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Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks (Vintage Beeb) [Audiobook, Facsimile] [Audio CD]

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14 Feb 2011 Vintage Beeb
Starring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane, this digitally-remastered edition of the classic "Doctor Who" TV episodes features a special vinyl-look CD and original LP sleeve notes. 'Doctor Who, with his travelling companions, Sarah and Harry, has landed on a desolate planet called Skaro. As he surveys the barren landscape, a Time Lord appears and tells him he has been brought there to try and avert the creation of the Daleks, and thus prevent them from being the dominant creature in the Universe...' With linking narration by Tom Baker, this condensed version of the original TV episodes includes one of the most memorable and dramatic moments in the history of "Doctor Who": the Doctor's moral dilemma about whether he has the right to destroy the Daleks forever. "Vintage Beeb": classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now reissued on CD.

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  • Audio CD: 1 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Facsimile edition edition (14 Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408468174
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408468173
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 14 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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This is the long-awaited CD release of the classic Doctor Who album originally released on LP in 1979.

In many ways, the story works just as well in this condensed 60-minute version as its six-part TV counterpart. The narration is excellent and not overwritten (like some of the missing episode releases) and acts as a suitable transition between scenes. The thing that everyone remembers fondly about this album is the cliffhanger - which, in fact, was never a cliffhanger in the original television episode at all but was required for the purposes of splitting the album across two sides of a vinyl disc.

The album was released on CD a few years ago ("Doctor Who", Genesis of the Daleks and Exploration Earth: Genesis of the Daleks AND Exploration Earth (BBC Radio Collection)) with the rather controversial move of re-editing the story to "clean up" what were originally tape edits limited by analogue technology of the time. Thankfully, this CD edition is a direct facsimile of the original LP, cliffhanger intact, and even the play side of the CD is black (not silver)! It's been mastered from a mint copy of the LP, but you wouldn't know it (thanks to the wonderful work of Mark Ayres). Sharp-eared listeners, however, will notice that one slight improvement has been retained: on the original LP, the Dalek's final word ("universe") at the end of Part 2 was somewhat curtailed as it cut to the music sting, leaving a rather abrupt and awkward-sounding edit. Here, there is a nice overlap into the music. It's very brief and, for me, a welcome improvement. The original album artwork is replicated on the CD cover, with the back cover of the LP on the inside sleeve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ah, The Memories! 24 Feb 2011
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The orginal LP that this is remastered from has always held a special place in my heart. It comes from those far off days when there was no way to relive classic Doctor Who stories other than the TARGET novelisations.

Being a long term fan involved in tracking down pirated copies of episodes years before any official releases was a wonderful experience but this was just a magnificent event that I hoped at the time would lead to more, alas it wasn't to be but the sheer nostalgia of being able to own a perfect quality Doctor Who recording in the late 70's still brings a warm feeling even today.

The LP was a condensed version of that all time classic, Genesis of the Daleks and featured brand nerw narration by the ultimate Doctor Who, Tom Baker himself. This gives the story even more punch as the Doctor is relaying the story directly for the listener.

The artwork has long been my favourite cover for any Doctor Who item and I'm delighted that it's reproduced here in exactly the same way as it was originally, albeit smaller of course.

This isn't really all that important or necessary to Doctor Who fans of today, and even to me really because I can just put the full story on the DVD player anytime I want, but in terms of nostalgia and memories it's priceless.

That will be the main selling point of this, and other titles in the range, nostalgia. It doesn't matter if the material is there in other forms, this was the first and well worth picking up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exterminate!!!!!! 28 Jun 2011
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wow! I remember having the vinyl L.P to this so when I seen this for a bargain price of less than a fiver I snapped it up.its just basically the audio of the actual genesis of the Daleks episodes,shortened with Tom Bakers voice filling in the missing bits.its packaging is real retro,exactly as I remember it when I was a kid.even the disc has the original BBC label printed on it.this is a good place to start if your just getting into Who audio books.bought this to play in the car and plan on buying more. they're also great to take on holiday for lazy days on the beech and you need your Who fix.an essential purchase for all Who fans.
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This review of AUDIO GO's re-release of the "vintage" DOCTOR WHO - GENESIS OF THE DALEKS original edited soundtrack could be a very short one indeed.

It wouldn't impress the publicity team at AUDIO GO for me to say, "Excellent. Buy or download it", would it? In essence, that is my review. How many words (in use) in the English language? According to OED online, three quarters of a million. I could effortlessly use all of them in a review of this CLASSIC SERIES product.

Quite frankly, this audio release is indispensable, essential for any fan, literally any fan of the CLASSIC SERIES or NEW SERIES.

In 1979, I can remember clutching my "clam-shell styled" leather coin wallet and marching (perhaps, that should be "gliding" as it's a dalek-related review) to the LP (if you are under 20 years old, ask your parents what "LP" is) to the counter in WH Smith (a UK retailer) and asking for my reserved (I wasn't going to take any chances in missing this product) copy of DOCTOR WHO - GENESIS OF THE DALEKS.

BBC RECORDS REH 364 MONO (Available on Cassette No ZCR 364). £3.45 (In today's money [2009 data calculator], you would pay £13.00.) See right for image.

In the following years, it became an essential companion in the "summer void" when DOCTOR WHO was "off-air" in the days before VHS recorders allowed you to become "square-eyed" from hours of re-watching re-winding (un-tangling) your cassette collection. Is it little wonder that the vinyl pressing became scratched, forcing the dalek's final track pronouncement to be punctuated with involuntary "skip-hiccups".

And, thirty-two years later, would any sane minded person still have the same copy? Of course, I'm a DOCTOR WHO fan. Loud and proud.
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