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Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks [Paperback]

Terrance Dicks
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  • Paperback: 125 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who; New edition edition (July 1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426112520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426112525
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 11.4 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A story featuring the further adventures of the time traveller Dr Who, as he journeys through time and space with a variety of companions. This work is based on the television series of the same title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Like a Mini-Magnum ice cream lolly, AUDIOGO's release of Terrance Dicks' novelisation of DOCTOR WHO AND THE PLANET OF THE DALEKS is an ideal bite-sized three-disc audiobook that is wonderfully satisfying without being over indulgent and you can quite easily enjoy it twice-in-a-row without feeling too sickly or wasteful (a feeling you may have had if you had devoured two of the standard sized lollies. And, yes, we've all done that, haven't we? Or is it just me..?)

AUDIOGO's enduring commitment to scour the dust-laden TARGET novel archives is truly commendable and, as older fans would attest, guarantees that these most iconic of releases are enjoyed by a whole new array of fans who may have just discovered the Time Lord since it was re-imagined in 2005. And with over 160 novels (including the series spin-offs, such as HARRY SULLIVAN'S WAR and TURLOUGH AND THE EARTHLINK DILEMMA) this range is set to continues for many years to come.

Originally released in October 1976, Dick's DOCTOR WHO AND THE PLANET OF THE DALEKS novel is succinct when compared to the 1973 six-part televised overly long-and-drawn-out story but there lies its strength. Extraneous padding injected into the original Terry Nation broadcast is professionally exorcised by the author leaving a taut, character-focused thriller for the Third Doctor, and, in the audiobook format, Mark Gatiss certainly relishes the challenge in bringing it alive, and, surprisingly, creates an affectionate impersonation (or interpretation) of Pertwee's Third Doctor along the way.

More so, Gatiss is equally measured in his interpretation of Spiridon native, Wester, as he `channels' series stalwart, Roy Skelton with just a hint of salvia-challenged Ice Warrior with influenza.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mark Gatiss and The Planet of the Daleks 15 Feb 2014
By Mr. D. K. Smith TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
In 1973 Doctor Who celebrated its 10th anniversary, and the Terry Nation scripted Planet of the Daleks was a nostalgic trip into the past. Reminiscent of the first Dalek story from 1963/64, it's a straightforward adventure yarn with several sequences lifted directly from that story.

Some might call this homage, others might less charitably conclude that Terry Nation had run out of original ideas a long time previously, but whilst the story isn't particularly innovative it is a rattling good yarn.

Terrance Dicks' novelisation compressed the six part story into a book of 120 pages - on audio this lasts for around three hours, so there's little time to be bored as the story moves at quite a pace.

Mark Gatiss is the reader. A fan of the story, he asked to read this book and does a great job - his love for the material shines through. One slight downside is that the music and effects do verge on overkill at times (sadly this is not the only release in the series where this happens).

Although it's not one of the best Doctor Who novels, it is a very good reading from Gatiss and therefore is definitely worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Planet of the Daleks 23 Oct 2013
By Keen Reader TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a reading of the novelisation (by Terrance Dicks) of the Third Doctor story, Planet of the Daleks. At the end of the previous story, Frontier in Space, the Doctor and Jo Grant have foiled another of the Master's plans, but the Doctor is wounded, and calls on his Timelord peers to help him and Jo in the Tardis to follow the Daleks. The Tardis travels to a planet where it lands, and where Jo, desperate to get help for the seemingly mortally ill Doctor leaves the Tardis to get help. But she is about to find more than she bargained for, for on Spiridon there are Thals and Daleks - many thousands of Daleks.

This is a great story, originally broadcast with the wonderful Jon Pertwee in top form as the suave and debonair dashing Doctor in the velvet smoking jacket, and Jo Grant as his UNIT assistant. The novelisation by Terrance Dicks is good, but this reading by Mark Gatiss really brings the story to an absolute top-notch experience for the listener. I don't think I've ever heard Mark Gatiss read one of the Doctor Who stories before, but he captures every voice and every nuance brilliantly. Even his characterisation of Jon Pertwee's Doctor is absolutely spot-on; brilliantly done.

The story is three hours long, and it never seems a minute too long - there is action aplenty, and plenty of story and scene shifts. The story moves from one where the Doctor is ill and Jo goes to get help, to one where there are conflicting ideas about who are the `goodies' and the `baddies', to trying to thwart the Daleks' latest masterplan to conquer the universe.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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This audiobook is nothing like the traditional old single voice talking books of the past. With added music & sound FX by gifted sound designer Simon Power it becomes an entirely new & modern type of listening experience. The hot, sticky atmosphere of the planet's jungle. The hollow, metallic echo of The Dalek's hideout. Even the creepy, lurking invisible sounds of the Spiridons. Every detail is meticulously targeted to enhance Mark Gatiss's excellent reading.

It is truly amazing how far the genre has moved in in just a few short years. This is more like a feature film or a slickly produced radio drama than a talking book, and Planet of The Daleks is the best so far - let's have more like this please!
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