Reg Tyler, Billy Moss, John Caesar, Peter Diamond, Adrian Drotsky (Robomen), Ken Tyllsen (Dalek)

Tony Lambden, David Graham, Peter Honeywell, Leonard Woodrow, Nigel Bernard, Pat Gorman, Peter Holmes, Michael Reed

Tony Poole, John Doye, Steve Pokol, Peter Diamond, Joe Hardesty, Roy Curtiss (Male Freedom Fighters)

Rosina Stewart, Molly Prescott, Susanne Charise, Roma Milne (Female Freedom Fighters), Patricia Phipps (Child Freedom Fighters) 

Peter Diamond (Stunt Double for Roboman in River/Ian Chesterton)


Terry Nation (Writer), Peter Diamond (Fight Arranger), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Francis Chagrin (Incidental Music)

Peter Hamilton (Film Cameraman), John Griffiths (Film Editor), Daphne Dare (Costume Supervisor)

Sonia Markham (Make-Up Supervisor), Howard King (Lighting), Jack Brummitt (Sound Mixer), David Whitaker (Story Editor)

Spencer Chapman (Designer), Mervyn Pinfield (Associate Producer), Verity Lambert (Producer), Richard Martin (Director)

Uncredited Crew

Ray Day, Mike Catherwood (Floor Assistants), Cyril Julius, Mark Lewis (Technical Managers), Carolyn Bill (Director's Secretary)

Jane Shirley, Tristan de Vere Cole (Production Assistants), Roy Fry (Editor), Eddy Walstead (Telerecording Editor)

John Lopes, Ann Smith, Clive Doig (Vision Mixers), Brian Hodgson (Special Sound), Elizabeth Blattner (Make-Up)

Bernard Lodge (Title Sequence), Tony Pearce (Costumes), Delia Derbyshire (Theme Arrangement), Christina Lawton (Assistant Floor Manager)


Filming Locations

  • Trafalgar Square, London

  • Westminster Bridge, London

  • Albert Embankment, London

  • Houses of Parliament, London

  • Royal Albert Hall, London

  • Albert Memorial, London

  • Palace of Industry, Engineers Way, Wembley

  • Third Way, Wembley

  • Wood Lane Underground Station, London

  • St Katherine's Docks, London

  • Hammersmith Bridge, Hammersmith, London

  • Kew Bridge, Hounslow, London

  • Butler's Wharf, Southwick, London

  • Irongate Wharf, Tower Halmets, London

  • John's Hole Quarry, Stone, Kent

  • Riverside Studio 1


  • Dortmun [exterminated by Daleks]

  • Jack Craddock [electrocuted]

  • Mick Thomson [exterminated by Daleks]

  • Baker [exterminated by Daleks]

  • Larry Madison [dies after being shot by Phil Madison]

  • The Slyther [dies after falling into a pit]

  • Ashton [killed by The Slyther]

  • Roboman [walks into the River Thames]

  • Daleks [destroyed in an explosion/in many other ways]

Production Days

  • 10 days between Sunday 23 August - Friday 23 October 1964

Production Errors

  1. The dead Roboman in the warehouse can be seen moving on a few occasions 

  2. Two studio technicians can be seen during episode two, outside of the Dalek saucer 

  3. When the Daleks are in Trafalgar Square, a van is seen in the background, when all transportation is banned

  4. The Dalek who takes Barbara and Jenny across the control room of the Dalek saucer bumps into the Black Dalek

  5. The shed which appears in episode four, has a window on the interior, but not on the exterior 

  6. Barbara and Jenny hold their neck manacles in place during episode six

  7. What is a Dalek going in the River Thames in the first place? 

  8. Some of the Tardis windows have fallen inwards when the Tardis materializes, and nobody seems to notice 

  9. There are numerous river cruises on the Thames even after 10 years of Dalek occupation 

  10. A Dalek, during episode six look straight ahead at oncoming ambushing rebels, and looks away 

Working Titles

  • Doctor Who and the Daleks

  • The Invaders

  • The Return of the Daleks


The show’s first sequel-ish story demonstrates all lessons from the previous season and goes to great length to produce an overtly brilliant looking production, which is only let down by some silly put together model shots. A larger budget and wider resources are evident in the extensive location shoot, and a wider variety of camera shots all thanks to the move to Riverside Studios, with director Richard Martin capturing some intense scenes. 
There is some heavy symbolism at play here, continuing on from where The Daleks left off, with labour camps, prison escorts, resistance fighters all playing their part. However the symbolism is not the prime focus of the serial, that distinction is where it should be, The Daleks. Writer Terry Nation expands the Dalek Universe, rather than repeating it, adding the Robomen and the lumbering Slyther into the mix, giving the Daleks the ability to travel under water, flying spaceships, everything that should be included in a Dalek sequel.  
The model work is less than impressive, still bursting with effort, but compared to other serials of the 1960s, they don’t quite pop off the screen as they should. The writing at times does feel a little rushed, The Dalek’s ultimate goal is not wholly satisfying, in which they plan to hollow out Earth’s core, so the planet can be driven throughout the Universe, allowing The Daleks to conqueror and enslave other planets. Okay, but why choose Earth to pilot around the Universe? Why not go for a planet a little closer to Skaro? Despite the totally out there plot, the serial is able to stand-up on its own just because of how bold and ambitious everything is. It was an exciting time back in 1964, The Daleks returned, bigger and better than ever. An instant classic. *****

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