|'Remembrance of the Daleks'
Story Code '7H'
by Ben Aaronovitch
The Doctor takes the TARDIS back to Coal Hill School in London, 1963. Here he and Ace meet a squad of soldiers led by Group Captain Gilmore and Sergeant Mike Smith, who together with two scientists, Rachel and Allison, are investigating alien activity in the area. The trail takes them to the junkyard in Totter's Lane, where they discover that the aliens are in fact white Imperial Daleks. From a giant space ship in orbit around the Earth, the Dalek Emperor is sending his troops to the surface via a transmat station located in the school's cellar, which is attended by the headmaster, who is under the Emperor's control. The Imperial Daleks are seeking the Hand of Omega, a sentient remote stellar manipulator that the First Doctor brought from his home planet of Gallifrey and left in a casket at a local undertaker's for safekeeping. Also after the Hand are renegade Daleks from Skaro who are loyal to the Black Dalek; they have enlisted the aid of a group of fascists, led by Ratcliffe, and a young schoolgirl mentally liked to a battle computer. The Doctor retrieves the Hand, and together with a blind priest, buries it in a cemetery. Returning to the school the next day, the Doctor, Ace and the soldiers encounter a group of Imperial Daleks that have arrived in a shuttlecraft, but manage to destroy them with a device of the Time Lord's making. The Doctor reveals that he had planned for the Daleks to gain control of the Hand all along, but is unsure as to which faction it should go. Meanwhile, Ratcliffe tracks the Hand to the cemetery, and he and his men take it back to their base. Smith is revealed to be in league with the fascists, but he and Ratcliffe are both killed when the two Dalek factions engage in a vicious battle. The Imperial Daleks, using a fearsome Special Weapons Dalek, manage to seize control of the Hand, and take it back to the Emperor's space ship in a shuttlecraft. The Doctor contacts the ship and confronts the Emperor, who is actually Davros. The Doctor tricks Davros into launching the stellar manipulator, which the insane leader believes will destroy Earth. Instead, the Hand travels on a pre-arranged course back through time, destroying Skaro's sun and its solar system, before returning once again to the mother ship. Davros escapes just before his vessel is destroyed. Ace confronts the young girl, and frees her from her conditioning, while the Doctor deals with the Black Dalek, which self destructs upon learning the fate of its world.
Sylvester McCoy (The Doctor), Sophie Aldred (Ace), Simon Williams (Group Captain Ian 'Chunky' Gilmore), Dursley McLinden (Mike), Pamela Salem (Professor Rachel Jensen), Karen Gledhill (Allison Williams), George Sewell (Ratcliffe), Michael Sheard (Headmaster), Harry Fowler (Harry), Jasmine Breaks (The Girl), Peter Hamilton Dyer(Embery); Hugh Spight, John Scott Martin, Tony Starr, Cy Town (Dalek Operators); John Leeson (Voice); Peter Halliday (Vicar); Joseph Marcell (John), William Thomas (Martin), Derek Keller (Kaufman), Roy Tromelly* (Emperor Dalek), Hugh Spight (Black Dalek Operator); Roy Skelton, Royce Mills, Brian Miller (Voices / Dalek Voices); Terry Molloy (Davros)
Note: Pseudonym used for Terry Molloy to conceal the fact that Davros was the Emperor Dalek
Produced by John Nathan-Turner
Directed by Andrew Morgan
Part 1 - 5th October, 1988 @ 7.35pm - 8.00pm
Part 2 - 12th October, 1988 @ 7.35pm - 8.00pm
Part 3 - 19th October, 1988 @ 7.35pm - 8.00pm
Part 4 - 26th October, 1988 @ 7.35pm - 8.00pm
*Featuring the Seventh Doctor and Ace
*Working title: 'Nemesis of the Doctor'
*Music heard in this episode: 'Do You Want to Know a Secret?' and 'A Taste of Honey' by the Beatles, 'Fire' by Jimi Hendrix and 'Lollipop' by The Mudlarks