Doctor Who: The Newbies Guide

The Daleks' Masterplan

This is the fourth story in Season Three.

Of the twelve episodes, only parts 2, 5, and 10 exist in the archives.

Where does this fit?

This happens shortly after The Myth Makers

The characters listed below are the series regulars, important recurring characters, and real life historical characters. If a character's appearance is a major spoiler, then their details will be hidden in spoiler tags. In general, recurring characters are not listed here on their first appearance unless they become a series regular during the story, or they are a real life historical character.


The First Doctor

The first Doctor looks like a human in his sixties. He is physically quite frail, but has a keen intellect. He is paternalistic towards his companions, and has a degree of arrogance towards others. He sometimes mispronounces words.


Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor was a space pilot from an unknown time in the future. His spacecraft landed on the planet Mechanus, where a group of robots called Mechanoids held him prisoner. In The Chase, he escaped when the Doctor, Ian, Barbara, and Vicki visited the planet whilst on the run from a Dalek time machine. He stowed away on the TARDIS not knowing it was capable of time travel.


Katarina was a handmaiden to the prophetess Cassandra in ancient Troy. During the fall of Troy, she was sent to bring a message to the Doctor and Steven Taylor. She entered the TARDIS, which she considered to be a temple, and ended up joining them on their journey through space and time.

Recurring and Historical Characters

A Dalek

The Daleks are a race of mutants encased in powerful cyborg bodies whose shape is reminiscent of pepperpots. The Doctor first encountered them on their home planet of Skaro in The Daleks (Classic Series Season 1). In that story, they were confined to a single city on Skaro and the Doctor thought he had defeated them forever. He later encountered them in The Dalek Invasion of Earth (Classic Series Season 2), where they had conquered the planet Earth, and The Chase (Classic Series Season 3), when they had acquired a time travel machine and were chasing the TARDIS through time and space. In both instances, he managed to defeat them. In Mission to the Unknown, they were plotting against the Solar System and their plot was uncovered.

The Meddling Monk

The Monk is another member of the Doctor's race. His TARDIS is a better model than the Doctors, and it retains its ability to camouflage itself to blend in with its surroundings. He previously encountered the Doctor in 1066, when the Doctor thwarted his plan to change the outcome of both the Battle of Stamford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings. The Doctor stranded him there by shrinking the internal dimensions of his TARDIS to be the same size as the external ones.

Recommended Viewing

The prequel episode Mission to the Unknown sets the scene for this story. In this episode, SSS agent Marc Cory discovers a Dalek plot against the Solar System and records a message about it before being exterminated.

The previous story The Myth Makers (briefly) introduces Katarina. The Season 2 story The Time Meddler introduces the Meddling Monk.

Recommended Reading


Recommended Listening


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There is no Time Lord called "The Monk" or "The Meddling Monk". It always makes my head spin whenever anyone thinks there is a Time Lord who calls himself 'The (Meddling) Monk'. Never was, never will be.

In 1066, the Doctor and his companions encounter another one of the Doctor's people(not yet identified as 'Time Lords'). This individual has disguised himself as a monk. Wanting to alter events in 1066, he uses an abandoned monastery as his base of operations, and as he's staying in a monastery, he disguises himself as a monk, wearing a monk's cowl. He is not a monk, he never was a monk, he never will be a monk, and her certainly does not self-identify as "the Monk". It is made abundantly clear on more than one occasion that the monk's outfit is temporary clothing, used to blend into the monastery. And the Doctor even dresses likewise. The reason the credits list him as 'The monk' is the same reason that Anthony Ainley is credited as 'The portreeve' in Castrovalva.

And likewise, his 'meddling' aspect also shows idiocy. Is blowing up an entire Viking fleet with nuclear warheads "meddling"? And of course, he can't carry on being "the meddling monk" as

a)he never was a monk, and never called himself 'the monk' the way the Doctor calls himself "the Doctor"

b)he can't have carried on meddling, or else he would have completely rewritten the history of Earth several times over by now.

And contrary to what morons like Paul Cornell or Jon Preddle would like to believe, he was most definitely not "stranded on the ice planet". At all.

It's obvious who the Time Lord disguised as the monk is. It was obvious enough for DWM #75 to say that this Time Lord disguised as a monk is the same Time Lord who disguised himself as Sir Gilles Estram in The King's Demons. Obvious enough for a 1988 edition of Mastermind to say straight out that the monk is the Master. Obvious enough for both the FASA RPG and its "Master": module to say that the Master had disguised himself as a monk in 1066 in order to try and change the outcome of the Battle of Hastings, and to say that the first actor to play the Master was Peter Butterworth.

And yet, there are still people who think that there actually is a Time Lord who calls himself "The Monk" and/or "The Meddling Monk". And that he was stranded on the ice planet. And that all he does is meddle in history. And that he's definitely NOT the Master, no sir.

Like I said, those sort of people make my head spin.

Even if we buy your theory that the Monk is the Master (and the only in-universe evidence for this theory is material from the 80s roleplaying game - there are several other stories that establish quite clearly that they are different characters), in this particular guide, describing the character as the Master would be silly. This is a guide to help newbies understand a story that was made many years before the character of the Master was created. And in this story he is exclusively referred to as "the monk" or variations thereof, with the only continuity references about him being back to his first story (The Time Meddler), where he was also referred to as the Monk.

The Doctor is called 'the Doctor'. The Rani is called 'the Rani'.

Peter Butterworth's character is not actually called "the Monk". Or even "the monk". He is "the monk" the same way that Delgado was "the Abjudicator" or Ainley was "the Portreeve".

And it's much more than just the RPG.

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