We start this fan edit with the coda from the previous adventure The Space Museum, which references the SpaceTime Visualiser that we didn’t actually get to see in that edit, as I wanted to keep it back until the start of this story.
Dr Who’s Time Telly is a nice enough idea, if a little superfluous given that it’s sat inside an actual time machine with both a scanner and a Time Scanner. And it gets completely forgotten about after the first episode once it’s fulfilled its storytelling purpose of padding out the episode and giving us a nice dramatic reveal of “oh no, the Daleks are after us! Quick, leg it!” .
I think the coda works much better as a fairly dramatic pre-credits sequence at the start of this story than as a tag scene at the end of the previous one. As for why they’re chasing the Doctor, well, in terms of the fiction of the Whoniverse it might be for foiling their invasion of Earth [the previous transmitted Dalek story on telly] but I like to think that it’s for nobbling their Masterplan, which would mean this is a sequel to a story we haven’t yet seen, meaning wibbly wobbly timey wimey isn’t quite as modern an idea as you might think!
Truncating a mediocre six part story into a fast paced forty minutes or so means a lot of omissions and the first significant one is the sandstorm, which we get round pretty easily before the Dr & Babs get captured by the fish heads. Ian`s knock on the head doesn`t have much of an, er… impact on the story [ouch!] and they make it back to the Tardis without too much trouble either.
There`s lots from the original that`s missing here without impacting the story at all, from the Mary Celeste to the Empire State Building, those incongruous Movie Daleks minus their bases [wtf?] and especially the Doctor`s robot double who looks nothing like him! But it moves along at a fair old lick now and it’s all the better for it. The Chase is really just The Dalek Masterplan in miniature, and Masterplan is just a rerun of The Keys of Marinus!
This marks the point where Terry Nation realised that he could sell the production team the same basic story all over again. That’s either very shrewd or very lazy depending on your point of view but bear in mind that Masterplan, the third version of this same basic Villains Chase Hero Plot, or at least his half of it, would be the last time he would write for the show until Planet of The Daleks. And what was that? A rewrite of the very first Dalek story!
All in all, The Chase is probably the most frustrating edit I`ve worked on yet. Some of that comes from the limitations of the material [the production values are pretty shoddy, which is a shame] and partly from having a narrative that takes a heck of a long time to get going and feels like Marinus 2 in places. The Chase is a dull title for a Doctor Who story and as you might expect, there`s not quite so much chasing being done in this version so I’ve renamed this one “Revenge of the Daleks”, which is a much better title and the one they should have gone with.