Writer: Mike Tucker
Director and Producer: Nicholas Briggs
Executive Producer: Jacqueline Rayner
Running Time: 1 hour, 56 minutes (2 CD’s)
Companion: Ace (Sophia Aldred)
(Note: This is the first part of the “Dalek Empire” arc, which preludes Big Finish’s Dalek Empire range. The arc is a crossover through Doctors 5-8)
Summary: Ace is looking around the TARDIS library when she discovers some overdue library books. (Yes, really) The Doctor is perplexed because he found the books on the planet of Kar-Charrat, the largest library in the universe. The Doctor and Ace arrive on the planet and discover a Dalek invasion waiting for them.
Review: This was an especially creepy story, and everything a Dalek story should be–suspenseful, intense, and fast-paced. I did find a few flaws. For instance, I had a hard time believing that the Daleks have units in stasis waiting on various planets, just in the hopes that the Doctor will show up. Seriously? They’ve never struck me as a patient race. The sound design was excellent. I actually felt as if I was on Kar-Charrat’s murky surface. This was a good start to the arc, despite the flaws.
Overall Review: 7/10
Continuity: Bev Tarrant, who would become an important character in the Bernice Summerfield audios, made her first appearance in this story. The Dalek units’s mission to Kar-Charrat has ramifications that affect the first story in the Dalek Empire range, Invasion of the Daleks. This story also features the return of the “Special Weapon” Dalek, which was last seen in the Seventh Doctor episode “Remembrance of the Daleks”.