The second serial continues where the previous one left off. The Tardis has arrived on a planet with dangerous levels of radiation, unknown to our travellers inside! This seven-part story introduces the Doctor’s most famous and recognisable foe, the Daleks!
After the uninteresting prehistoric adventures, this futuristic seven-part serial was much more entertaining. It seems like they had a larger budget to spend on this, on the Dalek costumes and the city model and the petrified forest set. The Daleks really haven’t changed much at all, the voices, design, everything. It’s interesting to see how it all started. To see their home world, to learn how they became mutated by radiation and built their armour casings, it’s all very good sci-fi.
I don’t know if they were always intended to be recurring villains, but they are seemingly defeated in the final episode, with help from the planet’s other inhabitants, the humanoid Thals. Although they are powerful, the Daleks in this story are limited by their magnetic bottoms. Erm, I mean, they can’t move anywhere that doesn’t have a metal floor, hence they are confined to their metal city and cannot enter the forest… something that they apparently overcome in their later appearances!
Again, despite the more interesting premise, this story drags on a lot. It’s seven parts long! They spend one episode just walking through some caves under a mountain! Then their big final battle is a skirmish in a small room. I guess they had to stretch their budget as far as they could in those days.