142) REVELATION OF THE DALEKS

23 - 30 March 1985

Average Viewing Figure: 7.6M

Plot

On the planet Necros The Doctor discovers Davros is creating a new race of Daleks to conquer the Universe

Cast

Colin Baker (The Doctor), Nicola Bryant (Peri), Eleanor Bron (Kara), Clive Swift (Jobel), Alexei Sayle (DJ), Terry Molloy (Davros)

Jenny Tomasin (Tasambeker), William Gaunt (Orcini), John Ogwen (Bostock), Stephen Flynn (Grigory), Bridget Lynch-Blosse (Natasha)

Trevor Cooper (Takis), Colin Spaull (Lilt), Hugh Walters (Vogel), Alec Linstead (Head of Stengos), Ken Barker (Mutant)

Royce Mills, Roy Skelton (Dalek Voices), John Scott Martin, Cy Town, Tony Starr, Toby Byrne (Daleks), Penelope Lee (Computer Voice)

Uncredited Cast

Tim Lawrence, Don Parry, Russell Brook, Eric Lindsay (Male Attendants), Steve Emerson (Guard), Judy Crowne, Linda Kent, Trishia Clarke

Liz D'Estere, Annabel Larkins, Jane Clarke (Attendants), Kevin O'Brien, Michael Jeffries, Kenneth Lawrie, Michael Fearnley

Jason Wolfe, David Bache (Guards)

Crew

Eric Saward (Writer), Ron Grainer (Theme Music), Roger Limb (Incidental Music), Dick Mills (Special Sound)

Michael Cameron (Production Manager), Angela Smith (Production Associate), Elizabeth Sherry (Production Assistant)

Jo O'Leary (Assistant Floor Manager), John Walker (Film Cameraman), Steve Gatland (Film Sound), Ray Wingrove (Film Editor)

John Brace (Visual Effects Designer), Dave Chapman (Video Effects), Dinah Long (Vision Mixer), Alan Arbuthnott (Technical Co-ordinator)

Alec Wheal (Camera Supervisor), Steve Newnham (Videotape Editor), Don Babbage (Lighting Director), Andy Stacey (Sound Supervisor)

Pat Godfrey (Costume Designer), Dorka Nieradzik (Make-Up Designer), Eric Saward (Script Editor), Alan Spadling (Designer)

John Nathan-Turner (Producer), Graeme Harper (Director)

Broadcast

Filming Locations

  • Bollinge Hill Farm, Buriton, Hants

  • Butser Hill Farm, Horndean, Hants

  • Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Horndean, Hants

  • IBM North Harbour Building, Cosham, Portsmouth, Hants

  • Goodwood Estate Halnaker, W Sussex

  • Tangmere Aerodrome, Tangmere, W Sussex

  • Television Centre: Studio 1

  • Television Centre: Studio 8

Deaths

  • Kara [stabbed to death by Orcini]

  • Vogel [exterminated by a Dalek]

  • Jobel [killed when stabbed with a syringe]

  • Tasambeker [exterminated by a Dalek]

  • DJ [exterminated by a Dalek]

  • Orcini [killed when he activates a bomb]

  • Bostock [exterminated by a Dalek]

  • Grigory [extermianted by a Dalek]

  • Natasha [exterminated by a Dalek]

  • Head of Stengos [killed by Natasha]

  • Mutant [killed by Peri to save The Doctor]

  • Daleks [destroyed by other Daleks/killed when Orcini activates a bomb]

  • Stengos Workers [killed during the story's events]​

Production Days

  • 9 days between Monday 7 January - Friday 1 Febraury 1985

Production Errors

  1. During episode two, The Doctor blows up a Dalek and checks to see if there are anymore Daleks around. There is evidently one Dalek down the tunnel but The Doctor walks down the tunnel despite this fact

  2. During episode two when Orcini kills a Guard, the gun doesn't seem to fire - but the Guard drops dead anyway

  3. When The Doctor is fist captured he seems to know that Davros is still alive, when he doesn't infact know this

  4. There are numerous times when Davros' dialogue is often inaudible 

  5. The Dalek which is destroyed in Davros's laboratory is not the same when it explodes. The prop changes from a Grey Casing Dalek to a Dalek with a lighter-coloured mesh 

  6. Tasambeker stabs Jobel with a syringe without pushing the plunger first 

Working Titles

  • The End of the Road 

Verdict

The production values are fine but there is far too much thrown to the mix resulting in a disappointing and often annoying experience. Nothing happens and the story is seriously underdeveloped which is too fast-paced. The story has an incredible body count where almost everyone’s purpose is to die. Seriously what was with Saward and his association with stories where very little characters live to tell the tale? The Daleks are bad here with their once menacing voices becoming nothing more than your ordinary run of the mill high-pitched aliens who have inhaled too much helium. The White Dalek casings are too bland while the Black Daleks are just okay. The Daleks provide very little in the story and their involvement is best summed up with the brief battle sequence towards the end. Other characters like the DJ and Jobel, but especially Jobel, a character so dislikeable on an amazing number of levels, do nothing for the plot and their deaths turn into breaths of fresh air. The rest of the cast are instantly forgettable and bland who look lost and confused due to the bland direction and script. The acting is not that inspiring nor are the sets which are never used to their full potential.  A lot of detail and effort is admirable but it’s just a shame nothing grand was done with them. Aside from wonderfully crafted wintery planet scenes, great make-up on the doomed Mutant creature, the glass Dalek, another great performance from Terry Molloy and a great first episode cliffhanger, Revelation of the Daleks would easily be the worst Dalek story. It a right shame this was the last serial before the show’s hiatus it could have been so much more to the eyes and mind. **​