Publisher's summary[edit | edit source]
The TARDIS is ensnared in a time corridor, catapulting it into derelict docklands on 20th century Earth. The Doctor and his companions, Tegan and Turlough, stumble on a warehouse harbouring fugitives from the future at the far end of the corridor – and are soon under attack from a Dalek assault force.
The Doctor's oldest enemies have set in motion an intricate and sinister plot to resurrect their race from the ashes of an interstellar war. For the Daleks' plans to succeed, they must set free their creator, Davros, from a galactic prison – and force the Doctor to help them achieve total control over time and space. But the embittered Davros has ideas of his own...
Characters[edit | edit source]
- Fifth Doctor
- Tegan Jovanka
- Vislor Turlough
- Supreme Dalek
- Alpha Dalek
- Beta Dalek
- Gamma Dalek
- Delta Dalek
- Epsilon Dalek
Deviations from televised story[edit | edit source]
- Many characters are given expanded backstories, personalities, and first names.
- The Prison Station is a ship called the Vipod Mor. It has a cat named Sir Runcible that escapes with the Fifth Doctor through the time corridor.
- Gustave Lytton's first name is spelled "Gustav."
- The Dalek battlecruiser is said to be crewed by Tellurians, implying the duplicates and Troopers are humans. Lytton being a Charnel, as established in the Attack of the Cybermen novelisation, is never mentioned.
- "Howie Kellim" is the formal Star Fleet greeting, with "Howie Kellim Bi" as the reply.
- The computers controlling the time corridor attack the TARDIS using Ciskinady coding, which alerts the Doctor and Turlough that the Daleks are involved.
- The starfighters mentioned in the serial are depicted in a brief space battle.
- Styles is accompanied by an android nurse called Monda.
- The crewmember that accompanies Osborn is given the name Senior Ensign 'Baz' Seaton. He sabotaged Airlock Three so the Daleks could enter because they pay well.
- The grenade takes out 15 Daleks, instead of the obvious two on screen.
- The gas Lytton uses is called ZP gas.
- The novelisation shows the army personnel being duplicated in a van outside the warehouse.
- The Doctor previously met Lytton in Soho, running a high-class jazz club in Old Compton Street.
- Much detail is given about the interior of the Doctor's TARDIS, including that all the meals are prepared by an unseen robot chef named Ooba-Doa.
- Many Daleks from the serial are given specific titles, such as "Alpha Dalek," which the Doctor notes is one he's never heard of.
- The Doctor and Turlough intend to pursue Lytton instead of warning Earth authorities about the Dalek duplicates.
- In the "Coda," Tegan is briefly pursued by Lytton's policemen after leaving the TARDIS, and jumps off a bridge onto a boat to escape.
Notes[edit | edit source]
- This novel was released on 19 September 2019 complete and unabridged by BBC Audio and read by Terry Molloy, with Dalek voices by Nicholas Briggs.
- The year for the prison station is established as 4590 (a date previously given in The Dalek Handbook) dating Destiny of the Daleks to 4500.
- The prison station being named Vipod Mor is reminiscent of the other Vipod Mor ship from Slipback, also written by Eric Saward, who stated in an interview that he forgotten he'd already used it.