|Published in 1993, this is
the novelisation by John Peel was published by Virgin
Books under the Target banner in order to fit in with
all the previous TV novelisations.
It is listed as number 155 in the Target Doctor Who Library however it does not have the Target logo on the spine. It runs to 224 pages and expands on many of the ideas from the show, including the origin of the Emperor Dalek, and the mission to locate the TARDIS after it has been stolen at the end of The Faceless Ones.
Peel makes an effort to include extra pieces of continuity whilst providing a decent account of the TV show which many will never have seen.
|A Dalek variant which was
totally unique to this story were the so-called 'Black
Daleks' however actually only their domes were painted
black. They illustrated a leader class which was subordinate
to the Emperor without perhaps weilding enough power around
Skaro to step on the Emperor's toes as the fully-Black
Daleks might have done.
As well as this extra level in the heirarchy they served a practical purpose in the production of the show. With only five props available for the massive battle sequence at the end, it was much easier to film the props being 'Human' Daleks, then quickly repaint the domes and film them on the other side of the battle as loyal Imperial Daleks.
|A miniature version of the
Daleks that were loyal to the Emperor. Ideal to sit on
your desk and bark instructions at you.
Like his big brother above, he is the classic 60s design which started in The Chase and was last seen in 1968 but comes with the dome painted black which was only ever seen in The Evil of the Daleks in the thone room.