Death to the Daleks was a novelisation based on the 1974 television serial Death to the Daleks.

Publisher's summary

1978 edition

A mysterious power-loss strands the TARDIS on Exxilon, a sinister fog-shrouded alien planet. Forced to brave the dangers of the planet, the Doctor meets the survivors of a beleaguered expedition from Earth searching for a precious mineral that can save the galaxy from a terrible space-plague. Sarah finds a mysterious super-City and becomes a captive of the savage Exxilons, and, worst of all, the Doctor's greatest enemies, the dreaded Daleks, arrive on a secret mission of their own.
What terrifying power makes captives of all who come to the planet? What is the secret of the mysterious deserted City with its great flashing beacon? And what sinister plan has brought the Daleks to Exxilon? The Doctor and Sarah must risk their lives time and again in a desperate attempt to foil the Daleks and save millions of humans from the horrific plague.

1991 edition

"It's as if the TARDIS is dying," whispered Sarah...

Mysteriously drained of its energy by a strange force, the TARDIS and its occupants are stranded on the planet Exxilon, a planet inhabited by a savage and degenerate race. But it's here alone that the cure for the hideous space plague can be found, a cure so vital that even the Daleks are willing to join forces with the Doctor in order to find it...

Doctor Who - Death to the Daleks was first broadcast in 1974 and was written by Terry Nation, the creator of the Daleks. This novelization was written by Terrance Dicks, who was script editor of the series for five years and who has novelized more than sixty Doctor Who television stories.

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Chapter Titles

  • Prologue
  1. Death of a TARDIS
  2. The Ambush
  3. Expedition from Earth
  4. The Deadly Arrivals
  5. A Truce with Terror
  6. The Sacrifice
  7. Escape to the Unknown
  8. Bellal
  9. The Pursuit
  10. The City Attacks
  11. The Trap
  12. The Nightmare
  13. The Antibodies
  14. The Last Victory

Deviations from televised story

  • The Dalek's replacement weapons are referred to as "machine guns" (i.e., fully automatic slug-throwers); in the television story, the weapons appeared to function as semi-automatics.
  • The Doctor remains examining the frozen figure instead of walking away when Sarah goes back to the TARDIS.
  • Railton is said to be a scientist rather than a marine captain, although he is still specified as being senior to Galloway. His first name is not mentioned.
  • Galloway is said to have lost his entire family in the Dalek wars, grown up in a refugee camp and worked his way up through the ranks of the Space Corps. He feels Stewart has been blocking his promotion because of disagreements on previous missions.
  • Jill is stated to be blonde: On screen, she has red hair.
  • Instead of saying they didn't find Jack, Railton and Galloway state they found his body and buried him.
  • It is specified that the MSC party was originally ten, with the others being lost in two ambushes.
  • The Exxilons capture three Daleks rather than two. The fourth is knocked down with a boulder and it is specified the Exxilons' battering triggered its self-destruct.
  • The surface Exxilons have no recorded dialogue: Sarah is unable to understand their language and it is stated that Galloway and the Dalek leader communicate with them in "pidgin standard".
  • Galloway and Peter are given four bombs by the Daleks rather than two, meaning they attach three to the beacon. It is said the beacon has four struts rather than the single pillar seen on screen.
  • The probe that attacks the digging emerges from the sand rather than a pool.
  • Gotal is introduced to the Doctor and Sarah by Bellal; on screen, he is only named in the credits. The subterranean Exxilon spying on the Daleks is named as Jebal.
  • Sarah is strapped to the altar during her aborted sacrifice.
  • It is made clearer that the Daleks do not bother to supervise Galloway onboard their ship.
  • The City generates a group of antibodies rather than the two seen on screen.
  • The Doctor and Bellal cross the patterned floor in a mixture of red and white tiles; on screen, they only use white tiles. The floor is said to be in a large hall rather than a corridor.
  • The Dalek who lets Jill escape does not self destruct.
  • The heroes attempt to reach their ships before the Daleks launch the missiles. Bellal has dialogue commenting on the destruction of the City (on screen he is silent during the closing sequence) and there is extra dialogue between the Doctor and Sarah at the end where the Doctor wants to resume the journey to Florana but Sarah just wants to go home.

Writing and publishing notes

  • An unused and unfinished piece of cover artwork for this title by Roy Knipe was later finished and and sold privately in the early 2000s.

Additional cover images

British publication history

First publication:

  • Hardback
W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback


1991 Target Books / Virgin Publishing with a new cover by Alister Pearson priced £2.50 (UK)

Editions published outside Britain

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