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Doctor Who - The Daleks' Master Plan [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Peter Purves
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22 Oct 2001
The Daleks threaten to destroy the fabric of Time itself. A dangerous chase ensures across jungles, deserts, and futuristic cities, as the Doctor and his companions struggle to prevent the Daleks plans coming to fruition. Peter Purves narrates these 13 episodes, only two of which survive in the television archives.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd (22 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563535008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563535003
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 12.5 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 286,716 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "No Katerina! Not that switch...Katerina!!!" 30 Sep 2004
By A Customer
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Daleks: The compilation show 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
5.0 out of 5 stars In one word: "Wow!" 27 Oct 2001
By A Customer
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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good purchase for Who fans! 7 Oct 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
The second largest Dr. Who story, 'The Dalek Master plan', has now been released in audio form, due to the fact this Dalek story only has episodes 5 and 10 serviving in the BBC Archives. The story stars the original doctor, William Hartnell, and marks the return of the Daleks and the Meddling monk. The story, being 12 episodes in length, somehow manages to avoid being too dull half way through, and the Daleks remain a joy to hear throughout. The story marks the start of Nicholas Courtney's Dr.Who relationship, as Brett Vyon. Jean Marsh also stars, as does the narrator, Perves. The story is written by the Dalek Creator, Terry Nation. The only fault with it is the fact that the story takes a bit to long to get started, but is still a worthwhile purchase, especially because it contains 'mission to the unknown', a single episode that was not part of the real story, but sets the scene well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review
Another great story amn listening to it at the moment good story line a Hartnell classic what mlore can I say
Published 8 months ago by Diane Armstrong
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart-breaking to loss to Britain's cultural heritage
Only three episodes of this story exist on film, with several other random clips, due to the BBC's unfortunately 1960s/1970s junking policy of its old film for space and re-use... Read more
Published on 16 Oct 2010 by bigbradwolf
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the lost dalek stories.
I've known about this story for some time, and have seen some of the surviving clips. Listening to the full thing however was great, and made the plot a lot easier to understand... Read more
Published on 31 Aug 2009 by M. Pye
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Dalek story
This Cd set is a must for any Doctor Who fan. I'm Spanish, and most of my friends say that I must be a freak to enjoy this series, in English, and only in audio in the case of the... Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2006 by Enrique Ovidio Carro Rey
5.0 out of 5 stars Daleks` Master Plan
The Dalek`s Master Plan is a true classic. The story is absorbing and is a great addition to any Doctor Who collection. Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2004 by "a1bartlett"
4.0 out of 5 stars Looking to buy more
I bought the Dalek's Masterplan after seeing it in the sale for 13, I admit I was dubious about how well the adventure would translate when having to listen to the action. Read more
Published on 5 Jan 2004 by "jannerbennett"
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic adventure in time and space...
Being a fan of the series, the release of 'missing' stories on audio CD comes as somewhat of mixed-blessing. Read more
Published on 5 Jun 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss
The 'hits' are the excellent sound restoration (take a bow Mr Ayres!) and the story itself. The 'miss' is the commentary which doesn't always offer sufficient explanation of... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Epic Story
This must surely rank as one of the finest Doctor Who stories ever broadcast, and this superb 5 CD set is one of the most worthwhile buys I have ever made. Read more
Published on 3 Nov 2001
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