Book Review: DOCTOR WHO: The Pirate Planet

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James Goss
BBC Books

There is a joy to taking one’s first steps onto a new planet. How it looks, how it smells, the general planety feel of the planet, the pleasingly imminent threat level. These were all things the Doctor tried to calculate on the threshold of his ship by the beloved scientific formula of throwing open the door and having a gander.

  • The hugely powerful Key to Time has been split into six segments, all of which have been disguised and hidden throughout time and space. Now the even more powerful White Guardian wants the Doctor to find the pieces. With the first segment successfully retrieved, the Doctor, Romana and K-9 trace the second segment of the Key to the planet Calufrax. But when they arrive at exactly the right point in space, they find themselves on exactly the wrong planet — Zanak. Ruled by the mysterious ‘Captain’, Zanak is a happy and prosperous planet. Mostly. If the mines run out of valuable minerals and gems then the Captain merely announces a New Golden Age and they fill up again. It’s an economic miracle–so obviously something’s very wrong.

With the publication of The Pirate Planet, all three Doctor Who serials that Douglas Adams had a hand in have now been given an official novelization. My collection is complete. I just wrote that with a Darth Vader voice.

Anyway, The Pirate Planet was originally the second serial in the 16th season of the original run of Doctor Who, which went under the umbrella title The Key to Time. This was where the Fourth Doctor was enlisted by the White Guardian to find all six pieces to what was the titular McGuffin, a cosmic artifact that, when fully assembled, looked like a crystal cube and maintained the equilibrium of the universe. Douglas Adams wrote the script for the second serial, but–like with City Of Death–was never given the official Target Books adaptation due to disagreements with the author. It was covered in the City of Death review, in case you need a refresher. But, also like with City of Death, The Pirate Planet was finally given an official novelization written by James Goss, who did a bonnie job with the previous adaptation. And, almost like it’s a time-honored tradition, I’ve managed to read this novelization long before watching the original televised episodes that it’s based on.

On with the plot, then: The Doctor and Romana, on the search for the second piece to the Key to Time, land on what they think is the planet Calufrax, but are a bit confused when, considering Calufrax is normally cold, boring and–most importantly–not populated with people, the planet turns out to be anything but. As a matter of fact, not only is there an abundance of people and communities, but sometimes precious gems rain from the sky onto the populous. They then meet a mysterious bunch of psychic-like people called the Mentiads, and then they meet the Captain, the planet’s leader and benefactor. Turns out, the Doctor and Romana happen to be on a hollowed out planet named Zanak, which is rigged to materialize around other planets for the purpose of plundering all of their resources. The TARDIS just happened to materialize on Calufrax at the same time that Zanak did. So then, the Captain decides his next target would be Earth (because of course it would be), meanwhile the Doctor discovers that the real menace behind the Captain and his Death Star Pirate Planet is Queen Xanxia, an ancient tyrant and immortality enthusiast, currently frozen in a Time Dam to stave off death and using the resources pirated by the planet to gain immortality. A younger version of her is projected by way of a solid 3D device (predating the Holodeck’s hard photon projections in Star Trek TNG…neat-o) and poses as the Captain’s nurse. Meanwhile, the aforementioned Metiads seem to have their psychic abilities strengthened by the destruction of entire worlds, along with a strong sense of malaise over all the people dying as a result, so they and the Doctor work to stop Zanak from materializing around Earth, and destroying the engines and stopping the queen once and for all. Oh, and it turns out that Calufrax wasn’t really a planet after all, but the disguised form of the second piece of the McGuffin of Time.

As with reading anything that was even remotely inspired by the plump, succulent brain of Douglas Adams, the story to The Pirate Planet manages to take several random acts of nonsense and craft a bloody good yarn in the process. I envy not what James Goss had to do, with taking what was essentially a teleplay and expand on that into an actual science fiction novel that emulated the style and feel that Adams was famous for. And I do believe he managed to capture this for the second time in a row. The story was complex yet fun, the dialogue was snappy and witty, and I came away rather satisfied with the tale. Which is what a good sci-fi novel–or any novel, for that matter–is supposed to do. I did, however, have a habit of picturing the Lalla Ward iteration of Romana when she was in the story, rather than the Mary Tamm version that was being used for the original run of the televised version, but that has to do with not having known any other kind of Romana in my watchings of the classic episodes. I really need to rectify that some time.

