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Return of the Daleks
(Nicholas Briggs)
 Another bonus story for subscribers to the Big Finish Productions Doctor Who audio range was released in December 2006. This single-CD adventure, entitled "Return of the Daleks", features a solo Seventh Doctor in a battle with his arch enemies - The Daleks. "Return of the Daleks" is a crossover of sorts with the earlier Dalek Empire audio series and has been written by Nicholas Briggs and directed by John Ainsworth. Briggs, who is also the voice of the Daleks in the Doctor Who television series, once again is heard shouting 'Exterminate' at The Doctor. It was recorded on 20th September 2006.

 It stars Sylvester McCoy, as a companionless Seventh Doctor, with Gareth Thomas, as Kalendorf, and Sarah Mowat, as Susan Mendes – both reprising their Dalek Empire roles. Also starring are: Christine Brennan, Hylton Collins and Jack Galagher.

 On the planet Soleria the Daleks suddenly start to depopulate a huge area so that they can start to drill deep into the planet. But why? What is there that is so important for them to take such drastic actions?

 The Ogrons are unable to quell the challenges against the Daleks so it is up to the Angel of Mercy to stop them – but in doing so she has to assist the Daleks in their secret mission – whatever that may be.

Audio - The Year of the Pig
The Year of the Pig
(Matthew Sweet)
 Despite Susan Mendas working on the instructions of the Supreme Dalek even she becomes a victim as the Daleks have an even bigger plan then capturing further planets – because they have at last found the planet they are looking for.

 What will happen when the drill head reaches point zero and why do they need a heat ray? With one million and one hundred thousand frozen Dalek units buried in a million tons of ice the Daleks are trying to reactivate a huge Dalek army – an army that The Doctor, in his third incarnation helped defeat – when the planet Soleria was known as Spiridon.

 The Doctor knows what the Daleks are up to and why they have been experimenting on the planets indigenous population – a population known as Spiridons. A race who were originally invisible but who have since made themselves visible by genetic manipulation. All the Daleks have to do is find a cure for the effects of lightwave sickness and they will become invincible – The Doctor wishes he had made a better job of destroying the Dalek army when he last visited Spiridon.

 Susan and Kalendorf have a secret plan to lead the slaves of the empire in a rebellion against the Daleks but even they may not be able to defeat the Daleks. With Susan forced to again work with the Daleks and Kalendorf helping The Doctor it is a race against time to reverse the effects of the Daleks. Unable to refeeeze the Daleks it is time to increase the heat.

 However, when Susan leads the Daleks to Kalendorf they become aware of The Doctor’s presence on the planet and they threaten to kill Kalendorf – and to his surprise and disgust The Doctor gives into the Daleks – and worse agrees to work for them.

 Why is it so important for Kalendorf to remain alive? Important enough for The Doctor to become a prisoner of the Daleks for many years and to allow the Spiridons believe that he sacrificed himself for them and perished?

 But when The Doctor overhears the Daleks, talking to their command about a rebellion that’s started on Yaldos, he knows that Susan and Kalendorf have finally succeeded in their mission and the Dalek Empire is going to be defeated. And so he decides it is the right time to release a contagion upon the Daleks. They think it is the cure for the light-wave sickness but they soon realise that it is not a cure at all. As the Spiridons return to their natural state of invisibility, everyone else - including The Doctor – is affected by light-wave sickness.

 As the Daleks on Spiridon scream out in agony and die The Doctor must make his way back to the TARDIS otherwise he to will succumb to the light-wave sickness - and this time he might be unable to regenerate…
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Notes:
  • Featuring the Seventh Doctor.
  • Serial Number: BFPDECD02A
  • Number of Episodes: 1
  • Cover Length: 70 minutes
  • Episode Lengths: 1 = 61'09"
  • Total Story Length: 61'09"
  • This story takes place prior to "Doctor Who: The Movie".
  • Cover Illustration: Alex Mallinson
  • Recorded: 20th September 2006
  • Recording Location: Blueprint Studios
  • Released: December 2006
  • ISBN: 1-84435-238-8

On the Back Cover:

No one could ever know.
We had to erase the past.
Change everything.
Start again.

But even though it’s been centuries now…
In our hearts, none of us feels truly…
Safe.


I think, even if our people were to survive until the end of time itself,
We could still fear…
The return of the Daleks.

 

Who's Who?

The Seventh Doctor

 He has been exploring the universe for hundreds of years. He fights injustice. He fights injustice. He defeats evil. He helps people. In this regeneration, The Doctor can be impish, devious even, but also greatly compassionate; whimsy and melancholy do battle inside this persona. It is some time yet before he will regenerate into his eighth incarnation and, for now, he travels in the TARDIS on his own.


Kalendof (Karl)

 An agent of the Knights of Velyshaa, trained since birth in all noble and martial arts of the Velyshaan Imperial court. Swept up in the Dalek conquest of our galaxy, Kalendorf was taken prisoner by the Daleks and forced to work for them.


Susan Mendes

Captured and enslaved by the Daleks alongside Kalendorf, ex-geologist Susan Mendes stood up to her alien captors and got their attention. She suggested a shift system of work and more humane conditions. Seeing that her personal implementation of this gave the slave workforce hope, the Dalek Supreme sent Suz and Kalendorf on a ‘good will tour’ of Dalek subjugated worlds. Against all their instincts, Suz (‘The Angel of Mercy’) and ‘Karl’ made the Dalek Empire efficient and successful. Their only solace from the shame of this betrayal of humanity was their secret plan to, one day, lead the slaves of the empire in a rebellion against the Daleks.

 

Full Cast List:

The Doctor Sylvester McCoy
Kalendof
Gareth Thomas
Susan Mendes
Sarah Mowat
Skerrill
Christine Brennan
Mendac
Hylton Collins
Aytrax
Jack Galagher
The Daleks
Nicholas Briggs
Dorla
Hylton Collins
Zalerian Hylton Collins & Jack Galagher
Ogrons Jack Galagher & Nicholas Briggs
Talamar Nicholas Briggs

The Production Team:

Writer Nicholas Briggs
Director John Ainsworth
Sound/Music Nicholas Briggs
Theme Music David Darlington
Producer Sharon Gosling
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