Doctor Who and the Day of the Daleks

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Day of the Daleks

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Pages 140
ISBN 0-426-10380-7
Publication Date 27 March 1974


1974 Target Books edition

Mysterious humans from 22nd-century Earth `time-jump’ back into the 20th century so as to assassinate a high-ranking diplomat on whom the peace of the world depends. DOCTOR WHO, Jo Grant and the Brigadier are soon called in to investigate. Jo is accidentally transported forward to the 22nd century; The Doctor follows, eventually to be captured by his oldest and deadliest enemy – the DALEKS! Having submitted The Doctor to the fearful Mind Analysis Machine, the DALEKS plan a `time-jump’ attack on Earth in the 20th century! …

1981 Hardback edition

The peace of the world depends on the success of a forthcoming conference – and the success of the conference depends on one man, Sir Reginald Styles. Or does it?

According to the history books of the 22nd century Sir Reginald was responsible for the outbreak of the Third World War and all its terrible consequences…

The Doctor and Jo Grant are caught up in a desperate bid by a group of 22nd-century guerilla fighters to return to the 20th century and assassinate Sir Reginald, thereby changing the course of history…

1991 Target Books edition


Earth in the twenty-second century: a place controlled by the Daleks and their mindless, ape-like slaves, the Ogrons. Only small pockets of human resistance remain…

The Doctor and UNIT are caught up in the desperate attempt of a small group of rebels to return to the twentieth century and assassinate the one man on whom the outbreak of the Third World War depends…

Doctor Who – The Day of the Daleks, featuring Jon Pertwee in the role of the Doctor, was written by Louis Marks. This adaptation by Terrance Dicks, who was script editor of the series for five years.

2012 BBC edition

UNIT is called in when an important diplomat is attacked in his own home – by a man who then vanishes into thin air. The Doctor and Jo spend a night in the ‘haunted house’ and meet the attackers – who have time-jumped back from the 22nd century in the hope of changing history.

Travelling forward in time, The Doctor and Jo find themselves trapped in a future where humans are slaves of the Daleks have already invaded. Using their ape-like servants the Ogrons to maintain order, The Daleks are now the masters of Earth.

As The Doctor desperately works what has happened to put history off-track, The Daleks plan a time-jump attack on the 20th century.



  1. Terror in the Twenty-Second Century
  2. The Man Who Saw a Ghost
  3. The Vanishing Guerilla
  4. The Ghost Hunters
  5. Condemned to Death!
  6. Prisoner of the Daleks
  7. Attack of the Ogrons
  8. A Fugitive in the Future
  9. Escape from the Ogrons
  10. Interrogation by the Daleks
  11. The Raid on Dalek Headquarters
  12. Return to Danger
  13. Day of the Daleks
  14. All Kinds of Futures


  • All of Chapter One, set in The Dalek-controlled 22nd century, is original to the novel. Numerous previously unnamed rebels are named here.
  • Auderly House is named Austerly House, to avoid confusion with the real life Auderly House.
  • While Anat has long hairon the televised version, she is described and illustrated as having short hair here. However, her hairon television is at most shoulder length and, while not accurately depicting her bouffant, the hair in the illustrations is not much longer.
  • In chapter 2, Reginald Styles fights back against his attacker and UNIT glimpses the Ogrons earlier. (“Between The Lines”, a feature in the 2012 reprint, notes that the Brigadier and Benton ignore this sighting and follow the script’s focus on “ghost” instead, although this is an exaggeration since the encounter is mentioned many times and UNIT are merely following the only lead open to them.)
  • When the second guerrilla is chased by the Ogrons through the grounds, Sergeant Benton and several other soldiers notice and start firing at the Ogrons. No such fight takes place on-screen.
    When the Ogrons attack the house for the first time, the UNIT soldiers gather around to create a barrierof defence and fight back.
  • The Doctor’s wrists are said to be bleeding after he cuts the ropes tying his hands together in Styles’ wine cellar.
  • A Black Dalek is included and it takes up most of the role originally played by the Gold Dalek. The Gold Dalek appears in the second half of the novel, and the Black Dalek acts as its second-in-command. Both are members of the High Council of the Daleks which rules Earth.
  • The Brigadier gives more information on the international crisis, explaining that China, Russia and the USA are all involved and it began in the “Near East” (contemporary term for Middle East). At the end, he notes how the destruction of Austerly House focuses the minds of the delegates and they are more cooperative with each otheronce the conference gets underway.
  • The Doctor reminds The Daleks that he defeated them on Skaro in The Evil of the Daleks, which he believed to be “the final end”. Strangely, however, the cut scene in which The Daleks explain that they defeated the Humanised Daleks In The Dalek Civil War is absent here as well.
  • Instead of a luxurious meal, the Controller and Jo eat “coarse bread, tough meat, and a mish-mash of strange vegetables” (chapter 9). She still compliments the meal to be polite. The food is considered a luxury in the Controller’s time.
  • The final chapterof the novel, where The Doctor and Jo meet their past selves, isn’t included in the TV version. The scene was written, but director Paul Bernard refused to film it, saying “Once it’s over, it’s over.” It was cut from the finished programme.
  • Monia is renamed Moni.
  • The TARDIS is in the cornerof the Doctor’s laboratory, rather than the console being removed. The Doctor tests the disintegrator gun on a dummy rather than using a futuristic testing range.
  • Styles leaves Austerley after his first meeting with The Doctor and the Brigadier, rather than still being present when the guerrilla is found.
  • The guerrilla disappears from the UNIT sickbay rather than an ambulance. Anat states two men have tried to kill Styles before them: On screen, they are the same person.
  • The Doctor ungags Jo rather than letting her work the gag loose herself.
  • Anat is more helpful when The Doctor is transported back in time, explaining the situation on Earth and telling him where Jo will be.
  • The manager identifies himself to The Doctor as a member of the resistance before the Controller interrupts them.
  • Instead of being killed outright by the Ogron, Moni says the manager was killed by a firing squad.
  • The guard who interrogates The Doctor is not identified as the Senior Guard.
  • The Doctor knocks out an Ogron at Austerley by banging its head against a wall, later realising the top of the head is a weak point.
  • The Doctor attacks a guard at the factory for whipping a slave before being captured.
  • The Ogrons who pursue The Doctor and Jo are on motorised tricycles like their own. Also, the tricycle chase scene is longer than it is in the televised story.
  • Moni mentions that his contact is a female clerk working on the Controller’s staff at Central Control. While never confirmed, it is implied that this contact is the girl technician.
  • Three guerrillas named Mark, Joab and Zando take part in the attack on Dalek Control to rescue The Doctor. On-screen, only Mark is mentioned.
  • It is explained that the Ogrons killed by UNIT disappeared, depriving the Brigadierof evidence.
  • The Brigadier twice calls Yates “Mike”, something that does not happen in this serial and rarely happens in others.
  • More detail is given into how Shura avoids the UNIT patrols.
  • The Controller is arrested by his assistant, Zeno, underorders from the Daleks, rather than being betrayed by the senior guard from earlier in the serial.
  • Anat accompanies The Doctor and Jo into the tunnel, escaping when the Controller is arrested.

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