Overall, The Pirate Planet is a fine Doctor Who story, and it’s about time we have a good novelized edition of the thing. Recommended highly.

Book Review: DOCTOR WHO: Scratchman

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scratchmanTom Baker
BBC Books

‘Having friends is nothing to be afraid of,’ I reassured them. ‘They’re there for the small things in life — laughing at your jokes, drinking your tea, rescuing you from dungeons. Friends remember you how you’d like to be remembered, and forget the rest. Friends turn up at the last moment, friends tell you to keep running.’

The Doctor, Harry and Sarah Jane Smith arrive at a remote Scottish island, when their holiday is cut short by the appearance of strange creatures – hideous scarecrows, who are preying on the local population. The islanders are living in fear, and the Doctor vows to save them all. But it doesn’t go to plan – the time travelers have fallen into a trap, and Scratchman is coming for them. With the fate of the universe hanging in the balance, the Doctor must battle an ancient force from another dimension, one who claims to be the Devil. Scratchman wants to know what the Doctor is most afraid of. And the Doctor’s worst nightmares are coming out to play…

What’s all this, then? An all-new novelized Doctor Who adventure, featuring the Fourth Doctor and his companions, Sarah Jane and Harry? All written by the man who played the Fourth Doctor himself, Tom Baker?

I believe the phrase you’re groping for is, “Shut up and take my money.” At least, that was my immediate response when I read of this recent publication on the list of Science Fiction Books being published in February of 2019. Den Of Geek is such a wonderful resource, that.

So, I went and immediately bought the Kindle edition of Scratchman, and read through half of the novel in a handful of hours at work, when I made myself reign in things to keep from scarfing this all down in one setting. Take some time, enjoy it at a more leisure pace.

That’s why I waited until the next day to finish it. Totally worth it. Anyway…

If you’re a Doctor Who fan, I shouldn’t have to explain who Tom Baker is. His portrayal of the Doctor is the iconic version for many a Whovian, myself included. He was my first Doctor. He’s known mostly as an actor; he has written a couple of books: One autobiography, and one dark humor novel entitled The Boy Who Kicked Pigs.

Interestingly enough, Scratchman isn’t technically Baker’s first stab at writing for his character; the book actually started off as a rejected script he wrote with James Goss as a Doctor Who feature film. Forty years later, and we finally have that vision in book form. Which…let’s face it, this is probably the best way to present this story, using the reader’s imagination to come up with the special effects. They’re not as skinflint as the BBC would have let them back in the 70s.

The story of Scratchman is told in first person by the Fourth Doctor, who takes on the role of the Unreliable Narrator in this instance. He weaves a tale of how, beginning with standing trial in front of his fellow Time Lords (won’t be the last time that happens, sorry to say) to answer to the crime of…saving the universe. Again. His very existence is threatened to be wiped away permanently, lest he convinces the jury of peers that his actions have merit. So, he tells them a story of learning fear, of a time when he and his two companions — Sarah Jane and Harry — come across a village terrorized by living scarecrows, which leads to finding themselves in an alternate dimension where a powerful entity calling himself the Devil is wanting into our universe to feed off of. Mainly because his own cosmic all-you-can-eat buffet is nearly dry. Trust me, the Time Lords are a tough crowd. And it doesn’t help that the Doctor was late to his own trial, or that there was a literal Sword of Damocles dangling over him, waiting to wipe him from existence at the snap of the Time Lords’ fingers. In other words, it’s a typical day for the Doctor.

As to Tom Baker’s writing style, I described it to a friend as being like Terry Pratchett if he wrote for the Scholastic crowd. It’s in the same vein as Pratchett and Douglas Adams, but more whimsical, like a Roald Dahl after a couple of pints. As a matter of fact, the whole of Scratchman has that feel of a great-uncle (or what have you) spinning a spell-binding yarn; you can almost see the twinkle in Baker’s eye as he writes this all out for us.

So, yeah, Scratchman was a rather enjoyable Doctor Who story. It takes some interesting twists and turns, and satisfies that empty void that is always there while waiting for the next season series of Doctor Who to broadcast. Also, there’s a bit of a passing of the torch to Number Thirteen buried in there, somewhere. I’m not going to say where, you’ll have to read to see what happens. Which you should. Read it, I mean.

