Dalek War chapter 2
Sarah Mowat (Susan Mendes), Teresa Gallagher (Mirana), Mark McDonnell (Alby Brook), Dannie Carr (Morli), Jeremy James (Herrick), Gareth Thomas (Kalendorf), Ian Brooker (Marber/Drudger), Hannah Smith (The Mentor), Steven Elder (Siy Tarkov),Karen Henson (Saloran Hardew), Nicholas Briggs (The Daleks)
Two Dalek races are now locked in fearsome combat. The Mentor and her Daleks originate from an alternative universe and have pledged to fight alongside the humans and their allies. But where is the evil Dalek Emperor?
The Dalek Supreme’s forces have found Susan Mendes. Will she, Alby, Mirana and Morli be able to escape?
Meanwhile, Kalendorf’s forces seem to be winning the war in Earth’s Solar System. But the Mentor’s suspicions are growing..
Mirana, captain of the scoutship Defiant, faces a dilemma; enemy Daleks have boarded her ship with Alby Brook and a young woman named Morli held prisoner, and both will be exterminated unless Mirana surrenders Susan Mendes. Suz takes Mirana’s gun and steps forward, identifying herself despite Alby’s pleas, and as the Daleks begin to exterminate Mirana’s security guards Suz puts the gun to her head and threatens to kill herself. The enemy Daleks are after the mind of their Emperor, and as that’s hidden inside Suz’s mind, they need her alive. Forced to back down, the Daleks demand to know why Mirana revived Suz in the first place when the Mentor had ordered her death. Morli believes it’s because Alby loves Suz, but the Daleks suspect that Mirana and Kalendorf may have other reasons. Unsure whether Suz will really carry out her threat to kill herself, but unwilling to take the risk, the Daleks agree to compromise; if Suz does not harm herself, they will allow the other humans to live. Suz has won, and won’t have to kill herself. If only she were happy about that…
The Alliance fleet has suffered a major setback. Kalendorf’s ship has been seriously damaged and his executive officer Herrick badly injured, and though there are others in greater need of medical attention, Kalendorf insists that Herrick be sent to the medical bay immediately. It seems that the enemy Daleks realised all was lost, linked together their ship’s reactors and self-destructed, taking out a full 25 percent of the Alliance fleet with them. Unsurprisingly, the Mentor summons Kalendorf to answer for this, and he responds by proposing that the damaged fleet press on and secure a foothold in the outer planets before the second wave of Dalek ships arrives. While he tries to discuss battle tactics, however, the Mentor seems more interested in the fate of cargo freighter Omega N-7, especially as her monitors indicate that its cargo was picked up by the Defiant. Considering the nature of that cargo, the Mentor finds it peculiar that it was collected by a ship captained by Kalendorf’s friend Mirana… and doubly peculiar that Mirana was reassigned to routine patrol duties just before the attack on Earth’s solar system. The Mentor is not quite ready to challenge Kalendorf just yet, but she’s very, very suspicious.
The Enemy Daleks force the crew of the Defiant into the ship’s loading bay, and leave two Daleks on guard. Suz and Alby have finally been reunited after so long apart, but under extremely awkward circumstances. The Daleks have learned how to use hope to manipulate Suz; when all seems lost she has no reason to live, but if the Daleks hold out the possibility of hope she’ll do anything it takes to stay alive. She’s starting to think it would be best if she just died, especially if she takes the mind of the Emperor with her. However, Mirana warns Suz that this might not be the victory it seems. She doesn’t know what Kalendorf is planning, but she believes he is planning something — and to Alby, this may be the most worrying thought of all.
The enemy Daleks unload their equipment from Alby’s ship, activate the Defiant’s engines and set off, preparing canisters of drammankin gas for use. In the landing bay, the captives realise that they’re heading for Earth, and Alby reveals that this is probably where the shell of the Emperor Dalek, believed destroyed, is in fact located. To explain this, he has to start with the distress call he picked up while waiting to rendezvous with the Defiant — the same distress call which Mirana once detected coming from the shell of the Emperor. He traced the signal to the Pkowik system, where he found a space station littered with the remains of human beings and Daleks of both factions. The only survivor was Morli, a somewhat simple woman who claimed that this was a hospital run by the Alliance Daleks and that the “bad Daleks” had come and killed everyone.
- Dalek War Chapter Two was the second instalment of Dalek Empire II: Dalek War
- Although she is human, Morli has never been to Earth.
- All of Dalek War is told in retrospect.