May 20: Doctor Who in ‘The Evil Of The Daleks’ and ‘The Time Monster’, and ‘The Keeper Of Traken’ novelisation published

The_Evil_of_the_Daleks-title1967: The Evil of the Daleks is the almost all missing ninth and final serial of the fourth season of Doctor Who, which originally aired in seven weekly parts from 20 May to 1 July. This serial marked the debut of Deborah Watling as the Doctor’s new companion, Victoria Waterfield, and the first appearance of the Emperor Dalek. Only episode two, the episode in which Victoria first appears, is held in the BBC archives; the other six remain missing.


Evil was initially intended to be the last Dalek story on Doctor Who. Writer Terry Nation, the creator of the Daleks, was trying to sell the Daleks to American television at the time and it was intended to give them a big send-off from the series. However this was not to be his last encounter with them. In 1993, readers of DreamWatch Bulletin voted The Evil of the Daleks as the best ever Doctor Who story in a special poll for the series’ 30th anniversary.

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Time_Monster1972: The Time Monster was the fifth and final story of Season 9. It featured another explanation of the destruction of Atlantis (1967’s The Underwater Menace and 1971’s The Dæmons also offered explanations). This was also the penultimate serial to feature Roger Delgado as the Master and was the last story to feature the Master on “present day” Earth against the Doctor and UNIT. In addition to his use of hypnosis, the Master also demonstrated a newly seen ability to perfectly imitate another person’s voice.

This story marked the debut of the first redesign for the TARDIS console room, whichTime_Monster-TARDIS was shared for both the Third Doctor’s and the Master’s respective TARDIS interiors. It featured heavy alterations to the original roundel design of the TARDIS interior set that had remained in use since 1963, and a new time rotor prop. However, the exaggerated roundel design was subjected to criticism and suffered heavy damage [May 9] during the filming break between season 9 and season 10, necessitating the disposal of the new set and the construction of a second redesign that would appear in the upcoming season.

The Master, in the guise of Professor Thascalos, has constructed a device known as TOMTIT — Transmission Of Matter Through Interstitial Time — to gain control over Kronos, a creature from outside time. The creature is summoned but proves to be uncontrollable.

Doctor_Who_and_the_Keeper_of_Traken1982: A novelisation of the 1981 Doctor Who adventure The Keeper Of Traken, written by Terrance Dicks was published by Target Books.  The original cover art had the distinction of being one of the first to showcase a companion without the Doctor, in this case Nyssa.

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