DOCTOR WHO: THE POWER OF THE DALEKS
The Power of the Daleks is significant because it introduced both the idea of regeneration (that when near death, a Time Lord could regenerate, gaining a new body and personality) and Patrick Troughton as the new Doctor, replacing William Hartnell. Appropriately, this switch is reflected in the Doctor's companions: Polly (Anneke Wills) is certain he's still the Doctor, while Ben (Michael Craze) is skeptical. The new Doctor seems silly: constantly playing a recorder, wearing a large floppy hat, and muttering to himself.
The adventure begins quickly, as the trio leave the TARDIS to wander around the planet Vulcan (no relation to Star Trek). The Doctor meets a human who introduces himself as the Examiner -- who's promptly shot dead, with the Doctor knocked out from behind. When the Doctor wakes up, he takes the Examiner's badge, posing as him to have full access to the human colony of Vulcan. The colony has been having episodes of sabotage from unknown rebels. The biggest discovery, though, is that scientist Lesterson (Robert James) has found a "space capsule" containing two apparently deceased/deactivated Daleks. Lesterson wants to revive/reactivate them, to use them as servants; but the Doctor warns that doing so would doom the entire colony. And there's evidence that there was a third Dalek that's gone missing...
Overall grade: B+
Reviewed by James Lynch