Dear Dr Who experts...

Gareth Harper spansh+london at
Wed Oct 8 15:33:12 BST 2014

It's not just the more recent episodes (depending on your definition of
"recent"), the Daleks could levitate during my childhood era (80s-90s).

I'm sure I remember an episode from the Sylvester McCoy era where the
Daleks were chasing him and to evade them he simply ran up some stairs and
then the daleks levitated after him.  A quick google shows that the episode
was called "remembrance of the daleks" unfortunately I don't have the time
to wade through the many youtube clips to try and view it.

"In the cliffhanger to the first episode, a Dalek levitates up stairs. The
sequence was intended to put to rest a joke about the inability of the
monsters to do so."

The BBC's website seems to imply it's "always been that way".

"This story reveals for the first time that the Daleks are capable of
ascending stairs. (Although this is the first time that a Dalek is actually
seen to ascend a flight of stairs, there is a scene in season two's The
Chase: Journey into Terror in which such an occurrence is clearly implied;
and season twenty-two's Revelation of the Daleks shows that both the Daleks
and Davros are capable of hovering above the ground.)"

According to wikipedia, season 2 was ~1965.  I can't help you with the Tom
Baker question though, it's a tiny bit before my time.



On 8 October 2014 11:19, Nicholas Clark <nick at> wrote:

> Dear Dr Who experts (I'm sure that there are many here)...
> IIRC there's a scene in an episode of Dr Who (in Tom Baker's time) where
> the Doctor escapes by climbing up through a hatch in the TARDIS ceiling,
> calling down a one liner to the Daleks stuck below just before he closes it
> 1) Am I remembering this correctly?
> 2) If so, is a clip of this online somewhere, in an easily linkable form? *
> Further, my understanding is that in the more recent episodes, the Daleks
> have figured out how to overcome their previous inability to cope with
> stairs, ladders, etc, uttering "levitate" before doing exactly that.
> 3) Is there a representative clip of this online?
> Nicholas Clark
> * please don't post links to places that would make Auntie upset.

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