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  • Informed Wrongness: Taron chews out Rebec for volunteering to be part of the second team that joined his own team on Spiridon, saying that their relationship (or mutual attraction, at least; it's never made very clear) might cause him to make a mistake that'll get them all killed. Leaving aside the sexist and demeaning implication that this is Rebec's fault for not staying at home instead of wondering what it says about Taron's leadership skills, Taron wasn't actually meant to be leading the mission — their original commander was killed on landing — and it's hardly fair to hold that against Rebec when she had no way of knowing that would be the case.
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  • It's the Same, Now It Sucks!: The most common complaint about this story is that it's essentially just a retread of the first Dalek story, with some elements from "The Daleks' Master Plan" thrown in, right down to the jungle backdrop sound effects. Of course, at the time this wouldn't have been as bad, since serials weren't repeated and "The Daleks" had aired a decade earlier.
  • Padding: The Script Wank scene at the end was added by Terrance Dicks at the last minute to extend the final episode, which is why it doesn't fit with the rest of the story. It does vaguely tie in with a discussion between the Doctor and Codal late in the second episode about how the latter felt pressured into going on the mission by all the talk of glory and prestige that would come with it, but good luck remembering that when two-thirds of the story have passed in-between the two conversations.
  • Special Effect Failure:
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    • By the time the serial was made, the production team had realised that the shortage of Dalek props could be a problem, and in any case the originals were ten years old by then. But instead of building one or two really good new props, they made SEVEN solid wooden Daleks... none of which could actually move. In this story, we therefore see the same three tatty old Daleks do most of the work while all those in the background seem dead.
    • Roy Skelton and Michael Wisher can't seem to decide who's voicing the Dalek Supreme and who's voicing the underlings.
    • The shot of an army made up of miniature toy Daleks is one of the most notoriously awful special effects in the show's entire run — Barry Letts notes on the DVD commentary that it was actually just supposed to be used as a background with full-size Dalek props in the foreground, but ended up being shot at the wrong angle, making it impossible to achieve the effect — and it gets turned Up to Eleven when the "ice volcano" submerges them all in liquid ice.
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