Book Review: DOCTOR WHO – City Of Death

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doctor who city of deathJames Goss
ACE Books

The Doctor almost wished that for once he could sweep aside all the reversing the polarity of the death ray nonsense and just sit down for tea and natter over macaroons. If it wasn’t for the Count being a homicidal maniac, the two of them would get on famously. What a pity.

Back between September 29th and October 20th in 1979, the BBC broadcast one of the serials that sci-fi author Douglas Adams had a hand in writing; in that Adams heavily re-wrote an unfinished script that was originally titled “A Gamble With Time”. What resulted was a Doctor Who serial where the Fourth Doctor and is then-companion Romana run into an ancient alien while on holiday in Paris, an alien who inadvertently kick-started life on Earth due to an accident millions of years prior that killed off the remainder of his race, and is working to go back and prevent said accident. Also, there’s an Inspector involved. British wackiness ensues.

Over time, “City Of Death”, despite it being one of the more popular Doctor Who serials, was never given the Target Books novelization treatment initially. This was due mainly to Target offering the standard advance price to Adams for adapting the story, with Adams retorting, “I don’t want to be embarrassing but I do have a tendency to be a best-selling author,” and refusing to allow anyone else to write one.

It wasn’t until after Adams’ untimely death and long-time Doctor Who writer Gareth Roberts doing a bonny adaptation of Adams’ “Shada” script when we finally got an official novelization of “City Of Death”. Yeah, it was also supposed to be written by Roberts, but eventually the reigns were given to James Goss.

There. That takes care of the Obligatory History Portion of this review. Let’s get on the novelization, shall we?

As mentioned previously, the Fourth Doctor and Romana are on holiday in 1979 Paris, France, enjoying and relaxing in an outdoor cafe’, when the Doctor notices a lady scanning the security setup around the Mona Lisa with alien technology. So, along with an Inspector, they follow her back to a chateau owned by Count Scarlioni. There, they find equipment used in time experiments, along with several copies of the Mona Lisa. Romana and the Inspector continue to investigate things, while the Doctor zipps off in the TARDIS to visit Leonardo da Vinci, about the Mona Lisa copies. Romana and the Inspector are captured by Scartioni, with Romana pressed into building a working time machine by threatening to destroy all of Paris if she doesn’t; meantime, in the past, the Doctor is captured by an earlier iteration of Scartioni, who then explains that he is the last of an alien race that was wiped out by their ship exploding on Primordial Earth 400 million years ago, give or take a century. This explosion had the inadvertent effect of sparking life on the planet, which also created the concept of irony. Through the eons, Scartioni had been manipulating history to where, by the time the 20th Century rolled around, the technology was such that he could feasibly begin working on a time machine to go back to the beginning and stop the ship from ‘splodin’, funding the entire thing with selling off the several copies of the Mona Lisa he had commissioned da Vinci to paint. Of course, this plan doesn’t sit well with the Doctor, so he escapes back to 1979 Paris, which leads to a confrontation and showdown with the alien Count.

Like with the other Doctor Who serial novelizations I’ve read, I hadn’t seen the televised show this was based on before reading City of Death. I still haven’t gotten around to watching it; but based on this novelization, I probably will do so sometime shortly.

As a Doctor Who story in book form, City Of Death is written in that same kind of style that typified works by Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams…mainly Douglas Adams, probably because he wrote the script of the show itself, so it would make sense that James Goss would imitate his style. I haven’t really read anything of Goss’ outside of this and his other Doctor Who adaptation The Pirate Planet (also originally scripted by Adams), so I don’t know if that’s his natural writing style, or if he’s just imitating what he would think Adams would write, had he actually did the novelization himself. I might have to rectify that.

Regardless, reading this novelization of City Of Death was a blast. I recommend picking this up and checking it out.

Baptisms, the Death of an Icon, and a New Doctor…

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[NOTE: This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but I forgot to email it to me after work; sorry about the tardiness – Uncle NecRo]

I have just emerged from a rather surprisingly full weekend. I never plan these as such; they just happen to…well, happen. Mostly, though, it was the Sunday of the two days that fall under my Blessed Days Off from my Place of Enslavement Employment. I wasn’t really running around a lot, but there were some things that made my head swim a bit.

