Doctor Who: War of the Daleks Paperback – 6 Oct 1997
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
War of the Daleks, and a follow-on book Legacy of the Daleks, are full-length Dalek novels which have caused some controversy among fans as they rather extensively rewrite Dalek history as depicted in the tv series, particularly that following on from the 1988 serial Remembrance of the Daleks. This was evidently done to bring the Dalek timeline more into line with the vision of Terry Nation for the Daleks.
However that may be, as a standalone novel, I found it a good read. The story involves the Eighth Doctor travelling with Sam, an original companion for the Eighth Doctor novels, a teenage girl from Earth that the Doctor first meets in in 1997.
The prologue to the book features a group of soldiers fighting what they know is a desperate battle against a force of Daleks. The action then moves to the Tardis, where the Doctor is making some repairs to components, when the Tardis, with the Doctor and Sam on board, is caught up in a salvage ship’s sweep; a ship that has already caught some interesting debris from the remains of an earlier battle, including a pod. But the pod is of interest to others, as well, and the Doctor and Sam soon find themselves caught up in the ongoing struggle between the Daleks and the Thals.Read more ›
In particular, why was Skaro seemingly abandoned by the Daleks ? Subsequent to 'Destiny of the Daleks', it seemed as if the Daleks had definitely lost their 'galactic superpower' status and were instead doomed to a near-eternity of civil war between those Daleks loyal to the memory of the 'true' Emperor Dalek (destroyed in 'Evil of the Daleks') and Davros who ultimately made himself 'Emperor' of a new Dalek race engineered on Necros (Revelation of the Daleks),
'War of the Daleks' resolves these issues in an ingenious fashion. In a fascinating dialogue between the Doctor and the Dalek Prime (the last survivor of the original 'prototype' Daleks build in the Kaled bunker), it emerges that both Davros and the Doctor have been misled by the Dalek leadership through all the events of 'Destiny of the Daleks' through to 'Remembrance of the Daleks'..
There are a number of interesting characters in 'War of the Daleks'; Delani is a Thal officer who has been morally brutalised by the hereditary war with the Daleks; the Doctor himself comes across as a little out of his depth as his dialogue with the Dalek Prime unfolds ; the Dalek Prime is described as having an appearance that resembles the Emperor Dalek featured in the 'TV21' comic strips of the 1960s - more importantly its existence is clear testimony to the Daleks return to being an autonomous species capable of devising its own strategies.
If there is to be a 40th anniversary special, 'War of the Daleks' is a prime candidate to provide its core plot. The novel's scenes are too epic for the BBC, but the plot, if portrayed properly, would restore 'Doctor Who' as a leading science fiction series.
There have been times in the latter part of the TV series that the Daleks have seemed nothing but stooges to Davros, but War of the Daleks takes the ideas from Remembrance of the Daleks and runs with them, emphasising the divisions between Dalek ranks - being those loyal to Davros and those loyal to the Dalek Prime, hence the war. It is interesting to see Daleks starting to think for themselves again like in the good old days, and unlike some of the new range of Dr Who novels this story actually stays true to the TV version and doesn't seem like something completely different trying to compete with American sci-fi. If Big Finish make an audio version of War then I'll be the first to buy it.
Throughout the novel, John Peel does a great job of showing us how good it could have been, as he breaks up the main plot with small vignettes from the greater galaxy as it grapples with the Dalek threat. These are gripping stuff indeed, epic adventures against an implacable and ruthless foe. The opening scene, a vast battle between the Daleks and Thal special forces, is equally gripping and for some reason reminds me of many of the scenes in Heinlein's "Starship Troopers". If the book had continued along those lines, it would have been superb; miltary SF in the Doctor Who universe is something we really haven't seen before, and Peel infuses the battle scenes with great tension and drama, whether they be between the Daleks and lone security agents, custodial robots or Draconian starships. He proves that he certainly has the ability to write this kind of stuff well, which is why the direction he takes with the rest of the novel is so irritating.
In between the battle scenes, Peel manages to create some very interesting characters and then gives them very little to do. The Doctor, supposedly the hero of the story, literally does nothing to affect the plot at all throughout the entire book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not exactly the best Dalek story, but you can do alot worse. The only major issues I had in this story was Peel re-writing Remembrance of the Daleks' ending.Published on 16 May 2014 by Beau Berrill
War of the Daleks was the first novel to feature the infamous foes since the TV show was cancelled in 1987. Read morePublished on 30 Oct. 2012 by Steve White
A great story which continues on from the last classic dalek story, remembrance of the daleks, so it's helpful if you have watched remembrance of the daleks. Read morePublished on 29 May 2012 by Andrew50
An excellent read! It was interesting from start to finish.It continues the Dalek civil war and I was pleased to see the return of Davros.ReccommendedPublished on 19 Feb. 2009 by Mrs. Ann Miller
This book was a great read. The Doctor and Davros are well written by John Peel who seems to be really enjoying writing for them. Read morePublished on 11 Jan. 2008 by T?M
John Peel's War of the Daleks is undeniably a fascinating and entertaining read, but it is far from easy going, and the finer complexities of the plot will no doubt be lost on... Read morePublished on 21 Nov. 2004 by P. J. Johnson
This was one of the first original Doctor Who books that I bought. I thought that it was pure fun but also had some very serious elements that kept the pace fresh. Read morePublished on 18 Aug. 2004