The Time of the Daleks

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The Time of the Daleks
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Big Finish Productions audio drama
Series Doctor Who
Release no. 32
Featuring Eighth Doctor
Charley Pollard
Written by Justin Richards
Directed by Nicholas Briggs
Produced by Gary Russell
Jason Haigh-Ellery
Executive producer(s) Jacqueline Rayner
Production code 8K
Length 2 hours 2 mins
Release date May 2002

The Time of the Daleks is a Big Finish Productions audio drama based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It is the last serial in the Dalek Empire arc, which began with The Genocide Machine and continued in The Apocalypse Element and The Mutant Phase.


The Doctor is confused enough when he finds that Charley has never heard of William Shakespeare. But when he travels to Britain in the near future and discovers a leader obsessed with watching Shakespeare's plays — and the Daleks wanting to help her — the mystery grows more sinister. Can the Daleks really claim to be the 'Masters of Time'?



The kitchen boy in this story is eventually revealed to be a young William Shakespeare, dislocated from his proper time. The short story "Apocrypha Bipedium" by Ian Potter (in the collection Short Trips: Companions) is set immediately following The Time of the Daleks, and involves the Doctor's attempt to return young Shakespeare to his own time. Also featuring Vicki, it deals with the Doctor's previous encounters with Shakespeare and tries to reconcile Vicki's apparently happy ending as Cressida in The Myth Makers with the tragic ending of Troilus and Cressida.

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  • The dialogue in this play is loaded with direct and indirect quotations from the plays of Shakespeare, but several character names are also taken from the plays, such as Osric from Hamlet, Viola from Twelfth Night and Ferdinand from The Tempest. Mariah Learman's name could also be a reference to the title character of King Lear.

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