Say Something Nice – Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of the Earth

In an effort to find something quick that can be written as part of Daily Doctor Who, we are kicking off Say Something Nice, where I look back at each of the Doctor Who stories and pull out one cool thing about it.

(Daily Doctor Who #65)

Read the previous entry here. Today, we continue with the second season’s second story…

The Dalek Invasion of the Earth

Featuring the same core cast as all the episodes so far–William Hartnell as the Doctor, William Russell as Ian Chesterton, Jacqueline Hill as Barbara Wright, and Carole Ann Ford as Susan Foreman. This turned out to be Carole Ann Ford’s last regular story, as she became the first companion to leave the series. Written by Terry Nation and directed by Richard Martin.

Individual episodes are called World’s End, The Daleks, Day of Reckoning, The End of Tomorrow, The Waking Ally, and Flashpoint.

Say Something Nice…

(Named for Missy–aka the Master–and her catchphrase from her first full appearance in Dark Water).

The Dalek Invasion of the Earth is far and away the most epic-scoped adventure that the series had given to date. It awesomely gives us the chance to have Daleks roaming through (basically) mondern day London, and to give us a Doctor Who variation of a story in which the Nazi’s have successfully invaded the city. Barbara spectacularly drives a truck through some Daleks, and the story finishes with a powerful and emotional sequence where the Doctor and Susan part company, the show’s first cast change.

But because we’re equal-opportunity fans here, we’re not going to only be sycophantically complimentary.

You craven-hearted spineless poltroon!

(Another cry from the Master, but not exactly a catch-phrase, this time from The Deadly Assassin)

The Daleks’ plan is to drill out the the centre of the earth and turn the planet into a big space ship…which is daft even by the standards of the series. The scene where the Doctor farewells Susan is great but the actual story point–the Doctor basically just kicks Susan out–is a bit unbelievable.

Catch you next time!

5 thoughts on “Say Something Nice – Doctor Who: The Dalek Invasion of the Earth

  1. My first Doctor Who as a child. It is, as you say, epic. I give it extra points because when Barbara’s bluffing the Daleks she refers to Stanmore, where I used to live.

  2. I love that scene as well. Does that mean you saw it on TV on its original airing? It was my first First Doctor adventure, but that was at a convention in the mid-80’s.

  3. I would have been around six when I saw the original airing, ’cause I’m ancient. For years my first memory of the show was Susan breaking her ankle, but I didn’t know what story it was from until I rewatched the serial years later.

  4. My first experience with The Dalek Invasion Of Earth was reading the Target novel adaptation, which my mother bought for me, long before I was finally able to view any of Hartnell’s TV era as the 1st Doctor.

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