Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide
Resurrection of the Daleks
This is the fourth story in Season 21. Unlike the rest of the season, its episodes were 45 minutes long.
The Fifth Doctor is physically younger than his previous incarnations. He wears Edwardian cricketing clothes with a stick of celery on the lapel. He is less eccentric than his previous incarnations. In Earthshock he was unable to save his companion Adric from dying.
Tegan Jovanka is an Australian air stewardess who accidentally stumbled into the TARDIS in Logopolis. She has a tendency to moan. In Time-Flight she was left behind in her native time, but in Arc of Infinity she happened to run into the Doctor and rejoined him on his travels.
Vislor Turlough is an alien who was exiled to Earth. He was posing as a schoolboy at Brendon School. In Mawdryn Undead he made a deal with the Black Guardian to kill the Doctor in exchange for returning home. He did not manage to do so during that story but did stow away on the TARDIS and then ask the Doctor to allow him to join him on his travels. In Enlightenment he cancelled the deal.
Recurring and Historical Characters
The Daleks are a race of evil mutants encased in powerful cyborg bodies whose shape is reminiscent of pepperpots. The Doctor has fought them many times, first encountering them on in a city on their home planet of Skaro in The Daleks. In Genesis of the Daleks, the Time Lords sent the Doctor to the point when the Daleks were first created with a mission to either stop their creation or find a weakness.
In Destiny of the Daleks, their battle computers had led to a stalemate in a war against a robotic race called the Movellans. Because of this stalemate, they decided to recover their creator Davros to help break the stalemate, but the Doctor ensured that Davros was taken prisoner by humans. The Doctor considers the Daleks his greatest enemy and they are a serious threat to anyone they encounter.
Davros is the scientist who created the Daleks. In Genesis of the Daleks he foresaw how his race, the Kaleds, would evolve as a result of the radioactive damage their war with the Thals would cause. He engineered this mutated form, altering their emotions to feel hatred for anything that wasn't like them. He also put them into Mark 2 travel machines, which were the earliest form of the Daleks' exterior casing. In Destiny of the Daleks, the Daleks recovered him from the bunker in which he had been entombed, but he ended up being captured by humans.
This story is a direct sequel to Destiny of the Daleks, but we have already explained the important plot points from that story.