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Abslom Daak
Absoom Daak (The Then and the Now)
Species: Human
Spouse: Taiyin
First seen in: Abslom Daak... Dalek Killer
Other appearances: see list
Abslom Daak was a thuggish human criminal who embarked on a crazed vendetta against the Daleks after they took the life of his only love.

Biography Edit

In the mid-26th century, Daak was convicted of "twenty-three charges of murder, pillage, piracy, massacre and other crimes too horrible to bring to the public attention". At the close of his trial, he was given the choice between vaporisation or exile as a Dalek Killer. He chose the latter. Out of a selection of many weapons, his choice was (and continued to be) a chainsword. Daak was transported to the primitive planet Mazam in the Dalek Empire, the Humanoid rulers of which appeased the Daleks occupying their world. He destroyed a Dalek task force single-handedly and rescued the Princess Taiyin, with whom he fell in love. (COMIC: Abslom Daak... Dalek Killer) Abslom Daak and Taiyin married. (COMIC: The Then and the Now) Taiyin decided to strike out against her masters. She was killed by a Dalek survivor that Daak had overlooked, leaving Daak grief-stricken and vowing to exterminate every Dalek in the galaxy. (COMIC: Abslom Daak... Dalek Killer)

On the planet Phaester Osiris, Daak tried, without luck, to come onto Sarah Jane Smith while she visited that world with the Fourth Doctor. (PROSE: Scarab of Death)

With Taiyin's body alongside him in cryogenic suspension (he hoped that medical technology might one day revive her) Daak joined with the Draconian Prince Salander, Vol Mercurius and an Ice Warrior, Harma, (Whom he found in a sort of murder emporium, designed for people to pay to be killed, knocked out, then dragged him out the door, ignoring his complaints that that would be against his word) who came to travel the galaxy in a small ship known as the Kill-Wagon. (COMIC: Star Tigers) He continued to kill Daleks, often armed only with an energy pistol and his personal chainsword. Fond of the bottle, Daak, remained a tough-talking ruffian, almost psychotically eager for battle. (COMIC: Nemesis of the Daleks)

Daak sold Dalek artefacts to Bonapart Devizes, and became one of his main sources for stock. He also travelled to Clundanius XI, got drunk and picked a fight with twenty Vervoids for looking at him funny. Daak eviscerated them all. (COMIC: Downtime)

He met the Seventh Doctor (who had heard of Daak) on the planet Hell after the Kill-Wagon had crashed there while investigating Dalek activity. He thought his fellow Star Tigers had died in the crash. They found the Daleks mining a deadly gas, helkogen, out of the planet, taking it up to an orbital Dalek Death Wheel to build a genocide machine. Daak sacrificed himself by flying a captured Dalek hovercraft into the Wheel's reactor core, destroying the Wheel and the Dalek's plans. (COMIC: Nemesis of the Daleks)

Absom Daak tried to Kill Doctor

The Doctor is threatened by Daak. (COMIC: Emperor of the Daleks)

Daak was plucked out of time just before his moment of death by a Dalek faction led by the Supreme Dalek and used to locate and lead the Seventh Doctor into a trap. Eventually he discovered that he had been tricked, and aided the Doctor, the Doctor's companion Bernice ("Benny") Summerfield (another native of the 26th century left without parents by the Daleks) and his old allies (who he learned had survived the crash) in defeating the Daleks once more. On Spiridon, Daak attacked the "wheelchair" part of Davros with his chainsword, crippling him. With help from Benny, Daak got over his fixation with Taiyin, but then nursed a crush on Bernice. (COMIC: Emperor of the Daleks) Despite this source's suggestion that Daak had left behind his former love emotionally and literally, Daak was later seen to still be traveling with her capsule during his travels. (COMIC: The Then and the Now)

Daak received an invitation to come to Cheldon Bonniface for Bernice Summerfield's wedding to Jason Kane, but, perhaps fortunately for all concerned, he turned it down, stating he still hadn't killed every Dalek in the galaxy. (PROSE: Happy Endings)

Daak once knew a Time Agent. During their "final meeting," the pair got in a fight, which ended with the Agent's arm being cut off and taken by Daak, including his Vortex manipulator. (COMIC: The Then and the Now)

The Doctor's bounty Edit

After the end of the Time War, Daak suddenly became frustrated with the discovery that there were little to no Daleks left in the universe to kill or seek revenge on. After years of not seeing a single Dalek, Daak decided to take up his former occupation of a murdering assassin, and took up a job to bring the Doctor to a judge for a trial. Using his Vortex manipulator, Daak tracked down the Eleventh Doctor and occupied his TARDIS.

