The Power of the Daleks


First Transmitted

1 – 05/11/1966 17:50

2 – 12/11/1966 17:50

3 – 19/11/1966 17:50

4 – 26/11/1966 17:50

5 – 03/12/1966 17:50

6 – 10/12/1966 17:50


The TARDIS brings the new Doctor, Polly and Ben to the Earth colony planet Vulcan. The Doctor witnesses a murder and, investigating the body, discovers a pass badge allowing him unrestricted access to the colony.

The dead man was an Earth Examiner who had been secretly summoned by Deputy Governor Quinn to investigate the activities of a group of rebels – a problem regarded as insignificant by Governor Hensell.

A scientist, Lesterson, has meanwhile discovered a crashed space capsule containing inert Daleks, which he is now in the process of reactivating. The Doctor’s warnings are ignored when the Daleks claim to be the colonists’ servants.

As the rebels grow in strength, their operations covertly led by Head of Security Bragen, the Daleks take advantage of the colonists’ naive trust to establish a reproduction plant – on a conveyor belt system – with which to increase their numbers. The Doctor eventually destroys the Daleks by turning the colony’s power source against them.

The defeat of the Daleks, to whom Bragen and the rebels had allied themselves, gives Quinn an opportunity to re-establish control, Hensell having previously been killed. The Doctor and his friends slip back to the TARDIS.

Cast & Crew


The Doctor – Patrick Troughton

Ben Jackson – Michael Craze

Polly – Anneke Wills

Bragen – Bernard Archard

Dalek – Gerald Taylor

Dalek – Kevin Manser

Dalek – Robert Jewell

Dalek – John Scott Martin

Dalek Voices – Peter Hawkins

Guard – Peter Forbes-Robertson

Guard – Robert Russell

Guard – Robert Luckham

Hensell – Peter Bathurst

Janley – Pamela Ann Davy

Kebble – Steven Scott

Lesterson – Robert James

Quinn – Nicholas Hawtrey

Resno – Edward Kelsey

The Examiner – Martin King

Valmar – Richard Kane


Director – Christopher Barry

Assistant Floor Manager – Marjorie Yorke

Costumes – Sandra Reid

Daleks Created By – Terry Nation Terry Nation received this credit as joint owner with the BBC of the rights to the Daleks.

Designer – Derek Dodd

Film Cameraman – Peter Sargent

Film Editor – Jim Latham

Incidental Music – Tristram Cary (from stock)

Make-Up – Gillian James

Producer – Innes Lloyd

Production Assistant – Michael E Briant

Special Sounds – Brian Hodgson

Story Editor – Gerry Davis

Studio Lighting – Graham Sothcott

Studio Sound – Buster Cole

Title Music – Ron Grainer and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, arranged by Delia Derbyshire

Writer – David Whitaker

All six episodes are missing from the BBC Archives.

© Anneke Wills 2017