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Doctor Who And The Planet Of The Daleks Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (1 Jun. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1471346560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471346569
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 2.5 x 14.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 358,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Terrance Dick’s Target novelisation of Terry Nation’s teleplay is a model of economy – all action and dialogue – and Gatiss’s sometimes breathless narration complements this perfectly, while also evoking the excitement with which the original Target novels were read by fans in the 1970s." (Stephen Elsden http://www.scifind.com)

"Dicks’ novel... imbues the story with a freshness and vitality which was lacking on screen." (Matt Adams http://www.thewestonmercury.co.uk)

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Mark Gatiss reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure, with Dalek voices by Nicholas Briggs.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 23 Oct. 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The EYE OF HORUS Editor on 30 July 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2014
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Planet Of The Daleks (Audiobook).

Product Info.
Number Of Discs: 3
Running Time 185 Minutes
Read By - Mark Gatiss
Sound & Music Design - Simon Power

What's Up Doc?
After pursuing the Daleks through space, the Doctor & Jo Grant land in the midst of a tropical jungle on the planet Spiridon & finds there are more horrors that await the time travellers than just the Daleks.

Vicious plants spitting deadly poison, invisible Spiridons are attacking from all sides & in hiding a vast army of Daleks who are waiting for the right moment to mobilize & conquer.

Timelord Thoughts.
I remember owning a audio cassette version of 'Planet Of The Daleks' which was narrated by the Third Doctor himself the late great Jon Pertwee & while that was a decent take on the story this version is by far the superior more polished version to own as it features excellent enthusiastic narration by actor/writer Mark Gatiss who adds great depth & energy into his reading of Terrence Dicks adapted Target novelization & captures the mannerisms & phrasing of the Third Doctor very well.

This audiobook version includes sound effects & music cues by sound designer Simon Power which injects moments of great tension, suspense & atmosphere while Nicholas Briggs returns to voice the Daleks once again & gives them a darker sinister more malevolent tone which makes them a truly terrifying enemy.

'Planet Of The Daleks' is a entertaining enjoyable audiobook adaptation of a classic Third Doctor Dalek adventure & is paced well at just over 3 hours that's well worth adding into your Doctor Who audiobook collection.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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