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Series 1

Episode 6

First Transmitted

30 April 2005

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Regular Cast

Christopher Eccleston (The Doctor), Billie Piper (Rose)

Guest Cast

Steven Beckingham (Polkowski), Corey Johnson (Henry Van Statten), Anna-Louise Plowman (Diana), Bruno Langley (Adam), Nigel Whitmey (Simmons), John Schwab (Bywater), Jana Carpenter (Di Maggio), Joe Montana (Commander), Barnaby Edwards (Dalek Operator), Nicolas Briggs (Dalek Voice).


Written by Rob Shearman
Directed by Joe AHearne
Produced by Julie Garner and Phil Colinson


Beneath the Salt Plains of Utah, the billionaire collector Henry Van Statten holds the last relic of an alien race. When The Doctor and Rose investigate, they discover that The Doctor’s oldest and most deadly enemy is about to break free. It’s a fight to the death, with Rose caught in the middle.


  • Reintroduces the Daleks
  • Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf: In a trend begun in the first episode and continuing up to the series finale, each episode contains references to the “Bad Wolf“. In this episode, Henry van Statten’s helicopter bears the callsign Bad Wolf One.
    During this episode, the Geocomtex website lists under its PRODUCTS section Node Stabilized (in Lupus and Nocens variants).”Lupus” is Latin for “wolf”,”nocens” Latin for “harmful” or “bad.” Interestingly, they also offer Argentum Ordnance, otherwise known as silver bullets.
  • The Daleks first appeared in the episode The Daleks, and have since reappeared on occasions too numerous to list here. The most significant would be Genesis of the Daleks, in which the Time Lords send The Doctor back to destroy the Daleks before they were created, Remembrance of the Daleks, in which The Doctor tricks the Daleks into destroying their own homeworld, and the audio The Apocalypse Element, in which the Daleks invade the Doctor’s homeworld, Gallifrey.
  • The destruction of the Time Lords at the hands of the Daleks appears to contradict their destruction as told in The Ancestor Cell, but given that The Doctor erased the people responsible for that event from history before Gallifrey itself was annihalated, it’s always possible that history was somehow altered and the Daleks were inserted into the gap.
  • Given that the Time Lords deliberately sent Fourth Doctor back to alter Dalek history in Genesis of the Daleks, that story could be seen, in retrospect, as an early volley in, or an attempt to head off, the Time War.
  • Despite assumptions to the contrary, the Dalek is able to “climb” stairs by levitating. (Remembrance of the Daleks)
  • The Doctor was once told by a woman named Cassthat there was no longer a difference between the Time Lords and Daleks after they went to war, eventually spurring him into the incarnation who would ultimately end the battle. (The Night of the Doctor)
  • The Doctor compares Van Statten to the creator of the Daleks. (Genesis of the Daleks)
  • This is the first televised Dalek story not to feature their creator Davros or use the … Of the Daleks naming scheme since Death to the Daleks in 1974.
  • The back of the museum seems to house a Jagaroth spaceship as seen in City of Death.
  • The Doctor may have recognised the Roswell part from the Third Doctor story Devil Goblins of Neptune.
  • This is the first story of the new series not to feature any TARDIS interior scenes.
  • As is routine for post-2005 Doctor Who, a NEXT TIME trailer for the next episode is shown at the end of the episode
  • trailer

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