The Evil of the Daleks is a story that I have enjoyed in the past in the form of an audio recording and also in telesnap form, and I have found that the story has been rather good and that it would be nice to be able to see a proper version of the story and that perhaps one day it might be returned to the archives.
Now we have probably the closest version that we are likely to get of the story in animated form. Having watched the full animated version of it I have to say that the story is even better than it has been before and that this was about how I had imagined it in my head and is probably pretty much as it might have been when originally broadcast (as far as I know anyway) and to me this is now the definitive version of the story.
At seven episodes this has been the longest of the second Doctor stories to date and if anything it might be slightly overlong and it could have been told in six episodes without much of a problem.
The stuff featuring Jamie and Kemel in the middle of the story which whilst very important to the plot could have been edited down a bit and would still have worked well but it is still quite interesting to watch but not so much to listen to it has to be said.
This is rather an expansive story with its three locations: present day London, Canterbury 1863 and Skaro a long, long time in the future.
The title is also very apt as this does show the Daleks to be very evil indeed. We also have another villainous character in the more human shape of Theodore Maxtible played by Marius Goring, whom you pretty much grow to hate very quickly indeed.
This story is also the first time we meet Deborah Watling’s Victoria Waterfield but she doesn’t really get much to do in the story apart from get rescued and that is pretty much about all she does get to do in the story but her presence is felt throughout.
Fraser Hines really gets to shine in this story as the only companion and gets loads and loads to do. The Doctor is quite mysterious in this story and Jamie isn’t shy about telling him how he feels either as he does treat Jamie quite badly in this story, albeit for a good reason.
Patrick Troughton is really immense in this story and I don’t think he has been better in the role than in this story (at least so far in his run anyway) and he is a magnetic presence when on screen (even in animated form).
Aside from Troughton and Hines there were also excellent performances from Marius Goring, John Bailey (who played the downtrodden Waterfield beautifully) and Jo Rowbottam as Molly the chambermaid. I thought that the Daleks were well utilized in this story and I like the fact that the Troughton Doctor is actually quite scared of them and what they can do, which makes them a very effective baddie.
This is easily one of the best Daleks story and certainly the best not written by their creator Terry Nation.