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Fruity Dr. Who faces new Dalek menace (1974)

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Christmas Show

Young people who enjoy being pleasantly scared should have lots of fun at "Seven Keys to Doomsday," a spectacular thriller at the Adelphi with Dr Who and the Daleks, from Terry Nation's well-known series on BBC television.

This brand-new adventure, written by Terrance Dicks, is of course exactly like all the others.

We have to wait some time for the Daleks to appear, those outsize salt-cellars whose nasty robot-cum-Hitler voices are always snarling" "Emergency! Exterminate! I obey!"

But when they do appear, on the mysterious planet Karn, the Daleks have the advantage of the help from John Napier. This spectacular designer contrives to whirl Dr. Who's police-box spaceship, the Tardis, into future time-- and more: he fills Karn with mutated monsters and appalling machines.

Some parents may be put off by so much ugliness and violence. But everyone will enjoy a Trevor Martin's Dr Who, a fruity actor-laddie, Wendy Padbury's girlish Jenny (with a screen to rival Fay Wray's on seeing King Kong) and James Matthews's Jimmy, whose grizzling unsoppiness gives the show much of its appeal.

As for the story, it isn't much. I will only divulge that it involves a quest for the Crystal of All Power, by way of the Cave of Electronic Death, a He-Ancient 12 feet tall, and enough echo-chamber bleeps to launch another Apollo.

A super-show for school kids, who will revel in the stage stunts. But it would give any nicely brought-up tot the screaming heebie-jeebies.

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  • APA 6th ed.: Barber, John (1974-12-17). Fruity Dr. Who faces new Dalek menace. The Daily Telegraph p. 9.
  • MLA 7th ed.: Barber, John. "Fruity Dr. Who faces new Dalek menace." The Daily Telegraph [add city] 1974-12-17, 9. Print.
  • Chicago 15th ed.: Barber, John. "Fruity Dr. Who faces new Dalek menace." The Daily Telegraph, edition, sec., 1974-12-17
  • Turabian: Barber, John. "Fruity Dr. Who faces new Dalek menace." The Daily Telegraph, 1974-12-17, section, 9 edition.
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