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Doctor Who: Daleks (Dr Who) Audio CD – Audiobook, 3 Nov 2003


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (3 Nov 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 056349476X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563494768
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 13.4 x 5.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,217,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec 2003
Technically, the release of these stories is not a new idea by the BBC. With albeit better narration, the complete soundtrack of each episode (as opposed to selected highlights) and the transfer from cassette to CD - it can be aruged whether it is worth spending £30 on something that presumably fans will have heard before.
Having heard both the Evil of the Daleks and the Power of the Daleks on cassette format, I was intrigued to find how much different the CD versions were. To be honest althought the transformation is subtle, it is much more effective. Complements must go to the BBC restore team who have considerably 'cleaned up' the recordings somewhat since the cassette releases and ensured that the new narration doesn't prevent us from hearing the dialogue.
Unfortunately, whilst Power is an excellent story and is significiant in Doctor Who history, I feel that it is severely undermined by Anneke Willkes narration. Unlike Frazer Hines' commentary in Evil, hers is staid and monotonous - and in some places it seems as if she is bored.
The audio stories themselves are excellent and are made more atmospheric by the transition to audio. For example, the scene in the Dalek capsule in Power is probably more atmospheric than it ever would have been on TV, as is the overall Dalek threat in this story.
I feel that Power is probably weaker than Evil. I agree with other reviewers that Troughton's Doctor is significantly different to the one presented in Evil, and just as Troughton was trying to adapt to his new role, it can be seen that the production team was too. There are, for example, some serious holes in the plot, that unfortunately are captured on audio, such as the 'rebellion' and Ben and Polly's capture in subsequent episodes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Panero on 13 May 2004
I had not heard the Power of the Daleks before but I was familiar with the story from the Photonovel section of the BBCi Dr Who website. The plotting and characterization on 'Power' are very sophisticated for a 1960's Children's TV programme. If David Whittaker's script has any faults it is in that he tries to make it too clever at times, but the overall effect is very good. The story works on a number of different levels: The Daleks need power in the form of static electricity in order to move and exterminate things. The various humans involved think that they can use the Daleks' Power for their own purposes, only to be proved fatally wrong and of course it is the Doctor who eventually turns the Daleks' power source into a weapon to destroy them and save the day.
The audio version brought out some splendid aspects to the story- in particular Lesterson's degenerating mental state as he realises what he has unleashed. It also enables one to hear the pauses in the conniving Daleks' dialogue as they intone 'I am your serv-ant!' Unlike one of the other reviewers here I did not have any problem with the narration as such and felt that it helped link the scenes together fairly effectively.
The new recording of 'Evil of the Daleks' is a very welcome improvement on the early taped release narrated by Tom Baker. Frazer Hines' narration is much more inclusive and descriptive of the action. This applies particularly to one scene where Jamie and Kemel are exploring the South Wing of Maxtibles' house. In the background a Dalek takes an hankerchief and places it a room where a trap has been set. This detail is absent from the earlier release and therefore makes understanding the next part of the action imcomplete.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. J. Connolly on 13 Nov 2003
At last Evil of the Daleks is released on CD. The old tape version was slightly odd with the naration performed by another doctor and rather out of place. This newer version has the ever reliable Frazer Hines giving his well oiled, emotive naration from previous discs to a true "classic" story. As there is no visual version left, bar episode 2, this is a close fans will get to this marvellous story. There are so many plots and counter plots with the Daleks at their most evil but closely followed by Maxtible. The final episodes on Skaro are tense and the ending is something that would be rarely tried today with a series major foe being killed off (well apparently for 5 years in the series)
Also in the tin is Power of the Daleks which has a new naration by Anneke Wills (Polly). This is also an improvement over the old tape version but does lack the finesse of the Frazer Hines commentaries. The story is good and the Daleks are unusually clever for a change in what for them is a small scale plot. As the first Troughton story it is must for fans though few will recognise Troughton's portrayal from the one in Evil as he veers from almost Shakespearean acting to broad farce as the writers decide which way the Doctor would go after the Hartnell era.
My life as a Dalek is rather strange but is also rather pointless.
Overall well worth the money and the tin is rather nice to
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Feb 2004
Get comfortable behind that sofa, those pepperpots that want to conquer the Universe are back. Unfortunately, in their infinite wisdom, the bbc destroyed/deleted/lost/sold the original visual footage, but at least they kept the audio, so we can still enjoy these brilliant, and pivotal Doctor Who stories...
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