Recap: Big Finish Doctor Who NEDAS 4 E 10 To The Death
With the Dalek ship crashing, Susan, Alex and Lucie scramble to get to the Doctor. They manage to get him back to England, where the TARDIS heals him.
The Monk and Tamsin are gathering priceless works of art. Tamsin, entirely Locked Out of the Loop
, thinks that the Monk is preserving human culture so that humanity can rebuild itself after the plague. The Daleks, she thinks, are medical volunteers.
So, when the Monk is forced at Lucie's gunpoint to confess, Tamsin is absolutely horrified. After the Dalek Time Controller was destroyed by the Doctor
, he was propelled back in time. The Daleks sent out a distress call, hoping to lure in a particularly stupid Time Lord. The Monk answered. He patched up the Time Controller, who went on to tell the Daleks what would happen in their future. And in order to prevent that, the Daleks repeated their invasion of Earth
, and persuaded the Monk to sow the plague across the planet. But this time, their plan to drag the Earth across the universe was more elaborate: the Earth will now function as a plague planet, spreading the sickness throughout galaxies. The Monk helped the rebels, then the Daleks, and then, as the battle progressed, mostly just himself. Tamsin is sick with guilt from the revelation. It doesn't help much, as the Daleks see no need to keep her alive. She's exterminated moments later. So is Alex, in a fantastic Heroic Sacrifice
The Doctor decides that all the rules of time can go to hell, and plans to drag a nuclear bomb through time to prevent all this. Because if he ever gets a chance now to kill all Daleks forever, he will
, no matter if it's genocide, no matter if it breaks time, no matter what it would mean for his own rules. Lucie takes the decision out of his hands by dragging the bomb into the Dalek mineshaft instead, and she dies in the process.
The Monk, mourning Tamsin's demise, reveals that he was the one who caused the Doctor to show up two years too late. And that he had feelings for Tamsin. The Doctor doesn't even want to hear it, and he sobs and roars at the Monk to get out. He and Susan try to decide how to go on living after all this. The Doctor wants to snatch Lucie away from the explosion at the last moment; Susan reminds him that he can't, and shouldn't, change history. With a hasty goodbye to Susan, the Doctor heads back into the TARDIS, where he plays Lucie's recording over and over, speaking along with it and filling in his own lines. Deeply traumatised and just a little off the deep end, he promises her that he shall come back for her, one day, he shall come back.