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The Survivors 

The Doctor, Susan and Ian search the city for Barbara and learn that the area is contaminated with radiation.Then they encounter the Daleks.


Christopher Barry


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
Peter Hawkins ... Dalek Voices (voice)
David Graham ... Dalek Voices (voice)
Robert Jewell ... Dalek
Kevin Manser Kevin Manser ... Dalek
Michael Summerton Michael Summerton ... Dalek
Gerald Taylor ... Dalek


The Doctor, Susan and Ian search the city for Barbara and learn that the area is contaminated with radiation.Then they encounter the Daleks.

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This episode was watched by 6.4 million viewers on its original transmission. See more »


The reprise from the first episode differs slightly, the Dalek Sucker arm that menaces Barbra is larger and thicker than the one seen at the end of the previous episode. See more »


Dr. Who: Tell me something about the people, the Thals.
Dalek: Over five hundred years ago, there were two races on this planet. We, the Daleks, and the Thals. After the neutronic war, our Dalek forefathers retired into the city, protected by our machines.
Dr. Who: And the Thals?
Dalek: Most of them perished in the war, but we know that there are survivors. They must be disgustingly mutated, but the fact that they have survived tells us they must have a drug that preserves the life force.
Dr. Who: And knowing that these mutated creatures ...
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Referenced in Doctor Who: Into the Dalek (2014) See more »

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It just gets better
9 September 2015 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Doctor, Ian and Susan delve further into The City in search of Barbara, little knowing that she and they are not alone.

I love how Ian stands up to the Doctor, you can imagine nobody speaks up to him, he's met his match with Chesterton.

The Daleks are obviously the ultimate foe in the Show's history, and this is where it all started, they look so iconic even then, what a fabulous design. Even the negative light effect when they fire looks so good.

The cast once again are magnificent. They knew full well that what they were making was superb.

It's an excellent episode for multiple reasons, there is lots of character development going on between all four. The Daleks are villains but given a back story, and all four characters are placed in danger. It's just glorious. 10/10

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28 December 1963 (UK) See more »

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