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|The Apocalypse Element|
|Main enemy:||The Daleks|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Producer:||Jason Haigh-Ellery and Gary Russell|
|Post production:||Nicholas Briggs|
|Cover by:||Clayton Hickman|
|Release date:||August 2000|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|Winter for the Adept||The Fires of Vulcan|
The Apocalypse Element was the eleventh monthly Doctor Who audio story produced by Big Finish Productions. It was the first audio story to feature Lalla Ward reprising her role of Romana II. It was also the first audio story to feature the Sixth Doctor and the Daleks. The last story to feature the Sixth Doctor and the Daleks was 1993's Doctor Who Magazine comic story Emperor of the Daleks!. The spine of this story's CD case was marked "Dalek Empire Part Two", marking it as taking place as part of Big Finish's series of linked audio stories that formed a large and long setting for the Dalek Empire during a particular phase of their galactic expansion.
When the planet Archetryx is threatened by a Dalek assault squad, the Sixth Doctor and Evelyn become embroiled in an ever-deepening mystery. What has become of President Romana, missing for twenty years? What lurks in the vast gravity wells of Archetryx? What is the secret of the ancient element the Daleks are synthesising -- and how does Gallifrey feature in their plans?
The Doctor finds that if his oldest enemies cannot conquer the universe they will watch it go up in flames...
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- The Doctor - Colin Baker
- Dr. Evelyn Smythe - Maggie Stables
- Romana II - Lalla Ward
- Monitor Trinkett - Karen Henson
- Assistant Monitor Ensac - James Campbell
- Commander Vorna - Andrea Newland
- Coordinator Vansell - Anthony Keetch
- The Monan Host - Toby Longworth
- The Lord President of Gallifrey - Michael Wade
- The Daleks - Alistair Lock / Nicholas Briggs
- Vrint / Captain Raldeth - Andrew Fettes
- The Dalek force is led by a Black Dalek.
- Twenty years ago the Daleks removed Etra Prime from space-time, kidnapping a Monan and Time Lord delegation including Lady President Romanadvoratrelundar.
- Evelyn is shot by a Dalek, paralysing her legs.
- The Doctor's status as Lord President has been revoked.
- Particles found on Etra Prime are what the Daleks call the 'Apocalypse Element', an entropic power present in crystals which can channel mental energy and behave contrary to the laws of physics.
- The Daleks detonated a particle of the Apocalypse Element in the Seriphia Galaxy, destroying everything in it.
- Gallifrey's galaxy is a neighbour of the Seriphean Galaxy. It is four times the size of the Milky Way galaxy and home to over six hundred billion stars.
- The Rod of Rassilon and the Sash of Rassilon are needed to manipulate the Eye of Harmony.
- Much of Gallifreyan technology relies on an iris scan.
- The Doctor mentions Romana having been in E-Space.
- Archetryx is host to a 'Time Treaty' of 'twenty of the greatest powers in space-time'.
- Etra Prime is the oldest planetoid in the known universe.
- At one point, Evelyn worries that Romana has Stockholm syndrome, but she initially believes it to be called Stockbridge Syndrome.
- The Monan Host haven't yet managed dimensional transcendence with their time technology.
- Species attending (and part of the treaty include: the Time Lords, the Monan Host and the Virgoans.
- The Gravity wells on Archetryx are subterranean shafts where zero gravity able is able to be manipulated.
- Archetryx is protected by a temporal barrier, inside which everything is one minute in the future.
- The Monan Host's time craft has powerful engines, more so than even the Time Lords' TARDISes.
- This story is marked as being "Dalek Empire Part Two".
- An illustrated preview for this story appeared in Doctor Who Magazine issue 294 with art by Lee Sullivan.
- Russell T Davies wrote in the 2006 Doctor Who Annual that this story marks the first battle in the Last Great Time War.
- Michael Wade reprises his role as the Lord President of Gallifrey from AUDIO: The Sirens of Time.
- This audio drama was recorded on 26 and 27 February 2000 at The Moat Studios.
- aHistory dates the parts of this story not set on Gallifrey to circa the same year as The Genocide Machine (4256 in the first two editions, 5256 in the third).
- It was established in PROSE: Happy Endings that Romana was Lady President of the High Council of the Time Lords.
- This story goes some way to explain why the Eye of Harmony in the TARDIS in TV: Doctor Who required a human eye in order to open.
- Evelyn's legs are temporarily paralysed when she is shot by Dalek weaponry, as previously happened to the First Doctor's companion Ian Chesterton during his first time encounter with them on Skaro. (TV: The Daleks)
- The Doctor refers to Romana's time in E-Space. (TV: Warriors' Gate)
- Due to these events, Romana later established the Temporal Powers, an alliance with multiple time-active factions. (AUDIO: Insurgency)
- The Matrix records this event as happening during the Rassilon Era year 6796.8. (AUDIO: Neverland)
- Romana would later meet a version of the Sixth Doctor from an alternative timeline who referred to himself as "Lord Burner." (AUDIO: Disassembled)
- Official The Apocalypse Element page at bigfinish.com
- Detailed synopsis of The Apocalypse Element at the Doctor Who Reference Guide
- DisContinuity for The Apocalypse Element at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide