Welcome to ‘Doom of the Daleks’, my third ‘Doctor Who’ story!
It was September to October 2010 when I wrote ‘Doom of the Daleks’. I’d previously been to a ‘Doctor Who’ convention in Swansea called ‘Regenerations 2010’. I saw Sarah Sutton there for the second time at a convention. Sarah was lovely and kind to me and hoped she’d see me again at another convention.
After the light-hearted endeavours of ‘The Railway of Time’ and ‘The Space Hotel’, it was time to venture into more serious territory. The final part of this Fifth Doctor trilogy by me, would pit the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy against the dreaded Daleks. This was something I was so excited about doing.
As ‘Doctor Who’ fan, it would be mad of me not to write a story featuring the Doctor’s deadliest pepper-pot foes. I loved seeing the Dalek stories on TV including ‘Dalek’ and ‘Bad Wolf’/’The Parting of the Ways’. I also loved listening to the Big Finish audios with the Daleks including ‘The Mutant Phase’.
This story also introduces the dreaded Dwaxi. For this story, I wanted to have the Daleks compete against a new deadly and powerful foe that the Doctor would also fear. I originally created the Dwaxi as a main foe for ‘Torchwood’. But I saw no reason to have them featured in this ‘Doctor Who’ story.
I was disappointed with how ‘Destiny of the Daleks’ turned out, in having the Daleks and the Movellans equalled in strength in terms of their computer and robotic intelligence. What I wanted between the Daleks and the Dwaxi, was to have them equal in strength in terms of aggressive; violent behaviour.
The Dwaxi (pronounced ‘Dwa-xy’), as I originally wrote them in my initial notes as ‘Torchwood’ villains, were described as being ‘more powerful than the Daleks’. This was the inspiration I took when it came to writing my Dalek story, as I wanted to find out how the Dwaxi were more powerful than the Daleks and how bad that was.
Nicholas Briggs had done something similar with a threat more powerful than the Daleks in ‘The Mutant Phase’. This time however, instead of the Daleks threatened with what they might become, the story had them facing a foe threatening their superiority and to become masters of the universe.
When I first created the Dwaxi for ‘Torchwood’, they were meant to be ultra-violent super-thugs from another dimension that slipped through into Cardiff via the rift. They’re still the ultra-violent super-thugs and they come from another dimension via a rift. But it’s left unexplained during this story.
The Dwaxi do seem to be initially one-dimensional super-thugs that are purely evil in this story. But don’t be taken in by these first impressions of the Dwaxi too quickly. There is more to them in what they are and it is explained why the Dwaxi cause so much violence in terms of where they originate.
I also wanted to create a ‘Star Trek’-styled adventure for my Dalek story, as I’m a Trekkie fan as well as a ‘Doctor Who’ fan. So there’s the starship Moonraker commanded by Captain Kevin Sulley with his loyal crew. You’ll find the ‘Star Trek’ atmosphere featured aboard the Moonraker in this Dalek adventure.
This first Fifth Doctor trilogy by me introduced Billy Walker as a companion with the Doctor and Nyssa. It was great to write Billy’s introduction as a companion in this trilogy and he’s had an eventful time in the first two stories. But by this point, things start to go a little sour for Billy’s tastes.
Billy now enters into darker territory by this point in his journey as a ‘Doctor Who’ companion. This is different compared to the light-heartedness of the previous adventures Billy had. His skills are now put to the test on whether he can cope with the dangerous aspects of travelling in the TARDIS.
The events involving the Daleks; the Dwaxi and the Moonraker are all part of a fixed point in time during the future history of the Earth Empire. This is something that horrifies Billy when he finds out what the fate of the Moonraker crew is and it prompts him into realising that all isn’t cosy in the TARDIS.
The relationship between Nyssa and Billy also develops here. Billy gradually takes an interest in Nyssa, especially when he requests where he wants to go first as an official companion in the TARDIS. By the end of the story, after witnessing so much death and destruction, the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy go somewhere tranquil and harmonious.
The decision on whether to continue the Fifth Doctor adventures with Nyssa and Billy was left open-ended, especially when I wrote the final scene of this adventure. I completed my first ‘Doctor Who’ trilogy. But I didn’t know whether I was to continue and see how the adventures of the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy would turn out.
I hope you’ll enjoy this ‘Doctor Who’ adventure with the Doctor; Nyssa and Billy facing the Daleks and the Dwaxi. ‘Doom of the Daleks’ is a darker adventure compared to ‘The Railway of Time’ and ‘The Space Hotel’. Do you think Billy should say ‘yes’ to keep travelling with the Doctor and Nyssa?
TIM BRADLEY, March 2016.
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