Which One : The Daleks attempt a time travelling – ‘Terminator’ style assassination.
Cast : The Doctor : Jon Pertwee
Jo : Katy Manning
Briagdier : Nicholas Courtney
Captain Mike Yates : Richard Franklin
Sergeant Benton : John Levene
Sir Reginald Styles : Wilfred Carter
Miss Paget : Jean McFarlane
Anat : Anna Barry
Boaz : Scott Fredericks
Shura : Jimmy Winston
Guerilla : Tim Condren
Controller : Aubrey Woods
Manager : Peter Hill
Snr Guard : Andrew Carr
Guard : George Raistrick
TV Reporter : Alex MacIntosh
UNIT Radio Operator : Gypsie Kemp
Technician : Deborah Brayshaw
Written By : Louis Marks
Produced By : Barry Letts
First UK Broadcast : 1 – 22 January 1972.
Length : 4 x 25 minute parts.
Plot : The Daleks time travel from the future, to the past – to kill a government minister; who will inadvertantly shape Earth’s future united resistance – to Dalek invasion.
Whats good : Interesting time travel quandries. Ogrons.
Whats bad : Only three Daleks.
Review With Spoilers : Day Of The Daleks is the opener of season 9, the first Pertwee Dalek adventure and first Dalek adventure since Troughton’s Evil Of The Daleks.
The Daleks want to ensure that the death of a peace delegate called Sir Reginald Styles in Earth’s past, remains untampered with – which means the resulting Third World War will weaken Earth’s future resolve, against a Dalek invasion attempt.
The killing is inadvertantly purportrated by some time travelling human rebels, to the future Dalek occupation. Who incorrectly believe that Styles caused the events which preceded the Dalek invasion and travel back in time to kill him.
If the rebels are the equivilant of the Terminator and the Daleks, Skynet. Doctor is left playing the Kyle Reese role to Styles -Sarah Connor. As he tries to keep the minister alive from the rebel attacks.
It’s Who’s first real tentative foray into some (hypothetical) time travel scenarios. Not quite as science facty as Christopher H. Bidmead’s scripts of the JNT era, though but still impressive sounding.
We have the “Blinovitch Limitation Effect” – invented for the show, which states that a time traveller cannot return to and undo an event they have previously engineered. As an explosion of some magnitude, would be created.
Or a “Temporal Paradox” – which is caused by a time traveller attempting to undo a historical event and inadvertantly becoming the cause or source of the event.
Even though they are merely used as plot devices to further the Day Of The Daleks story, it gives Who a real, almost validated science facty feel to it that all us laymans – can understand.
“You’re trapped in a Temporal Paradox! Styles didn’t cause that explosion and start the wars. You did it yourselves!” The Doctor
The Dalek’s are aided by the subjugated race of brown and squat Neandathal look-a-likes – The Ogrons.
The Ogron’s have always proved to be popular monsters in Who, despite only two secondary villain appearances in the series. In Day Of The Daleks and Frontier In Space.
The production only had the use of 3 Daleks, in this episode – 2 grey models and a gold leader model. This isn’t a problem through, in the early parts of the episode but near the end, where a big battle takes place – it’s painfully obvious.
The 3 Daleks appear in a scene which calls for a large Dalek/Ogron attack force to storm a mansion house. However, this was put right, in the 2011 DVD Special edition release, which CGI’ed more Daleks in.
Thankfully – though, it’s a minor defect – to a classic Dalek episode. Which explores some outcomes to time travel meddling, something not normally seen in Who.