|142 – Revelation of the Daleks|
|Doctor Who serial|
The fake Davros and one of Davros's new Daleks
|Script editor||Eric Saward|
|Length||2 episodes, 45 minutes each|
|Originally broadcast||March 23–March 30, 1985|
Revelation of the Daleks is a serial in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast in two weekly parts on March 23 and March 30, 1985. This was the final serial of the original series to be broadcast in 45-minute episodes; this format would return 20 years later when the series resumed in 2005.
The TARDIS lands on Necros, the location of the funeral home, Tranquil Repose. The Doctor and Peri have come to visit a deceased scientist acquaintance. On the way, the Doctor points out great numbers of flowers that are similar to the soybean in terms of food versatility. The Doctor is attacked by a mutant, and Peri is forced to kill him to save the Doctor. Before he dies, the mutant tells the Doctor that the Great Healer used him as a genetic experiment and his appearance and hostility were a direct result of the experiments.
At Tranquil Repose, a disc jockey plays songs and chats as a form of entertainment to those who are in suspended animation. He keeps the asleep aware of current events, but saves for moments of private reflection the fact that cures for some of the afflicted have been perfected decades ago.
A couple, Natasha and Grigory, have illegally entered Tranquil Repose, also looking for the man the Doctor is visiting — Arthur Stengos, Natasha's father. Upon finding his assigned suspended animation capsule, they discover it is empty. Shocked, they continue looking and head downward. They find a dark room filled with pulsating brains and other experiments. Grigory walks past a Glass Dalek casing with a mutating red creature inside it. It opens its eye, and Grigory comments on how gruesome the thing is. When Natasha looks at it, the creature opens its mouth and starts saying "Na.. tasha? Natasha?". Natasha is shocked as she realises it is the head of her father, and he is being metamorphosised into a Dalek.
Kara, who owns a company which distributes food throughout the galaxy (though one of many), is a pawn of the Great Healer, who is in actuality Davros (now apparently reduced to a disembodied head in a tank as a result of being infected by the Movellan virus). He takes virtually all the money she makes. To dissolve this arrangement, she has hired the mercenary Orcini and his squire, Bostock. She provides a transmitter to Orcini which has a five-button passcode. This must be entered when Orcini enters Davros's headquarters. Orcini accepts the contract solely for the honour of killing Davros. With Davros eliminated, she believes she will have the power and the capital necessary to control the galaxy.
Arthur Stengos, who is now just a head with red flesh growing over him, explains to Natasha and Grigory what's going on. He tells them that the brains of everybody in Tranquil Repose are being used to metamorphosise into new Dalek mutants. He says that his mind has been conditioned to serve 'The Great Healer', but he can't remember who 'The Great Healer' actually is. As a last request, he orders his daughter to kill him before he fully mutates. While hesitating, Grigory pulls up his own gun willing to do it, but Natasha stops him and shoots her father herself. The two are then captured, thrown in a cell, and questioned by Takis and Lilt, who try rum on Grigory as a truth serum. As they are about to enter the Tranquil Repose, the Doctor and Peri find a giant statue of the Doctor, which suddenly collapses on him...
Peri is worried about the Doctor, and asks Mr Jobel if he will be alright. But Mr Jobel says the Doctor might be dead from the fall of the monument. However, the monument is a lightweight fake, and the Doctor is unharmed.
The Doctor and Peri are met by Mr. Jobel, the self important Chief Embalmer, and his subservient assistant Tasembeker. Peri is intrigued by the centre's DJ, whose American accent reminds her of home. The Doctor sends her off with Jobel to meet the DJ, so that he can meet the person who erected the statue.
Orcini destroys a Dalek and Davros is notified. He is convinced Kara has sent assassins, so he deploys some Daleks to bring her to him. They arrive, kill her secretary, and take her back. Meanwhile Tasembeker, who has been coerced by Davros to spy on Jobel, attempts to warn the Chief Embalmber out of misplaced love for him. When Jobel cruelly spurns her offer, Tasembeker fatally stabs him with a syringe. She is then exterminated by a patrol of Daleks.
The Daleks capture the Doctor, and throw him into a cell with Natasha and Grigory who are soon rescued by Orcini as scapegoats. Orcini penetrates Davros's lair, and apparently kills Davros, but Orcini realises that the kill was too easy. The real Davros appears with a group of Daleks, and quickly subdue Orcini and Bostock. When Kara is brought in, Orcini betrays her motives to Davros then stabs her to death.
Natasha and Grigory infiltrate the incubator room again, and plan to destroy the brains that are scheduled for metamorphosis. Natasha's gun dies due to lack of power, so Grigory attempts to arm the self-destruct switch on the brain incubator console. A glass Dalek incubator materialises and exterminates them, then in turn explodes.
The Doctor tells Peri to get back to the TARDIS and hail the President's ship, which is enroute for the internment of the body of the deceased First Lady. The DJ persuades Peri to use his equipment. Overhearing the transmission, Davros orders the DJ killed and Peri captured. The DJ produces a sonar weapon, which blows up two Daleks as they enter his room, but is killed when a third Dalek enters. Peri is captured. The Doctor overhears the events via broadcast audio and rushes to save her but is caught by two Daleks en route. Both meet back in Davros' laboratory where he reveals that he has a new army of Daleks, hidden in catacombs underneath his laboratory.
Daleks loyal to the Supreme Dalek arrive from Skaro, called by Takis, who now realise what has been going on. Takis leads the Skaro Daleks to Davros' lab, but they are met by a group of Davros's Daleks. The Skaro Daleks win and progress toward Davros. The Skaro Daleks arrest Davros and take him Skaro to stand trial. Davros tries to get the Daleks to take the Doctor as well, but they do not recognise him in this regeneration. Upon learning of what Davros had established on Necros, the Skaro forces decide to continue what he began and control the galaxy's demand for famine relief.
Orcini wants to detonate his bomb before Davros's ship leaves, refusing the Doctor's offer to build a timer. They all rush out and Orcini blows the bomb. The Dalek ship manages to take off before the blast, but the Doctor states that Orcini did die for something very honourable: the destruction of Davros's new generation of Daleks.
Takis, looking over the destruction, complains to the Doctor that they are all out of a job. The Doctor tells him that they can harvest the flowers that grow on the planet and use them as a new food source to replace the product Davros had created from dead bodies. A disgruntled Peri wants a vacation, so the Doctor agrees: "All right, I'll take you to-..."
|Episode||Broadcast date||Run time||Viewership
|"Part One"||23 March 1985||44:31||7.4|
|"Part Two"||30 March 1985||45:27||7.7|
This is one of five Doctor Who serials that were never novelised by Target Books, as they were unable to come to an agreement with Eric Saward and Daleks creator Terry Nation that would have allowed Saward or another writer to adapt the script. Virgin Books (the successor to Target) did announce plans to publish a novelisation by Saward in the early 1990s, but this ultimately did not occur. A fan group in New Zealand published an unofficial novelisation of the story in 1992, later republishing it online as an eBook titled Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks.