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The Ripple Effect: 12/06/20
The Ripple Effect by Malorie Blackman is the Seventh Doctor adventure from the Doctor Who Fiftieth Anniversary Shorts. The Doctor and Ace are stuck in a temporal trap in deep space. Their last ditch effort to free themselves and the TARDIS ends up with them far-flung across the universe to a very wrong Skaro.
To Ace and the other people they meet on Skaro, the Doctor seems to be over-reacting. The Daleks are peaceful. They're running a university for interplanetary studies, similar to Oomza University in Binti by Nnedi Okorafor.
Can the Doctor figure out what's going on? If the Daleks are genuinely peaceful, should he try to fix the universe to put them back to their warlike ways?
The Ripple Effect is a quick series of "What if"s. It's a thought piece that looks at the good that can come out of atrocities.
Ultimately, though, the choice to fix things is made for the Doctor because this alternate world isn't stable. I personally would have preferred to have the Doctor convince everyone rather than have the universe essentially demand to be fixed.