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The Ordeal 

While Ian, Barbara and their Thal friends try to find a way into the Dalek City through the mountains, the Doctor, Susan and Alydon attempt to make their own way in.


Richard Martin


Terry Nation, David Whitaker (story editor)


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Episode complete credited cast:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
John Lee ... Alydon
Philip Bond Philip Bond ... Ganatus
Virginia Wetherell Virginia Wetherell ... Dyoni
Marcus Hammond Marcus Hammond ... Antodus
Jonathan Crane Jonathan Crane ... Kristas
David Graham ... Dalek Voices (voice)
Peter Hawkins ... Dalek Voices (voice)
Robert Jewell ... Dalek
Kevin Manser Kevin Manser ... Dalek
Murphy Grumbar ... Dalek (as Peter Murphy)
Gerald Taylor ... Dalek


While Ian, Barbara and their Thal friends try to find a way into the Dalek City through the mountains, the Doctor, Susan and Alydon attempt to make their own way in.

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In the original script, the dangers facing Ian, Barbara and the Thals in the mountains were different - they originally included mutated spiders and a fiery gas fissure. See more »


When Ian and Barbara are crawling along the rock-face, part of the wall breaks away in Barbara's hand. The damage to the set reveals it to have been constructed from polystyrene. See more »


Dalek: [to the Doctor] You have destroyed our videoscope and one of our lifts.
Dr. Who: And you in turn killed the Thal leader in your ambush. And you will be responsible for more deaths unless you help these people.
Dalek: The only interest we have in the Thals is their total extermination!
Susan Foreman: What do you mean?
Dalek: Tomorrow, the atmosphere will be bombarded by the radiation from our nuclear reactors.
Susan Foreman: Why are you doing this?
Dr. Who: That's sheer murder!
Dalek: No. Extermination.
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Remade as Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) See more »

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The Ordeal
7 May 2020 | by guswhovianSee all my reviews

The Daleks capture the Doctor and Susan, and begin planning to explode a nuclear bomb. Meanwhile, Ian, Barbara and the Thals face various obstacles while making their way to the city.

"The Ordeal" is easily the worst episode of The Daleks. It's basically twenty-six minutes of characters wandering around badly lit cave sets. The best bit is the excellent cliffhanger, in which the annoying Antodus finally bites the bullet. Honestly, "The Ordeal" is a bit of an ordeal to sit through.

There is an unintentionally funny scene though: after the Daleks capture the Doctor and Susan, they yell at them for destroying one of their lifts. They really don't seem to care that they destroyed a Dalek as well!

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25 January 1964 (UK) See more »

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