Remembrance of the Daleks
London, 1963. The seventh Doctor returns – with his new companion Ace – to tackle some unfinished business.
Once again, unusual events are unfolding at Coal Hill School and Totters, Lane junkyard. The Doctor discovers that his oldest foes, the Daleks, are on the trail of hidden Time Lord technology – technology that he himself left behind on Earth all those years ago. The Daleks are planning to perfect their own time-travel capability in order to unleash themselves across all of time and space. Can the Doctor, even with the help of the local military, stop the Daleks from stealing Gallifreyan secrets? Or are things even more complicated? Two opposing Dalek factions meet in an explosive confrontation with the fate of the entire Universe at stake!
- Remembrance of the Daleks was the start of the 25 anniversary season of the show
- The book contains far more detail on the Special Weapons Dalek, also known (in the novelisation) as “the Abomination”. In the book, its motives are explored in detail, from its inception and creation as the ultimate weapon, to the surprising fact that the firing of the weapon caused it to mutate, and become self-aware. As a result, it is closely monitored and even ‘feared’ by other Daleks.
- The Imperial Daleks use “scout Daleks” not seen (so far) on television or in other media.
- Like The Curse of Fenric novelisation, this commission was given an unlimited wordcount, and in the light of the forthcoming range of New Adventures and new editor Peter Darvill-Evans, the writers were encouraged to take a more “grown up” approach to the story, and in particular its underlying theme of racism.