From the first appearance of the Daleks, just after Christmas 1963, the public were gripped by Dalekmania. It would be almost a year before they returned to our screens – and onto the surface of our planet – in The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
First, opening his second season in the role.
Some time after 2164, the TARDIS lands in London – deserted and destroyed. Zombie Robomen roam the streets, and a resistance movement hides in the Underground. The Daleks have invaded, and they have a plan for the Earth…
The Doctor says goodbye
Dalek: Rebel against us and the Daleks will destroy London completely. You will all die, the males, the females and descendants. Rebels of London, come out of your hiding places. The Daleks offer you life.
The Dalek Invasion of Earth features several notable firsts. It’s the series’ first sequel, returning the Daleks to our screens and streets, and cementing their place at the pinnacle of Doctor Who’s pantheon of monsters. It also features the first extensive use of location filming in Doctor Who’s history. Although it’s been repeated since, seeing Daleks in a deserted Trafalgar Square or in front of Big Ben is truly shocking. Finally, it sees the first departure of a series regular, with Carole Ann Ford’s Susan staying on earth with David Campbell. A truly lump-in-the-throat performance from William Hartnell makes this something very special.
Read more about The Dalek Invasion of Earth at the BBC Doctor Who website.