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The Juggernauts was the sixty-fifth story in Big Finish's monthly range. It was written by Scott Alan Woodard and featured Colin Baker as the Sixth Doctor and Bonnie Langford as Melanie Bush.

It was the first appearance of the Mechonoids in a performed story since TV: The Chase in 1965. This was Bonnie Langford's second audio story with Colin Baker, the first being AUDIO: The One Doctor.

Publisher's summary Edit

In a small mining colony on the dark and distant planet of Lethe, strange events are occurring — the results of which could dramatically affect things on a universal scale. For within the dingy corridors of the artificial biosphere, the lone survivor of a devastating crash has expertly wormed his way into the lives of the colony's personnel.

A scientist known as Davros.

Separated from one another across space and time, the Doctor and Mel find themselves in very different predicaments: Mel has been employed on Lethe, while the Doctor has been imprisoned aboard an alien spacecraft. Both situations are inexorably linked, however, and at the apex of the two sits Davros and the terrifying possibility of a new threat even more powerful than the Daleks!

Rescuing Mel and stopping Davros should be the Doctor's primary goals, but could it be that this time, Mel does not wish to be rescued? And might Davros actually be working on something for the benefit of the civilised galaxies...?

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Uncredited cast Edit

References Edit

The Doctor Edit

  • The Doctor has met Melvin Schwartz, the co-discover of the muon neutrino.
  • According to Mel, the Doctor is approximately 900 years old. She tells Geoff that he does not look a day older than 45.
  • The Doctor tells Mel that even he doubts himself "once a lifetime."
  • He describes Davros as being "as mad as a hatter."

Individuals Edit

  • The Doctor and Mel were trapped on a medical frigate when it was attacked by an mysterious enemy (which would later be revealed as the Daleks)
  • Mel was sent via an escape pod to the nearest habitable planet, Lethe.
  • Mel has been on Lethe for 92 days.
  • Due to her programming skills, Mel became employed by the Outreach association, which was working on the upgrading of a number of ancient service robots under a scientist named Professor Vasso, whom she describes as "very sweet."
  • Geoff has feelings for Mel. He was previously attracted to Sonali but she rejected his advances.
  • Prior to her arrival on Lethe, the only computer languages at which Mel was adept were BASIC, COBOL and FORTRAN.
  • Professor Vasso is, in actuality, Davros.
  • The ship carrying Davros to Skaro was attacked in the Beta Orianus system and was presumed to have destroyed with all hands. However, the Daleks later discovered that it crashed on Lethe and Davros survived. After adopting the identity of Professor Vasso, Davros claimed that his physical status as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
  • Geoff has a cousin who lives in Australia. She is married with two children.
  • Davros has brainwashed Mel and everyone else on Lethe into perceiving him as Professor Vasso, a handsome old man with a pleasant smile in an ordinary wheelchair.
  • Davros salvaged the remnants of the base of one of the Daleks which he created on Necros to repair his life support chariot.
  • Davros describes Loewen as "a strong-willed woman with a none too agreeable disposition."

The Daleks Edit

  • A Supreme Dalek is in charge of the Daleks who inform the Doctor of Davros' presence.
  • Mel has never heard of either the Daleks or Davros.
  • Davros now has a white and gold life support system in this story.

The Mechonoids Edit

  • The Mechonoids are entirely self-sufficient, self-repairing and potentially self-replicating. Davros refers to them as the Juggernauts, which he has copyrighted, and has reprogrammed them to perform rudimentary tasks as well as to be the ultimate anti-Dalek weapon.


Planets Edit

  • The atmosphere on Lethe was presumed to be poisonous to the Daleks, though harmless to humanoids.
  • The Doctor has never previously visited Lethe.

Cultural references Edit

The Juggernauts

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