Later this month, BBC Books’ latest lavish offering is released – and this time, the focus is on the Doctor’s #1 enemies: the Daleks!
Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe is written by Cavan Scott (The Ninth Doctor comic), George Mann (Engines of War), Mark Wright (Masters of Earth), and Justin Richards (The Clockwise Man), and folk of all ages will surely be unwrapping it on Christmas Day. Judging by the preview pages, those who receive this as a gift are in for a treat! Here’s the synopsis:
For the first time, the never-before-told history of the Doctor’s most dangerous enemy, the Daleks, from their genesis thousands of years ago to their conquest of the universe.
Doctor Who: Dalek, is the one and only volume devoted solely to the history of the Doctor’s greatest enemy. The Daleks, with their watchword cry “Exterminate!,” are a race of cyborg aliens single-mindedly determined to conquer the universe and end all life forms they consider inferior.
First appearing on Doctor Who in 1963, the Daleks are among the show’s most popular villains. Reminiscent of human-sized pepper shakers, the external mechanical casing of the Dalek protects a soft, repulsive creature whose electronic voice is reduced to a squeak when outside of its shell.
Doctor Who: Dalek chronicles the Daleks’ genesis through the Time War and their ongoing conquest of the universe. Here are never-before-told stories about these legendary creatures–including terrifying near-mythical adventures, startling visual recreations of secret conflicts, and more. Each story sheds new light on what has become the most feared alien race in the universe.
With a foreword by showrunner Steven Moffat, full-color illustrations, concept art, cutaways, diagrams, comic strips and more, Doctor Who: Dalek is the ultimate celebration of all things Dalek and a must have for devoted Whovians of every age.
Apologies to any offended by the term “Whovian” there – blame the BBC, not the DWC…
We have a sneak peek inside the hardcover tome, including gorgeous storyboard/concept art, stunning CGI and photography, and a comic strip, written by Mann and illustrated by Mike Collins (Doctor Who Magazine) – featuring a young War Doctor! Personally, I really love the design of the back cover, finished off splendidly with an Eleventh Doctor quotes from Victory of the Daleks (2010). Feast your eyes.
Dalek: The Astounding Untold History of the Greatest Enemies of the Universe is released on 25th October 2017, with an RRP of £35.