The Doctor is about to have his first meeting with the Daleks...
The TARDIS lands in an alien, petrified jungle, beyond which lies a mysterious, deserted city. The Doctor insists on exploring, but before long the TARDIS crew all begin experiencing the early effects of radiation sickness. And then they discover that the metal city isn't as deserted as they first thought...
-- from the DVD release, 2006
Initially released with very little remastering (and with the final moments cut to remove the last "Next Episode" caption, as one of the earliest black and white stories in the video range, this story also almost formed a part of a boxed set called "The Beginning" on video in November 1999.
Fans reacted badly to this, as the set would also have included the only VHS release of Inside the Spaceship, and they felt they were being forced to buy a story they already owned.
The remastered version would, therefore, be released by itself in 2000, and the notion of a box set would not be revisited until 2006's DVD set of the first three stories - also entitled "The Beginning".
Episode timings on DVD: 24'19", 24'25", 25'06", 24'27", 24'30", 26'10", 22'24"
Episode timings on PasB: 25'02", 24'27", 25'09", 24'27", 24'31", 26'15", 22'24"
05/06/1989: UK - BBC Enterprises - BBCV4242 (two videos, subtitled 'The Expedition' and 'The Dead Planet', cellophaned together - deleted 14/8/1995)
01/12/1989: Aus/NZ - PolyGram - BBC42422 (packaged as above) [not pictured]
27/06/1995: US - CBS/Fox - 8253 (doublepack, renumbered by Warner Home Video to E1275 in 2000)
None of these releases were remastered and all were missing their "Next Episode" captions at the end of the final part, and a fade to black in the first part.
In order to comply with BBFC guidelines, the video opened with captions, displayed above.
26/02/2001: UK - BBC Worldwide - BBCV6960
??/04/2001: Aus/NZ - Roadshow Entertainment - 6960
This was fully remastered by the Restoration Team, for intended including in the abortive "The Beginning" box set. Cover art by Black sheep.
In order to comply with BBFC guidelines, the video opened with a caption and was renamed "The Daleks [Remastered]".
DVD Bonus features
Creation of the Daleks (17'04")
A documentary on the making of the serial, featuring interviews with many of the original contributors.
Interviewers: Richard Molesworth, Andrew Beech
Restoration NotesFor the 2000 VHS rerelease, Stuart Fyvie transferred and deblobbed the episodes from the best available source - it was discovered however that the fourth episode was missing its sound (which would have to be added from another source) and the seventh was scratched for the last few minutes. An alternate source of slightly lower quality was used to patch in most of this sequence, although even that was missing the 'Next Episode' caption, which had to be taken from the scratched version and repaired as best as possible.
Classifications05/05/1989 - Story passed as 'U' by the BBFC for the UK