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Revelation of the Daleks was a novelisation based on the 1985 television serial Revelation of the Daleks. It was written by the original writer Eric Saward and released by BBC Books on 14 November 2019. The novelisation was published again by Target Books on 11 March 2021.

Publisher's summary[]

Beware the hands that heal.

The Doctor and Peri land on the planet Necros to visit the funerary home Tranquil Repose – where the dead are interred and the near-dead placed in suspended animation until such time as their conditions can be cured.

But the Great Healer of Tranquil Repose is far from benign. Under his command, Daleks guard the catacombs where sickening experiments are conducted on human bodies. The new life he offers the dying comes at a terrible cost – and the Doctor and Peri are being lured into a trap that will change them forever.

At last, the only classic-era Doctor Who adventure never to be novelised is here, and by the author of the original script, Eric Saward.


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  • Necros is approximately the size of Mars, has an atmosphere much like Earth's, has three moons, and its seas have no salt. It has a winter and summer.
  • Tranquil Repose incorporates every architectural style ever practiced in the Twelve Galaxies.
  • Grigory is 35 and a medical doctor, while Natasha is 25 and an engineering student.
  • Takis and Lilt met serving in the Peninsular Wars on planet JJ33. They entertained the troops by impersonating Laurel and Hardy.
  • Jobel is 51 and was born in the star system Sifton 31. His father was a purveyor of meats and his mother was a stage make-up artist.
  • Derek Johnson, known as "the DJ," began his career while attending the Lowwrie Institute of Technology in the star system Sygma 18. He was later kidnapped by pirates and, because they didn't like his music, abandoned on a small planetoid in the Delta JJ sector of the Sixth Zone of the galaxy.
  • Orcini invited Bostock to join the Grand Order of Oberon after seeing his bravery at the Battle of Vavetron.
  • The Garden of Fond Memories is very similar to an avenue in the Roman town of Ephesus the Doctor visited two thousand years ago.
  • After escaping the prison station, Davros almost died waiting for months before being picked up by a transporter. He has been on Necros for over a year.
  • Tasambeker has been at Tranquil Repose for at least a few months.
  • Sontana was President Vargos's Principal Wife. The Doctor knew her as "Sonnie."
  • Tranquil Repose has a cat named Lord Plunkett.
  • Several million bodies are interred at Tranquil Repose.
  • The two hollow pyramids of Tranquil Repose were built using hydro-stabilisation.
  • The Doctor has a box of matched he picked up during the 19th century London Match Girl Strike.
  • Davros creates several thousand "gold sphere Daleks," a new generation that are supposedly more intuitive, better skilled at reading emotional situations, and equipped to levitate.
  • The Renegade Dalek ship that moves between the Dalek freighter and Tranquil Repose is a Mark Seven Statin shuttle.

Deviations from televised story[]

  • Every character except Orcini and Bostock are given full names.
  • Dialogue is switched around or altered in some places compared to how it was spoken on screen.
  • The Doctor and Peri are shown cooking and eating nut roast for breakfast, after Peri searches for something to wear. It is Wednesday morning in the TARDIS.
  • Peri is described as having a New York accent.
  • The TARDIS is on Necros an hour before the Doctor and Peri exit it.
  • Kara's food production plant is known as Kara's Kitchen.
  • Upon first glimpsing a Dalek, Peri remarks that it looks "cute."
  • The character of Alex Sagovski is freed and aids the Doctor is sabotaging the hydro-stabilization system, later taking over the DJ's position to incite rebellion.
  • Dalek Troopers accompany the Alpha and Beta Daleks that capture Davros.
  • Grigory and Natasha start an electrical fire to disrupt Tranquil Repose's systems.
  • Instead of being killed by a single levitating Dalek, Gigory and Natasha are attacked by three Daleks. Grigory is killed and Natasha destroys the Daleks, but worried about being converted herself, commits suicide with her last shot.
  • Davros levitates more than once.
  • It's implied Kara is marched to Davros on foot and is interrogated by Lilt, her dress ripped and an incisor missing.
  • The Doctor offers to let the survivors stay in the TARDIS for the night
  • A scene deleted from the televised version of Orcini and Bostock finding the body of the mutant is reinstated.
  • There are references to Terileptils not featured on screen.
  • It is made clear that the Daleks kill Tasambeker because she tried to warn Jobel.
  • It is explained that Kara gave Orcini the bomb in the hope the explosion would kill President Vargos, who was about to investigate her business.
  • Back stories are given for some characters such as Takis and Lilt being former army colleagues.
  • It is explained that Davros spread a false rumour of Stengos contracting an infection while helping him with his research, both to lure the Doctor to the planet and to cover turning him into a Dalek.


  • Exactly like in the televised version, the final line "I'll take you to..." — as spoken by the Doctor — is left unfinished.
  • As the novelization of Resurrection of the Daleks dated that story to 4590, and based on Davros's time as the Great Healer, the earliest this story can take place in is either late 4591 or 4592.


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