The Evil of the Daleks

The Evil Of the Daleks is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which originally aired in seven weekly parts from May 20 to July 1, 1967.

In 1966 London, the Second Doctor and Jamie watch helplessly as the TARDIS is loaded onto a lorry and driven away from Gatwick Airport. The trail leads them to an antique shop run by Edward Waterfield, who sells Victorian-style antiques that curiously seem as though they were still new. Waterfield is being coerced by the Daleks, who appear in a secret room of his shop through a time machine, and exterminate his mutinous employee Kennedy. Investigating the store, the Doctor and Jamie succumb to a booby trap that gasses them, and are dragged into the time machine by Waterfield.

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The Evil of the Daleks was wiped from the BBC's archives in the late 1960s. Episodes one to six were wiped in August 1968, and episode seven wiped in September 1969. Only episode two remains, in a telerecording found at a car boot sale then returned to the archive in May 1987.

In 2004, analysis of the repeated clip used in The Wheel in Space episode six revealed it to be from episode one rather than episode two, as had been long believed. This, however, only constitutes a few frames of recovered footage.

The discovery of a behind-the-scenes film, The Last Dalek, made by the special effects team as they worked on the story's conclusion, facilitated a recreation of the climactic battle scenes. This recreation, along with the entire film, have been made available in different forms on various Troughton releases. In addition, telesnaps exist for the entire story.

As with all missing episodes, off-air recordings of the soundtrack exist due to contemporary fan efforts. In 1992 a set was released on audio cassette, accompanied by linking narration from Tom Baker. However due to problems with background music clearance the scenes set in the Tricolour in episode one had to be deleted. Subsequently better quality copies of the soundtrack emerged and in 2003, the remastered soundtrack was re-released with the excised scenes restored (albeit with the background music changed) and with new narration by Frazer Hines, in the Doctor Who: Daleks collector's tin, alongside the soundtrack to The Power of the Daleks and a bonus disc featuring My Life as a Dalek, a historical documentary presented by Mark Gatiss. In 2004, this version saw subsequent individual release.

The sole surviving episode was featured in the Daleks: The Early Years VHS video and, in November 2004, in the Lost in Time DVD set.

Loose Cannon, the Restoration Team and assorted fans are reconstructing these episodes. Heres an example;

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Virgin Books published a novelisation of this serial by John Peel in August 1993. To date it is the last serial of the original series to be novelised (there are currently five serials that, due to complex licensing, are unavailable for adaptation). Although published by Virgin, it was released under the Target Books banner, as had all previous novelisations. It was, however, not the final book of the Target line; that was the radio play novelisation The Paradise of Death.

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