Doctor Who: Prisoner Of The Daleks Hardcover – 16 Apr 2009
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Smashing stuff -- Doctor Who Magazine, October 2009 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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the story involves the doctor finding himself in a time somewhen before the time war, with humans and daleks in the middle of an intergalactic war. he finds himself stranded with a group of humans who hunt daleks for a living. and they find themselves caught up in a dalek plot that places the future of the space time continuum at risk. literally.
long term fans may find the style of this familiar as it contains a lot of the elements that dalek creator terry nation would have in his stories. a group of tough humans and a humanoid alien. desolate planets. space battles. humans becoming prisoners of the daleks. cunning dalek plans. dalek spaceships. lots of explosions. and a chilling coda that suggests the daleks arent gone for good.
this book contains all of those, and yet it's done so well it's never cliched and that's all part of the charm. the human and humanoid characters are all quite well rounded and have believable motivations. it also brings in the moral questions that the show would often raise, not least whether killing or torturing daleks makes you any better than them.
all of this makes it a real page turner. and the daleks are also done very well. they do some very nasty things that are well in keeping with their character. and in a nice touch the book uses a different typeset for their dialogue.
those familiar with terry nations work will also spot a sneaky reference to a planet from his other show blake's 7. which was a nice touch.
a hugely enjoyable read.
Chronologically, the story takes place in 2009, during the year in which the 10th Doctor travelled with no companion. The Doctor ends up travelling with a small but fiery group of Dalek Bounty Hunters, after a Dalek attack. Whilst travelling with them, the crew ends up with the ultimate prize of a bounty hunter, a inactive Dalek prisoner. Against the Doctor's wishes, the crew slice through the Dalekanium casing in an attempt to try and interrogate the creature inside.
The interrogation takes place about a 1/4 of the way through the book and the writing is of platinum quality. We need to remember that the Daleks have haunted the Doctor all of his life and attempted to destroy his homeworld. Despite all of this, the Doctor is still able to find compassion for the Dalek and tries to stop the crew from torturing it. Even when the Doctor shows mercy for the creature, the Dalek is uninterested and simply tries to aggrevate the Doctor. Every line is one to be impressed by during these scenes.
After the now-dead Dalek reveals a hint about the Dalek Empire's plan, the Doctor and the crew travel to a planet destroyed by the Daleks. There, the Doctor discovers what they are up to. However, the Doctor and the crew also end up as prisoners of the Daleks. Part of the crew are taken as slaves. Some of the writing here reminded me of scenes from the 1979 story "Destiny of the Daleks".Read more ›
They are unquestionably his greatest enemies. Because as the Doctor himself has said, "They survive. They ALWAYS survive, while I lose everything."
In the 2009 series of Doctor Who novels, we have Prisoner of the Daleks by Trevor Baxendale. Taking place after the tragic Journey's End, this is set in the twilight year of the Tenth Doctor. For the first time in a long time, he is truly alone with no companion, friends or family to comfort him. With Davros, Caan and the Dalek race presently presumed completely destroyed, the Doctor finds himself trapped in a moment of history before the Time War. The Dalek Empire is rapidly growing in power, locked in fierce war with the human race. Before long, the Doctor finds himself caught-up in the conflict with a pack of Dalek bounty hunters...and a terrifying, insidious scheme that threatens to unravel everything the Doctor ever knew.
Hands down, Prisoner of the Daleks is the greatest Doctor Who novel I have ever read. There have been a lot of cracking tales in this series of hardbacks but Baxendale has delivered here in a way no other author has, and it's not just because the Daleks are here to whet fans' appetites.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed the book from beginning to end. Would definitely read it again and again. Looking forward to others in the Monster series.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
Very nice book, did find it a bit predictable with the Daleks, also there were some typos/ changes with how the daleks talked but I suppose it's down to the authors ideas about... Read morePublished 17 months ago by john booth
Dark, brooding and wonderfully exciting. The author captures the essence of the Daleks perfectly, with a cast of great supporting characters and a well written Doctor.Published 22 months ago by Tucker
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