There is a creature loose on the war-torn planet of Tersimmon. It has just destroyed an entire race, and following its arrival, others are dying too. Only one person will defend this killer, this murderer, this destroyer: because Jamie McCrimmon knows the Doctor isn't himself...
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- Victoria is asleep in the TARDIS whilst the Doctor and Jamie are exploring Tersimmon.
- Jamie struggles to understand why the Doctor has been so affected by the genocide on Skaro. The Doctor compares it with the chance of destroying the English during his own time. On the one hand, Jamie's people would be free to live their lives, but on the other hand, they would never have met Victoria, who is an innocent.
- This story was recorded on 18 October 2018. The following day, Emma Samms tweeted a photo of herself, Frazer Hines and George Mann at the studio recording. Hines recommended Samms for the role of Anya. (BFX: The Death of the Daleks)
- George Mann stated that this story was written to address certain questions he had when he first watched Genesis of the Daleks; specifically, how the Fourth Doctor questions whether he could commit genocide when he had previously done so in The Evil of the Daleks, seemingly without a thought. This story, which is a direct sequel to The Evil of the Daleks, sees the Doctor struggling to come to terms with the fact that he has recently committed genocide. (BFX: The Death of the Daleks)
- Ian Atkins had previously conceptualised the idea of the Dalek Death as a character and finally decided to go forward with the concept when plotting out The Second Doctor: Volume Three. (BFX: The Death of the Daleks) Mann described the brief he was given by Atkins:
The brief from Ian was to write a very different type of Dalek story about a very different type of Dalek! Ian had come to me with the idea of a Dalek Grim Reaper – or at least a mysterious Dalek figure that the other Daleks are wary of. One that uses its temporal shift to visit battlefields throughout time, ‘cleaning up’ after any Dalek defeats to make it look as though they never happened. The idea is that the Daleks, being the supreme beings in the universe, cannot possible be defeated so when they do find themselves in that position, this is the ‘Winston Wolf’ type figure who swoops in to sort out the mess. From there we started bouncing around ideas and settled on a Second Doctor and Jamie story set soon after the events of the television episode The Evil of the Daleks.
- This is one of the rare releases in The Companion Chronicles in which no narration is used. With four actors comprising its cast, the story is, in all respects, a full-cast audio. with Frazer Hines doubling as Jamie and the Doctor. In line with the more traditional structure of the range, however, Part One is mostly framed as a flashback while Anya questions Jamie. Anya also recounts a much-briefer flashback in Part Two.
- Nicholas Briggs compared coming up with a distinctive kind of voice for the Dalek Death with his earliest days voicing the Daleks in the Audio Visuals, trying out newer voices when he was brought on to voice them for the revived series, and his performance as the "giggly" Dalek Caan. Given this story's links to The Evil of the Daleks, Briggs decided to use a voice reminiscent of the Dalek Emperor, but "nastier and more deadly". (BFX: The Death of the Daleks)
- The Daleks had originally been planned to feature in a Jamie-centric story in The Second Doctor: Volume One but it could not be successfully integrated into the boxset's ongoing arc. The concept was repurposed as Across the Darkened City in The First Doctor: Volume Two instead. (VOR 100)
- Jamie hopes the TARDIS takes them as far away from Skaro as possible; he and the Doctor also talk about having just brought about the final end of the Daleks. (TV: The Evil of the Daleks)
- Jamie compares the mystery Dalek to the Phantom Piper. (TV: The Moonbase)
- The Doctor is identified by the Dalek Death as the Ka Faraq Gatri. (PROSE: Remembrance of the Daleks, Timewyrm: Revelation, COMIC: Bringer of Darkness)
- The Doctor wonders if he continues on the path of death and destruction whether he'll be worthy of his name. (TV: The Name of the Doctor, The Night of the Doctor, The Day of the Doctor et al)
- Shaken by the events on Skaro, the Doctor comes to question whether wiping out the Daleks is fully justified. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks)
- The Doctor questions if the Dalek Death is "an experimental model" with "increased brain capacity". (AUDIO: Across the Darkened City)
- The Dalek Death was trapped out of sync with reality by primitive temporal displacement technology. (TV: Doomsday, Evolution of the Daleks)
- The Dalek Death claims the Dalek Emperor was destroyed during the Civil War. By other accounts, the Emperor survived. (COMIC: Bringer of Darkness, AUDIO: The Lights of Skaro)