|The Genocide Machine|
|Main enemy:||Daleks, Dalek test subjects|
|Main setting:||Kar-Charrat, the 42nd century|
|Publisher:||Big Finish Productions|
|Post production:||Nicholas Briggs|
|Cover by:||Clayton Hickman|
|Release date:||April 2000|
|Format:||4 Episodes on 2 CDs|
|Big Finish Doctor Who audio stories|
|The Marian Conspiracy||Red Dawn|
|The Genocide Machine|
The Genocide Machine was the seventh story in Big Finish's monthly Doctor Who range. It was the first serial in the Dalek Empire arc, which continued in the Sixth Doctor audio The Apocalypse Element and the Fifth Doctor audio The Mutant Phase before concluding in the Eighth Doctor audio The Time of the Daleks.
Behind the scenes, this story was notable, not just as the first Big Finish production to feature the Daleks, but as Nicholas Briggs' first time voicing them in an official Doctor Who production. He previously voiced the Daleks for the Audio Visuals in the 1980s. Briggs later went on to voice the Daleks throughout the BBC Wales series of Doctor Who, as Russell T Davies was a Big Finish subscriber and discovered him that way.
Another first behind the scenes was the first use of Pro Tools to edit a Big Finish story, namely by Nick Briggs, who provided the post-production and music/sound design for The Genocide Machine. The small 8-track device he previously used to edit Big Finish broke down mid-production, and he was forced to upgrade.
Publisher's summary Edit
The library on Kar-Charrat is one of the wonders of the Universe. It is also hidden from all but a few select species. The Doctor and Ace discover that the librarians have found a new way of storing data — a wetworks facility — but the machine has attracted unwanted attention, and the Doctor soon finds himself pitted against his oldest and deadliest enemies — the Daleks!
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- The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
- Ace - Sophie Aldred
- Bev Tarrant - Louise Falkner
- Chief Librarian Elgin - Bruce Montague
- Cataloguer Prink - Nicholas Briggs
- Rappell/Phantom voices - Daniel Gabriele
- The Daleks - Alistair Lock and Nicholas Briggs
- The Daleks were kept in cryogenic hibernation in what was thought to have been a ziggurat on the planet.
- According to Bev Tarrant, the Daleks' ziggurat is at least twelve hundred seventy years old, meaning that it was most likely built during the 29th century.
- The Daleks use a duplicate of Ace to bring down the Kar-Charrat library defences.
- The Kar-Charratans attack the Daleks by flooding their shells and drowning the mutants inside of them.
- A Special Weapons Dalek, the Dalek Supreme and the Dalek Emperor are all present or are in contact during the course of events.
- The Daleks count in rels.
- The Doctor's consciousness/mind was used as a buffer to control data transfer from the wetworks facility to the Dalek test subject.
- The Doctor blows up the wetworks facility, freeing the captive natives.
Time technology Edit
- The Kar-Charrat Library is hidden behind a temporal barrier.
- This is Big Finish's first Dalek audio drama, marked as "Dalek Empire Part One", voiced for the first time by Nicholas Briggs, who continues the role to the present day in Big Finish audios and in the New Series. Alistair Lock also provides Dalek voices in the story.
- This audio was featured in Doctor Who Magazine issue 290 with an accompanying illustration by Lee Sullivan.
- This story marks the first appearance of the Daleks in an audio drama.
- This audio drama was recorded on 13 and 14 November 1999.
- The first two editions of aHistory dated this story to 4256, as this was the date given by the Big Finish website; however, the third edition redates it to circa 5256, since in The Judas Gift (set in 2607) Bev Tarrant says she's from "three thousand years in the future".
- This is the first appearance of art thief Bev Tarrant. She would later feature in AUDIO: Dust Breeding and the Big Finish Bernice Summerfield series, eventually (and somewhat ironically) running and protecting the Braxiatel Collection, one of the largest collections of art in the universe.
- The Dalek mission to the Kar-Charrat library would have important ramifications following the Dalek invasion of Mutter's Spiral in 4162. (AUDIO: Invasion of the Daleks, AUDIO: Project Infinity)
- A Dalek Supreme of the same design as the one seen in TV: Planet of the Daleks makes an appearance. It is subordinate to the Dalek Emperor.
- Bev mentions Coralee. The Doctor and Ace visited Coralee in PROSE: Storm Harvest. Flinkstab murdered a dancing girl on Coralee in AUDIO: Square One.
- The Doctor picked up Benny's diaries from the Kar-Charrat Library, and sent them to her on the Collection. (PROSE: A la Recherche du Temps Perdu
- Official The Genocide Machine page at bigfinish.com; note that it is out of print and is available as download only.
- DisContinuity for The Genocide Machine at Tetrapyriarbus - The DisContinuity Guide