The Time of the Daleks was the thirty-second story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Justin Richards and featured Paul McGann as the Eighth Doctor, India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard and Don Warrington as Rassilon.
It was the fifth in a series of 6 audio stories featuring the Eighth Doctor.
The Doctor has always admired the work of William Shakespeare. So he is a little surprised that Charley doesn't hold the galaxy's greatest playwright in the same esteem. In fact, she's never heard of him.
Which the Doctor thinks is quite improbable.
Which the Doctor believes is extremely unlikely.
The Daleks just want to help. They want Learman to get her time machine working. They want Charley to appreciate the first-ever performance of Julius Caesar. They believe that Shakespeare is the greatest playwright ever to have existed and venerate his memory.
Which the Doctor knows is utterly impossible.
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- The Doctor - Paul McGann
- Charley Pollard - India Fisher
- General Mariah Learman - Dot Smith
- Major Ferdinand - Julian Harries
- Viola - Nicola Boyce
- Kitchen Boy - Jem Bassett
- Priestly - Mark McDonnell
- Hart - Lee Moone
- Professor Osric - Ian Brooker
- Dalek Voice - Nicholas Briggs
- Dalek Voice / Yokel - Clayton Hickman
- Marcus - Robert Curbishley
- Mark Anthony / Army Officer / Tannoy - Ian Potter
- Rassilon - Don Warrington
- The Daleks mention they gathered data from their attempted invasion of Gallifrey.
- The Daleks are able to transform people, in this case Learman, into a Dalek via drugs and exposure to radiation.
- Learman causes a Dalek to temporally implode when she touches its arm, as it is a mutated version of her from the future.
- The Eurozone is mentioned.
- The Daleks mention the Library of Kar-Charrat.
- The Daleks have constructed their own Eye of Harmony.
- Omega built a function into the Eye of Harmony projecting it fractionally into the future.
- Time winds rip apart a Dalek.
- Chronons appear when there is a working time machine, except chronons are needed to make a time machine work.
- The Daleks plan to use a Temporal Extinction Device to enlarge a temporal rift and harness its power for their own time travel craft.
- The Daleks and Learman need a temporal stabiliser to make their time machines work.
- Orthopositronium coats the mirrors of Learman's time machine.
- The time portal connects to 305, 1572, 1585, 1599, 1666 and 1940.
- This story is marked as being "Dalek Empire Part Four".
- Justin Richards originally scripted Learman as a man, but Nicholas Briggs wanted to cast Dot Smith in the role.
- Orthopositronium exists in real-world physics.
- This story marks the first credited appearance of the Matrix Rassilon in an audio story. The Doctor talks to him during the narration in Seasons of Fear, and Rassilon is heard towards the end of the narration sequence, but he is not credited.
- This audio drama was recorded on 22 and 23 January 2001 and 27 February 2002.
- The Daleks recite the dialogue from Hamlet while working on a time machine with Professor Osric.
- The Daleks using mirrors for time travel first appeared in TV: The Evil of the Daleks.
- Orson Welles did not recognise a Shakespearean quotation when the Doctor met him in New York City on 30 October 1938. The Doctor comments on this incongruity by referring to the fact that Welles made several Shakespearean films in the proper timeline. (AUDIO: Invaders from Mars)
- The Daleks serve refreshments, and pretend not to be threats, which unnerves the Doctor. (TV: Victory of the Daleks)
- The Daleks use information gathered on the Eye of Harmony from their invasion of Gallifrey (AUDIO: The Apocalypse Element) and on the time barriers at the Kar-Charrat library (AUDIO: The Genocide Machine) to construct their Temporal Extinction Device.
- A Dalek which goes through the mirrors ends up in a Roman fort in Britannia in 305. (AUDIO: Seasons of Fear)
- AUDIO: Neverland reveals the identity of the narrator quoting Shakespeare as well as the cause of the time disruptions.
- PROSE: Trading Futures makes reference to Learman.
- TV: Revelation of the Daleks first demonstrated how humans could be turned into Daleks.
- Mirrors were also used by UNIT for the purpose of time travel in TV: Turn Left.
- Later in his personal timeline, Shakespeare would meet the First Doctor (PROSE: The Empire of Glass), the Fourth Doctor (PROSE: The Empire of Glass, TV: Planet of Evil, TV: City of Death, PROSE: The Stranger, The Writer, His Wife and the Mixed Metaphor), the Fifth Doctor (AUDIO: The Kingmaker), the Ninth Doctor (COMIC: A Groatsworth of Wit) and the Tenth Doctor (TV: The Shakespeare Code). With the exception of the latter two incidents, all of these encounters occurred many years earlier in the Doctor's personal timeline than the events of Time of the Daleks.
- Later in his personal timeline, Shakespeare would travel in the TARDIS once again in the company of the Fifth Doctor, Peri Brown, Erimem and King Richard III. (AUDIO: The Kingmaker)
- The Doctor once again observes, "Lead on, McDalek!" (AUDIO: We Are The Daleks)
- After dropping off Shakespeare in 1572, the Doctor detected a Time Roach and followed it to an RAF in Scotland in the 1970s. (AUDIO: Foreshadowing)
- Official The Time of the Daleks page at bigfinish.com; note that it is out of print and is available as download only.
- The Time of the Daleks Transcript
- DisContinuity for The Time of the Daleks at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide
- An apparatus to search for mirror dark matter via the invisible decay of orthopositronium in vacuum