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Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation

(Doctor Who: New Series Adventures #53)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  821 ratings  ·  122 reviews
Sunlight 349 is one of countless Dalek Foundation worlds, planets created to house billions suffering from economic hardship. The Doctor arrives at Sunlight 349, suspicious of any world where the Daleks are apparently a force for good – and determined to find out the truth. The Doctor knows they have a far more sinister plan – but how can he convince those who have lived u ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 11th 2013 by BBC Books (first published April 2nd 2013)
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This is a book my child had been insisting I read as the major antagonists were the Daleks! I found the story to be fast-paced, and a little tense as we find out about a number of planets, managed by the Daleks, in a region of space where Daleks are seen as benign and caring by a large number of humans settled on these worlds.
Nicholas Briggs captures Doctor #11's (or #12's if you include the War Doctor in your count) twitchy energy well. He even has the Doctor acknowledge to himself, at least a
Jedenáctka se tu vážně chovala jako Jedenáctka... a já Dáleky miluju. Takže není co řešit. Úplně si umím představit tenhle příběh zfilmovaný. Umím. Trochu mi to místy sice připomínalo Pandoricu, ale koho to zajímá. Prostě EXTERMINATE!

Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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When I saw that the author's name on the cover, I was intrigued. Nick Briggs is known better as the voice of the Daleks and the Cybermen, or as half of the men behind the Big Finish audio releases of Doctor Who.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this story superbly crafted. It had numerous twists that I didn't see coming, and kept me interested from beginning to end.

My only quibble with the entire book is that the epic ending was a little too far-fetched, even for the Doctor Who universe, otherw
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A very fun adventure, detailing the first plans of the Dalek Time Controller - who also shows up in the Big Finish audios as an opponent to the Sixth and Eighth Doctors, after this book from the Time Controller's perspective and before this book from the Doctor's perspective. Nick Briggs's prose flows very well and he really manages to capture the Eleventh Doctor's personality. The Doctor gets to spend the entire book around three young children, and since Eleven is (as usual) amazing with kids, ...more
Chrissie Bentley
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting take on Dalek supremacy, with some genuine edge-of-seat moments, although the presence of three children in the Doctor's care does veer towards the cutesy in places. Interestingly, Briggs' Doctor is an excellent prediction of the toned down Matt Smith we are seeing in series 7.2 - as compared to the manic irritant of his earlier series.
The Dalek time controller is trying to manipulate the Doctor, so that he helps find a super weapon. This is an interesting story technique, it jumps about a bit but does work. The idea of Daleks being good has been done before, but this time has a different spin. A good read.
Michaela Mitsuko Sklenářová
Ne tak dobrý rozjezd jako Závoj smutku, zato mnohem chytlavější a lepší závěr. Doktor nehýří tolik vtipem, ale co vím z těch pár dílů, co jsem viděla, ne vždy je Doctor Who jen komedie. Mimo žánr by asi příběh ani styl neobstály... ale je to prostě Doktor, co by se na tom dalo generalizovat?! :D
Nessa Luna [October Tune]
Read this review, and many more on my blog October Tune!

Sunlight 349 is only one of at least 400 worlds, created to house billions of people. Worlds created by the Daleks. The Doctor arrives on Sunlight 349, suspicious of these planets and above all suspicious of the Daleks. Since when are the Daleks ‘nice’? What he finds out is that the Daleks have a plan. A plan that might not be so nice after all. Together with a journalist and three orphaned children, the Doctor tries to find out the Daleks’
Jul 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Pretty much as it says on the 2-star rating packet, I thought this book was okay. The writing style was very simple, but I understand that's because it has a wide readership range (in fact, my 8-year old is halfway through it and says it's "good").

The Doctor, having received a mysterious message, goes to the source of a distress call and finds three children on a ship. They've had some Dalek-related dramas (view spoiler) , and the D
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nicholas Brigg's first book 'The Dalek Generation' is a intelligent read that nicely slots into 'The Snowmen'. The idea of the Daleks being seen as a force of good is a interesting one that makes way for some great ideas. One of these being how it's illegal on these sunlight worlds to show hatred towards the Daleks. The book also plays with the limitations for the Daleks of being nice pretty well too, detailing their inability to exterminate anyone in public and using logic instead, such as the ...more
This is the first Doctor Who novel that I've listened to (through Audible), rather than having read it myself, and as of the day of this review (6th May 2013), Nicholas Briggs' story is far superior to any of the current onscreen season's offerings (so far...), and in my mind would make an absolutely fantastic 2 part story.

The plot, on the whole, feels like a classic series Doctor Who Dalek story, peppered nicely with the racy pace, and emotional depth (yes, I even shed a tear...) of the curren
Michael Otway
Apr 03, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is just... bad. I don't even know where to begin with this mess of a novel.

Firstly, the Doctor's dialogue is extremely hard to read in Matt Smiths voice and tone. It's really as if it was written by someone who had never actually watched an Eleventh Doctor episode. The things he would say and characterisation was all completely wrong.

