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The Evil of the Daleks

This seven-part story is mostly missing from the archives – have we lost one of the all-time classics?



20 May – 1 July 1967


In 1978, writer David Whitaker was looking back on his seven-part Dalek adventure. “It was a good opportunity to write an atmosphere story,” he said.

Well, there’s plenty of that. A fog which rolls in towards the end of Episode 2, thereafter occluding all good sense and leaving characters to muddle around in the murk. Up to that point, the going had been quite favourable.

With so few 1960s tales set in contemporary times, it’s a rare pleasure to witness (in as much as that’s possible with only telesnaps and an audio track) one of the black-and-white Doctors messing about in a world of garages and hauliers. Here, money is counted out on to crates, pop songs play in cafés, men smoke roll-ups and folk ruminate over the transport links from Euston.

This is how The Evil of the Daleks opens, like an urban thriller. The TARDIS has been stolen, and a curiously conflicted kingpin, Edward Waterfield (John Bailey), is commanding a street-level crew to shift iffy antiques and move against our hero. This man is fascinating. Not quite up to speed on current lingo, he talks of “coffee shops” while they say “coffee bars” – a preference reversed in today’s parlance, of course. All the while, he’s wringing his hands. “The Doctor is notoriously unpunctual,” he says, briefing his posh lieutenant Perry (Geoffrey Colville) ahead of an assignation. But when it transpires who Waterfield’s masters are, it will seem odd this was a nugget they saw fit to pass on about their quarry. ‘The oncoming storm’? That’s as may be, but, oh my God, that guy’s tardy!

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Contents include: David Tennant and Catherine Tate talk about their new audio adventures as the Doctor and Donna; Steven Moffat on groundbreaking stories; a tribute to Robert Banks Stewart; in an exclusive interview, John Leeson talks about being the voice of K9 ; Sadie Miller remembers her mum, Elisabeth Sladen; The Time Team watch The Time of Angels and Flesh and Stone; comic strip – Witch Hunt part 2, written by Jacqueline Rayner and illustrated by Martin Geraghty; Fact of Fiction studies the Fifth Doctor adventure Four to Doomsday; Missing in Action – a look back at The Evil of the Daleks; plus news, reviews, previews, competitions, a prize-winning crossword and the Wotcha column.