Roots: Big Finish effectively parody their own promotional material as well as many American film trailers. The life of Victoria and Albert. Nigel's ancestors being greengrocers is probably a reference to Margaret Thatcher. James Bond (the character name Plenty O'Toole). M*A*S*H (Evelyn 'Hotlips' Smythe). Nazi Germany and Communist Russia (People or groups run by supervisors, propaganda in history, work camps, purity is all, the Doctor as a figurehead and his propaganda fake state funeral reminiscent (if reversed) of some communist leaders). The movie Doctor used the US military expression - 'Not on my watch.'. Miriam hums God Save the Queen. Queen Elizabeth's 50th Jubilee Celebrations. Blackadder ('Deader than the deadest things ever'). 'Homes fit for heroes' - English post war housing slogan. Nigel's suggestion to exercise quality control probably is a dig at Terry Nation's estate restrictions. Nigel's father's views on architecture could be a parody of Prince Charles'. Ray Bradbury's Martian Chronicles (similarly Quatermass and the Pit) - 'We are the Martians/Daleks now.' The Bible (The Doctor refers to the Dalek as a 'Creature of Lies'). Terminator 2 Judgment Day ('I cannot destroy myself, you must do it for me'). Gormenghast. The Prisoner (Martin Jarvis does a very good impersonation of Patrick McGoohan when he asks 'What do you want?')
Intertextuality: Numerous Dalek products from the 'Dalekmania' of the 60's were name checked. (E.g. Children in playgrounds with Dalek guns - Anti Dalek Fluid Neutralisers, the Dalek Movies). Daleks - The Ultimate Adventure. Daleks dislike the sound of laughter (Dalek Empire - the 60's Dalek Book). The Antigravitron and Voltoscopes hail from The Dalek Book, and transolar discs are from the 1960s Dalek comic strips.
Fluffs: 'Santa's Tribute' from the Americas (Actually it's 'Sent as tribute' just - but it took several listens.)
Goofs: Given the low status of Americans in the English Empire universe it is surprising that one would end up playing the Doctor in the movies.
How far does Farrell have to stick his knife into Lamb's throat before he stops talking?
How could the dwarf be too wide by a hand to fit into the Dalek casing?
Having utilised the Dalek technology and information the Empire fails to develop space travel or advance beyond automatic weapons.
Double Entendres: 'We call it the Doctor's Column!'
'Anything with a Dalek on sells millions - especially during the Jubilee Year.'
'I cannot fit sir - The cavity is too narrow'
'The Doctor from the movies was so much better.'
Dialogue Triumphs: As with most of Robert Shearman's stories - most of it. But a few personal favourites:
The opening trailer.
'Who would have guessed victory would be so tasteless'
The Bloodless revolution ('There will be a lot of bodies though')
'Power is the strength to do what you would have others do.'
'Love you? But we're married - that would feel weird'
'You should have given me better orders'
Dialogue Disasters: The singing Daleks.
Nigel's tortuous Jubilee speech, and the Doctor's somewhat obvious one.
'Marry me Dalek!'
'It's his heart, as if someone has stabbed him but there is no wound' - and exactly how would you spot that if there isn't one?
Continuity: Due to a catastrophic event in 1903 (the creation of the paradox of this story?) the TARDIS doors open while the Ship is trying to land in London 1903 and leaves the Doctor and Evelyn stranded in alternative present 100 years later. History has been changed by the Doctor's intervention preventing a Dalek invasion in 1903.
In the history of The English Empire the Doctor overthrew the Daleks with the assistance of Nigel Rochester's great grandfather (later recorded as his lieutenant), a greengrocer who became the first Excellence in Perpetuity - President of the English Empire (a hereditary title). Central London was destroyed by a fleet of Daleks on Transolar disks travelling up the Thames. The Doctor taught Londoners how to track them and shoot them down. Using the technology culled from the Dalek Invasion and from interrogating their alien prisoner, the English Empire took over the world (in the one and only World War) with memory of the Doctor as a figurehead.