Daak threatened the Doctor and his companions. In repsonse to this, the Doctor made the TARDIS hide Taiyin within its structure. Daak was then forced to join the Doctor in his quest to discover who killed the Cyclors. (COMIC: The Then and the Now)

Daak was shot by the Squire when the Volatix inside her body took control upon her death and turned on the Doctor and his friends. (COMIC: Fast Asleep) Daak managed to stumble to his feet and deliver an attack to the Squire. Due to Daak's weakened state, the Squire was able to dodge the attack and shot him once more. (COMIC: Gently Pulls the Strings) Daak saw a vision of Taiyin, who hooked him up to a machine that healed his wounds. Daak then exited the TARDIS on a speeder and ran over the Squire. The Doctor then granted Daak his greatest wish, and used the Then and the Now to send him into the Last Great Time War, where he could slay Daleks to his heart's content. (COMIC: Physician, Heal Thyself)

Other information Edit

When cyborg hacker Psi was attempting to protect Clara Oswald from the Teller, he ensured that it would focus on his guilt by uploading the memories of some of the worst criminals in history, one of them being Abslom Daak. (TVTime Heist)

Daak's ancestor Edit

At least one of Daak's ancestors was also a criminal and, in 2009, was found guilty by Intersol for crimes against New Devonia. (COMIC: The Crimson Hand)

Daak's clone Edit

A cryogenically frozen Daak was revived by Ace in 2573. Ace thought of him as the only Daak and, with Benny, tried to stop him from dying because, thinking him the real, original Daak and not a clone, they knew that Daak would die on Hell. He was killed while saving Ace from the gestalt intelligence named Pool. (PROSE: Deceit)

Behind the scenes Edit

  • The appearance of Abslom Daak in Time Heist marks the first appearance of a character created for the comics being mentioned in a televised story. Daak's image appears among a menagerie of photographs of villains from Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood. Daak is represented by an artist's rendering rather than a photograph of an actor or model.
  • An unnamed Daak made a short appearance outside of the Doctor Who universe in "Oasis" written and drawn by the original Daak team, Steve Moore and Steve Dillon, a story which originally appeared in the British comics magazine Warrior, also edited by early DWM editor Dez Skinn. In the story, featuring interstellar mercenary Axel Pressbutton (co-created by Steve Moore, with Alan Moore, no relation) and his travelling companion, Mysta Mystralis (or Laser Eraser) an unnamed Daak tries to hit on Axel's Mysta, whereupon, not happy with his interest, she easily bests him. (Steve and Alan Moore, had, incidentally, specifically conceived of the Warrior universe as a parallel to the Doctor Who Universe and made the Chonarchs, parallel versions to the Time Lords of part of that universe, though they never put in an appearance.)
  • 1990 saw the release of "The Theme from Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer", composed by Dominic Glynn and Martin Smith, and performed by The Slaves of Kane. It was released as part of a promotional flexi disc in Doctor Who Magazine and subsequently released in various mixes on two singles.
  • A variant of Daak's statement "Whatcha gonna do now, big shot? Suck me to death?" appears in Dalek, but unlike the helpless Dalek in the comic strip, the Dalek proceeds to do just that with his manipulator arm. "I'm gonna kill every last stinking Dalek in the galaxy!" is similar to the Ninth Doctor's promise at the closing of Bad Wolf.
  • Marvel Comics collected several of his comics as a graphic novel entitled Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer, which was released in 1990. The graphic novel included new prose fiction involving the character.
  • Marvel tried three times to bring Abslom out of the Doctor Who universe and give him his own unrelated strip. A similar character from their Blake's 7 comic, Valkac, was to be brought into the Star Tigers (with Harma and Salander killed off) who would then be spun off out of the Doctor Who universe; this attempt was ended by Steve Moore when he quit the comic. In 1990, Marvel UK prepared work on a Daak miniseries by Dan Abnett which would not have featured the Doctor. Following this, Moore wrote a proposal for a ten-issue miniseries After Daak that would attempt the same thing, with a less heavy four-issue miniseries intended to run before it; this fizzled out, partly because Marvel US wouldn't allow 10-issue miniseries and because they viewed Doctor Who as a dead brand. [1] The pitch for After Daak was put online at Altered Vistas.

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