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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 a cameo from Don Warrington as Rassilon.

It was the fifth in a series of 6 audio stories featuring the Eighth Doctor.

Publisher's summary[]

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.

General Mariah Learman, ruling Britain after the Eurowars, is one of Shakespeare's greatest admirers, and is convinced her time machine will enable her to see the plays' original performances.

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 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 Daleks have constructed their own Eye of Harmony.
  • Omega built a function into the Eye of Harmony projecting it fractionally into the future.

Time travel[]

Art by Martin Geraghty featured in DWM 317


  • 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.


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