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The Daleks are at the centre of a dark dystopian world in the latest enhanced audiobook from the Doctor Who – The Audio Novels range, released today by Big Finish Productions.
In the seven-hour tale, written by Jonathan Morris and narrated by Dan Starkey, the Twelfth Doctor and his companion Bill Potts find themselves in an apocalyptic alternate reality. The audiobook features specially-composed music, immersive sound effects, and a guest appearance from Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks.
Doctor Who – The Audio Novels: Emancipation of the Daleks is now available to own as a digital download (for just £17.99), exclusively here.
Bill Potts has an unexpected visitor: another Bill Potts from twenty years in the future. Bill summons the Doctor, who confirms that the other Bill is the genuine article. She has come to see her younger self for a reason... but she can’t say what it is without creating a paradox!
Moments later, the TARDIS Cloister Bell sounds. A damaged Dalek war saucer is travelling back through the time vortex on a collision course. The Doctor dematerializes the TARDIS to avoid it, only to cause the spaceship to crash-land in Earth’s recent past. When it re-materializes, the TARDIS is now in a world altered beyond recognition. The city of Bristol has been reduced to rubble, save for an interstellar rocket construction site and a top-security research complex. The complex is guarded by ‘Robomen’ and flying security drones piloted by Dalek mutants.
The Doctor quickly realizes what has happened. History has been changed, and the Daleks have conquered the Earth, enslaving the human race.
He couldn’t be more wrong. And Bill is about to discover that her past, present and future are no longer her own.
Writer Jonathan Morris said: “I loved writing for the Twelfth Doctor and Bill. They’re such clear, strong, vivid and distinct characters with definite voices and attitudes. I really wanted to make this story about Bill Potts as much as possible — she's got all of these interesting elements that haven’t really been explored. She didn’t really have a [TV] story where the Daleks were the main baddies so this was like venturing into unbroken ground, while bringing in established Dalek lore.
“This story is quite personal and close to my heart. I started it before lockdown and I knew then that what I was writing would contain a lot of my feelings and emotions. Writing about the apocalypse while it feels like the world is ending outside of your window is very unnerving. It’s my journal of a plague year but at the end of it there’s a definite sense of relief.”
Doctor Who – The Audio Novels: Emancipation of the Daleks is now available to own as a digital download for just £17.99, exclusively from the Big Finish website. The previous releases, Watchers, and Scourge of the Cybermen, are still available at the same price.