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The Apocalypse Element was the eleventh story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Stephen Cole and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor, Maggie Stables as Evelyn Smythe, Lalla Ward as Romana II and Anthony Keetch as Vansell.

It was the first audio story to feature Ward reprising her role of Romana. It was also the first audio story to feature the Sixth Doctor and the Daleks. The last story to feature the Sixth Doctor and the Daleks was 1993's Doctor Who Magazine comic story Emperor of the Daleks!.

The spine of this story's CD case was marked "Dalek Empire Part Two", marking it as taking place as part of Big Finish's series of linked audio stories that formed a large and long setting for the Dalek Empire during a particular phase of their galactic expansion.

Publisher's summary[]

When the planet Archetryx is threatened by a Dalek assault squad, the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn become embroiled in an ever-deepening mystery. What has become of President Romana, missing for twenty years? What lurks in the vast gravity wells of Archetryx? What is the secret of the ancient element the Daleks are synthesising — and how does Gallifrey feature in their plans?

The Doctor finds that if his oldest enemies cannot conquer the universe they will watch it go up in flames...


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  • The Daleks detonated a particle of the Apocalypse Element in the Seriphia Galaxy, destroying everything in it.
  • The Seriphean Galaxy is four times the size of the Milky Way galaxy and home to over six hundred billion stars.

Gallifreyan technology[]

Other realities[]

  • The Doctor mentions Romana having been in E-Space.


  • Archetryx is host to a "Time Treaty" of "twenty of the greatest powers in space-time".
  • Etra Prime is the oldest planetoid in the known universe.




  • The Gravity wells on Archetryx are subterranean shafts where zero gravity is able to be manipulated.


Time technology[]

  • Archetryx is protected by a temporal barrier, inside which everything is one minute in the future.
  • The Monan Host's time craft has powerful engines, more so than even the Time Lords' TARDISes.


Art by Lee Sullivan from DWM 294

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