In the 22nd century, the Daleks have occupied planet Earth. By the 43rd century, only a handful of humans survive. Still further into the distant future, a Thal scientist must choose whether to betray his heritage, or see the universe destroyed.
When the Doctor and Nyssa find themselves trapped in this deadly chain of events, they must decide who their real enemies are. What is certain, however, is that no matter where the Doctor turns... his arch enemies, the Daleks, will be waiting for him.
What could possibly be worse that that? The Mutant Phase…
Many Doctor Who authors have complained over the years about how dreadful the Daleks are to write for. But to my mind, their single-minded lust for power through the most ruthless means possible makes for the most fantastically nasty dialogue and outrageously evil plots.
That said, my central idea here was to explore a slightly different role for the Daleks, by posing the questios: "What if there was something even more terrifying than the Daleks? And what if the Daleks were frightened of that?"
Immediately, the Daleks are forced to think in a different way, and, more importantly, the Doctor's relationship with them changes. Furthermore, the problem for the Daleks is that they just want to be their normal, menacing, psychotic selves, exterminating people; but now they're the ones who have to think themselves out of a scary situation.
It was very nearly my idea of heaven to work on the previous two Dalek stories - directing, doing the music, getting a sore throat making Dalek noises - but this time, having the chance to write the script as well has made the whole experience an absolute delight. If you experience only a fraction of the fun listening to this story that I've had creating it, you should still be in for a rip-roaring time.
Quick, hide! Here come the Daleks!
Nick Briggs, October 2000