The Second Doctor era is appropriately my second favourite era of Doctor Who. The first story that I will be reviewing from that era is the final story of Season 4, which saw the beginning of one of my favourite Tardis teams.
We start off where the previous story, The Faceless Ones left off. The Doctor and Jamie are at Gatwick Airport, having said goodbye to Ben and Polly. They are chasing the Tardis which is being carried away on a truck. Only one episode of this story exists visually. Ironically, it the first Doctor Who story to ever be repeated in full.
Their search for the Tardis leads the Doctor and Jamie to an antiques shop. The items for sale are Victorian, although they look brand new. The shop is owned by Edward Waterfield, played by John Bailey who I recently saw as Sezom in The Horns of Nimon. It turns out that Waterfield is a reluctant ally of the Daleks. One Dalek arrives via a time machine is a secret room of the shop, and it exterminates Kennedy, the man who lured the Doctor and Jamie in the first place.
The Doctor and Jamie are then gassed before Waterfield drags them to the time machine, where they are transported back 100 years. When the Doctor wakes up, as if they have a hangover, they find themselves in a Victorian house. A servant, named Mollie, enters and jokingly tells the Doctor that he had quite a party last night.
The house belongs to Theodore Maxtible, who is the scientific partner of Waterfield. The Daleks arrived whilst they were conducting a time experiment. They kidnapped Edward’s daughter Victoria, and then forced him to travel a century into the future and lure the Doctor into a trap.
The Daleks purpose is to isolate the “Human Factor” which contains all the qualities used by humanity to defeat the Daleks. For this, they require the Doctor, and want him to implant the factor into three Daleks as a precursor to a race of “super Daleks”.
This story was originally meant to be the final appearance of the Daleks, and it thus a dramatic showdown between them and the Doctor. This would have lead to them appearing in a full tv series for the US. Terry Nation wrote the script for it, but it never came to fruition as was intended. It was however adapted by Big Finish. Like with Power of the Daleks, Nation was too busy to write Evil, so David Whitaker wrote it instead.
Coming back to Victoria, it is revealed that she is the spitting image of Edward’s late wife, whom we see a portrait of just before we actually see Victoria for the first time. It is for that reason that Edward shows great concern for his daughter. We first see Victoria in part 2 where she is in a cell before being visited by a Dalek, which forces her to eat something. In the next part, we see the Dalek escorting her someplace else.
The Daleks order the Doctor to make Jamie a test subject of the experiment, by having him go to rescue Victoria. The Doctor tells Jamie to do so, but doesn’t tell him the nature of the test. However, this only occurs after Jamie is kidnapped by a man named Toby. He was played by Welsh actor Windsor Davies. He is perhaps best known for playing Battery Sergeant Major Williams in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. I however best know him for being in the ITV sitcom Never the Twain with Donald Sinden.
Toby drags an unconscious Jamie into a stable of some sort, and then comes face-to-face with Arthur Terrall, who is the fiancée of Maxtible’s daughter Ruth. Terrall appears to have something wrong with his mind, which turns out to be part of the “Dalek Factor” which we will see more of later on. He also seems to know the real whereabouts of Victoria, whilst Mollie and Ruth believe that she is in Paris.
Once Jamie regains consciousness, he returns to the Doctor, who tells him about the test. This leads to Jamie ranting at him and telling him that they are splitting up, before going to rescue Victoria. On the way, he encounters a man named Kemel, who is a silent black guy who wears a fez on his head. Despite not having any dialogue, I liked Kemel as a character. He initially fights Jamie before teaming up with him to help rescue Victoria.
After passing through a series of booby traps and fending off Daleks, the pair find Victoria locked in a room. Meanwhile, the Doctor has been working on the “Human Factor”. He implants it in three Daleks. When they activate, it turns out they have childlike personalities although the Doctor says they will mature in time. They play trains with the Doctor which I found hilarious when I first saw it. The Doctor even gives them names, Alpha, Beta and Omega, the latter having no relation to the renegade Timelord of the same name. Despite this, they still obey the other Daleks orders to return to Skaro.
Maxtible seems impressed with the Doctor’s work, despite it not being what the Daleks had intended. Unlike Waterfield, Maxtible seems to be willingly cooperating with the Daleks, little does he know, the Daleks do not keep promises.
Victoria is soon captured again and taken through the time cabinet to Skaro. Jamie has has a sword fight with Terrall who is defeated and then seems to lose all trace of the “Dalek Factor” in his mind. The Doctor then tells Ruth and Mollie to take Terrall as far away from the house as possible.
The Daleks then plant a bomb in Maxtible’s house. He makes it to Skaro through the time cabinet, whilst the Doctor, Jamie and Waterfield have to go via the Daleks own time machine. They escape just before the bomb destroys the house.
The three of them then traverse through the Dalek city before coming face-to-face with the Emperor Dalek, which is much larger than the regular Daleks. The Emperor informs the Doctor that by isolating the “Human Factor”, he has also isolated the “Dalek Factor”. The Emperor also wants the Doctor to spread the “Dalek Factor” across Earth’s history. The Doctor obviously refuses.
Maxtible, Victoria and Kemel are being guarded by the Daleks. The Doctor, Jamie and Waterfield soon join them. Maxtible is revealed to have sold himself to the Daleks, hoping to find out how to turn base metals into gold. The Daleks show him some on the other side of an archway. When Maxtible walks through it, he is infused with the “Dalek Factor”.
Maxtible then dupes the Doctor into stepping through the archway. The Doctor is seemingly infected with the “Dalek Factor”, but it turns out he was feigning it. He can’t be infected because he is a Timelord, not a human. He then substitutes the “Dalek Factor” for the “Human Factor” on the arch. This means that any Daleks that pass through will become human in their mind. This also allows the Doctor’s friends to pass through.
The “human” Daleks soon begin to rebel against the Emperor and the Black Daleks, just as the Doctor predicted. He is then threatened by a Black Dalek which blasts at him. Waterfield makes an emotional yet noble sacrifice to save the Doctor. Waterfield’s dying words are “Take care of Victoria for me Doctor.”
Jamie, Victoria and Kemel meanwhile have made it outside the Dalek city. They soon come face-to-face with a Dalek, which pushes Kemel over a ledge to his death. It’s a shame Kemel didn’t survive in the end. As the Doctor leaves the Dalek city, he passes Maxtible who screams that the Daleks will reign supreme. It is unclear as to whether or not he survives.
The Doctor eventually makes it back to Jamie and Victoria. He tells them that Waterfield didn’t survive, leaving Victoria distraught. Jamie tells the Doctor that they cant just leave her here. The Doctor replies that Victoria can come with them.
Meanwhile in the Dalek city, a beam of light escapes from the Dalek Emperor, indicating that it is still alive.
The Evil of the Daleks was a really fun Doctor Who story to revisit and review, especially in animated form. I like hoe it starts of the Tardis trio of the Second Doctor, Jamie and Victoria.
Stay tuned for my review of The Tomb of the Cybermen.
Take care, WF92.