|Blood of the Daleks|
|Main enemy:||Renegade Daleks, Mutant Daleks|
|Main setting:||Red Rocket Rising|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Post production:||Andy Hardwick and Gareth Jenkins - ERS|
|Cover by:||Alex Mallinson|
|Release date:||January 2007 (Part 1)|
February 2007 (Part 2)
|Format:||2 episodes on 2 discs|
|Production code:||BFPDWCDMG001 (Part 1) |
BFPDWCDMG002 (Part 2)
|The New Eighth Doctor Adventures|
|none||Horror of Glam Rock|
Blood of the Daleks was the first of Big Finish Productions' The New Eighth Doctor Adventures audio stories. Co-produced with BBC 7, this was the first Doctor Who audio story to debut on radio since The Ghosts of N-Space in 1996. Broadcast and released in two parts, it featured the Eighth Doctor played by Paul McGann and introduced Sheridan Smith as Lucie Miller. This story takes place after the final story featuring Charlotte Pollard with the Eighth Doctor, namely The Girl Who Never Was.
"People of Red Rocket Rising, my fellow citizens. Our long night is over. I've been contacted by a benevolent people. They too have known great trials, but they have overcome them and made it their mission to help others do the same. They have offered us refuge, and passage to the nearest human worlds. They have the resources, and the patience and compassion, to evacuate every one of us. My fellow citizens, my friends, rescue is at hand!"
"The crashed ship. The one Tom Cardwell saw all those years ago. And you borrowed its technology, didn't you? Maybe even found a Dalek or two in the wreckage. Dead, but intact. And you began to turn human beings into creatures like them. You did that? I'm right, arent I?"
To the Eighth Doctor's puzzlement and consternation, Lucie Miller appears in the TARDIS; he attempts to return her to the North of England in 2006, but finds that a temporal shield prevents him from landing there. Instead, the two find themselves on the human colony world Red Rocket Rising, which has suffered an asteroid strike. The survivors include the colony's acting president, Eileen Klint, disgraced scientist Asha Gryvern and the apparently paranoid Tom Cardwell. Klint receives a message from a Dalek fleet offering rescue to the colony's citizens, and accepts the offer, believing the Daleks to be benevolent. Lucie reveals that the Time Lords have placed her in the Doctor's care because of something she'd seen, although she doesn't know what it is. Asha, apparently the assistant to one Professor Martez, is in reality Martez himself, who had combined dead and living humans with technology salvaged from a crashed Dalek ship in an effort to ensure survival; Martez has created a new race of Daleks. When the true Daleks land, they welcome the survivors onto their ship, and demand that Klint turn the Doctor over to them. Meanwhile Martez orders his Daleks to open fire on the Doctor.
The Doctor tricks Martez's Daleks and escapes. Martez has summoned the Daleks for assistance with his own Dalek creations, but the true Daleks see Martez's Daleks as a threat to the purity of the Dalek race, and plan to destroy them. The Doctor allies himself temporarily with the true Daleks in order to destroy Martez's Daleks, but then works with Tom Cardwell to eliminate both Dalek groups. The Daleks reveal that they caused the asteroid strike on Red Rocket Rising, in a failed attempt to eliminate Martez's creations; they also destroyed the exodus ships carrying refugees from the disaster. Martez's Daleks, which are being birthed at a rapid rate, initially have an advantage over the true Daleks, who are weakened from another conflict. The Doctor eventually convinces Martez that a Dalek-dominated world will know only hatred, war and death. Martez, whose stolen body is breaking down, halts the birthing process; in return, his creations kill him. Eventually, the two groups of Daleks (aided by Cardwell's resistance) destroy each other. The humans are left to pick up the pieces, and Klint announces that a new offer of rescue has been received from the inhabitants of a planet whose name begins "Tel-".
Lucie considers staying with the survivors on Red Rocket Rising, but the Doctor discovers that the Time Lords will not let him leave the planet without her. And elsewhere, a woman calling herself the Headhunter accepts a commission from one Mr. Hulbert, promising him that she will find Lucie Miller anywhere in space and time...
- The Doctor - Paul McGann
- Lucie Miller - Sheridan Smith
- Headhunter - Katarina Olsson
- Eileen Klint - Anita Dobson
- Tom Cardwell - Kenneth Cranham
- Asha - Hayley Atwell
- Lowell - Gerry O'Toole
- Daleks - Nicholas Briggs
- The Doctor asks the Dalek Supreme who they're at war with: the Mechanoids, Movellans or maybe other Daleks.
- The Doctor mentions to Lucie that he was present at the time of the Daleks' creation, and describes his decision not to erase the Daleks from history as a "big mistake".
- The Supreme Dalek is gold and crimson.
- The Doctor's body temperature is fifteen degrees Celsius.
- At beginning of part 1 the Daleks offer help to the people of Red Rocket Rising, and at the end of part 2, the people of planet Telos (Cybermen) offer help.
- Lucie asking the Eighth Doctor if his hair is real is a reference to the wig that Paul McGann wore as the Doctor in The Movie.
- This is the first Eighth Doctor audio drama not to feature India Fisher as Charley Pollard. Charley was introduced in AUDIO: Storm Warning.
- There is a running gag in which multiple characters ask who Tom Cardwell is. This is most likely a callback to the Harriet Jones running gag in the new series.
- When Lucie first meets the Doctor, it reflects when Donna first met the Doctor in some aspects.
- Lucie's "present time" is 2006.
- She doesn't know how she got on board the TARDIS.
- She uses the word "Martian".
- She thinks the Doctor kidnapped her.
- This audio drama was recorded on 21 and 29 August 2006 at The Moat Studios.
- The Daleks talk about putting the Doctor on trial to deceive the inhabitants of Red Rocket Rising, reflecting the Dalek trial of the Master in TV: Doctor Who.
- It was revealed in AUDIO: The 100 Days of the Doctor that the Eighth Doctor met Lucie (as well as a future version of himself) prior to the events of Blood of the Daleks in his personal timeline. This happened while he was travelling with Charley Pollard and C'rizz during a visit to the American Frontier in the 1870s. This encounter between two versions of the Eighth Doctor was observed by his sixth incarnation and his companion Evelyn Smythe in that story. To avoid disrupting the Web of Time, the Doctor does not share this information with Lucie.
- The Doctor mentions the Daleks' wars with the Mechanoids (TV: The Chase, AUDIO: The Juggernauts) and the Movellans (TV: Destiny of the Daleks) and the Dalek Civil War (TV: Resurrection of the Daleks, TV: Revelation of the Daleks, TV: Remembrance of the Daleks).
- The Doctor is adamant in his desire to destroy Martez' Daleks, as he regrets not averting the creation of the Daleks when he had the opportunity to do so. (TV: Genesis of the Daleks)
- Official Blood of the Daleks (Part 1) page at bigfinish.com
- Official Blood of the Daleks (Part 2) page at bigfinish.com
- Blood of the Daleks (Part 1 & 2) at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- The Discontinuity Guide to: Blood of the Daleks at The Whoniverse