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The first thing that happened on July 16th was the first ever Baptism Service at my church. This also functioned as part of the One Year Birthday of the formation of said church that I’ve been involved with since the split with my former church. Fifteen…or sixteen, I can’t recall exactly…souls were baptized in the Blair swimming pool as an outward expression of their faith in Christ Jesus. We had set up in the parking lot for the worship service; I set up near them, at the best place I could find that was in the shade. Then, of course, after a few minutes, the Daystar found its way through the shade and stabbed me in the eyeballs. No matter where I moved to, it found me. Gads. So, for a little while, through the worship singing portion, I had to endure the angry ball of fire’s rays, and hope not to burst into flames in front of everyone. That would have been embarrassing. Fortunately, the trees managed to obscure the sun once again, putting me in some shade by the time the sermon came about. Fortunately, it was a truncated 15-minute sermon, so that it could include the baptisms. The sermon’s message in keeping with the event. Everyone was baptized, then it was time for the birthday celebration by way of a massive grillout potluck picnic, with a couple of bouncy castles set up for the kids. The heat of the day was getting redonkulous, with the heat index starting to soar as high as eagle. Weather sucking mighty buffalo. As such, I decided to forego the picnic lunch and the inevitable mingling that came with it (did I mention my anxiety level was starting to rise along with the heat? No? Huh…), and left as everyone was standing in line for their lunchy-munchy. I just picked up some drive-thru stuffs and headed back to the Haunted Victorian, ate my din-din and then settled in for a much-needed extended nap.

The thing about naps is, sooner or later you have to wake up from them. And so was the case with this one: I woke up, and had to once again exist in the “real world”. Eh, standard Sunday afternoon. Late afternoon. Okay, it was early evening. I sleep a bit more than your average individual. I think it may be hypersomnia due to my crippling depression issues. Either way, it was close to 6pm, and I wasn’t hungry yet due to the ginormous nature of the fast food item I consumed upon arriving back at the Haunted Victorian around 1-ish. So I fire up the Fun-Sized Lappy, summon the interwebs, and the first thing I am greeted with upon signing into my Facebook page is a news item that the legendary George A. Romero had passed away.

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For those of you sad, deprived individuals who don’t know who George A. Romero is, he is the man that helped to not only redefine the zombie horror genre to what we recognize as today with the release of Night Of The Living Dead in 1968 (undead ghouls who wander about and only want to eat your flesh and nummy brains…up until then, “zombies” were of the voodoo magick variety), he also inspired generations thereafter in the art of independent filmmaking. He made more than just a bunch of post-modern zombie flicks, and didn’t just stick to directing, either. Nor did his influence remain in movie making, as several novelists and artists cite him as a great influence in what they do.

As for me, Romero helped to rekindle my love for the horror genre as not only an entertainment outlet, but also as a genuine means of conveying a message in a subversive manner. I salute you, good sir; and should you once again rise from the grave, I shan’t forget to double-tap.

The next thing that grabbed my attention from my nap-induced haze that was slowly clearing off, was the official introduction of the next Doctor. At first, I thought it was one of those fake-outs that have been making the rounds, the ones made by fans and such. But, no, this was an official BBC release: The next Doctor on Doctor Who will be played by one Jodie Whittaker. So, after months of denying that the 13th Doctor was going to be a woman, they finally came out and said that, yes, the 13th Doctor is going to be a woman.

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Up front, I have to say that I am completely on board with this. I’m intrigued with the possibilities with this new dynamic. Hopefully the writers won’t go the route of “Hey, I’m the Doctor, and now I’m a girl!” and really write some compelling yarns with the character. That said, there were two points of irritation that immediately hit me the moment I saw the announcement: first of all, they do this all the time, denying something’s gonna happen, and then it happens to be the very thing they’re denying. “It’s Missy in that vault, right?” “Nope, it’s something different.” Then it turns out it was Missy all along. Same thing here: “Nope, we’re not looking at a female actor to be the new Doctor.” I understand the need to play things close to the vest in these instances, especially with the show changing producers as well as lead characters, but this is the same thing the previous show runners did since the relaunch in 2005. I just can’t help but think my intelligence had been insulted a bit, is all.

