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The Apocalypse Element (audio story)

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The Apocalypse Element
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Doctor: Sixth Doctor
Companion(s): Evelyn Smythe
Featuring: Romana II
Main enemy: The Daleks
Main setting:
Key crew
Publisher: Big Finish Productions
Writer: Stephen Cole
Director: Nicholas Briggs
Producer: Jason Haigh-Ellery and Gary Russell
Post production: Nicholas Briggs
Cover by: Clayton Hickman
Release details
Release number: 11
Release date: August 2000
Format: 4 Episodes on 2 CDs
Production code: 7C/C
ISBN 1-903654-01-7
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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.

Publisher's summary

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


  • 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.

Gallifreyan technology

Other realities

  • 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.




  • The Gravity wells on Archetryx are subterranean shafts where zero gravity able is able to be manipulated.


Time technology

  • 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.


Lee Sullivan BF 6 5 Apocalypse Element

Art by Lee Sullivan from DWM 294


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