Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks - Netflix
Wed 19 June 2019
Lost for 50 years, and now regenerated with stunning hand-drawn black and white animation, synchronised with a digitally remastered recording of the original 1966 audio, a true classic can be yours at last. It begins immediately after the first regeneration, as a new Doctor immediately faces an old foe… with a twist.
Runtime: 30 minutes
Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks - Thal (Doctor Who) - Netflix
The Thals are a fictional race of humanoid aliens, originating from the planet Skaro, in the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. The species first appeared in the 1963–64 serial The Daleks, and were created by writer Terry Nation.
Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks - Fictional history - Netflix
In The Daleks (1963–64), the Thals describe themselves as a warrior race who fought a terrible neutronic war against the peaceful Dals, with whom they shared the planet Skaro. Radiation from the war caused both species to mutate. In the case of the Thals the mutation came full-circle, returning them to their original appearance of blond humanoids. They have renounced violence and become pacifist farmers. During the story it is revealed that the Dals, now calling themselves 'Daleks', have evolved into aggressive creatures who cannot survive outside of the mobile, metal casings they have created. After centuries of freedom from strife the Thals are forced to take up arms again when the Daleks attempt to wipe them out by releasing radiation into Skaro’s atmosphere. The First Doctor helps the Thals to victory, with all of the Daleks apparently dying when the flow of static electricity required to power their casings is disrupted. In Planet of the Daleks (1973), set many generations after the events of The Daleks, a Thal space expedition is sent to the planet Spiridon. Together the Thals and the Third Doctor defeat a Dalek plan to duplicate the natural invisibility of the planet's inhabitants, launch a ten-thousand strong Dalek army hidden on the planet and release a plague capable of exterminating all organic life. Thal history was revised in Genesis of the Daleks (1975), in which they were depicted as having been involved in a generations-long war of attrition with the Kaleds. This transformed Skaro into a toxic wasteland, with the survivors of each race forced to live under their own huge, protective dome. The Kaled chief scientist, Davros, genetically engineers mutated members of the Kaled species and places the results into travel machines, which he names Daleks (an anagram of Kaleds). Davros simultaneously provides the Thals with the technology they need to destroy the Kaled dome, so as to wipe out all opposition to his plan to create a species consisting of what he considers to be the ultimate Kaled form. He then sends the Daleks to the Thal dome, where they kill nearly all the inhabitants. A small group of Thals use explosives to seal the Daleks and Davros in a Kaled bunker but the Fourth Doctor speculates that they have only delayed the Dalek development and rise to power by a matter of centuries.