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on 23 March 2014
From the synopsis that I read of this story, this sounded like a story unlike many other Doctor Who books in the BBC Books line. This sounded like a story that Trevor Baxendale had written and meant it to be a really dark and serious story. If that was the intention, it was achieved with flying colours.

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". In both stories, we see the Daleks deliberately using humans to mine through the rocks, because they relish in seeing humans suffer.

Meanwhile, the Daleks bring in the members of the high council to deal with the Doctor. It is hear we are introduced to Dalek X. Trevor Baxendale's creation can definitely be seen as a deadly one, even the other Daleks tremble at Dalek X. At the end of the story, Dalek X is still able to remain cold and calculating. The ending of the story truly is one to ponder about and fits with the rest of the story.

In conclusion, Prisoner of the Daleks is a masterpiece from BBC Books, it truly is. I would go as far to say that I would have prefered to see this story televised compared to some other new series Dalek stories.
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 21 August 2014
This is another in the series of novels which have been previously published and which are now being re-published in the Monster Collection series of Doctor Who novels. This book was first published in 2009 so is one of the more recent novels in the Monster Collection re-issues.

The Tenth Doctor is travelling on his own. When the Tardis lands apparently of its own volition on a deserted world the Doctor is at first annoyed, then typically decides to have a scout about – after all, curiosity is one of his more endearing characteristics, isn’t it? But his adventure looks like it might be over before it starts, as he gets locked in an abandoned building. Meanwhile, the Wayfarer spaceship with its crew of Dalek hunters is looking for somewhere to refuel out on the edges of the frontier borders. Coincidentally, there’s a refueling station on the planet where the Doctor is trapped, but they don’t know that yet.

This is a great story; set quite late in the Tenth Doctor’s incarnation, he finds himself back further in time than he first anticipated, before the Time War and at the time when the great Dalek Wars with Earth’s Empire are taking place. This is a time and place where men and women live and die fighting the Daleks, only this time the Daleks think they’ve found the perfect way to win the war.

David Tennant’s Doctor is very well characterised in this work; he has great charisma and empathy, abhors violence of all kinds, and is frenetic in his attempts to sort out what he can see are the great wrongs being done around him. The other characters are also well drawn. The crew of the Wayfarer are all misfits in their own ways, and we find ourselves drawn into their stories. The Daleks are suitably single-minded in their focus on being the superior race, and Dalek X is a nice touch in this story. I really enjoyed this story, it’s well set up and well executed. Definitely recommended.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 23 November 2010
 How could any Doctor Who fan not like a story about the Tenth Doctor joining forces with a small but ruthless crew of Dalek hunters as he once again takes on his most iconic & deadly foe? Somehow he has arrived just before the Time War began, so has an opportunity to do a lot of good. But as you can tell from the title, things don't exactly go smoothly...

It has all the usual elements of a good Who story - seemingly unstoppable enemies, sonic screwdrivering aplenty, quirky lines & the Doctor preaching morality to his allies as they go about killing & torturing the creatures who slaughtered their families. Yet it doesn't seem clichéd or repetitive at all. It's actually very compelling & adds a lot of background to the Daleks, while remaining completely faithful to the Whoniverse. For instance, we are told that at full power, a Daleks' gun can atomise a human instantly but instead they use just enough energy to kill them over a couple of seconds, inflaming the nervous system & inflicting the maximum amount of pain on their victims. Social workers they ain't. However, its main strength has to be the continual battle of wits between The Doctor & his plunger-bearing foes as they lay subtle traps for each other like chess grandmasters, where you're never quite sure who's fooling who. Forget sci-fi shows from times gone by where supposedly intelligent characters do incredibly daft things to enable the hero to win - here the Daleks represent a believable threat.

Trevor Baxendale's writing is superb. I've tried a few Doctor Who audiobooks & much as I hate to say it, most seem to be derivative cash-ins, nowhere near up to the standard of the TV series. But this tears strips off the awful Winston Churchill episodes with the Alpha Romeo Dalek Mark II's - what a pity they didn't film this instead.

