Ever get the feeling you've forgotten someone important? The Doctor did. And this time, it's not his spotty memory to blame...
Back from their extended stay in the Divergent Universe, the Eighth Doctor and Charley plan to show C'rizz everything the regular universe has to offer. They're interrupted by Davros and a whole army of Daleks, who have taken over future Earth and turned the majority of its eight billion people into Daleks.
Although Eight is incredibly bouncy and happy at having regained his time senses, he goes into Tranquil Fury once he realises just what Davros has done. But Davros has some problems of his own: after the Doctor destroyed Skaro, Davros escaped, but his body is once more decaying. And he's fused himself to the Dalek Emperor and prepared a clone body in a bid to stay alive. The Dalek part of his new consciousness is slowly taking over (making him a rare case of a double Large Ham), and he needs to transfer to his clone body as soon as possible. The Doctor is to help him, and witness the destruction of Earth, as punishment for his deeds. If the Doctor instead murders Davros (which he very, very seriously considers), Davros' death will set off a virus that would kill everything on Earth.
Charley and C'rizz, meanwhile, get seperated and meet with La Résistance members Gemma Griffin and her suicidal brother Samson. Samson has forgotten that he ever had a sister, and his mother Harriet explains that Gemma vanished long before the Daleks arrived. As it turns out, the two siblings travelled with Eight for a long time — until they were captured by Davros one day, implanted with Robomen technology, and released back on Earth. Samson unknowingly lived as a Dalek spy while Gemma travelled the Earth to spread The Virus. Neither of them remember the Doctor. What's more, Davros operated on the TARDIS long ago, fitting her with a tracking device that allowed him to view the Doctor's adventures even in the Divergent Universe. The Doctor was made to forget that Gemma and Samson ever existed, but noticed that there was something wrong with the TARDIS when he woke up, and went looking for her manual just minutes before accidentally meeting one Charley Pollard aboard the R101.
Meanwhile, the Daleks are rebelling against Davros (as per usual) and pick C'rizz as their next Emperor. After all, he's a natural killer.
The Doctor eventually meets up with La Résistance, defeats (and seemingly kills) Davros, and gets the Daleks to leave Earth. The world will rebuild itself. C'rizz is rescued, Samson's Dalek parts are removed from his skull, and all's well that ends well...
... until we find out that C'rizz carries with him the spirital remnants of everyone he's ever "saved". And since he can hear all of the dead with perfect clarity, their confusion at no longer being in the Divergent Universe keeps him wide awake at night. He knows he'll probably end up "saving" the Doctor and Charley as well, someday.
- A God Am I: Davros.
- Alien Invasion
- Angst? What Angst?: The Doctor asks Davros if he really thinks he (The Doctor) should be angsting about destroying Skaro. He's not.
- Answer CutDavros: But who are you... Who are you, really?
- Amnesiac Hero: It's revealed that Eight has been amnesiac since moments before Storm Warning.
- Arc Words: Darkness, destiny, silence and being alone.
- Body Backup Drive: Davros has got one. Slightly hypocritical considering his words in Davros. Of course, considering what he's gone through it makes more sense.
- Body Horror: The Daleks are made from Human Resources.
- Break the Cutie/Break Them by Talking: Eight gets a bit broken.
- Brief Accent Imitation:The Doctor: OR YOU WILL BE EX-TERRRRR-MINATED!!!
- Call-Forward: The Doctor visits the ice caves of Shababadon. Due to the Anachronic Order Big Finish puts out adventures, he'll mention in his Fifth and Sixth incarnations he'll want to go see them some day, in The Gathering and The Reaping respectively.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Davros is absolutely convinced that this time around, these new Daleks won't betray him. They do, of course.
- Continuity Nod/Call-Back:
- Davros quotes the last sentences of Remembrance of the Daleks, and says the Doctor destroyed Skaro.
- Charley recaps the events that happened to C'rizz in The Next Life. He later on gets flashbacks of The Creed of the Kromon.
- Davros created the virus discussed in ''Genesis of the Daleks''.
- Later Davros harkens back to Storm Warning and Charley's first meeting with the Doctor, while the Doctor mentions working with Davros.
- Among the planets the Doctor visted with his companions is mentioned Valuesis, a planet that appeared in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel The Tomorrow Windows.
