The Arrival of the Second Doctor

I found a good piece on the cusp between the First Doctor and Second Doctor on something called The BBC Genome Blog. The piece is by Andrew Martin (who I assume is the same person who has written with Justin Richards). The piece is: Doctor Who: The Regeneration Game.

The Daleks’ Masterplan considered

Over on The Doctor Who Companion, writer Rick Lundeen has put together a good piece on the (sadly almost entirely missing) First Doctor epic, The Daleks’ Masterplan. His title is: THE IMPORTANCE OF THE DALEKS’ MASTER PLAN IN DOCTOR WHO HISTORY. Reading it made me both peeved I hadn’t yet written about this story and thoughtful; what else…

The Dalek World review

I was lucky enough to be given a copy (somewhat battered) of The Dalek World for Christmas. If you get a chance, it’s worth a read. It came out in 1965 and was written by Terry Nation and David Whitaker. It gives a strong sense of the vision for the Daleks very early in their history,…

The Mechanical Planet (audio) review

Free with Vworp, Vworp 3 on CD is a 16 minute version of The Mechanical Planet. Originally a comic strip written by Terry Nation and David Whitaker from 1965, this audio version is a delight. It may only be a short story but it’s a good one, and finds an angle on the Daleks that’s been little explored. David…

The Name of the Daleks [April Fool]

When I grew up, it was common knowledge (and an urban myth) that Terry Nation got the name Dalek from the spine of an encyclopedia (DAL-EK or DAL-LEK). This has long since been debunked (eg this article on Visual Thesaurus: For Dr. Who’s Anniversary, the Story Behind “Dalek”. Further information has now emerged, and it appears the…