|'The Daleks' Master Plan'
Story Code 'V'
by Terry Nation (1-5,7)
and Dennis Spooner (6,8-12)
The TARDIS lands on the jungle planet of Kembel in 4000AD, where the Doctor, Steven and Katarina meet Space Security Service Agent Brett Vyon, who has been sent by his superiors in search of Agent Marc Cory. They find Corey's tape, and learn of the Daleks' scheme, which involves the use of a weapon called the Time Destructor. They decide to warn the Earth authorities, but discover that the human leader Mavic Chen, Guardian of the Solar System, is a traitor in league with the Daleks. Chen has given the Daleks the Taranium Core, a vital component of the Time Destructor, but the Doctor manages to steal the Core, disrupting the Daleks' plans, and he and his companions are forced to flee in Chen's space ship. They are forced to land on Desperus, a prison planet, where a convict called Kirksen stows away, and holds Katarina as a hostage. Katarina opens the ship's airlock out into space, killing Kirksen and sacrificing herself to let the Doctor, Steven and Brett escape. Chen dispatches Space Security Agent Sara Kingdom to track down the Doctor and his friends. Sara is unaware of Chen's treachery, and kills Brett, who is her own brother, before she is convinced of the truth, and joins forces with the Doctor. They travel to the volcanic planet Tigrus, where they meet the Doctor's old adversary the Monk; arrive in ancient Egypt; and finally arrive back on Kembel. Here the Doctor attempts to steal the Time Destructor, and turns it against the Daleks, destroying them. Unfortunately Sara ignores his instructions to return to the TARDIS, and is also killed.
William Hartnell (Dr Who), Peter Purves (Steven), Adrienne Hill (Katarina), Brian Cant (Kert Gantry), Nicholas Courtney (Bret Vyon), Pamela Greer (Lizan), Philip Anthony (Roald), Kevin Stoney (Mavic Chen), Michael Guest (Interviewer); David Graham, Peter Hawkins (Dalek Voices); Robert Jewell, Kevin Manser, John Scott Martin, Gerald Taylor (Daleks); Julian Sherrier (Zephon), Roy Evans (Trantis), Douglas Sheldon (Kirksen), Dallas Cavell (Bors), Geoffrey Cheshire (Garge), Maurice Browning (Karlton), Jean Marsh (Sara Kingdom / Sara), Roger Avon (Daxtar), James Hall (Borkar), Bill Metley (Froyn), John Herrington (Rhymnal), Clifford Earl (Station Sergeant), Norman Mitchell (First Policeman), Malcolm Rogers (Second Policeman), Kenneth Thornett (Detective-Inspector), Reg Pritchard (Man in MacIntosh), Sheila Dunn (Blossom Lefevre), Leonard Grahame (Darcy Tranton), Royston Tickner (Steinberger P. Green), Mark Ross (Ingmar Knopf), Conrad Monk (Assistant Director), David James (Arab Sheik), Paula Topham (Vamp), Robert G. Jewell (Clown), Albert Barrington (Professor Webster), Buddy Windrush (Prop Man), Steve Machin (Cameraman), Terrance Woodfield (Celation), Peter Butterworth (The Meddling Monk), Roger Brierley (Trevor), Bruce Wightman (Scott), Jeffrey Isaac (Khephren), Derek Ware (Tuthmos), Walter Randall (Hyksos), Bryan Mosley (Malpha)
Produced by John Wiles
Directed by Douglas Camfield
'The Nightmare Begins' - 13th November, 1965 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
'Day of Armageddon' - 20th November, 1965 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
'Devil's Planet' - 27th November, 1965 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
'The Traitors' - 4th December, 1965 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
'Counter Plot' - 11th December, 1965 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
'Coronas of the Sun' - 18th December, 1965 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
'The Feast of Steven' - 25th December, 1965 @ 6.35pm - 7.00pm
'Volcano' - 1st January, 1966 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
'Golden Death' - 8th January, 1966 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
'Escape Switch' - 15th January, 1966 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
'The Abandoned Planet' - 22th January, 1966 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
'Destruction of Time' - 29th January, 1966 @ 5.50pm - 6.15pm
*Featuring the First Doctor, Vicki and Steven
*Parts 1, 3-4, 6-9 and 11-12 are missing, but audio recordings exist
*In a BBC press release dated 15th January 2004, the BBC announced that Part 2 had just been returned. "Doctor Who episodes have a history of being returned from slightly strange places and in the past they have been found in such diverse locations as a church basement, a car boot sale and even a jumble sale in New Zealand! The latest find is no exception, as the episode is literally a gift from the opposition - in this instance from Francis Watson, Head of Engineering at Yorkshire Television in Leeds. As a young engineer working for the BBC in the early seventies, Watson had been given the task of clearing out a room full of junk at the Corporation’s Television Film Studios in Ealing. Among the rubbish were two 16mm cans marked Doctor Who, which Watson saved from destruction so that he could watch them on the projector at his local film club. For over thirty years and through two house moves, he kept the films safe and now feels that the time has come to return them to the BBC. Watson says that he has always felt slightly embarrassed about “borrowing” the films, but he can be assured that, thirty years on, both the BBC and fans of the series will be only too happy about it, for his minor indiscretion as a junior engineer undoubtedly ensured the episode’s survival. The second of Watson’s film cans contained a poor-quality episode of The Expedition, an episode of the very first Dalek adventure, of which the BBC already has a master copy. Day of Armageddon is a great find however, as it is a crucial episode which helped to set up the ambitious twelve part story, a classic space-opera romp through space and time which sees the Doctor and his companions try to thwart the traitorous ‘Guardian of the Solar System’, Mavic Chen, and his Dalek allies - culminating in the destruction of time itself! Importantly for both fans and historians alike, this second episode contains scenes with several characters for which very little visual reference material still exists - in fact only a single, blurry photograph of the alien leader Celation is known to have survived in a private photograph collection."
*Working title: 'Doctor Who and the Daleks'