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Abslom Daak

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Abslom Daak (sometimes misspelled "Absalom Daak") is is a Dalek Killer, or DK—a convicted criminal given a reprieve from the death penalty in exchange for fighting the alien creatures known as the Daleks.

Though firmly set in the Doctor Who universe, most of Daak's adventures take place without reference to the Doctor himself.

Convicted of "23 charges of murder, pillage, piracy, massacre and other crimes too horrible to bring to the public attention" in the mid-26th Century, when the galaxy was embroiled in the Dalek Wars, he was given the choice between being vapourized or entering into exile and becoming a Dalek Killer. Transported to the planet Mazam which was under attack by the Daleks, he destroyed a Dalek task force single-handedly and rescued the Princess Taiyan, with whom he fell in love. Tragically, however, she was killed by a stray Dalek, leaving Daak grief-stricken and vowing to exterminate every Dalek in the galaxy.

Daak pursued this vendetta in subsequent installments of his comic strip, "acquiring" a vessel called Kill-Wagon, and taking on a crew made up of various aliens from the Doctor Who universe, called the Star Tigers. Together, they sliced a destructive swathe through the Dalek armies, often armed only with an energy pistol and his personal chainsword. In many ways a harder-edged "Han Solo" type character, the loss of his princess (along, perhaps, with his more criminal background) pushed him more towards psychosis than simple roguery.

Indeed, his very brief love affair with Tayin may have perhaps been one of his very few tastes of adult affection. His sense of loss was so profound, yet perhaps so naive, that he kept her corpse on board Kill-Wagon. This was perhaps in the hope of somehow re-animating her—although since it passed without real comment, the real motivations for retaining her dead body were left unclear.

Ultimately, his story and the Doctor's intersected. He met the Seventh Doctor in "Nemesis of the Daleks". Landing on the planet Hell, the Doctor found Daak, whose ship had crashed there while investigating Dalek activity. They found the Daleks mining a deadly gas from the planet, taking it up to an orbital Dalek Death Wheel to build a genocide machine. Daak sacrificed himself by flying a captured Dalek hovercraft into the Wheel's reactor core, destroying the Wheel and the Dalek's plans.

His final comic appearance was in "Emperor of the Daleks", where he was plucked out of time just before his moment of death by the Daleks and used to locate and lead the Seventh Doctor into a trap. Eventually he discovered that he had been tricked, and aided the Seventh Doctor in defeating the Daleks once more.

Though he appeared in only five comic adventures, he was popular enough amongst Doctor Who fans and authors to transition to other media. He crossed over as a featured co-star into a Doctor Who novel, Deceit, and has made various cameo appearances in other print Doctor Who novels and short stories.

Perhaps the biggest honor paid to his legacy, however, was the inclusion of two bits of his dialogue from the comic strips into the televised 2005 season of Doctor Who. The line, "Whatcha gonna do? Suck me to death?" appeared in a slightly modified form in the episode, "Dalek". And "I'm gonna kill every last stinking Dalek in the galaxy!" is the Ninth Doctor's cliffhanger dialogue at the conclusion of "Bad Wolf".

Some observers have gone farther than this, suggesting that Christopher Eccleston's performance as the Ninth Doctor--especially with respect to Daleks--is at least partially informed by Daak's grim, harder-edged approach. Prior to Daak, Dalek stories tended to have the Doctor knowing abstractly of the threat the Daleks posed to a particular planet, then helping, in some charming way appropriate to that regeneration's character, to save that culture out of a sense of what was the "right" thing to do. Most of the real bile displayed by previous Doctors was directed at the Daleks' creator, Davros.

By contrast, one of the Ninth Doctor's core motivations is a sense of personal, almost reckless, revenge against the Daleks. It's so similar to Daak's emotional pitch that one wonders if it's entirely coincidental.
This article contains a few elements from the article on Abslom Daak.

Other Marvel Doctor Who characters—like Ivan Asimoff and the Free-Fall Warriors—were independently popular enough to eventually spin off into a series of their own stories. But Daak was notable for being the first character to debut in Doctor Who Magazine's backup strip to later appear in the main strip alongside the Doctor.

This feat would later be eclipsed by the not-quite-completely-Cyberized Kroton. Kroton debuted earlier than Daak, but appeared alongside the Eighth Doctor for a greater number of stories as a genuine companion.

Because of the cover to the Summer 1983 Doctor Woo Magazine Special, some fans have long believed there was a Fifth Doctor/Daak crossover story. In fact, the cover is the only time the two characters crossed paths.

First Appearance: Doctor Who Magazine (1979) #17

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Issue Appearances:
Abslom Daak - Dalek Killer (1990)
Captain Britain (1985)
Doctor Who (1984)
Doctor Who (2017)
Doctor Who Magazine (1979)
Doctor Who Magazine Special (1980)
Doctor Who: Free Comic Book Day (2015)
Doctor Who: The Eleventh Doctor Year Two (2015)

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Kill-Wagon crew

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