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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition (5 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147130146X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471301469
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 14.2 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 371,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tom Baker stars as the Fourth Doctor in this TV soundtrack adventure by Terry Nation, with linking narration by Lalla Ward.

About the Author

Terry Nation was born in Llandaff, near Cardiff, in 1930. As a child, he loved reading and making up stories, and on leaving school he became interested in the theatre, writing and appearing in plays for his local theatrical society. In the early 1950s, he left home and moved to London, where he attempted to launch a career in stand-up comedy. However, he soon found that he lacked performing skills, and hearing that a local agency was looking for comedy scriptwriters he decided to take his material to them. Associated London Scripts liked his work, and hired him to write a 13-week comedy radio show called All My Eye And Kitty Blewitt. This launched his writing career, and throughout the 1950s he produced over 200 scripts for comedians such as Terry Scott, Eric Sykes, Harry Worth and Frankie Howerd. His TV breakthrough came in 1963, when he wrote several episodes for Tony Hancock’s ITV series Hancock. The same year, he was asked to write the second serial for a newly-launched BBC science fiction series, Doctor Who, and the Daleks were born. Nation’s inspiration for the creation of his iconic mechanical monsters came partly from a TV programme. He realised that the creatures had to truly look alien, and ‘In order to make it non-human what you have to do is take the legs off. That's the only way you can make it not look like a person dressed up.’ After watching the Georgian State Dancers perform, he realised how this could be achieved. He explained: ‘the girls do this wonderful routine. They wore floor-brushing skirts and took very tiny steps and appeared to glide, really glide across the floor. That's the movement I wanted for the Daleks.’ He once said that the name ‘Dalek’ came from the letters DAL-LEK on the spine of an encyclopedia, but later admitted that this was just an attempt to satisfy persistent journalists. When asked the reason for the phenomenal success of the Daleks, Nation answered simply 'Kids love to be frightened'. He went on to write several more Dalek stories for Doctor Who, including ‘The Dalek Invasion of Earth’ (1964), The Chase' (1965), 'The Daleks' Master Plan' (with Dennis Spooner, 1965-1966) and 'Genesis of the Daleks' (1975), and also penned two non-Dalek episodes, 'The Keys of Marinus' (1964) and 'The Android Invasion' (1979). As well as Doctor Who, Terry Nation’s TV work also includes The Saint, Department S, The Persuaders and The Avengers. He also created two other sci-fi cult hits. Survivors began as a novel, published in 1970. It was televised five years later and ran for three series between 1975 and 1977, and a 2008 remake was broadcast by the BBC in 2008. Blake’s 7, described by Nation as ‘Robin Hood in space’, ran for four series from 1978-1981. It was an international success, and continues to have a huge fan following today. Terry Nation died in LA in 1997.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 20 July 2013
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This is one of the BBC releases where they release the audio from the original tv serial and overlay an audio track narration where required to tie in the visuals that we can't see on the audio cd. This story, a four-parter originally from 1979 (Season 17), features the Fourth Doctor as played by Tom Baker and Romana II, played by Lalla Ward. The story introduces Lalla as Romana II as Romana regenerates (being a TimeLady) into a new form. There is opportunity in this sequence for some humour as Romana `tries on' some new forms, and the Doctor critiques them as he is also mending K-9.

The story, with audio narration by Lalla Ward, starts with Romana's regeneration and the partial mending of K-9, when the Tardis lands on a rocky planet with high radiation levels. Investigating, the Doctor and Romana find a burial party and then see the landing of a spaceship. They find the Movellan spaceship and the crew who are investigating themselves into the goings-on on the planet, which, to the Doctor's horror, he finds is Skaro - the home planet of the Daleks.

