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8 - 15 February 1984

Average Viewing Figure: 7.65M


The Daleks plan to free Davros from his prison to restore their place as Supreme beings in Universe


Peter Davison (The Doctor), Janet Fielding (Tegan), Mark Strickson (Turlough), Rodney Bewes (Stien), Rula Lenska (Styles)

Del Henney (Colonel Archer), Maurice Colbourne (Lytton), Chloe Ashcroft (Professor Laird), Philip McGough (Sergeant Calder)

Terry Molloy (Davros), Jim Findley (Mercer), Sneh Gupta (Osborn), Les Grantham (Kiston), Roger Davenport (Trooper)

John Adam Baker (Crewmember), Lindsey Turner (Crewmember), William Sleigh (Galloway), Brian Miller, Royce Mills (Dalek Voices)

John Scott Martin, Cy Town, Tony Starr, Toby Byrne (Daleks)


Uncredited Cast

Albert Welch (Elderly Man), Mair Coleman, George Christie, Rudolf Ramillo, Ranjit Nakara, Della McCrae, Alan Crisp

Ulric Brown (Escapees). Mike Braden, Michale Jeffries (Policemen), Trevor St John Hacker, Kevin Goss, Barney Lawrence, Tony Liotti

Jeff Wayne, Sean McCabe, Alan Riches, Christopher Wolf, Michael Eriera, Martin Nelson, Tim Lawrence, Adrian Scott (Troopers)

Ian Marshall-Fisher, Penny Lambirth, Mike Vinden, Robert Goodman, Nigel Tisdall, Ginny Rose, Graham Cole, Eric Corlett

Kenneth Lawrie, Kevin O'Brien (Crewmembers), Mike Mungarvan, Simon Crane, Kevin O'Brien (Soldiers), Adrian Scott (Chemist)

Pat Judge (Metal Detector Man)


Eric Saward (Writer), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Malcolm Clarke (Incidental Music), Dick Mills (Special Sound)

Corinne Hollingworth (Production Manager), June Collins (Production Associate), Joy Sinclair (Production Assistant)

Matthew Burge (Assistant Floor Manager), Ian Punter (Film Cameraman), Bob Roberts (Film Sound), Dan Rae (Film Editor)

Peter Wragg (Visual Effects Designer), Dave Chapman (Video Effects), Paul Wheeler (Vision Mixer), Alan Arbuthnott (Technical Manager)

Alec Wheal (Camera Supervisor), Hugh Parson (Videotape Editor), Ron Bristow (Lighting Director), Scott Talbott (Studio Sound)

Janet Tharby (Costume Designer), Eileen Mair (Make-Up Designer), Eric Saward (Script Editor), Sid Sutton (Title Sequence)

John Anderson (Designer), John Nathan-Turner (Producer), Matthew Robinson (Director)


Filming Locations

  • Curlew Street, Bermondsey, London

  • Shad Thames, Bermondsey, London

  • Butler's Wharf, Bermondsey, London

  • Lafone Street, Bermondsey, London

  • Television Centre: Studio 8


  • Stien [killed when the prison ship explodes]

  • Styles [shot by one of Lytton's mercenaries]

  • Colonel Archer [shot by one of the Policemen]

  • Professor Laird [shot by one of the Dalek's duplicate soldiers]

  • Sergeant Calder [killed by the Daleks]

  • Mercer [shot by one of Lytton's mercenaries]

  • Osborn [shot by one of The Dalek's mercenaries]

  • Kiston [killed by Daleks]

  • Trooper [exterminated by a Dalek]

  • Crewmember [shot and killed by Osborn]

  • Crewmember [shot and by a Dalek Trooper]

  • Galloway [shot and killed a Dalek Trooper]

  • Dalek [explodes after being shot in the eye-stalk]

  • Daleks [killed by the Movellan Virus]

  • Daleks [killed when the prison ship explodes]

  • Elderly Man [shot by one of the Policemen]

  • Escapees [shot and killed by the Policemen and Lytton]

  • Chemist [exterminated by a Dalek]

  • Metal Detector Man [shot by one of the Policemen]

    • dozens of Troopers, Crewmembers, Soldiers are shot and killed

Production Days

  • 8 Days between Sunday 11 September - Friday 7 October 1983

Production Errors

  1. Who exactly are the escapees at the beginning of the serial? Are they android duplicates? Are they the originals of the duplicates? What possible service do they serve?

  2. Davros' mouth fails to open when he says 'Now for the Daleks'

  3. During the Tardis control room scene in part one, a shadow of a boom microphone can be seen

  4. Terry Molloy's left eye can be seen at one point underneath Davros' mask

  5. During part two, The Doctor finds the corpses of Colonel Archer and Sergeant Calder - Colonel Archer is still wearing his gun-belt which he previously gave to The Doctor

  6. The Dalek which is pushed out of the warehouse loading bay doors is remarkably different from the Daleks used in the studio scenes just prior. The Dalek is a different color and the eyestalk it shorter 

  7. If Stein is a Dalek duplicate, why does he flee from the Policemen at the start?, why is he so sad when Galloway is killed?, and why does is he afraid when he is alone? 

  8. When The Doctor shoots the Dalek mutant in part one, no bullet holes appear in the sheet which covers it

  9. The studio technician who operates Davros' lab door can be seen behind the semi-transparent wall. When the door closes, he can be seen walking off scene

  10. Towards the end of part two, three Daleks entre the time corridor, but for some reason four come out

  11. Since being in suspended animation, Davros has somehow made his mind controlling device and has concluded that the Time Lords, are in his words 'soft'​​

Working Titles

  • The Resurrection

  • The Return

  • Warhead


A very violent, trigger happy story which tries its best to be like Earthshock but lacks any substance and heart to do so. The body count, unnecessary and brutal killings, disposable characters, lazy writing and interwoven plot points can make this an uneasy and unsatisfactory viewing experience. Viewers will probably scratch their heads about which of the many plot points they should divert their full attention towards. When a story’s heart falls into the departure of a long serving companion then you know something is wrong. If it weren’t for a few make-up and costume designs, a memorable performance from Davros, eerie filming location work, a few funny moments and a new line of designed Daleks then this serial would fall into the category of rubbish Doctor Who as it is it’s not that good. ***​

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