- Davros is saved from certain death by a Nekistani ship.
- Cool Uncle: When Gemma calls him Dad, the Doctor says he'd prefer to be this.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Harriet Griffin.
- Crowd Song: Harriet encourages people to join her in several.
- Creepy Monotone: Eight gets very, very, very serious when he realises what Davros has done.
- Cybernetics Eat Your Soul: Davros.
- Deadpan Snarker: Eight in spades, at first.
- Death Seeker: Davros partially. It's complicated.
- Development Gag: A Call-Back to the infamous "I'm taking you to—" "Blackpool!" at the end of Revelation of the Daleks.
- Do Not Go Gentle: Invoked by Davros.
- Dying as Yourself
- Earth All Along
- The Emperor: Davros, or at least one side of his personality.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: The Daleks do not understand that C'rizz would rather die as himself than follow through with their plans.
- Fate Worse than Death: As punishment for everything Davros puts him through, the Doctor hands him back to the Daleks for full conversion.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: Davros after Remembrance of the Daleks. Even more so.
- Ham-to-Ham Combat: Nicholas Briggs vs. Terry Molloy, fighting for dominance over Davros' consciousness.
- Historical Domain Character: Agatha Christie apparently travelled with the Doctor.
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: The Doctor invokes this.
- Ironic Echo: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
- I See Dead People: C'rizz.
- Laughing Mad: The adventure starts off with Davros mercilessly electrocuting the first person that finds him, whilst cackling and shouting he is Daaavrooos!!
- Lady Drunk: Harriet.
- Lampshade Hanging: When Harriet enters the TARDIS, she asks who lights all those candles.
- Mercy Kill: Gemma asks C'rizz for this while under the control of Davros.
- Mind Control
- The Mind Is a Plaything of the Body: Davros is losing himself because Cybernetics Eat Your Soul.
- Mythology Gag: The Doctor promises Charley that he'll take her to Blackpool. But because he's not Six he can say the entire word.
- Noodle Incident: Loads.
- Parental Substitute: Gemma's and Samson's father has been dead for years. They call the Doctor "dad".
- The Plague: Two of them. One Davros created to put people into such pain they begged to be Daleks.
- Remember the New Guy?: Playing with when Gemma and Samson are introduced.
- La Résistance
- Retcon: The opening scene of Storm Warning is made much more significant with the addition of Samson and Gemma having travelled with the Doctor before he ever meets Charley.
- The Reveal: Several BIG ONES. Davros is becoming the Dalek Emperor. They are on Earth. The Doctor got mindwiped of adventures with Samson and Gemma. And La Résistance consists out of Daleks.
- Revenge: Davros attacks Earth out of vengeance for the Doctor's acts in the past, claiming Earth is his world.
- Robo Speak: Davros is still Emperor of the Daleks, and he speaks a lot more like them for it.
- Running Gag: Eight. Amnesia. Corridors get another Lampshade Hanging as per Big Finish tradition.
- Sequel Episode: For Davros the events of this adventure follow directly from Remembrance of the Daleks.
- Sequel Hook: C'rizz can hear all of the people that he "saved" (ie. killed). Among the voices is now Gemma. And he says that he'll probably end up "saving" the Doctor and Charley as well.
- Sharing a Body: Davros and the Dalek Empreror, with a dose of Split-Personality Takeover.
- Small Girl, Big Gun:Charley: Who are you?!
La Résistance: A GIRL WITH A BIG GUN.
- Something Only They Would Say: Charley picks up on Samson mentioning everlasting matches.
- Stepford Smiler: C'rizz says Charley is one of these.
- Surprisingly Happy Ending: Humanity has been decimated, there are billions of new Daleks roaming the galaxy, Eight has a whole new trauma to work through — and instead of moping, the whole gang decides to go eat cotton candy in Blackpool. Because some days, you just need a vacation.
- Talking to Themself
- Tranquil Fury: Eight towards Davros, complete with Creepy Monotone.
- Ungrateful Bastard: Davros killed the Nekistani who saved him, even telling the Doctor they didn't deserve to die.
- Vader Breath
- Wham Episode
- Wham Line: When Davros operated the TARDIS... Davros operated on the TARDIS.