Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
The Daleks' Masterplan
This is the fourth story in Season Three.
Of the twelve episodes, only parts 2, 5, and 10 exist in the archives.
Where does this fit?
This happens shortly after The Myth Makers
The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.
Steven Taylor was a space pilot from an unknown time in the future. His spacecraft landed on the planet Mechanus, where a group of robots called Mechanoids held him prisoner. In The Chase, he escaped when the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki visited the planet whilst on the run from a Dalek time machine. He stowed away on the TARDIS not knowing it was capable of time travel.
Katarina was a handmaiden to the prophetess Cassandra in ancient Troy. During the fall of Troy, she was sent to bring a message to the Doctor and Steven Taylor. She entered the TARDIS, which she considered to be a temple, and ended up joining them on their journey through space and time.
Recurring and Historical Characters
The Daleks are a race of mutants encased in powerful cyborg bodies whose shape is reminiscent of pepperpots. The Doctor first encountered them on their home planet of Skaro in The Daleks (Classic Series Season 1). In that story, they were confined to a single city on Skaro and the Doctor thought he had defeated them forever. He later encountered them in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Classic Series Season 2), where they had conquered the planet Earth, and The Chase (Classic Series Season 3), when they had acquired a time travel machine and were chasing the TARDIS through time and space. In both instances, he managed to defeat them. In Mission to the Unknown, they were plotting against the Solar System and their plot was uncovered.
The Monk is another member of the Doctor's race. His TARDIS is a better model than the Doctors, and it retains its ability to camouflage itself to blend in with its surroundings. He previously encountered the Doctor in 1066, when the Doctor thwarted his plan to change the outcome of both the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings. The Doctor stranded him there by shrinking the internal dimensions of his TARDIS to be the same size as the external ones.
The following stories and other resources are not necessary in order to follow the plot (we've summed up the essential bits for you). But being familiar with them will probably enhance your enjoyment of this story.
The prequel episode Mission to the Unknown sets the scene for this story. In this episode, SSS agent Marc Cory discovers a Dalek plot against the Solar System and records a message about it before being exterminated.
The previous story The Myth Makers (briefly) introduces Katarina. The Season 2 story The Time Meddler introduces the Meddling Monk.