Recap: Big Finish Doctor Who 040 Jubilee
"Jubilee" was loosely adapted into the TV episode "Dalek"
by its author, Robert Shearman.
The Sixth Doctor and Evelyn arrive in London in 2003. Evelyn notices that London is exceptionally dusty, and before she can investigate, the TARDIS vworps off in terror. The Doctor, meanwhile, has a sudden attack of Flash Sideways
and starts clinging to Evelyn as though he hadn't seen her for a century.
England, meanwhile, is the centre of political power, and its Presidents have ruled the world since the great Dalek war of 1903. Dalek imagery is everywhere: on coffee cups, toys, t-shirt, in movies, songs, on toothpaste. Just as iconic as the Daleks is the imagery of the dashing Doctor and his Love Interest
, Evelyn "Hot Lips" Smythe, who vanquished the Daleks during the war.
The Doctor tries to protest, and becomes the guest of President Rochester and his air-headed wife Miriam. Rochester is a ruthless dictator who spends his time assassinating people, insulting and hitting his wife, making weird and draconian laws, and fashioning dwarfs into makeshift Dalek-shaped slaves for his entertainment. He also has one Dalek left to play with: the last survivor of the war. Every once in awhile, it's shown to the people for motivational purposes. While it's held captive in its crippled state, it's tortured, interrogated, and occasionally boiled a bit to make delicious Dalek pus juice. And to celebrate the 100th anniversary, it'll be assassinated. Confronted with the Doctor, the Dalek speaks for the first time in decades, and the Doctor is absolutely horrified
by its torment. But a Dalek is a Dalek, and the Doctor's main priority is to get the timeline back on track. Because he sort of
remembers fighting in that Dalek war, and — perhaps most terrifyingly — he doesn't remember escaping from it.
While Rochester takes the Doctor for a tour of his Crapsack World
, Miriam reveals to Evelyn that she's not dumb at all. But she's been raised to be docile and self-loathing, as is every other woman in the world. She takes Evelyn along to see the mysterious captive of the empire... the old man in the wheelchair... the one who, you could almost say, created the Daleks. The trip leads Evelyn to the Tower of London (as usual
), where she finds... the Doctor, who's been held captive there for 100 years. After Evelyn passed away of old age, he lost his mind, and when they took her bones away from him, his constant escape attempts eventually cost him his legs as well. And now he's incapable of recognising Evelyn.
Rochester, meanwhile, confides in the present-day Doctor that he's not really
evil. He's just scared of Dalek spies. And that's why he has to be a heartless dictator to the entire world, including to Miriam. The Doctor tries to explain that there are
no Dalek spies. But since everyone in the world has believed it for generations, it's become impossible to convince the population that they're behaving this way of their own free will.
Evelyn and Miriam plan to stage a daring revolution using the — very broken and very traumatised — Dalek. Evelyn immediately regrets this decision when it turns out that Miriam is batshit insane
. The Dalek, now given back its gun, promptly exterminates the Doctor in the Tower and calls out to its fellow Daleks across space. They appear, and — somehow
— become the original Dalek invasion fleet of 1903. Miriam, in a fit of frothing insanity, decides that the Dalek would make a fine ruler and asks to become his
wife. The Doctor holds a grand speech to the population to explain that they can't blame the cultural memory of the Daleks for their misery — they are exactly
like the Daleks, and they exemplify how a society collapses in on itself when given absolute power. The Lone Dalek
, driven even more insane by experiencing Evelyn's kindness, somehow
convinces the entire invasion fleet that this is an inevitable result of absolute power, and the invasion fleet kills itself, resetting the timeline.