Another one that I was familiar with (I already had The Beginning box set), and yeah, it’s an absolute classic. Watching it now, it’s astonishing just how little the Daleks have changed over the years. Other than the “only being able to move on a metal surface” thing, all the iconography was pretty much in place, even down to the heartbeat-like sound of their control rooms.
While never shown clearly, the image that’s conjured of the creature inside hasn’t changed either. Although these days, you probably wouldn’t have a companion scoop one out, get inside the casing himself and be able to masterfully control the machine.
It was at this point that I realised how much these serials are improved when you watch them an episode at a time, rather than in bulk. I always liked to watch a full serial back-to-back, like a really long, slow-paced movie. But they were never meant to be watched like that – each episode is crafted to exist in isolation, with its own individual structure, rhythm and goals. They’re so much better when you watch them like that – limiting yourself to 25 minutes at a time, so that those 25 minutes have the chance to really linger in your mind.