The Doctor and Evelyn were captured are imprisoned in the Bloody Tower along with at least two surviving Daleks (with self destruct systems and weapons removed) in the White Tower. Evelyn starved to death, and the Doctor's legs were removed to prevent him escaping. Under anaesthetic he did not regenerate, but after years in prison went mad and was later killed by the rearmed Dalek. His existence is a state secret.
The Dalek prisoners can be restrained by a magnetic field fixing them to the floor. If the field is electrified it boils black 'Dalek Juice' - a drink savoured by the President's court. One Dalek was killed by the second president for the 50th Jubilee. Dalek skin can 'grow' over flesh and burns like acid.
The American colonies were retaken, although there was a revolt in 1943. The American Prime Minister's grandfather was at the head of the army that put it down.
It is illegal for anyone leaving England to return. Women are treated as second-class citizens. (Girls are taught 'A good wife is a docile wife' in schools, and the law says all women must be in bed by midnight) There are camps for the dissidents and the impure. Contraction of words is illegal, and considered somewhat scandalous. The Historical Instruction Act makes viewing of certain propaganda movies compulsory. Supervisors organise viewings. There is a night time curfew until dawn.
There are several Dalek Museums. Nigel's personal one contains several working pieces of Dalek technology (see Intertextuality) and several mock Daleks operated by dwarfs.
Nelson's Column has been rebuilt in the Doctor's image - although he is dressed as a English Stormtrooper (apparently the Empire authorities find his coat too embarrassing and it has become a state secret) The White Tower has been painted in purple, orange and bright lime green stripes, and with a metal room grafted to the side as the Dalek prison. The Third President destroyed much of the remaining city of London as part of an urban redevelopment plan. It was never completed because he got bored. In the alternative 2003 the chapel of St. John the Evangelist in the Tower of London (which has been unused for some time) contains a TARDIS stained-glass window.
The Doctor claims he gets awfully melodramatic during his fainting fits. Throughout all his life, he has fought conquest for the sake of conquest. He can hold back temporal disturbance by force of will, although not in the face of a crowd of people wanting the disturbance to happen.
At the end of the adventure the Doctor, Evelyn and Nigel remember the events of the alternative history (The Doctor and Evelyn seem to remember both their alternate histories). The Doctor claims they haven't fully erased the last 100 years - but they will live on in the shadows and may come back and haunt them in their sleep.
Location: The year 2003; around the environs of The Tower of London and Tower Hill in the alternative universe of the English Empire on the eve and the day of the (100th) Jubilee.
Links: The Vortex Magnotron is from 'Day of the Daleks'.
The Dalek line 'Nothing in the world can stop me now' is a nod to the notorious line from 'The Underwater Menace'. One quotes 'I am the master of Earth' echoing the line from 'The Dalek Invasion of Earth'. The Doctor and Evelyn comment on their previous visit to the Tower, her students and husband in 'The Marian Conspiracy'. The suggestion that the paradox can be caused by the TARDIS doors being open in flight and allowing the travellers to jump their own time track and see an alternative past of themselves (and avoid it) harkens back to 'The Space Museum'. We are supposed to think the wheelchair bound prisoner is a character from 'Genesis of the Daleks.'
Untelevised Adventures: Alternative versions of the Doctor and Evelyn defeated the 1903 Daleks before being incarcerated by the Empire.
The Bottom Line: 'DA-LEKS DO NOT SING.'
Like proto-homids and dinosaurs, do not mix your parables with your paradoxes. While initially a great story, with very though provoking ideas, and a facinating delve into the Dalek psyche, the heavy handed morality tale grates against the sillyness of the characters and falls over in the verbose episode 4. Brilliant characters, Dalek development and dialogue save the story, and for utter oddness it definitely suits its period, but once you realise the characters are completely insane a lot of their actions lose shock value as since anything can happen, we aren't (oops...are not) surprised when anything happens. And again for a series dealing with time travel yet another nonsensical paradox trips over itself.