The Power of the Daleks

David Whitaker, whilst secretly plotting to destroy Terry Nation

The Power of the Daleks
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Season: 4
Episode: 3
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Air date 5 November 1966

12 November - 10 December 1966

Written by David Whitaker & Dennis Spooner
Directed by Christopher Barry
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Surviving footage illustrating how much the part had aged Troughton.

Have you ever watched Shictory of the Daleks and thought "Fuck me I can write an episode better than this"? Well, somebody already did.

The Power of the Daleks is the first appearance of the Second Doctor. Unfortunately, that's all that we can say about it, as it's missing. It must be good though, because they keep ripping it off.


Essentially A Street Car Named Desire, except Stanley had been replaced by a race of lovecraftian monster cyborg tanks, with Blanche replaced by the humans. The humans know the Doctor has a low opinion of the Daleks, but they don't care since they're too in love with the idea of manual salve labour, but despite Stella, I mean the Doctor's warnings, the humans start re animating the Daleks and all hell breaks loose. The Daleks aren't just evil, they're sneaky! It helps that humans are a species consisting entirely of gullible retards.

Interestingly, the only way we know that Patrick Troughton's actually playing the Doctor and not a transmatted gelf slitheen is that the Daleks recognize him on sight. That's pretty neat. And even that was ripped off for Victory of the Daleks. BRAVO GATISS!


What most fans of the Second Doctor (like myself) know is that it's probably, even objectively speaking, the best Second Doctor story, and that it's probably, even objectively speaking, the best post-regeneration story, and perhaps one of the best Doctor Who stories in general, as its fast pace and intriguing plot justify it being a six-parter better than any other six-parter, and that production stills reveal the most creative cinematography Classic Doctor Who stories ever had.

What most Second Doctor fans don't know is that this was the most critically lambasted Second Doctor story during the Second Doctor's run, because the Doctor the fans at the time knew and loved was unexpectedly replaced with some new weirdo wearing oversized pants, thus ruining the magic of Doctor Who forever. Fans have a hard time believing this because we are so used to Troughtonesque Doctors like the Fifth, Seventh, Ninth, and Eleventh Doctors (I'm seeing a pattern here) that to believe that people wanted Hartnell over Troughton is almost unthinkable to some. They prefer to think that people just watched Hartnell out of boredom and only truly loved the show when Troughton came on, because that's how most modern audiences who started with a later Doctor would feel about the subject.

However, it makes perfect sense that back in the 1960s, people were furious that Troughton replaced Hartnell, as regeneration was a brand-new concept and audiences weren't going to warm up to it until the Second Doctor regenerated too. The BBC didn't junk stories at random you know. Sure some random episodes were missing, but those weren't junked, they were just taken to other countries. The ones that were actually junked were selected, and they picked the ones that got them the most death-threat letters, which were mostly Second Doctor entries. Fans hated the Second Doctor until they finally got rid of him and they began to miss him. Because both his characterization and his story-format were the most copied for NuWho, right down to having the current Doctor for only three seasons, which probably isn't enough time for audiences to entirely appreciate a Doctor, this cycle of hating the current Doctor until they finally got rid of him also resurfaced.

Now the fans not only miss him, but he has ridiculously rabid fans that refuse to let others have any fun unless it is Patrick Troughton-themed (oh the irony!), and most fans, rabid or not, want to see his stories again. Even if they have to see him as badly animated as possible.

It goes to show that if you want a series to thrive creatively, don't listen to hardcore fans. If they had their way, nothing would change a bit, no matter how much the show would benefit from a change. Even worse, don't let hardcore fans write the show, or else they will make the status quo exactly like it was before with the absolutely most unimaginative explanations behind it.


Power of the Daleks begins the Of The Daleks trilogy quartet Pentateuch cycle franchise, which is remarkably still going to this day.

2016 Animated Release

So for the 50th anniversary of Hartnell (and Who in general) they revisited Coal Hill School and made a film about Billy, and then for the 50th anniversary of Troughton they hired Animated Second Doctor to imitate his live-action self for the DVD release of this story. So what are ya gonna do for the 50th anniversary of Pertwee, eh BBC?!

Ah well, at least we have our Power... that is, until it turns up for realsies in Botswana four years from now.