Genesis of the Daleks

The first episode of the classic six part Doctor Who story Genesis of the Daleks was aired on BBC1 March 8 1975. It explores the origin of the Daleks and introducese the Daleks’ creator Davros, played by Michael Wisher. It starts when, the Doctor (Tom Baker) and his companions Sarah Jane Smith (Elisabeth Sladen) and Harry Sullivan (Ian Marter) are sent by the Time Lords, to the Daleks’ home planet Skaro where they find a war-torn wasteland; which after a generational war of attrition between the Thals and the militaristic Kaleds for dominance of the planet has laid waste to its surface and ecology. Doctor and Harry become separated from Sarah who encounters the Mutos, exiled descendants of those mutated by chemical weapons early in the war, who are captured by Thals.

Meanwhile, the Doctor and Harry encounter General Ravon, leader of the opposing Kaled army, his Security Commander Nyder and their greatest scientist Davros who demonstrates his new “Mark III travel machine”, which he later renames “Dalek”. The Doctor discovers that Davros’ research is immoral unethical and evil and expresses his concern to Mogran and other Kaled Councillors, who agree to halt Davros’ experiments. However, Davros discovers this through Nyder’s spies; and sends some Daleks and provides the Thals with a chemical weapon to clobber the Kaleds. The Doctor and Harry rescue Sarah just as the Thals confront the Kaleds. At the Kaled bunker, Davros declares the Kaleds have been replaced by superior Daleks; he then executes Ronson before sending the Daleks to the Thal dome to exterminate everyone inside. During the conflict the Doctor, Sarah, Harry and the Thal and Mutos survivors return to the Kaled bunker and the Thals and Mutos to try to destroy it however they are captured by Davros.

Luckily The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry are freed by another scientist, who tells them that Davros has agreed to stop his research but wants to call a vote. Davros pleads his case. However Gharman opposes him and fighting breaks out between them with Davros using the Daleks to kill all those against him. The Doctor and his companions Have the chance to destroy the Daleks but have a crisis of conscience and discover that the Thals and Mutos also intend to detonate the kaled Bunker. So The Doctor, Sarah, and Harry beat a hasty retreat as all hell breaks loose with the Daleks killing everyone except Davros in the Kaled bunker and resuming the production line against Davros’ wishes, announcing their intention to dominate the universe…

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