I listened to the audiobook version (which is unabridged BTW, running to approx. 5 hours) & Nicholas Briggs' voice is spot on. As the voice of the Daleks in the TV series, here he really brings them to life, their loud, imperious screech making me jump every time it came through my speakers. Not only that but being the producer of all the Doctor Who audio output, he knows a few things about narration, perfectly capturing David Tennant's speech patterns. In this case, I would definitely recommend the audio version over the text - it really adds something quite special.

This is an extremely enjoyable, faithful Doctor Who story, with action & moral questions aplenty. If you're looking to get into the Doctor Who books & audiobooks, start here - with the best.
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VINE VOICETOP 500 REVIEWERon 12 April 2009
A new doctor who novel. telling a story not seen on tv. featuring the tenth doctor on his own. characterised perfectly well enough for you to have no problem imagining david tennant saying the dialogue. complete in 251 pages. and suitable for readers of all ages.

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.
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on 19 June 2009
As other reviewers have noted Trevor Baxendale captures the character of the Doctor as played by David Tennant very well indeed. The novel is full of the best Dalek elements and introduces the idea of the Dalek Inquisitor General (Dalek X), something which could be investigated further in the future. Great pacing and good characterisation for the supporting roles make this a very strong book and I am now looking forward to the CD version read by Nicholas (voice of the Daleks) Briggs later this year.

Set during the Dalek Incursion (possibly at the time of the Big Finish Dalek Empire series) this is truly the Daleks at their best. Scheming, plotting and exterminating just as their creator (by whom I mean Terry Nation) envisaged them so long ago. A true tribute to the most evil beings ever created in the Whoniverse.

As an aside I often wonder why no-one has explored the idea of the Special Weapons Dalek idea featured in Remembrance Of The Daleks. Perhaps this was a creation of the writer Ben Aaronovitch and only he has the rights to it, but it would make a fascinating idea within a future Dalek novel......
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on 12 July 2010
I have to say this is an incredibly good read, it perfectly highlights just why the daleks are the most feared monster in the doctor who series and are dealt with properly for a change.

I heartily agree that this book is well worth your time and having read it three times already may never get too bored to ever forget it given that the next epsidoe of dr who is this xmas or whenever that sarah jane adventures episode turns up with Doc 11 involved.

This book is truly what doctor who and the daleks is all about, its well worth the price and the author has made an extraordinary effort to show how it should have been done.

These daleks don't serve tea and they aren't thwarted by stairs and as for the Osterhagen principle well read this book and find out just what that is!
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VINE VOICEon 14 January 2010
Without a doubt Trevor Baxendale has excelled himself with this fast-pacing novel of the Doctor pitted against his worst nightmare - the Daleks! With the introduction of Dalek X, there is scope for sequels and I hope the author is able to do this. The entire read encapsulates the authenticity of the television series and it is easy to imagine that this book is actually the novel of a BBC tv story already broadcast.
The characters are very strong and none of them can escape the ruthlessness of the Daleks and the lengths that the Daleks will go to attain their goal is perfectly described chapter by chapter. There is death, there is sadness, there is bravado.
This book is a perfect addition to the Doctor Who fiction library and easily eclipses the recent Slitheen and Judoon novels in this series.
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on 2 July 2012
(PRISONER OF THE DALEKS) BY Hardcover (Author) Hardcover Published on (04 , 2009)

this book is brilliant..
it is written with perfect represention of the 10th Dr's character!
& with certain areas of the story leaving you wondering how they are going to get out of this situation!

it is written in similar style to both R.T.Davies & S.Moffet.
a great read for both aults & younger!!
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on 7 January 2017
This is a brilliant audiobook, really engaging. Read by Supreme Dalek Nicholas Briggs himself, this is one of the best 10th Doctor novels.
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on 17 August 2015
I thoroughly enjoyed the book from beginning to end. Would definitely read it again and again. Looking forward to others in the Monster series.
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