The_Dalek_GenerationNicholas Briggs
Broadway Paperbacks

Sunlight 349 is one of the countless Dalek Foundation worlds, planets created to house billions suffering from economic hardship. The Doctor arrives at Sunlight 249, suspicious of any world where the Daleks are apparently a force for good–and determined to find out the truth. The Doctor knows they have a far more sinister plan–but how can he convince those who have lived under the benevolence of the Daleks for a generation? But convince them he must, and soon. For on another Foundation planet, archaeologists have unearthed the most dangerous technology in the universe…

On the surface, The Dalek Generation seems to be your typical, cut-and-dried sci-fi mystery thriller featuring the Eleventh Doctor (sans companion) checking out some kind of nefarious plot by the Daleks. But, it’s a bit more involved than that, really.

After a prologue that sets the stage of mystery and intrigue with the Daleks, we then find the Doctor traveling about in the TARDIS, when he receives a small hypercube. Thinking this was a message he sent to himself from the future, he arrives on a planet where a funeral is being held, when he gets some rather bad vibes. He’s then called to a distress signal, where he’s knocked off of course and arrives a bit late to save the parents of the three children he finds on there. Also, everyone thinks the Daleks are forces for good, and not evil as the Doctor keeps trying to drill into everyone’s heads. The children are taken into custody, the Doctor tries to rescue them and attempts to start a revolution against the Dalek occupation, which fails due to everyone thinking it’s a stunt put on by a popular television show How Nice Is Your Brain, and the entire story accumulates in the discovery of the Time Controller Dalek that’s spinning a mass conspiracy to bring about a bunch of Skaros, only to be thwarted by a prisoner with massive mental abilities.

Overall, The Dalek Generation is one of the more interesting tales in the collection of Doctor Who novels. We already know the Daleks are up to something, but getting to just what it is is part of the journey here. The Time Controller is an interesting addition to the Dalek hierarchy. Bottom line, a decent and intriguing story in the Doctor Who-verse.