Features of this story that really stood out for me, were firstly the narration by Lalla Ward. This has been done tremendously well; she really does not sound any older since the original 1979 story; quite remarkable. The narration itself is sympathetic to the story and does not overshadow the action or the original soundtrack at all. Secondly, I had forgotten just how ghastly and maniacal Davros sounds. This really is brought to life in this story, as David Gooderson did a great job standing in for Michael Wisher in the part. The tone of his voice and the words of Davros really do remind you how evil and looney Davros always was in these early Dalek stories. Great stuff; totally recommended.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The EYE OF HORUS Editor on 9 Nov. 2012
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Would a seemingly uninspired Terry Nation penned four-parter (with hit-and-miss attempts by the series' Script Editor, Douglas Adams to inject a barrage of humour and wit - including the bizarrely incongruous regeneration set-up) be improved with an additional narration?

Simply, yes; it works. Cover me in Creosote, throw a bag of feathers over me and slap me with a wet copy of the RADIO TIMES.

Consummately narrated by Lalla Ward (companion, Romana 1979-1981), DOCTOR WHO - DESTINY OF THE DALEKS positively shines with AUDIOGO's polishing off the grime and disinterest bestowed upon it by legions of fans (well, the majority of them) over the decades.

"...voluptuous curves and amply cleavage. The Doctor shakes his head, `Not today, thank you'. She joggles out to try again..."

Naturally, the beauty of audiobook OST is that there is no reliance upon the visuals, replete with their dents, scratches and unevenness, that the broadcast version exposes. Therefore, for DESTINY OF THE DALEKS at least, a horizontal shuffle to audio is generously perfect. Its failings - including a pedestrian direction by Ken Grieve - are diminished (but not completely camouflaged - why, following decades of decay across Skaro, does an organic Kaled mutant remain as fresh as the day it was grown?) and, in parts, are enhanced (as three armoured machines glide toward Romana at the end of the opening episode one noticeably increases your heart rate, as does her terrifying interrogation within Dalek Control).

For younger fans of the series, those who `...sought, located...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LB on 2 Feb. 2013
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Fantastic audio story, a real pleasure to listen to and the interview bonus track was very interesting. I would highly recommend this CD.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
More like 'Density of the Daleks' 27 Dec. 2000
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Format: Paperback
Following the events of the Key to Time sequence, the Doctor has installed a randomiser in the TARDIS, ensuring that all trips are to unplanned locations and ensuring that the Black Guardian cannot know where to take his revenge. Their first landing takes the Doctor and the newly-regenerated Romana to Skaro, to which the Daleks have returned seeking something...
This story marks the return of the Daleks after an absence of five years, and is the first story in a season with Douglas Adams of 'Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' fame as script editor. And an odd little thing it is, too.
What I don't like about it is that it fails to take itself seriously enough. (At the risk of sounding like I'm saying "but some of my best friends are...", I don't object to humour in Doctor Who - but it should be a relatively minor element.) Romana's regeneration, essentially because she felt like it, devalues the Doctor's own various regenerations, and the Doctor's taunts of the Daleks plainly reduce their value as an enemy. A bit more thought, and less obsession with humour, could have handled these things much better.
And then there's Davros. After 'Genesis of the Daleks', it became impossible to have a Dalek story without Davros in it. Why? I also have a problem with the old "such-and-such is a genius, therefore they can do anything" theory that surrounds supposedly brilliant scientists. Davros' knowledge is thousands of years out-of-date, there is no reason to assume that he can provide the Daleks with the technological advantage they are seeking.
This book (and the video of the same story!) are certainly not a high point in Doctor Who's history.
Daleks, Movellans, and Davros. 27 July 2010
By Michael Valdivielso - Published on
Format: Paperback
The Daleks are back! And, sad to say so is Davros. I don't like the idea behind him, nor do I like his character. His ego pushes the Daleks into the background. They need to be theirselves!
Still, this story also brings us the robotic race of warriors called Movellans. Beauty and robotic might in one being. Sadly, this works better on the TV then it works on the printed page. Terrance Dicks never really adds anything to a story, no details, no extras, and sometimes slices it down to the bare bones too.
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There's a Key 16 April 2013
By John E WordSlinger - Published on
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There's a key in this book to world peace. This book is playful, and classic. For sure one of best Dr. Who story's in my opinion.
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