Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
The Power of the Daleks
This is the third story of Season 4. All of the episodes are missing from the archives, although an animated version has been released.
Where does this fit?
This follows on immediately from The Tenth Planet
The second Doctor is short with a beatles moptop. At the very end of the last story, we saw the Doctor's face change into this new form.
Ben Jackson is a Merchant Seaman from 1966. He is a working-class cockney.
Polly Wright is a secretary from 1966.
Recurring and Historical Characters
The Daleks are a race of evil mutants encased in powerful cyborg bodies whose shape is reminiscent of pepperpots. The Doctor first encountered them on their home planet of Skaro in The Daleks. In that story, they were confined to a single city on Skaro and the Doctor thought he had defeated them forever. He later encountered them in The Dalek Invasion of Earth, where they had conquered the planet Earth, and The Chase when they had acquired a time travel machine and were chasing the TARDIS through time and space. In both instances, he managed to defeat them. In Mission to the Unknown and The Daleks' Masterplan they were plotting to conquer the Solar System. The Doctor considers them his greatest enemy, and they are a serious threat to anyone they encounter.
Having seen the previous story and/or any previous Dalek story will help you appreciate this one better.But the plot does not depend on this knowledge.