Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks
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The Time Lords have a mission for the Doctor. Together with Sarah and Harry, he finds himself stranded on the war-torn planet Skaro where the conflict between the Thals and the Kaleds has been raging for a thousand years. Chemical and biological weapons have started a cycle of mutation among the planet’s inhabitants that cannot be stopped. But Kaled scientist Davros has perfected a life support system and travel machine for the creature he knows his race will ultimately evolve into – the Dalek.
The Doctor must stop the creation of the Daleks, or perhaps affect their development so they evolve into less aggressive creatures. But with Davros’s plans to destroy the Thals and to wipe out any dissenters among his own ranks in progress, is the Doctor already too late?
This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 8 March–12 April 1975.
Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker with his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan
plastic envelope. The two prisoners were taken through the inner door and down the long tunnel. They were led along endless buttressed corridors and into an enormous underground room. Looking around in interest, the Doctor guessed he was in an advanced research laboratory. Or rather a collection of laboratories. The place was sectioned off, and in different cubicles and enclosed areas white-coated scientists were hard at work. They were taken across the room to a corner desk, where a haggard,
Bettan, asked, ‘What about him?’ The Minister glared indignantly at the Doctor. ‘He must be punished, executed …’ The Minister broke off. He was a kindly man at heart, and he really wasn’t in the mood to think about such distasteful matters as executions. ‘No—let us show that although ruthless in war, we Thals can be merciful in victory. All political prisoners will be freed, and all charges dropped. Release him!’ The Minister swept out, and at a nod from Bettan the guard began untying the
further, and the scientists left to begin their tasks. Nyder, who had entered in time to witness the end of this scene, smiled thinly and went over to Davros. ‘The Dalek task-force is in position,’ he said. ‘They await your order.’ ‘I see no reason for further delay.’ The withered hand dropped down on a control. Miles away, on the edge of the Thal city, Daleks began to move forward. The Doctor made his way with difficulty through the rejoicing Thal city. The place was completely roofed-in, like
spun round and glided towards the city gates. Just outside the city, the girl Bettan and a ragged group of Thals crouched in a trench, watching their city burn. Bettan tensed, ‘Quiet, there’s something moving out there.’ The giant cloaked shape of a muto appeared over the edge of the trench. Bettan raised her rifle but a deep voice rumbled. ‘No, do not shoot. I am a friend.’ The muto jumped into the trench, hands stretched out appealingly. ‘You are the Thal girl called Bettan?’ ‘That’s right.
screamed, ‘you’ve got to stop them.’ He grabbed Davros by the shoulder, but Nyder pulled him back, shoving him out into the crowd. Away from the charmed group around Davros, he was immediately shot down by Dalek guns. Sarah turned sickened from the slaughter below and hammered hysterically on the door. ‘Let us out. Please someone let us out!’ she screamed. Harry tried to calm her. ‘It’s no use, Sarah …’ The Doctor tapped him on the shoulder. ‘Don’t be so sure, Harry!’ He pointed. The handle of