The second thing that kind of irritated me about this, was that the reveal was so far in advance of the Christmas Special, where traditionally the regeneration into the next Doctor would take place in modern Who. More or less. Now…there’s really no surprise. I don’t know, and maybe I’m in the minority here, but I should think something as momentous as this would call for secrecy until the actual Christmas Special. I realize that trying to keep a lid on this in this day and age of instant news leakage is nigh impossible at times, but think about the impact that could have happened when, finally, Peter Capaldi’s Doctor–my favorite one thus far of the “New” Doctors–dramatically regenerates and finally emerges as the Jodie Whittaker Doctor…then end credits. Boo-ya. Chills, mouths agape, multiple cries of “WHAT THE [expletive deleted]….?!?” Now…we will never have that moment. Spoilers and all that. Oh, well.

Still, the upcoming Christmas Special will be awesome because it has the 12th Doctor and the 1st Doctor, together at last. I just squeed again. Cheers, all.


Doctor Who Series 10 Brain Droppings

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Soon, in less than a couple of weeks (premiering between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as a matter of fact), we Whovians will finally have a new series (referred to as a “season” here in the States) of Doctor Who. To say the wait was a long one may be exaggerating a bit; lest we forget the Wilderness Years between the original cancellation of the show and the 1996 television movie, followed by another nine years until it was officially brought back in 2005 (not counting the brilliant 1999 special “The Curse of the Fatal Death”). A year and a half really wasn’t that much of a slog; besides, we had the two Christmas Specials to provide a break in the waiting. Not to mention all the books and radio dramas being produced.

Anyway, we are finally near the 10th Series of Doctor Who. This one purports to be the final one for Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor. Which is a pity, as I thoroughly enjoyed his take on the Time Lord, bringing to mind the best of the First, Third and Fourth Doctors, with a smattering of the Eighth, all while making it his own whimsical beast. I dare say, Capaldi’s Doctor had replaced Eccleston as my second-favorite Doctor.*

There’s a new companion for the Doctor as well, and it looks like, according to reports**, that there’s going to be a refreshing lack of romantic tension between the Doctor and the companion this time around. I understand the logic of getting some forced romantic tension to bring in the younger demographic (which also favors making the Doctor younger every time he regenerates), but in my not-so-humble opinion, the Doctor works best as an asexual character, and not having to rebuff his companion (or companions) while trying to save the world from whatever threat is besotting us this week. That’s part of the reason why, since the relaunch of Doctor Who, the companion of Donna Noble is listed high up as one of my favorite companions: she never fell for the Doctor. If anything, she was a much-needed foil to the Doctor’s ego. But, I digress.

The previews and teasers show promise. There seems to be a return of the classic Cybermen from the First Doctor serial “The Tenth Planet” (creepy), an obligatory Dalek episode, Missy pops up, and some kind of Emoji-based robot, I think? There’s also seems to be more inclusion of the character Nardole, which is awesome, as I think he plays off of the Doctor perfectly. Why not make him the companion? Because we need a female companion every time? I don’t know.

Anyway, the wait is almost over, and I anxiously await April 15th to see where the final adventures of the 12th Doctor brings us. Cheers, all.

* – Tom Baker is my all-time favorite, in case you were wondering. You’re welcome.
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Book Review: DOCTOR WHO: The Doctor Trap

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Doctor-trapSimon Messingham
BBC Books

Sebastiene was perhaps once human. He might look like a nineteenth-century nobleman, but in truth he is a ruthless hunter. He likes nothing more than luring difficult opposition to a planet, then hunting them down for sport. And now he’s caught them all–from Zargregs to Moogs, and even the odd Eternal. In fact, Sebastiene is after only one more prize. For this trophy, he knows he is going to need help. He’s brought together the finest hunters in the universe to play the most dangerous game for the deadliest quarry of them all. They are hunting for the last of the time Lords–the Doctor.

Here we are, with another story involving the Tenth iteration of The Doctor, along with the companion that had to take some time to grow on me: Donna Noble. This one, according to the oft-referenced TARDIS Wiki that I have wasted countless hours on in my free time, takes place some time after the events in “Planet of the Ood”, as that and “The Fires of Pompeii” were referenced. As one of the mass of Doctor Who novels I managed to purchase at Half Price Books on the eve of my 41st birthday, I finally got around to reading it a short time after, and now am getting around to the review a year later. Wacky.

