I, Davros: Innocence
|Big Finish Productions audio drama|
|Set between||before Purity|
|Release date||September 2006|
I, Davros: Innocence is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It stars Terry Molloy reprising his role as Davros, the twisted creator of the Dalek race. "Innocence" is the first in a four-part mini-series exploring Davros' early life on Skaro. According to Gary Russell, the title is an allusion to the drama I, Claudius.
'I find it fascinating that a living creature would subject itself to such dangerous experimentation. Knowing that it would die..'
Born into an influential family is Davros. Now aged sixteen, he is being pulled in various directions his father wants him to follow tradition and go into the military. His sister has joined the Military Youth and his scheming, devoted mother wants him to pursue a life of science.
But no one seems terribly interested in what Davros himself wants. So he must begin to assert himself, begin to take control over his own life, begin to work towards his destiny.
- Davros — Terry Molloy
- Dalek Voices — Nicholas Briggs
- Councillor Quested — Sean Connolly
- Tashek — Rita Davies
- Colonel Nasgard — Richard Franklin
- Major Brogan — Richard Grieve
- Major Brint — James Parsons
- Kaled Officer — Scott Handcock
- Yarvell — Lizzie Hopley
- Young Davros — Rory Jennings
- Lady Calcula — Carolyn Jones
- Tutor Magrantine — Peter Sowerbutts
On Skaro, Davros is brought before the Daleks on a trial basis . The Daleks have been failing in their conquests and a schism has arisen; they need Davros to help, but he needs to think over the mistakes of the past.
The story takes place at an earlier point in the Kaled/Thal war first shown in Genesis of the Daleks. At this point, it seems that the dome over the Kaled city has not yet been built, and nuclear weapons have yet to be used extensively by either side. Davros is a sixteen-year-old Kaled from a wealthy family. His father, Colonel Nasgard, wants him to join the military, but his ambitious mother wants him to become a scientist. She has arranged for Tutor Magrantine to give him extra-curricular lessons at his base in the Kaled City. Davros is not pleased about this, preferring to spend his days at Drammankin Lake near the family home, studying the life-forms there. His older sister, Yarvell, is about to join the Military Youth and considers Davros a spoiled younger brother who everyone runs around.
During the course of the story Nasgard is killed, along with his sister, by a mysterious bomb. This in turn is blamed on Major Brogan, who is scapegoated as a Thal spy because of his pacifist tendencies. It is revealed that Nasgard is not Davros' father and that Davros is actually the result of an affair between Calcula and Councillor Quested. Nasgard's sister was aware that Davros was not her brother's son and resented the way her sister-in-law favoured Davros over Yarvell.
By the end of the story, Davros is ensconced in the Kaled city and has already started conducting experiments with his tutor Magrantine into the effects of radioactivity. He kills Quested when he tries to tell him that he is his father, much to the relief of Calcula. As the flashback comes to an end, a Thal missile attack begins on the city.
Back in the present, the Daleks point out to Davros that he was an inferior being at this point, a mere child. Davros asserts that he was more of a man then those around him and that it would be many years before his abilities would be recognised by the 'spineless' Kaled hierarchy.
- For Davros, the bookended trial scenes probably take place just after being seized by the Daleks at the end of Revelation of the Daleks. It's possible these scenes could even be related to The Davros Mission.
- Big Finish Productions - I, Davros: Innocence
- BBC Norfolk - Watch interview with Terry Molloy discussing I Davros - November '06
- I, Davros: Innocence at the Doctor Who Reference Guide