"Well...if you thought you'd vaporised a planet, it must be a shock to discover it's still alive and well."The Doctor is repairing the TARDIS when it is drawn into the engines space ship which has picked up a pod. Thals are attracted by the pod, opening it to reveal Davros. However this sets off a homing beacon which draws the Daleks to the ship. They take Davros and the others back to Skaro, where the Daleks have yet another civil war.This is one of the most disliked Doctor Who novels due to the attempt to retcon all the Post-"Genesis of the Daleks" stories including the destruction of Skaro. Undergoes a lot of Fanon Discontinuity, but later stories (starting with "City of the Daleks") reveal that Skaro did survive, one way or another. On another note, the story was originally pitched to Andrew Cartmel, and may have been produced (probably in a somewhat different form) for Season 28 of the series.
— Sam Jones
Tropes present in War of the Daleks include:
- Actually a Doombot: When the Dalek Prime is destroyed by a Dalek loyal to Davros, it is revealed to be a robot.
- Retcon: War of the Daleks tries this on "Remembrance of the Daleks", asserting that the apparent destruction of Skaro in that story was a case of Tricked Out Time.
- Taking You with Me: Draconians fighting the Daleks do this by crashing their ship into a Dalek ship.
- Tricked Out Time: To prevent Skaro being destroyed the planet Antalin was terraformed to look like Skaro and Davros, thinking this was Skaro, accidentally destroyed it.
- Uncertain Doom: At the end Davros is apparently executed via matter dispersal by a Spider Dalek. It is left unclear whether it was loyal to him and actually transmatted him.
- You Killed My Father: Loran tries to get revenge on the Thals for this.