Secondly, the whole book involves The Doctor babysitting children the entire time and honestly, it's just cringe-worthy and the children are written as if the
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: First Time Doctor Who readers, Eleventh Doctor fans

The Doctor Who adventure, The Dalek Generation, featuring the Eleventh Doctor is an enjoyable, quick read that any fan will enjoy. Nicholas Briggs unquestionably succeeded in capturing Matt Smith’s portrayal of the Doctor, which any Eleven-fan will appreciate. The overall story is fine especially the use of time travel and the Doctor’s interaction with the Blakely siblings, however Briggs did make some head scratching miscues. These miscues are essentially story detai
Paul McNamee
Briggs has a good handle on describing the 11th Doctor in prose. That was a strong point.

The weak point was the Daleks' villainous plot, which was a bit vague and finger-waggling-hand-wavy.

Fun and quick to pass the time as long as you don't analyze it too much.
Mischel Mischel
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the last Doctor Who book I read. I struggled a bit to make sense of all of it as I was nearing the end, but that might be just because I didn't read the whole book in one go. It was a nice story though, I liked it :)
Gabriel Mero
I really, really wanted to like this book, however I found it to I can't exactly put my finger on it, but it barely felt like DW to me.
Matthew Kresal
For almost as long as Doctor Who has been on television screens, his adventures in space and time have seen him facing, time and again, his enemies from Skaro: the Daleks. Yet the Daleks have rarely featured in the Doctor’s paperbound adventures, appearing in a mere three novels outside of the Target novelizations of their appearance in the old series (and even then, two of the TV stories were never novelized). 2013 though has seen a new addition to those adventures with The Dalek Generation, an ...more
In full disclosure I won three Doctor Who books in a giveaway on Facebook.

I initially thought the Doctor’s personality was really off. He lacks energy and excitement; he is also lot less caring. While it seems likely this is set during one of his darker periods, prior to the TV episode "the Snowmen" before his revelation abut Clara and at a time when he had decided to do no more meddling. While his personality may be correct for the period it is really trying to see him like this for the entire
James Parry
May 28, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Doctor Who: The Dalek Generation - Short Review
Author: Nicholas Briggs
Age Range: 10+
Score: 6.5/10 - Disappointing - but still pretty good
'The Dalek Generation' was quite a disappointing book. After reading the blurb I really wanted to read it and the first few chapters were brilliant. They were really well written, and intrigued me into the plot of the story. After that I really expected a lot from this book. I expected it would be the best book in the 'Doctor Who New Series Adventures'. I was w
May 15, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is the second book in the Doctor Who series that i have read, the first being touched by an angel. I enjoyed the first, but this one seemed anticlimactic. It builds tension from the beginning and seems to lose its way about 3/4ths of the way through. Caution Spoilers Ahead.

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This caught my attention because of the author. I mean how can a Doctor Who book written by Nicholas Briggs fail?!
The book started off well with some fun action and an interesting plot that kept me guessing. However, the middle lulled and, frankly, I got bored. I set it aside for a while and read some other books that seemed much more interesting to me at the time. But I decided to come back to this before I lost all of my memories of what had happened in the first half. I was happily surprised
Jim C
Jun 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is based on the television series and has Matt Smith's Doctor as the main character. He has no companion along for the ride. In this one, the Daleks have rescued humans and created a living society for them to dwell. The Doctor knows there must be more to it than meets the eye.

I enjoyed the premise of this story. I liked the idea of one person knowing the truth while the rest of society respects and reveres these false saviors. How do you get people to realize the truth? The execution
George Sink
Having just finished watching Matt Smith's tenure as the Doctor recently, this was an excellent snapshot of his incarnation's adventure and story. It captured his human side and his cleverness in the face of his greatest enemy. One thing I love about these Doctor Who novels (I've read Eleven's "Tales of Trenzalore", Nine's "Human Nature", and the War Doctor's "Engines of War") is how they allow you a glimpse into what the Doctor is thinking and feeling, moreso than you can get through watching t ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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When I started reading this book, I didn't have big expectations for it. That's a good thing, because it was egregious. Before I had watched Planet, Death, and Revelation of the Daleks, I didn't think dalek stories could be bad. If want the doctor to be your grandpa, sure. If you want a boring book with terrible pacing (The last two chapters take place ninety years in the future), you will also enjoy this. If you don't like those, don't get this unless it's less than $6
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh. It was fine. I wouldn't go out of my way for it or anything, but it stands on its own two feet. (after my last read, that's more impressive than you might think.)
Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was so good! And the ending completely surprised me.
Li, Yuanyuan
Jan 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a fun book but bit confusion. I enjoy reading it, and sometime made me nervous. In the end, everyone have a goog ending, Doctor still aonle which make me sad.
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was actually a pretty good 11th Doctor adventure until the very end, which was too deus ex machina even by Doctor Who's very liberal standards.

Still a fun tale, well narrated by the author.
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Doctor Who book had a slow start to it. But the story did pick up and was an enjoyable Doctor Who story.
Tonie Booher
Dec 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: default, already-read
Absolutely loved it!
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Nicholas Briggs is a British actor and writer, predominantly associated with the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who and its various spin-offs. Some of Briggs' earliest Doctor Who-related work was as host of The Myth Makers, a series of made-for-video documentaries produced in the 1980s and 1990s by Reeltime Pictures in which Briggs interviews many of the actors and writers involved i ...more

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