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Doctor Who - The Daleks' Master Plan Audio CD – Audiobook, 22 Oct 2001


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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (22 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563535008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563535003
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 2.5 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Sep 2004
Format: Audio CD
Originally broadcast over 12 weeks in 1965 and 1966, this now mostly "lost" TV story represents some of the best DOCTOR WHO of the early 1960's. Only episodes 2,5 and 10 are still extant in the BBC's TV archives, with episode 2(DAY OF ARMAGEDDON) only just re-discovered in January of 2004.
Released now as a soundtrack with a linking narration by Peter Purves - who played the Doctor's companion Steven in the original production - this is a highly enjoyable way to experience Terry Nation and Dennis Spooner's superbly written adventure. Not only do you get the full 12 episodes, but also the bonus episode: MISSION TO THE UNKNOWN; which was broadcast a few weeks previous to the start of MASTER PLAN as a prologue to the events of the story. This unusual episode has the distinction of being the only TV episode in the history of the show not to feature either the Doctor, the TARDIS or any of his companions.
Essentially the plot consists of the attempts by the Daleks and their allies to gain possession of a rare element (known as the Tarranium Core) which will power the Time Destructor - a device enabling them to conquer the Universe. The Doctor gains possession of the Tarranium, and there then follows a game of cat-and-mouse around time and space.
This is an improved version of the formula used in a previous Dalek story - THE CHASE (1965). Here we have a similar plot with the Daleks chasing our heroes around steamimg swamps,lush jungles, futuristic cities, historical settings and harsh alien deserts. What makes MASTER PLAN so successful is the way that these whizz-bang, boy's own absurdities are taken so seriously by director,cast and writers. There is an added poignancy to proceedings in that many of the good guys die, including 2 of the Doctor's travelling companions.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Wilberforce on 11 April 2006
Format: Audio CD
I don't know quite what I was expecting from this twelve part story, but I have to admit that I found it remarkably drawn-out and occasionally hard to get through. The audio format may not have helped, even with Peter Purves' carefully paced narration, and the three surviving complete episodes (which I watched on the "Lost in Time" DVD set) were a relief from that format; but at the end of the day, the story is simply too long to maintain its pace throughout in any medium.
Like "The Chase" before it, Master Plan is too much of a compilation show, with an eclectic mixture of locations visited for one or two episodes at a time. The supporting characters specific to these locations are given token roles, and the actors concerned must have wondered exactly what they were doing there. It's the overarching plot that's the most interesting, and frankly it could have been dealt with in half as many episodes as this.
The story thread with the Varga plants, set up well in Mission to the Unknown, disappears at an early stage, as does the somewhat pointless character of Katarina. Sara Kingdom, who appears for the remaining eight episodes, is a far more effective addition to the cast. Sara might have made a good companion if allowed to continue for longer.
I'm glad to have experienced The Daleks' Master Plan, even if in an incomplete audio format, and I'm sure that I shall listen to it again in the future (maybe as part of a trawl through the stories in timeline order). Despite its flaws it is worth a listen - except perhaps for the extraneous Christmas episode, The Feast of Steven (what on earth were the producers up to with that one?).

This release also includes Mission to the Unknown, the one-episode "teaser" story broadcast before "The Myth Makers", the previous serial.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Oct 2001
Format: Audio CD
5 discs, 13 episodes, and digital bonuses! It's almost as if this could have been a DVD audio release.... Disc 1 contains "Mission to the Unknown" which sets up the rest of the story, and also contains a wealth of digital goodies. PDF files of all of the narrative voiceover scripts, as read by Mr Purves, before and after MP3 files demonstrating the audio restoration AND 13 further MP3 files of each of the complete episodes (without the voice-overs). Just about the only thing missing is some sort of text or audio documentary on the restoration process, and/or interviews from any of the actors (Mr Purves, Mr Courtney, etc) who are still around. Perfect for listening to in a car stereo however as it certainly makes commuting go by easier, and one almost wishes one would get stuck in traffic so as to let the episodes keep playing!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 31 July 2014
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A mammoth Dalek story!

This is a fantastic CD release of an audiobook featuring the Daleks. This is the soundtrack of `The Daleks' Master Plan'. It was the 12-part story shown from 1965 over Christmas into 1966. Sadly it's one of the lost stories from the BBC Archives. Only 3 episodes exist from this story which can be found on the 'Lost in Time' DVD. Where are the other nine missing episodes then? And there's also surviving footage of missing episodes such as Kert Gantry exterminated by a Dalek in Episode 1 and Katarina's death scene in Episode 4 But this story can be enjoyed as an audio with 5 CDs to cover it and linking narration by Peter Purves who plays Steven in the story, as this is the most epic Dalek stories ever to come from the William Hartnell days of `Doctor Who'.

Before `The Daleks' Master Plan', there's this to listen to.

`MISSION TO THE UNKNOWN'

The first disc of this audiobook contains the single-story episode in its entirely, `Mission to the Unknown', which is also sadly missing from the BBC Archives.

This is a most unusual episode of `Doctor Who' as it features neither the Doctor or any of his companions. It's an episode that features the dastardly Daleks and is a prelude to `The Daleks' Master Plan'. This episode is scrunched between 'Galaxy Four' and `The Myth Makers' and was used as a trailer to promote the 12-part Dalek story epic in the next month or so. Terry Nation wrote this episode and used it as a template for doing a Daleks spin-off series in the USA.
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