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23 February - 16 March 1974

Average Viewing Figure: 9.4M


Arriving on the planet Exxilon, The Doctor, a human expedition and The Daleks must join forces if they wish to get off the planet


Jon Pertwee (The Doctor), Elisabeth Sladen (Sarah Jane Smith), Duncan Lamont (Dan Galloway), John Abineri (Richard Railton)

Neil Seiler (Commander Stewart), Julian Fox (Peter Hamilton), Joy Harrison (Jill Tarrant), Mostyn Evans (High Priest)

Arnold Yarrow (Bellal), Roy Heymann (Gotal), Michael Wisher (Dalek Voices), John Scott Martin, Cy Town, Murphy Grumbar (Daleks)

Terry Walsh (Spaceman), Terry Walsh, Steven Ismay (Zombies)

Uncredited Cast

Steve Ismay, Kevin Moran, Marc Boyle, Max Faulkner, Bob Blaine, Leslie Bates, Roy Pearce, Terry Denville, David Rolfe, Derek Chafer

Nigel Wynder, Dennis Plenty, Mike Reynel, Terry Sartain (Exxilons), Tex Fuller (Exxilon Messenger), Roy Heymann (Jebal)

Terry Walsh (Burning Exxilon), Terry Walsh (Stuntman), Terry Walsh (Stunt Double for Doctor Who)


Terry Nation (Writer), Terry Walsh (Fight Arranger), Ron Grainer (Title Music), Bernard Lodge (Title Sequence), Carey Blyton (Music)

Dick Mills (Special Sound), Jim Ward (Visual Effects), John Friedlander (Masks), L Rowland Warne (Costume Designer)

Magdalen Gaffney (Make-Up), Bill Matthews (Film Cameraman), Bill Chesneau (Film Sound), Bob Rymer (Film Editor)

Derek Slee (Studio Lighting), Richard Chubb (Studio Sound), Terrance Dicks (Script Editor), Colin Green (Designer)

Barry Letts (Producer), Michael Briant (Director)

Uncredited Crew

Jennie Betts (Facilities Assistant), Mat Irvine, Peter Pegrum, Colin Mapson (Visual Effects Assistants), Cynthia Goodwin (Location Make-Up)

Alan Woods (Grips), Nick Lake (Vision Mixer), John Stevens (Props Buyer), Sarah Newman (Production Secretary)

Margareet Lewty (Director's Assistant), Clive Derbyshire, Chris Lovelock (Assistant Film Sound Recordists), Dave Smith (Film Lighting)

Marin Patmore, Ian Pugslsey (Assistant Film Cameramen), Eric Wallis (Technical Manager), Gordon Phillipson (Grams Operator)


Filming Locations

  • ARC Sand Pits, Gallows Hill, Dorset

  • Bill's Pit, Gallows Hill, Dorset

  • Dixie's Pit, Gallows Hill, Dorset

  • Television Centre: Studio 4


  • Dan Galloway [sacrifices his own life to stop The Daleks]

  • Richard Railton [killed by an Exxilon]

  • Commander Stewart [dies after being attacked by an Exxilon]

  • Dalek [destroyed by Exxilons]

  • Dalek [destroyed by the Exxilon City Robot]

  • Spaceman [killed by an Exxilon]

  • Daleks [blown up when their spaceship explodes]

  • Exxilon [dies after being burned]

  • Exxilon [killed by the Exxilon City Robot]

  • Exxilons [in various other ways]

Production Days

  • 9 Days between Tuesdsay 13 November - Tuesday 18 December 1973

Production Errors

  1. Toward the end of episode one when The Doctor and Expedition Member see what they believe is a relief ship, Railton is looking in the wrong direction 

  2. The "root" beneath the Exxilon City, has white speech globes during far shots, and orange ones in other shots

  3. When The Doctor brushes his hair after completing a test in the Exxilon City, his reflection can be seen in foreground despite the fact that there are no mirrors or reflective objects in the room 

  4. Arnold Yarrow's eyes can be seen behind Bellal's mask at one point during the story 

  5. The cliffhanger to episode one is spoiled by the editing. Numerous close -ups and cut away shots make it obvious that the Dalek's guns do not work

  6. Where on Earth did the Daleks get a model Tardis from? And why do they have it? Where they banking on the fact that they would meet The Doctor again? If so, they lucked out big time

  7. There is one Exxilon who remains unaccounted for. Sarah knocked one out which got into the Tardis. Is the Exxilon still there wandering about the place?

Working Titles

  • Dalek Story

  • Doctor Who and the Exilons


In what is a darker and exceedingly more violent narrative, Death to the Daleks combines many troupes seen before: rituals, sacrifices, sword (or arrow) fights, horror overtones, gruesome deaths, grumbling aliens who worship ‘fake’ gods, all attributes that will later play a significant part when Doctor Who descends into its classic horror-renaissance era just months away. The scripts are superb, The Doctor and Sarah are literally plunged into total darkness and unprecedented danger, and became separated on a hostile alien planet that could literally kill them at any moment. Part one is incredibly strong, and almost visually told, with little to no dialogue for long periods of times. It’s a strong piece of writing, when the dialogue doesn’t have to state the obvious, and viewers can fully understand what (and why) certain things happen just by visuals alone; perhaps Terry Nation still had a soft spot for his beloved Daleks. Speaking of the Daleks……
   The Daleks really have no business being involved within the storyline, becoming an (un)interesting b-plot when the Exxilons would have served the monster role just fine. There is something uncanny about the Daleks here, without their death rays, they resort to primitive, crude human weapons to destroy and kill; which perhaps says more about the human race, rather than the genocidal pleasures the Daleks hold with high regard. The Exxilons themselves are a marvellous race of aliens; they’re a race of super beings who have gone through periods of regression/devolution becoming god-worshipping barbaric monsters, whilst their periods of empire and prosperity are long lost in the mist and dust of time. Although their history is nothing but exposition, it’s simple, and effective.
   The story however loses some credibility in part four with The Doctor solving a series of simple logic puzzles which quite frankly are a mockery of his intelligence. The Doctor doesn’t appear to be having any ‘fun’ and neither do the audience. The tight direction, and the feeling of foreboding are never far away. Blatantly dark, sinister, gruesome, and much more violent are features that, make Death to the Daleks a strong Dalek serial, after so many mediocre and down-right abysmal Dalek narratives in the last few years. Even Carey Blyton provides a better soundtrack, but it’s still not particularly good.****

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