Short Trips: Dalek Empire
Short Trips: Dalek Empire is the nineteenth Short Trips anthology published by Big Finish Productions. The stories are all set in and around the events of the Dalek Empire series of audios. Some stories only feature characters from those audios.
The collection also includes the script to the audio Return of the Daleks by Nicholas Briggs, in which the Seventh Doctor meets characters from Dalek Empire and a final essay titled Why are Daleks Supreme? by Nicholas Briggs. This guide does not include either of these.
Dialogue Triumphs: "Daleks. They have something of the apocalypse about them."
Continuity: The Vega system has more than one sun.
Kalendorf finds being amongst humans difficult. He meets Suz here for the first time. His mission to Vega VI marks the first contact between humans and Velyshaans for seven generations; following the war between the species, the Velyshaans were penalised by punitive peace treaties from every species in the galaxy that they had attacked, and were left on their home world to deal with cultural humiliation. The Earth Alliance granted, and enforced, the opportunity for them to remain in solitude on Velyshaa whilst they recovered, as a result of which they believe that they owe humanity a debt of gratitude. Praylaron (nicknamed Praylaron the Pragmatist by the Earth Alliance) is the new First Knight of Velyshaa; he has instigated diplomatic contact between the species because he has foreseen the threat of the Daleks. Under his instructions, the Velyshaans started sending coded messages to the Earth Alliance, suggesting an alliance between them. Praylaron was one of First Knight Sancroff's best-loved generals; he has been re-elected and genetically rebirthed. If a Knight disobeys an order from the court of the First Knight, his family will never enjoy privilege again. Knight Masters teach the importance of trusting one's gut instinct to cadets from their first day of training.
Siryo is a famous singer on Vega VI. He is killed during the Dalek invasion.
Location: Vega VI, 4162AD.
Natalie's Diary: Part One
Roots: The pub in Rainbow City is named Blue Peter. The film that Tam watches is probably Independence Day.
Continuity: Manikis is presumably an Earth colony.
Location: Rainbow City, Manikis, c. 4162AD; an unknown planet [presumably c. 6672AD, since the Daleks are active again and invade the planet at the end of Part Four].
Future History: The Daleks invade Manikis during their invasion of the galaxy.
Continuity: The unnamed system contains a single gas giant with several moons with varying degrees of atmosphere. The moon on which Alby and the Dalek land is covered in jungle, but has no animal life.
According to his psychiatric profile, Alby is good at compartmentalising, which is why he makes a good spy but is also a classic symptom of sociopathic tendencies. He was taught how to free-fall as part of his initiation, with state-of-the-art aquachutes and the best military training. The Earth Alliance's new range of anti-Dalek missiles can drain a Dalek's energy. Tanlee sends a rescue party to retrieve him from the moon.
Location: The moon of a gas giant in an unidentified system in the Gamma Sector, c
Roots: There is a reference to Google.
Continuity: The Landaluze Corporation is a commercial research institute based on Newlandis. By 6672, Malite is known as planetoid SK-12 and has been devoid of life since the Dalek invasion.
Malite is a relatively small planet orbiting its star at one and a half billion kilometres. It has several moons, including Kloeden and Haiduk. It was inhabited by humanoids [possibly humans] prior to the Dalek invasion. The Seventh Doctor tried to warn Malite about the approaching Dalek fleet prior to his arrival, and was believed, or at least humoured, for some time, before being arrested as a traitor due to the machinations of Premier Mercado, who was secretly working for the Daleks. Programmes on Malite included On the Beat, a news and current affairs programme, and The Same Answer, a satirical comedy show. King Alashethihen of the neighbouring Fooann system wrote of Malite's resistance to the Daleks in his memoirs, which remained unpublished until centuries after his death. There were several research scientists on Haiduk when the Daleks attacked Malite.
Location: Malite and Haiduk, c4162AD; Newlandis [presumably c. 6672 AD, given the interest in and knowledge of Daleks and the Great Catastrophe].
Future History: Academics first began to research the Great Catastrophe twenty years before the events on Newlandis described here.
