The Dalek Invasion of Earth – in the Press (1964)
Daleks in London! As a pitch it’s a surefire winner. The Dalek Invasion of Earth is the second story of the second season and is notable for a few firsts. It’s the first to feature the return of an enemy, a companion leaving and a near future dystopia. I would even go as far to say it’s the only time in Who that the Earth has been conquered. It was a brave choice by returning writer and Dalek creator, Terry Nation, to opt for something so frighteningly close to home. After all, World War II was still fresh in the public’s mind. The desolate future London looked eerily disturbing to the population still having nightmares of the Blitz.
Talking about The Dalek Invasion of Earth
The Dalek Invasion of Earth aired on 21st November 1964 and ran for six episodes. This story is one of William Hartnell’s most popular adventures and received a lot of editorial reaction too. Set in future London, the year is 2164, 100 years hence. The Earth has been conquered by the Daleks and the streets are deserted. Perhaps, not quite deserted. Daleks roam around the capital city’s landmarks while their Robomen round up any resistance fighters. Filming a deserted Westminster Bridge, Landseer Lions in Trafalgar Square and the shores of the Thames was a big challenge and its success was quite a coup for the production team. The press of the day lapped it up. Photos of Daleks by London landmarks were the order of the day and featured in media worldwide.