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Glory of the Daleks

by Christopher Owen (TSV Books)

Book review by Michael Dwyer

This is something I awaited eagerly. It's not only a good read, but also a landmark in New Zealand fan fiction. It's the first New Zealand New Adventures novel, just the beginning for fan fiction in this country. Although Glory of the Daleks is easily read in one day it is fast-paced and action-packed.

Arriving in England at the turn of the century the present Doctor and Ace decide to have a relaxing stay in the country. But soon Ace is attacked by Arab assassins with swords and the Doctor starts pursuing a mystery of disappearances. Everything comes together in a climactic meeting with his old enemies, the Daleks.

There are many references to past adventures in this story. Most notable is The Talons of Weng-Chiang, and a small bit of Dalek history is revealed.

Christopher Owen has produced a well written novel consisting of old fashioned suspense mixed with science fiction, which I believe could be filmed for television. There are a few misprints, a word missing in some sentences (or a letter), that sort of thing, but otherwise it is an easy and enjoyable read. Glory of the Daleks is well worth the award it received as best short story at the Whocon convention in Christchurch.

Also I believe the cover work deserves some applause as it features some absolutely brilliant (as always) artwork by Warwick Gray.

This item appeared in TSV 29 (July 1992).

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