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Everybody Wants to Rule the World

FEATURE BY ALAN BARNES

There’s more to taking over the Earth than simply planting your flag in its soil and telling a bunch of Earthling bystanders that you claim the planet, plus its moons and satellites, for the greater glory of your intergalactic empire.

Commander Linx (Kevin Lindsay) of the Fifth Sontaran Space Fleet learned this to his cost, after crash-landing in Wessex circa 1200 AD (in The Time Warrior, 1973-74). For one thing, Earth’s revolting natives – in this instance, a robber baron named Irongron (David Daker) and his assembly of cut-throats – have a habit of revolting against you, sooner or later. For another, you might find even such a limited incursion halted by the intervention of a Time Lord who sometimes claims to be the planet’s protector. No, if you’re going to invade the planet Earth, you can’t do it on the fly. You’re going to need a plan…

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This essential guide celebrates Doctor Who’s most renowned invasion episodes. Interviewees include Anna Barry (Day of the Daleks), Ray Brooks (Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.), Johnny Byrne (Warriors of the Deep), Michael Ferguson (The Seeds of Death), Peter Harness (The Zygon Invasion/The Zygon Inversion), Douglas Mackinnon (Flatline), Victor Pemberton (Fury from the Deep), Toby Whithouse (The Vampires of Venice) and Jon Davey (Rise of the Cybermen/The Age of Steel). Plus, there are rare images, a tribute to Nicholas Courtney, Terry Nation’s original storyline for The Dalek Invasion of Earth, details of Jon Pertwee's unmade story The Spare-Part People and much more!

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EDITOR’S LETTER
In 1969 the BBC’s publicists clearly felt it wasn’t quite
THE ESSENTIAL DOCTOR WHO
Terry Nation’s original plans for his 1964 serial The Dalek Invasion of Earth included a new companion for the Doctor and an intriguing visit to the forecourt of Television Centre
Long before he was Robby Box in the comedy drama Big Deal, and Pauline Fowler’s husband in EastEnders, Ray Brooks was defending the Earth against Daleks and their Robomen…
THE TARDIS HAVING LANDED OFF THE NORTH SEA coastline, the
In this previously unpublished interview, conducted in 1988, writer Victor Pemberton reflects on Fury from the Deep and his similarly themed audio story Doctor Who and the Pescatons
In the 1960s Jack Lovell made the costumes for some of Doctor Who’s greatest invading aliens. In this previously unpublished interview, conducted in 1995, he remembers the creation of the Ice Warriors
THE POPULATION OF EARTH VASTLY OUTNUMBERS the Ice Warriors of
As the man behind some of Doctor Who’s greatest alien invasion stories, director Michael Ferguson never allowed being Earthbound to limit his imagination…
SIX MONTHS BEFORE THEIR MAIN STRIKE, THE Nestenes discreetly commence
In 1970 a story submitted to the Doctor Who production office began with a bizarre invasion led by unstoppable mummies. The Spare-Part People is made all the more intriguing by the fact it was co-written by the actor currently playing the Doctor
TOWARDS THE END OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY, a series of
As freedom fighter Anat, Anna Barry helped to save the world from the Day of the Daleks
CENTURIES AGO, THE CREW OF A DAMAGED ZYGON craft landed
Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart was the Doctor’s staunchest ally when the Earth was threatened by alien invaders. He was played by the irreplaceable Nicholas Courtney
THE KRYNOIDS HAVE NO EXPLICIT PLANS FOR THE invasion of
The men and women of UNIT have been our first line of defence against alien invasions since the Yeti stalked the London Underground. But these soldiers are far from unique, and have parallels in the most surprising places…
The 1974 serial Invasion of the Dinosaurs featured one of the strangest occupations of London in the series’ history. The story has long been criticised for the quality of its visual effects, but what does palaeontologist Dr Dave Hone make of its historical accuracy?
AFTER MILLIONS OF YEARS IN SUSPENDED animation, the Silurians launch
In this 1989 interview, printed here for the first time, writer Johnny Byrne reveals some of the behind-the-scenes problems that beset his undersea invasion story Warriors of the Deep
IF THERE’S ONE THING YOU CAN’T ACCUSE THE Slitheen of,
The plucky group that helped the Doctor defend the Earth in Remembrance of the Daleks has returned in Counter-Measures, an audio series from Big Finish
Having intercepted and impounded the Mars-bound Guinevere One space probe,
Comic-strip adaptations of Doctor Who have been depicting invasions of Earth since the 1960s. These are some of their highlights
PREOCCUPIED WITH MILITARY STRATEGY AND THE glory of war, the
Director Douglas Mackinnon has overseen some of the most memorable invasion stories of recent years
FLEEING FROM THE SILENCE, THE LAST OF THE Saturnynes travelled
Toby Whithouse recalls the alien invasion stories he’s written for Doctor Who, and the kind of invasion he dreamt of as a child
THE OCCUPATION THAT COMES TO BE KNOWN AS ‘the Slow
As well as defending the Earth as a UNIT soldier, actor Jon Davey is also one of Doctor Who’s most prolific Earth invaders…
FEW ALIEN INCURSIONS HAVE PROVEN AS inexplicable as the one
Writer Peter Harness drew upon controversial contemporary issues and a violent chapter of American history for one of the series’ most startling invasion stories
Many have tried to take over the Earth; many have failed. But what’s the appeal? And what can any would-be conqueror learn from these failures?
Terry Nation’s final Dalek invasion of Earth was published by Target Books in 1979 and marked the end of an era