But How Does All This
Fit In With Doctor Who Canon?
I don't think this page will ever be finished and I intend to
update it periodically as I discover little bits from my various
sources. Right now, however, it is in a very prototypical form. I
don't have much of my, er, research material with me at the moment and
there are a lot of things that just can't remember off the top of my
head. If I've made any grievous errors,
send a note and chastise me
Over Doctor Who's 32 year history lots of spin-offs have
been produced taking well-loved characters out of the TV show and
placing them in new and interesting situations. Doctor Who
comics have been doing this nearly from the beginning. They have also
been amongst the most un-canonical Doctor Who sub-medium,
introducing odd companions (John and Gillian or Frobisher for example),
single-handedly trying to tie up all sorts of inconsistencies in the
TV program while creating some doozies of their own (see
below) or just doing stuff 'cuz it seemed like a neat idea and
to heck with the five hundred contradictory references in the TV show.
Abslom Daak is one of the few Doctor Who comic spin-offs
which have really seen any sort of sustained popularity. Some people
have suggested that Daak's life should be considered canon. Having Daak,
albeit a reincarnated one, appear in the New Adventures lends some
creedance to this suggestion.
For this page, I want to look and the Abslom Daak stories and see how
it fits in with Doctor Who as a whole. I'm going to,
for the most part, ignore Emperor of the Daleks
because I missed the first half of the story and don't know what's going on.
What I have seen, though, creates more problems than it solves, so ignoring
it seems a prudent move. Excepting Emperor, it isn't hard to fit Abslom Daak
into the grand scheme of things. There's nothing that directly contradicts
anything in the TV episodes.
placing it (in real time) shortly after the events in
Frontier in Space is fairly arbitrary, but fits well with the
political scene. Less arbitrary is the conclusion that Daak's life
occured shortly before DWTNA: Love & War. Màire (a Dalek
Killer herself, she says) comments off-hand that she's catching up on
the latest news on "Daak." Roisa then mentions that Daak is dead.
Deceit helps this theory along by placing a cloned Daak with Ace
three years later.
(Love & War contradicts a throw-away comment in Deceit,
BTW, where Ace is pondering Dalek Killers and Abslom Daak in a cryo-tube.
We are told that no-one ever meets a D.K. which is silly, because Ace
walked off with Màire at the end of Love & War. Admittedly, this
isn't a big deal, but it just strikes me as odd that Peter
Darvill-Evans -- who edited the NAs (and presumeably, therefore,
read them) and likes Dalek Killers enough to put one in his own novel
-- would miss this point, small though it is)
This means, then, that Abslom Daak is Bernice Summerfield's
contemporary. That's fine, as she seems to know about Dalek Killers
(from Deceit: "A Dalek Killer and Ace. You must have been
expecting trouble."). I haven't noticed anything that Benny said
or did in the NA's that would contradict this, except in Legacy,
she says she'd never seen an Ice Warrior before and they were rare in her
time. The fact that Harma is around in Daak's universe and that no-one
takes much notice of him might suggest otherwise. This wasn't much
more than my first impression, however. It is quite likely that Harma
got his job at Slash Killerstien's Murderama precisely because he's a
sort of exotic commodity.
Insert some interesting
Also of note is the Daleks themselves. The Daleks in all the Abslom
Daak comics have the same oversized "bumper" as in the two Dalek movies and
The Daleks TV Century 21 strip (though the Daleks in Frontier in
Space -- presumeably the faction Daak is sent to fight against -- do
not, of course). Some of the Daleks in Nemesis of the Daleks had
claws as well. This is just a detail that might be ignored completely if,
however, the TV Century 21 Emperor Dalek didn't show up in Nemesis.
Now, I admit that the TV Century 21 Daleks link might be a
little tenuous. After all, the Daleks in the strip tend to change
wildly from serial to serial. Also, it appears to be Doctor Who
comic convention to make the Dalek bumpers large and rounded instead of
rather small and cornered off as they have always appeared in the
But that's no fun,
is it? It also seems that Emperor takes this notion and flies
with it. Despite my problems with Emperor, I will too. (if
somebody figures out how Zeg fits in, let me know. )
The Doctor seems to think that this emperor (in Nemesis)
is Davros after discarding all of his human (or Kaled, that is) identity.
The Doctor comes to this conclusion after the Emperor says "Davros?
Who is Davros?"
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