space plague attacks all creatures in the Galaxy. The antidote can only
be found on the planet Exxilon, home of a now savagely hostile and degenerate
race. The Exxilons have rejected all technology since their perfect, automated
City expelled them. The Doctor's TARDIS is grounded on Exxilon, drained
of its power by the City. The Doctor and Sarah find themselves caught
up in a struggle between Humans and Daleks
for possession of the vital antidote. Helped by Bellal, a friendly Exxilon
who is a member of a breakaway group that no longer worships the City,
the Doctor, followed by the Daleks, manages to get into the City, passes
its tests and destroys it. It is discovered that the Daleks are the cause
of the plague. One of the Humans sacrifices his life to blow up the Dalek
spaceship, saving the precious antidote for Humanity.
The Doctor: Jon
Sarah Jane Smith:
Gotal: Roy Heymann
Galloway: Duncan Lamont
Railton: John Abineri
Hamilton: Julian Fox
Jill Tarrant: Joy Harrison
Stewart: Neil Seiler
High Priest: Mostyn Evans
Spaceman: Terry Walsh
Zombies: Steven Ismay, Terry Walsh
Daleks: John Scott Martin, Murphy
Grumbar, Cy Town
Script Editor: Terrence
Dicks, Robert Holmes.
Make up: Magdalen Gaffney, Cynthia
Visual Effects: Jim
Ward, Mat Irvine.
Music : Carey
"Doctor Who - Death to the Daleks" by Terrance Dicks
(0 426 20042 X) first published by Wyndham Publications in 1978 with cover
by Roy Knipe. New edition by Virgin Publishing Ltd in 1991 with cover
by Alister Pearson. Target library number 19.
as "Death to the Daleks" in UK, July 1987 and Australia
& New Zealand (BBC catalogue #4073) and in US & Canada 1990 (CBS/FOX
catalogue # 5073, reclassified as WHV #E1152). Cover a montage illustration
by Sid Sutton. The July 1987 release was the first UK 'budget priced'.
Re-releasd in UK in 1995 (BBC #5520).
title of the story was indeed "The Exxilons" and was not scheduled
to feature the Daleks, they were included because Barry Letts' and Terrence
Dicks' desire to feature a Dalek story.
During the recording of this story Barry Letts announced that he was leaving
episodes exist in color on PAL 2" videotape. The master tapes of
episodes 2-4 were held by the Film & Videotape Library. The 2"
master of episode 1 was recovered from a private collector in 1992.
recording in studio TC3. (3-4,
Sand Pit, Puddleton Road, Gallows Hill, Dorset.
(7-10 May 1973)
... Area A -
Mining Area Pit. (16
Area B - Boulder Pit. (14
Area C - Ambush Area Pit. (15
1-4 - The surname of Murphy Grumbar (one
of the Dalek operators) is mis-spelt "Grunbar" on the end credits
of all four episodes.
2 - In the scenes at the start
of this episode where the Daleks confront the humans, and again when they
confer among themselves, three of the Daleks are in constant motion, but
the fourth is rather conspicuously motionless.
2 - While Sarah-Jane is supposed
to be imprisoned, watch for certain scenes when you can see her cage in
the background – completely empty.
3 - The Daleks' head-pieces have
quite a few problems in this story. In close-ups they do not always move
smoothly, and sometimes rock forward or sideways. An example is in the
Dalek conference aboard their ship in this episode. Another one is in
the same mining scene as the following blooper, when the Daleks are discussing
the explosive charges to be used on the Exxilon city.
3 - In the mining area, just before
the city's "root" guardian appears, one of the Daleks says to
another, "The explosive charges will be completed shortly".
A third Dalek is in the background, and the tracks down which it moves
to join the other two are clearly visible.
3 - When the city "root"
guardian comes out of the water and attacks the Exxilons, you can see
the piece of string holding it up.
3 - The cliffhanger to this episode
involves the city's floor trap, which the viewer doesn't even know is
a trap yet!
4 - When the bomb is being planted
on the beacon, watch as the chap doing it slams the bomb into place, and
the whole structure suddenly moves. He even reaches out quickly and grabs
the pole as if he's afraid it's about to fall over.