Writer: Gary Hopkins
Director: Gary Russell
Producer: Gary Russell and Jason Haigh-Ellery
Running Time: 1 hour, 17 minutes
Summary: Davros is being placed on trial by the Daleks. While the trial proceeds, Davros recounts his past. In part one, the war between the Kaleds and the Thals has begun, and Davros is raised by elitist parents, both of whom have different goals for him. Calcula wishes for her son to become a scientist, while his father Colonel Nasguard wants him to carry on the military tradition. They pass on their hatred and ambitions to their children, including his sister Yarvell. As the war escalates, Nasguard is killed in battle, and Calcula enlists Davros in the study of genetics.
Review: Like many fans, I’ve often theorized about why Davros turned to evil. I had assumed it was nationalistic pride or perhaps his handicap. Since the TV show seems to have no desire to talk about it, I thought this was a great substitute (the closest we’ve got is “The Magician’s Apprentice”, but that only gives us a glimpse). Davros is actually not the main focus in this story, as it centers around Calcula and Nasguard. Calcula plots to maintain her status as a noblewoman, especially after her husband’s death. She reminds me of Cersei in George RR Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, a cold-hearted woman who has little compassion, even for her loved ones. All that matters to her is her status, and that Davros does not suffer her husband’s fate.
Overall Review: 9/10
Trivia: Colonel Nasguard is played by Richard Franklin, who played Captain Mike Yates in both the Pertwee and Tom Baker eras.