Recap / Doctor Who S4 E9 "The Evil of the Daleks"

Jamie: Anyone would think that this is a little game.
The Doctor: No, it is not a game.
Jamie: Of course it isn't, Doctor. People have died. The Daleks are all over the place, fit to murder the lot of us, and all you can say is that you've had a good night's work!
The Doctor: Jamie...
Jamie: No, Doctor! Look, I'm telling you this, you and me, we're finished. You're just too callous for me. Anything goes by the board, anything at all.

The Doctor: I care about life. I care about human beings. Do you think I let you go through that Dalek test lightly?
Jamie: I don't know. Did you? Look Doctor, just whose side are you on?

At the end of the previous story, the TARDIS was nowhere to be found - turns out it's been stolen by Edward Waterfield, a Victorian antique dealer who has been sent forward in time by the Daleks to capture the Doctor and Jamie.

The Daleks are trying to understand the "Human Factor" - the special quality humans possess that has enabled them to defeat the Daleks so often. Jamie is forced to complete a test - the rescue of Waterfield's daughter Victoria - while being monitored by the Doctor. With the "Human Factor" isolated, the Doctor implants it into three Daleks, who become amiable and playful.

Everyone is suddenly whisked off to Skaro where it turns out that actually the Daleks are trying to isolate the "Dalek Factor" - the impulse to kill and destroy - and implant it into humans, with the TARDIS being used to spread this throughout time and space. The Doctor implants more Daleks with the Human Factor and a civil war breaks out as the Doctor, Jamie and Victoria escape. With her father dead, Victoria comes along aboard the TARDIS as the Doctor watches the destruction of the Dalek city and muses that this must surely be their final end. Yeah...

Note that this is probably the only time the show really meant it when they said the Daleks were destroyed; this was intended to be the final Dalek story ever in Doctor Who, as their creator was busy trying to sell a Dalek series to America. It didn't take, but it was still five years before they returned to the show. Thus this is probably the closest we'll ever get to a "last Dalek story."

Only the second episode remains.


  • Artistic License – Economics: Maxtible shares the alchemists' dream of transmutating metal to gold. That would actually devalue gold like whoa.
  • Asshole Victim: Kennedy. Maxtible as well.
  • Compelling Voice: Arthur Terrall hears a Dalek constantly telling him "OBEY!"
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Maxtible is the Victorian version of this trope.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: The Daleks' plan relies on Jamie being prepared to risk his life to save Victoria, whom he hasn't even met at that point. He does just that.
  • The End... Or Is It?: Something that's often forgotten about the ending (thanks in part to the episode in question having been wiped from the archives); after the Doctor has solemnly proclaimed these events to be the Daleks' final end, the camera pans across the ruins of Skaro until it comes across a seemingly destroyed Dalek... that begins to move. That said, the Dalek in question is a white Dalek, and since only white Daleks have been implanted with the human factor, it could also imply that the entire remaining species did a Heel–Face Turn... not that it matters anyway, since they are back to their villainous ways the next time we see them anyway (this could be explained by the story that appeared in Doctor Who Magazine that is mentioned under Heroic Sacrifice below).
  • Evil Sounds Deep: The Emperor Dalek.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Jamie and Kemel as they try to rescue Victoria from the Daleks.
  • Flat "What.": The Doctor has just boasted that he's beaten the Daleks, only to be deflated by what the Emperor tells him.
    The Emperor: Silence! The Human Factor showed us what the Dalek Factor was.
    The Doctor: What?
  • Flowers of Romance: Subverted in a heartbreaking way with Victoria, whom Jamie was deeply attracted to, giving a flower, not to him, but to Kemel, who later shows it to Jamie.
  • Gambit Pileup/Kansas City Shuffle: It's practically a Kansas City Shuffle Pileup. The Doctor uses a reverse-psychology Batman Gambit to get Jamie to play into the Daleks' plan, which is to observe him pulling a daring rescue so that they can isolate the "Human Factor" and use it to make themselves unbeatable. The Doctor himself is playing along, presumably because he can predict that it will make them friendly. Only, the Daleks are themselves playing a Batman Gambit: They're not actually interested in the "Human Factor" at all—they want to use that to isolate the "Dalek Factor" to implant into humans.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • Kemel sides with Jamie after Jamie saves him from falling to his death. Though to be fair, Kemel was never actually a genuine villain. He was lied to by Maxtible, and once he learned the truth he quickly made things right.
    • Also, the good Daleks.
  • Heroic Sacrifice:
    • Edward Waterfield pushes the Doctor out of the way of a Dalek blast, and is killed instead.
    • The good Daleks all die fighting the Emperor and his loyal Daleks. A story in Doctor Who Magazine showed some had actually survived and created a civilisation in the oceans of another planet; however, they perform a Heroic Sacrifice to defeat a monster.
  • Impostor Omega Bears An Uppercase Letter
  • Killed Off for Real: This was originally intended for the Daleks, but their immense popularity eventually made a comeback inevitable. They've developed a very bad case of Joker Immunity since then.
  • Madness Mantra: killkillkillkillkillkillkillkillKILLKILLKILLKILLKILLKILLKILLKILL
  • Mad Scientist: Although he's not really much of scientist at all, Maxtible fits the trope, and he gets madder as the serial progresses.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Maxtible and Waterfield both have beautiful daughters (Ruth and Victoria, respectively) who are unaware of their true activities.
  • Mind-Control Device: The Daleks use one on Arthur Terrall on Earth. When the story moves to Skaro, the Doctor and the Daleks both try to use the same machine on each other.
  • Off-the-Shelf FX: Louis Marx toy Daleks were used in the filming of the final Dalek civil war sequences (some raw film for which survives).
  • Oh Crap!: The Doctor has one of these moments when Maxtible mentions using static electricity in the experiments.
  • Smug Snake: Maxtible.
  • Spoiler Title: As with most Dalek-based serials from Classic Who, the first episode ends with the dramatic reveal of a Dalek!
  • Stuff Blowing Up: In the surviving footage of episode 7, there is an explosion every few seconds. Shortly before the clip cuts out, a Dalek goes bang.
  • The Voiceless: Kemel.
  • Voice of the Legion: The Emperor Dalek.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Jamie towards the Doctor, twice. See quote at the top.
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