What should you do in the event of a Dalek invasion? How can
a mere human hope to overcome such a formidable foe? This
book enables you to know your enemy, by learning its strengths
and its weaknesses...
in the style of Terry Nation's notoriously earnest Dalek books
of the 1960s, the Dalek Survival Guide has its tongue
planted firmly in its cheek. The Daleks are treated as a very
real and tangible threat, whose activities have been depicted
in the "documentary series" Doctor Who.
guide draws inspiration from a number of - often contradictory
- sources, including the Daleks' television exploits, their
comic strip adventures in TV21, and the Doctor Who
Technical Manual from the 1980s. Conspicuous by their
absence are John Peel's over-elaborate revisionist revelations
about the Movellans in his novel War of the Daleks.
team of writers pour cold water over some of the more ridiculous
theories from the past, such as the notion that Dalek light
bulbs - sorry, luminosity dischargers - perform any other
function than to indicate which creature is speaking, or the
idea that Daleks cannot see the colour red. In their place
comes a whole new range of outlandish postulations, including
the suggestion that Special Weapons Daleks secrete excessive
amounts of a glandular fluid. And most of us just thought
it was lubricant oil!
I have to admit that I didn't really see the point of this
book until I had actually read some of it - and then I found
it hard to put down. Several entries made me laugh out loud,
including some suggestive illustrations demonstrating how
to get a ride from a Dalek, and the revelation that the ivory-hued
Imperial Daleks discourage the use of the term "cream" to
describe their colour scheme.
only reservation about this lovely little book is its price,
which seems a bit steep. Sure, it's illustrated, but not in
colour. But otherwise, Dalek fans will be extremely elated.
will be ex-treme-ly e-lat-ed.
will be ex-treme-ly e-lat-ed!
will be ex-treme-ly e-lat-ed!!
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