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Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks
Genesis of The Daleks novel
Based on: Genesis of the Daleks
Doctor: Fourth Doctor
Companion(s): Sarah, Harry
Main enemy: Daleks,
Main setting: Skaro, the 15th century
Key crew
Publisher: Target Books, W.H. Allen, Pinnacle Books
Writer: Terrance Dicks
Read by: Terry Molloy
Cover by: Chris Achilleos
Release details
Release number: 27
Release date: 22 July 1976
Format: Hardcover and paperback editions; 12 Chapters, 140 Pages
ISBN 0-426-11260-1
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Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks was a novelisation based on the 1975 television serial Genesis of the Daleks.

Publisher's summary Edit

1976 edition Edit

The place: Skaro

Time: The Birth of the Daleks

After a thousand years of futile war against the Thals, DAVROS has perfected the physical form that will carry his race into eternity – the dreaded DALEK. Without feeling, conscience or pity, the Dalek is programmed to EXTERMINATE. At the command of the Time Lords, DOCTOR WHO travels back through time in an effort to totally destroy this terrible menace of the future.

But even the Doctor cannot always win ...

2016 edition Edit

'Alien,'croaked the Dalek suddenly. 'Exterminate...exterminate...exterminate!' Slowly the gun stick raised until it was pointed straight at the Doctor.

The Time Lords have a mission for the Doctor. Together with Sarah and Harry, he finds himself stranded on Skaro where the conflict between the Thals and the Kaleds has been raging for a thousand years. 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?


Featuring the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker with his companions Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan.

Chapter Titles Edit

  1. Secret Mission
  2. Prisoners of War
  3. The Secret Weapon
  4. Rocket of Doom
  5. Escape to Danger
  6. Betrayal
  7. Countdown to Destruction
  8. Captives of Davros
  9. Rebellion
  10. Decision for the Doctor
  11. Triumph of the Daleks
  12. A Kind of Victory

Deviations from televised story Edit

  • The Time Lords' latest temporal projections foresee a time stream when the Daleks become dominant over all other life.
  • In the televised story, the Doctor and Harry are captured when the Kaleds gun down their Thal assailants. However, the novel has a lengthier hand-to-hand combat before this happens.
  • In the televised story, Nyder is ordered by Davros to shut off the production line. In the book, he decides to of his own accord.
  • In the book, the mutant that tried to kill Sarah tries to escape by climbing up a wall.
  • The book depicts the accident which crippled Davros.
  • The Thal and Kaled cities use normal doors as opposed to sliding ones.
  • Davros' office is covered in rejected Dalek designs.
  • Davros explodes when he is shot.
  • The Daleks decide to build a city. (TV: The Daleks)
  • The Doctor explains their mission to Sarah and Harry while crossing the wasteland.
  • The Doctor knocks out the Kaled communications officer in Ravon's office instead of just handcuffing him.
  • Nyder uses a handheld communicator rather than a wall panel.
  • Gerrill is unnamed.
  • The Kaled Leader is killed by Thals firing on the group on the ground; on television, he is shot while trying to help Sarah climb the scaffolding.
  • Sevrin catches Sarah when she falls from the scaffolding rather than her simply landing on a lower level.
  • Gharman and Kavell are respectively described as tall and thin, and short and plump. On screen, Kavell is tall and thin while Gharman is of average build.
  • It is Gharman who kills the guard on the weapons locker, after he has shot one of the scientists with him.
  • The trap that electrocutes the Doctor in the rocket silo has been set automatically, rather than being triggered by the Thal guard.
  • The Doctor is strapped to a gurney while the rocket is launched.
  • The first meeting between Sevrin and Bettan is depicted.
  • One of the members of the Elite who sided with Davros objects to the executions and is thrown in with the other victims; he effectively takes on the dialogue of Kravos, who is only mentioned in passing as one of those Davros tries to get to change sides.

Writing and publishing notes Edit

  • The inside page includes the comment: "THE CHANGING FACE OF DOCTOR WHO. The cover illustration of this book portrays the fourth DOCTOR WHO"

Additional cover images Edit

British publication history Edit

First publication:

  • Hardback
W.H. Allen & Co. Ltd. UK
  • Paperback


Re-issued 1991 with new cover art by Alister Pearson

Editions published outside Britain Edit

Audiobook Edit

  • An audiobook version read by Terry Molloy was released by the RNIB in July 2012. It was only available to the registered blind.

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