In The Doctor Trap, The Doctor and Donna check out a distress signal originating from the South Pole. Turns out, there’s an excavation of some alien thingie, and if John Carpenter’s The Thing taught us anything, it’s that this kind of thing never ends well. While there, someone manages to steal the TARDIS, and the Doctor and Donna are tricked by a Doctor doppelganger (I just said that sentence out loud, and…gads…). They end up on the mysterious Planet 1, which is run by someone (or something) named Sebastiene, who has recently convened a group of intergalactic hunters to hunt the Most Dangerous Game in all the galaxy: The Doctor! The idea is to disperse the various hunters onto separate quadrants on the planet and given a chance to bag the Doctor at their respective areas. Turns out, though, there’s a super-fan of the Doctor that’s been genetically altered to look like the Tenth Doctor, who was the guy who kidnapped Donna and stole the TARDIS, leaving a transmat device for The Doctor to get to Planet 1 for the festivities. Of course, The Doctor has a plan…one that involves subterfuge, slight of hand, and of course, good ol’ fashioned Time Lord ingenuity. By the end, the twists and revelations will have you reaching for the aspirin bottle.

Overall, The Doctor Trap could have just been another reworking of “The Most Dangerous Game”, with The Doctor on a planet full of hunters gunning for the Last of the Time Lords. Which it is; but it’s written as kind of a Scoobie-Doo like mystery, if that’s the proper way to describe this. There were some good twists and turns, and even the villain of the piece received a bit of depth of character near the end, despite at first coming off as clichéd. Not a bad way to spend a few hours reading, methinks.

Book Review: DOCTOR WHO: Prisoner of the Daleks

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Prisoner_of_the_DaleksTrevor Baxendale
BBC Books

The Daleks are advancing, their empire constantly expanding into Earth’s space. The Earth forces are resisting the Daleks in every way they can. But the battles rage across countless solar systems. And now the future of our galaxy hangs in the balance… The Doctor finds himself stranded on board a starship near the frontline with a group of ruthless bounty hunters. Earth Command will pay them for every Dalek they kill, every eye stalk they bring back as proof. With the Doctor’s help, the bounty hunters achieve the ultimate prize: a Dalek prisoner–intact, powerless, and ready for interrogation. But where the Daleks are involved, nothing is what it seems, and no one is safe. Before long the tables will be turned, and how will the Doctor survive when he becomes a prisoner of the Daleks?

Slowly getting through the long-overdue reviews of the massive stack of Doctor Who novels I picked up in one shot at the Half Price Books in my area, this one being yet another Tenth Doctor adventure, and featuring arguably the most popular Doctor Who villain ever created: The Daleks. Surprisingly, there’s not too many novels that actually feature the Daleks, but I guess that’s a good thing. Wouldn’t want to over-saturate this, would we? I’m looking at you, “Daleks In Manhattan/Evolution of the Daleks”. Anyway, on with the review…

In Prisoner of the Daleks, The Doctor (sans companion, putting this tale probably between Planet Of The Dead and The Waters Of Mars of the Gap Year Specials, according to the TARDIS Wiki) shows up on a seeming deserted site on the planet Hurala, where he’s locked inside the basement while exploring the computer data core. Five days later, a ship full of bounty hunters show up to refuel, and come across a tapping noise, which turns out to be The Doctor tapping out the SOS in Morse code with his spoon. After some investigating, it turns out that the computer system was set as a trap, and suddenly the place is attacked by Daleks. They escape, but not without seriously wounding one of the crew and having one of the Daleks gain access to the ship, exterminating said wounded crew member before being cryogenically frozen by The Doctor. Tensions mount, back stories are given, and the Doctor realizes that this encounter with the Daleks was before the Great Time War in the time line. After interrogating the captured Dalek, they set out to find the planet Arkheon, which lies on a schism in time and space that the Daleks are searching for to gain access to the Time Vortex. Only, when they arrive, they discover that the Daleks have been there for quite a while, using humans to dig for the Threshold at the planet’s core. Of course, due to the time line, the Daleks have unwittingly brought in The Doctor–the “Oncoming Storm” that he’ll be referred to as in a future time–and he manages to thwart their plans, but not without considerable losses. Also, things go “boom” and ends in a rather existential note.

Overall, Prisoner of the Daleks has the feel of a classic Terry Nation episode of Doctor Who that features the Daleks. We get a look at why the Daleks are quite the chilling foe to go up against, especially when you get to the part of how they set their guns in a way that shows exactly how sadistic they can be with exterminating non-Daleks. It’s a rather dark story that works in its favor, and by the time you get to the end, the happy seems a bit hollow. A very good Doctor Who yarn, when all is said and done.

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