Doctor Who (1963–1989)
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The Ambush 

The Doctor and his friends attempt to escape from the Dalek City. However, knowing that the Thals are walking into a trap, Ian decides to go and warn them.


Christopher Barry


Terry Nation, David Whitaker (story editor)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
William Hartnell ... Dr. Who
William Russell ... Ian Chesterton
Jacqueline Hill ... Barbara Wright
Carole Ann Ford ... Susan Foreman
Alan Wheatley ... Temmosus
John Lee ... Alydon
Philip Bond Philip Bond ... Ganatus
Virginia Wetherell Virginia Wetherell ... Dyoni
Marcus Hammond Marcus Hammond ... Antodus
Jonathan Crane Jonathan Crane ... Kristas
Gerald Curtis Gerald Curtis ... Elyon
David Graham ... Dalek Voices (voice)
Peter Hawkins ... Dalek Voices (voice)
Robert Jewell ... Dalek
Kevin Manser Kevin Manser ... Dalek


The Doctor and his friends attempt to escape from the Dalek City. However, knowing that the Thals are walking into a trap, Ian decides to go and warn them.

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This episode was watched by 9.9 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


The Dalek casing used as a disguise is not the same as the one obtained in the previous episode. The casing in this episode does not have a magnet embedded in its sucker. See more »


Dalek #1: Make no attempt to capture them. They are to be exterminated. You understand? Exterminated!
Dalek #2: I understand.
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Featured in Creation of the Daleks (2006) See more »

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The Daleks Episode 4: Brilliant Sci-Fi Classic
29 June 2014 | by A_Kind_Of_CineMagicSee all my reviews

Review of all 7 episodes -

This story is what really established Doctor Who in the public consciousness with the introduction of the fantastic and iconic metal cased monsters, the Daleks. Thank goodness they did this as it lead to 50 years and counting of TV magic!

The whole story is excellent and innovative. The acting and direction are good and the story and concepts throughout capture the imagination.

Whilst certain aspects of all the old Doctor Who episodes are dated these small issues are at an absolute minimum here. The only things such as Daleks using paper printouts and pen written letters are totally forgivable in what is still an impressive and impactful production. Things such as low ceilinged corridors, perfect for Daleks rather than designed for humans show thought and add believability that the impressive Dalek City was really built by Daleks for Daleks.

Overall the whole story is brilliant. Admittedly the Thals are not nearly as interesting as the Daleks and there are occasional flaws like the explanation of Thal/Dalek history in episode 4. Episode 6 is slightly less impressive than the rest but not so much as to drop below a very high standard. The more filler like episodes towards the end are in fact very exciting and still include a lot more character development than almost any modern day TV show.

A must see TV classic!

My Ratings: Episodes 1, 2, 3, 5 and 7 - 10/10, Episode 4 - 9.5/10, Episode 6 - 9/10

Overall: 9.79/10

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11 January 1964 (UK) See more »

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