With the return of Davros in The Magician's Apprentice we thought it would be good to look back at some of his Classic Who stories.
Remembrance of the Daleks
By Ben Aaronovitch
DAVROS: “The Daleks shall become Lords of Time! We shall become all!”
DOCTOR: “ Powerful. Crush the lesser races. Conquer the galaxy. Unimaginable power. Unlimited rice pudding, et cetera, et cetera.”
The Doctor brings Ace to 1963 London where there seems to be a mysterious van outside the school. What makes this interesting is the strange antenna that is on top of the van. While Ace goes off to get some bacon sandwiches The Doctor investigates the strange van. The Doctor’s activities are not going unnoticed as a strange little blonde hair girl is watching everything he is doing. While The Doctor goes into the van he is told by Professor Jenson that there is strange activity coming from the school which is causing strange readings. While Ace returns with Mike they are joined by Alison and are informed that something is happening at a junkyard that The Doctor is familiar with.
At the junkyard there appears to be a soldier killed by a deathray as Group Captain Gilmore calls it. It is a lot more than a deathray as The Doctor has some nasty suspicions on who it is. After blowing up the barricade it is revealed to be a Dalek. The Doctor was kind of surprised at the type of Dalek it was as he was expecting a different faction of Daleks. The two Dalek factions want the Hand of Omega and have chosen Earth as a battle ground for it. The thing is The Doctor wants them to have it and has been planning this for quite some time and everything is going according to his plan.
The newer take on The Doctor in my opinion worked really well and the way he was manipulating Ace and trying to get her to think was pretty good as you had a different Doctor and companion relationship. Gone was the screaming Mel and in her place was the headstrong Ace who wasn’t afraid to mix it up. In fact she does blow up a Dalek with a rocket launcher. Ace does turn out to be quite popular and one of the best companions the series ever had.
Remembrance of the Daleks also sees Davros getting tricked into destroying Skaro. The Doctor manipulates him into using the Hand of Omega to create a sun that would be like Gallifreys and give the Daleks time travel and unlimited power to conquer the universe. But instead the Hand of Omega sends Skaro’s sun supernova which destroys Skaro and all the Daleks. What a pretty good twist to have in a story. Destroying a planet isn’t something we see The Doctor do at all. He is definitely not the Time Lord he used to be and is one that will do what it takes.
Remembrance of the Daleks kicks off the 25th anniversary season in style and is one that can be watched over and over again. Plus it has the greatest Dalek ever the Special Weapons Dalek and seeing that bad boy in action is worth it every time.