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I Am a Dalek by Gareth Roberts was the inaugural Doctor Who Quick Reads novella.

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Equipped with space suits, golf clubs, and a flag, the Doctor and Rose are planning to live it up, Apollo mission-style, on the Moon. But the TARDIS has other plans, landing them instead in a village on the south coast of England; a picture-postcard sort of place where nothing much happens. Until now...

An archaeological dig has turned up a Roman mosaic, circa 70 AD, depicting mythical scenes, grapes - and a Dalek. A few days later a young woman, rushing for work, is knocked over and killed by a car, then comes back to life. It's not long before all hell breaks loose, and the Doctor and Rose must use all their courage and cunning against an alien enemy - and a not-quite-human accomplice - who are intent on destroying humanity.


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  • Some birds that live where Kate Yates works are curlews and kingfishers.
  • The Doctor plans to confuse future explorers by planting a Women's Institute flag on the Moon.
  • Kate Yates listens to Wogan and Ken Bruce on BBC Radio in the morning. Ken Bruce's slot starts at half past nine, and Snowbird by Anne Murray plays in the interval between the two.


  • This short novel (or novella) was the first release under a subsidiary banner of BBC Books, Quick Reads, an initiative to promote literacy. Quick Reads novellas are considerably shorter than the usual releases in the BBC Tenth Doctor Adventures line, roughly equivalent in word count to some of the shorter Target Books novelisations. I Am a Dalek was released exclusively in paperback format, the first New Series Adventure to not be published in hard cover.
  • This novella was also released as an ebook available from the Amazon Kindle store.


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