This is a book published by Big Finish in 2006. A number of these Short Trip books have been published, which generally have some sort of common linking theme – there is one collection called Time Signature, another called The Centenarian, and so on. They are short-story anthologies which feature contributions from many well-known Doctor authors, as well as some new authors.
This book features a collection of stories which have as their common theme the four series of the Dalek Empire stories, which are full-cast audio stories (over 18 cds in total) produced by Big Finish 2001 to 2007/8 for Series 4 (which is obviously after this book was originally published). Having just re-listened to all four series, this seemed an ideal time to re-read the Short Trips: Dalek Empire collection.
In this collection are wonderful tales of Kalendorf, Suz and Alby, as well as other people whose lives were changed forever by the Dalek invasions – ordinary people who never asked to be involved in any war, and who struggled to make any sense of their new world, or to just survive. There are 13 stories, and then the last item is the script of the Big Finish story Return of the Daleks, which is a Seventh Doctor story set in the time of the Dalek Empire stories, between the first and second series. This is also available as a full-cast audio adventure from Big Finish.
Great stuff, which really won’t make an awful lot of sense if you haven’t heard at least some of the Dalek Empire stories, but a real gem for those who are familiar with that series.
I admit it: I am a Dalek nut. I own all Dr. Who Dalek DVD's, many audio CD's with Dalek stories, as well as quite a few of the books (including all novelisations of WHO series, and the scripts of the first two Dalek Empire series). So for me, this truly is essential reading. I realise this book is probably less interesting for those not completely Dalek mad, and even less so for casual Who fans. However, for anyone who also loves these monstrous pepperpots, this really is a book to own. Most of the stories are quite interesting, while the book also includes the complete script of one of the Big Finish Audios - Return of the Daleks. I liked the characters of Kahlendorf and Suz in the Dalek Empire audio series, so their inclusion in this volume was very welcome. What I particularly liked is that for certain all the Daleks concerned will not be the new plastic big toy Daleks currently present in the TV series. One can imagine any kind of Dalek you like (from the classic series mostly, but the copper-bronze version presented in the first few series of new Who also fit in nicely) but for certain, it won't be those! Also nice is that more than one doctor is present in the book. A lovely addition to my already quite substantial pile of Dalek books.