Natalie's Diary: Part Two
Roots: Ace shoots a Roboman.
Location: Rainbow City, Manikis, c. 4162 AD; an unknown planet [presumably c. 6672 AD, since the Daleks are active again and invade the planet at the end of Part Four].
Future History: Tanya Kinvari is a pop star on Manikis: the Daleks turn her into a Roboman.
The Best Joke I Ever Told
Roots: One of the studio Daleks is called Borg (Star Trek: The Next Generation). The idea of having Daleks shooting white foam rather than fire is a nod to Dr. Who and the Daleks.
Goofs: The implication here is that everything that Zeet sees is arranged by the Doctor, who along with Mel saunters out of the Dalek base with remarkable ease and a good deal of smirking, and why we get undercover Daleks pretending to be actors pretending to be Daleks (i.e., they are in fact actors pretending to be Daleks, and the Doctor is teaching Zeet a lesson). This would explain why Guria is supposedly sterilised by the Daleks some one-hundred and fifty years before the events of Dalek Empire, and suddenly is no longer a water covered world (it isn't really Guria and it hasn't really been invaded by the Daleks). All of which is fine, except that according to Zeet, the Daleks really have wiped out the Guria system and the fact has been widely broadcast on the news networks [surely the Doctor hasn't been setting Zeet up to the extent of faking news bulletins?].
Dialogue Triumphs: "We're invited to join them for some light incarceration."
Continuity: According to the Doctor, Carvoni was a city on Guria, and had a day-time population of just over thirteen million. The Doctor carries safety pins.
The day before her eleventh birthday, a boy called Andy Ledger told Mel that she didn't have a sense of humour, a cutting barb that she still has nightmares about. Her only memories of a beloved grandfather are of laughing at his jokes.
There are at least two point eight billion people living in the Ipsis Moons. Georgia is an Earth colony.
Location: Theta 16 and Guria [see Goofs], 4001AD.
Future History: Songs of 4001AD include "Just Arrived on Sedna". Television programmes include Clinical Excellence, Who Wants to be the Next President of Earth?, and Very Live Football with Weapons. The Theta 16 television studios are destroyed [by the Daleks] before 4th September 4001AD.
Natalie's Diary: Part Three
Location: City, Manikis, c. 4162 AD; an unknown planet [presumably c. 6672 AD, since the Daleks are active again and invade the planet at the end of Part Four].
Hide and Seek
Goofs: With the fleet of survivor ships facing their hour of greatest need, the Doctor and Jo leg it in the TARDIS.
Continuity: The Daleks have been making deals with people from various planets, offering refuge for survivors willing to work for their freedom on Credence. This is actually a ruse to bring any missing survivors to them, so that they can be exterminated.
The Doctor and Jo have been travelling for approximately two weeks [since they last left Earth?]. The Doctor upgrades the spacecraft's flight system, giving it 33 point three per cent capacity.
Cami is a town on the unnamed planet, which is presumably an Earth colony. The planet had a population just over two-hundred thousand.
Credence has a single main continent.
Location: An unnamed planet and Credence, c. 4162 AD
Future History: Following the defeat of the Daleks, a museum is built on Credence.
The Eighth Wonder of the World
Roots: Antipater of Sidon's list of the Seven Wonders of the World. There are quotations from Sappho, Homer's The Iliad, Herotodus' Histories Book II, Müller's Fragmenta Historicum Graecorum, Strabo's Geography, and Charles Newton's On the Study of Archaeology. There are references to Rudolf, Hercher, Philo of Byzantium, and Dad's Army
Continuity: The stranded Dalek survives for over two thousand years before it finally runs out of power. It exterminates nineteen thousand, six hundred and twenty people during its exile. History can only be changed by order of the Emperor Dalek. It shoots the Doctor, but its energy levels are so low that the blast doesn't kill or even seriously injure him. Its battle with the Doctor destroys the Colossus of Rhodes.
