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Jubilee was the fortieth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Robert Shearman and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe.

It was the second encounter with the Daleks for companion Evelyn Smythe. It was also the story that the author, Robert Shearman, would use as the basis for his television story Dalek two years later in 2005 when Doctor Who returned to television screens.

Publisher's summary[]

Hurrah! The deadly Daleks are back! Yes, those lovable tinpot tyrants have another plan to invade our world. Maybe this time because they want to drill to the Earth's core. Or maybe because they just feel like it.

And when those pesky pepperpots are in town, there is one thing you can be sure of. There will be non-stop high octane mayhem in store. And plenty of exterminations!

But never fear. The Doctor is on hand to sort them out. Defender of the Earth, saviour of us all. With his beautiful assistant, Evelyn Smythe, by his side, he will fight once again to uphold the beliefs of the English Empire. All hail the glorious English Empire!

Now that sounds like a jubilee worth celebrating, does it not?


The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn, having followed a weird transmission, arrive in London in 2003, but they quickly notice that the city appears strange and looks unusually dirty and dusty. Before they can properly investigate, the TARDIS suddenly dematerialises, leaving them behind.

The Doctor is then suddenly stricken by a weird sense of déjà vu, and realises that he and Evelyn have landed in an alternate timeline. England, now known as the "English Empire", has become the central political power of the world, following the events of "The Great Dalek War of 1903", and is ruled by the despotic President Rochester, who holds the sole surviving Dalek in the universe as a captive, and uses it as a part of his propaganda campaign of death.

As the Doctor and Evelyn try to restore the original timeline, they discover that they are being worshipped as heroes of the Dalek war, a fact which worries the Doctor, as he suddenly has faint and rather out-of-place memories of having fought in that war, and perhaps even more disturbingly, he can't recall if he ever managed to escape from it.

Illustration preview by Martin Geraghty in DWM 326



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  • Dalek juice is made from the secretions of the Dalek as it is tortured.

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  • Jubilee was the first release to use the Dominic Glynn arrangement of the Doctor Who theme. It was also the first to have a full-colour CD insert.
  • This was the first Big Finish audio drama to feature the Daleks that wasn't listed as part of the greater Dalek Empire story arc, not including their brief cameo in Seasons of Fear.
  • Robert Shearman later used plot elements of this audio as the basis for his Series 1 television story Dalek. Shearman also used the surnames of actors Jane Goddard, his wife, and Kai Simmons as names of characters in the production.
  • Both Dalek and various Torchwood stories feature Jubilee Pizza pizza boxes as an homage to this story. A Jubilee Pizza leaflet is also seen in the television story The Lodger.
  • This audio drama was recorded on 21 and 22 September 2002 at The Moat Studios.
  • This story contains metafictional commentary suggestions the Daleks themselves, or at least the marketing phenomena surrounding them, minimise and sensationalise the true horrors of Fascism.
  • This story was originally released on CD. It is now available as a download only.
  • Shearman originally wanted to return to the setting of Jubilee and write a second story, but in retrospect considers that desire arrogant and thinks it in part caused part four of the story to fall apart.[1]


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