October 5, 1988 on BBC 1: Doctor Who


Doctor Who “Remembrance of the Daleks” (1988), title card [Doctor Who Collectors’ Wiki]

Remembrance of the Daleks


Remembrance of the Daleks was the first serial of season 25 of Doctor Who. The story’s setting brought the Doctor back to 76 Totter’s Lane in the year 1963, where the series began in An Unearthly Child.

Remembrance was the final televised appearance of the Daleks and Davros until the BBC Wales revival, although both would frequently recur in other media. It continued a narrative of chronological confrontations between the Doctor and Davros that had begun in Genesis of the Daleks, and included Destiny, Resurrection, and Revelation of the Daleks. It also concluded the Dalek Civil War story arc, which had previously spanned throughout Resurrection and Revelation.

At the time of broadcast, it unambiguously showed the onscreen destruction of the Dalek homeworld, Skaro. This act was largely forgotten by future Doctor Who writers; it was shown in the Doctor Who TV movie and in various BBC Wales episodes. Writer John Peel proposed a story called War of the Daleks, where Skaro would later be saved from destruction during the planned 27th season of the series.

Peel later adapted the unmade episode into an Eighth Doctor Adventures novel which showed that the planet destroyed at the end of Remembrance was Antalin, a decoy passed off as the real Skaro.


Scene from “Remembrance of the Daleks” (1988) [TARDIS Data Core]
London, 1963: The Doctor returns to the place where it all began — alongside his latest companion, Ace, with unfinished business.

Not for the first time, unusual events are unfolding at Coal Hill School. At 76 Totter’s Lane, the Doctor discovers that his oldest foes — the Daleks — are on the trail of stolen Time Lord technology that he left on Earth long ago. The Daleks are planning to perfect their own time-travel capability, in order to unleash themselves across the whole of time and space.

The Doctor, with the help of the local military, must stop his oldest enemies from stealing Gallifreyan secrets, but the lines between allies and enemies are tested to the limit, and the Doctor and Ace must trust no-one in order to survive.

As two opposing Dalek factions meet in an explosive confrontation, the fate of the whole cosmos hangs in the balance…

Radio Times

19:35 – Doctor Who

“Remembrance of the Daleks” Part 1

Starring Sylvester McCoy

A four-part adventure by Ben Aaronovitch.

London, 25 years ago: The Doctor has returned to conclude some unfinished business. Unfortunately, some old acquaintances are waiting for him. Ace doesn’t like the music in 1963. Wait until she meets the old acquaintances.


  • Rachel: Pamela Salem
  • Girl: Jasmine Breaks
  • The Doctor: Sylvester McCoy
  • Ace: Sophie Aldred
  • Mike: Dursley McLinden
  • Harry: Harry Fowler
  • Gilmore: Simon Williams
  • Allison: Karen Gledhill
  • Embery: Peter Hamilton Dyer
  • Ratcliffe: George Sewell
  • Headmaster: Michael Sheard
  • Dalek operator: Hugh Spight
  • Voices: Roy Skelton
  • Voices: John Leeson

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