Doctor Who Diary – Day 6

Day 6 – The Power of the Daleks

It’s out of the Cybermen frying pan and into the Dalek fire.That’s what these my two episodes feel like back to back. What a tough start for a newly regenerated Time Lord.

The Doctor

– Patrick Troughton

The Second Doctor

His first adventure “The Power of the Daleks” was among the lost episodes of classic Doctor Who, so there is no video, only audio. This made it a little difficult to watch mostly because I am not yet familiar with his voice. Due to this I don’t have much of a handle on the character portrayal yet. I’ll just have to bring that up when I have a better hold on it. All I know at the moment is that he likes to play the recorder. After the regeneration his companions’ opinions are split, Polly believes he is the Doctor and Ben thinks that he’s an imposter. It is also mentioned at this point that the Doctor has a diary, even though it doesn’t really come into play (I just like finding little connections to the current seasons). There are a few instances where the Doctor appears to be acting a bit odd until you find out he was testing some sort of theory which is getting closer to who I believe the Doctor should be.

Adventure

The TARDIS lands on a planet named Vulcan (probably no relation, but I would love to see a Star Trek/Doctor Who crossover episode) where the new Doctor and his companions find themselves in a human colony. Within this colony there is a space capsule that happens to house (cue dramatic music here) three powered downed Daleks. There’s a research scientist who is trying to control theaw classic enemies, who seem to be very subservient at the beginning. Slowly they start asking for materials which aid them in creating more Daleks. The only hiccup they have is that we are back into the old way of powering them, with static electricity (like bumper cars). The Doctor does eventually defeat the Daleks by turning their own power source against them.

My favorite part of the episode was after the Daleks were able to build their own personal army they started congregating like this.

They start to sound like the seagulls from Finding Nemo

“The Power of the Daleks” Continuity Facts (from Wikipedia)

  • The process of regeneration goes unnamed in this serial. This change of actors was retrospectively labelled “regeneration” following use of the term by the production team of Planet of the Spiders.
  • The planet Vulcan was theorised in the 19th century, as located within the Solar System, closer to the sun than Mercury, to explain the perihelion shift of Mercury in Newton’s nonrelativistic theory of gravitation; its existence was unnecessary as the relativistic gravitation theory of Einstein, general relativity explained the shift without the pull of an extra inner planet. This theory suffered a renewed burst of popularity in the 1960s. David Whitaker first listed it as a planet of the Solar System in the 1964 spin-off The Dalek Book. In 1966 Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry gave the name of Mr. Spock‘s homeworld and race as Vulcan, but placed it in another star system. Some fictional tie-ins, including Lance Parkin‘s A History of the Universe timeline, speculate that Vulcan is a rogue planet that entered the Solar System, so as to reconcile this story with others that do not mention the planet as existing.
  • The Doctor finds a dagger in the TARDIS he claims to have picked up during the events of The Crusade.
  • In Episode Two the Doctor refers to Marco Polo as a friend, having met him in the First Doctor story Marco Polo.
  • The Dalek pod seen here, like the Dalek time-travel capsule seen previously in The Chase, is dimensionally transcendental (bigger on the inside than the outside) like the TARDIS. In spin-off media, it is later revealed to have been sent to this location by the Eighth Doctor after ejecting it from a Thal ship in War of the Daleks.

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