The Doctor and Evelyn meet Charles Newton and are present at the excavation of the Mausoleum of King Mausolus. The Doctor dons local dress in Bodrum and authentic Greek dress in Ancient Greece. He makes a battery for the torch bulb on Evelyn's keyring out of coins and vinegar.
Evelyn dresses in shorts and a baggy old t-shirt. She wrote part of her Masters degree on how the Mausoleum was reconstructed in the British Museum. She once visited Bodrum with her husband: he failed to teach her to scuba dive and then walked off in a sulk.
Location: Bodrum, Turkey, 1857; Halicarnassus, Alexandria, and Rhodes, Greece, September 223BC.
Unrecorded Adventures: The Doctor is an old friend of Philo of Byzantium. The Doctor and Evelyn visit Bodrum/Halicarnassus at various points in history in their search for the Dalek.
Mutually Assured Survival
Continuity: The Daleks have micro-robotisation techniques. They can cause neutron strikes to detonate stars. They are employing Ogrons again, and also Slythers [have they returned to Skaro?]. They keep the radiation levels in their spaceships at a level higher than humans can tolerate (see The Daleks).
Malfan is the largest city on Astronomar.
Location: Galactic Union HQ on Planet 9, Astonomar, and Station Seven in orbit above Manikis, c. 6674 to 6676 AD.
Future History: Following the events of Dalek Empire III Chapter Six The Future, the Daleks and the Galactic Union have been at war; following the initial revelations about the Daleks and the plague, Selestru's department and the military were able to hold back the Daleks' advance, however the Union is losing interest in the battle given its cost and low public profile and has cut funding. The Daleks have conquered seventeen border worlds in the year following their invasion of Bosarno Major; despite public propaganda, the Galactic Federation has failed to liberate a single world from the Daleks. They invade Astronomar here.
Natalie's Diary: Part Four
Continuity: Lenthorpe is a village on Manikis, only a few miles from Rainbow City.
The Doctor uses a computer virus to wipe out the Daleks on Manikis.
Location: City, Manikis, c. 4162 AD; an unnamed planet [presumably c. 6672 AD, since the Daleks are active again and invade the planet at the end of Part Four].
Future History: The Daleks invade the unnamed planet at the end [is it one of the Border Worlds?]
Dialogue Triumphs: "They don't look like much, do they? Silly big pepperpots. Clumsy and awkward things. It would be hard to be afraid of them if you didn't know what they could do."
Continuity: Since the events of Dalek Empire II: Dalek War Chapter Four Kalendorf has become a Lord Chancellor. The Knights of Velyshaa are longer-lived than humans. Species previously defeated by the Knights of Velyshaa include the Terrials, the Simbasa, and the Celebi Compact. Kalendorf is easily convinced that the Eighth Doctor is the same man that he met on Zaleria, because he recognises his eyes. He notes that his people are trying to develop time travel capabilities (The Sirens of Time).
The Doctor visits Kalendorf because he has been given the opportunity to destroy the Daleks once and for all, but the price is everything he knows, and he wants to discuss it with the old soldier first [presumably leading into the events of the Time War - see Dalek].
A Great Museum and War Memorial have been built on Vega VI; the museum contains several shattered Type Two Dalek Drones, one of which is still active until Kalendorf destroys it after it kills a small boy whilst trying to hit either him or the Doctor.
Location: Vega VI, some years after Dalek Empire: Dalek War.
Future History: Prince Tarvick of Frentos is overthrown in 2034 following the republican uprising. Following a royalist revolution in 2114, a group of soldiers travel to Earth in 1984 to rescue Tarvick and restore him to his throne; in 2134 there is another revolution that removes the royalists from power and soldiers from this time travel back to stop the previous group rescuing Tarvick. In 2194 there is an uprising against the second republic and more soldiers travel back to prevent the assassination of Tarvick. More soldiers travel back to find him from 2292, followed by more from 2391 after the fall of the glorious third republic. The Doctor eventually leaves Tarvick in a period of Frentos' history where nobody has heard of him.
Unrecorded Adventures: The Doctor has [recently?] visited a planet called Tsan.