The Daleks

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Story Code: B / Season 1 UK Airdate: 21 Dec 1963 to 1 Feb 1964
Doctor: William Hartnell Previous Story / Next Story

We have called this story by this title rather than "The Mutants", the one by which the BBC actively marketed the serial in 1964, to avoid confusion with the Jon Pertwee serial of the same name.

This story aired in the following countries. They are listed in chronological order according to known airdate. If no month is noted, the actual airdate is not confirmed, and is a close approximate. (Refer also to Selling Doctor Who for expanded airdates.)

New ZealandOct 64b/w
AustraliaFeb 65b/w
CanadaFeb 65b/w
SingaporeMay 65b/w
GibraltarMay 65b/w
MaltaJun 65b/w
AdenAug 65b/w
NigeriaAug 65b/w
Rhodesia / ZimbabweOct 65b/w
ZambiaNov 65b/w
Trinidad & TobagoNov 65b/w
BermudaJan 66b/w
UgandaFeb 66b/w
JamaicaMar 66b/w
CyprusApr 66b/w
GhanaApr? 66b/w
BarbadosMay 66b/w
Hong KongMay 66b/w
KenyaJul 66b/w
ThailandSep 66b/w
MauritiusNov 66b/w
VenezuelaMar 67b/w
TunisiaApr 67b/w
Sierra LeoneMay 67b/w
MexicoMar 68?b/w
Morocco 68?b/w
Saudi Arabia 68?b/w
IranJan 69?b/w
ChileFeb 69b/w
Jordan 69?b/w
LibyaDec 69?b/w
EthiopiaNov 70b/w
Costa RicaJul 71b/w
AlgeriaJan 74b/w


US TV Guide descriptions (1960s Hartnells on CBC)

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  • Episode 1: Dr. Who lands his rocket on a distant planet and finds that all the vegetation has been petrified.
  • Episode 2: Dr. Who and his friends find themselves at the mercy of the Daleks, the only survivors of a neutron war.
  • Episode 3: Dr. Who, Susan and their reluctant passengers escape from the Daleks.
  • Episode 4: In their escape from the Daleks, the earthlings panic, and lose an important part of their equipment.
  • Episode 5: Dr. Who and his friends ask the Thals to help them attack the Daleks.
  • Episode 6: Ian enters the caves leading to the ciy of the Daleks.
  • Episode 7: Dr. Who attempts to bribe the Daleks.


  • The serial was reissued by the BBC in late 1985, and sold to:
United Statesfrom Sep 85b/w

US TV Guide descriptions

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Title: The Daleks

  • Episode 1: The Doctor arrives on the planet Skaro, where a group of humans known as the Thals is menaced by the evil Daleks.
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  • Compilation: The Doctor arrives on the planet Skaro, where a group of humans known as the Thals is menaced by the evil Daleks.


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