One starship. One Time Lord. One empty Dalek casing. What could possibly go wrong? 

“’Just one Dalek.’ Famous last words of countless civilisations…” Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor, eyeball to eyestalk with his greatest enemy – a lone Dalek – on board a claustrophobic spaceship, in the latest Time Lord Victorious adventure from Big Finish Productions. Conceived in association with Escape Hunt, Genetics of the Daleks is intended to be enjoyed either as a prequel to the escape room adventure A Dalek Awakens, or as a standalone full-cast audio drama. 
Genetics of the Daleks stars Tom Baker as the Doctor, and Nicholas Briggs as the Daleks, along with Pippa Haywood (Bodyguard, Green Wing), Clive Mantle (Alien 3, Game of Thrones), Nina Toussaint-White (Let’s Kill Hitler) and Andrew James Spooner (Firestorm). Tied into the wider Time Lord Victorious timeline, it features the Fourth Doctor encountering a lone survivor of the Eighth Doctor’s battle with the Daleks in Mutually Assured Destruction (released yesterday).

It’s a great Fourth Doctor romp

Producer Emma Haigh explained its unique links to the escape room and to Time Lord Victorious.Genetics of the Daleks acts as a prequel to the escape room experience A Dalek Awakens, but even if people never visit the escape room itself, they can just enjoy the story as it is. It’s a great Fourth Doctor romp and it stands up on its own. There are little tidbits in our episode, so if you do the escape room there are connections there that you can make. But remember, you don’t have to have listened to our episode to complete the escape room – they just complement each other nicely.”


“It draws together elements from all eras of Doctor Who, all the way up to Revolution of the Daleks

Writer Jonathan Morris reinforced the same point, saying, “There are little Easter Eggs in it that will add to the experience whether you listen to the audio first and then do the escape room, or listen to the audio after doing the escape room.

“That said, the most important thing, which I can’t stress too strongly, is that it also works as a standalone adventure in its own right. It’s a story that is comprehensible and satisfying for people who haven’t listened to the preceding story in Time Lord Victorious or who haven’t visited the escape room.

Morris even suggest careful listeners might detect an influence from the upcoming New Year’s special! “If you just want an exciting story with the Fourth Doctor facing the Daleks, then this is the story for you! It draws together elements from all eras of Doctor Who, from the stories of the 60s, 70s and 80s all the way up to Resolution and the forthcoming Revolution of the Daleks. It’s like a mini action-movie!”


Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious - Genetics of the Daleks, starring Tom Baker (c) Big Finish Productions Fourth Doctor Starship Future Dalek Time Squad A Dalek Awakens Escape Hunt Escape Room
Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious – Genetics of the Daleks, starring Tom Baker (c) Big Finish Productions

Doctor Who: Time Lord Victorious – Genetics of the Daleks

There are 10,000 humans in stasis aboard Starship Future. Ten thousand humans expecting to wake up on a distant planet, their new home. But twenty years into their journey, Starship Future takes on board fuel – and something else. Something that’s been waiting, frozen in space, for a very long time.

Something malevolent.  

And it has a plan. 

Unless the Doctor can help, it looks like the people of Starship Future have no future at all…


Doctor Who – Time Lord Victorious: Genetics of the Daleks is now available to own as a collector’s edition CD (priced at £10.99) and as a digital download (at £8.99) exclusively from the Big Finish website.



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