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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Dr Who (21 Sept. 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0426203437
  • ISBN-13: 978-0426203438
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 10.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 610,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Peel was born the day before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. His 38-year career as a radio DJ is the stuff of legend and the bands he went on to discover too numerous to mention, though David Bowie, Roxy Music, T Rex, Genesis, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Radiohead and the White Stripes would do as a start. He lived in Suffolk with his wife Sheila and their children William, Thomas, Alexandra and Florence, plus various dogs and cats, until his death in October 2004.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Master on 4 Feb. 2010
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Another brilliant Terry Nation Dalek story. It has everything you would want in a Dalek story, a nightmare jungle, a Dalek city and a Dalek Masterplan. It is so unfortunate that this story does not exist in its entirety as it is perfect. But at least it can still exist in our imaginations with this excellent telling of the Dalek Masterplan by the excellent John Peel who has novelized many Dalek stories. as this stoy no longer fully exists this is the perfect way to complete the fictional history of the Daleks for fans like me who were not around for the classic series but who love to watch the old stories, (William Hartnell is my third fave Doctor after Tennant and Eccleston!)
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By Graham Mummery TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2012
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This book is the novelization of what might be termed the first half of the classic Dalek Masterplan story from the William Hartnell era. The serial on television of this story was my introduction to both the Doctor and Daleks. I was too young then to appreciate it then, but I do remember a scene described in this book where Daleks burn down a forest.

Sadly, the tapes of the television serial were mostly wiped by the BBC. Though a few episodes have resurfaced since, it looks like most are lost forever. Thus this this may be the only way Doctor Who fans will ever get to know that particular story

And the story itself is epic with a grandeur. The Guardian of the Solar System has treacherously joined forces with the Daleks to conquer the Universe. At this point the Doctor and his companions arrive on a planet where there is a conference of the villains. On discovering the nature of the plot, the Doctor and his companions escape but are separated from the Tardis. There follow a number of adventures as they attempt to reach Earth to warn of the danger.

The novel ends after several of these when the travellers manage to return to the Tardis at a significant moment. This is not on a cliff hanger, as such. The Doctor and his companions escape into space and time. The novel itself is written to be read in its own right without needing to know the events in the second part, though it does end with unfinished business.

The story is told with pace and is easy light reading. There are many twists and turns. Many Whovians rate this as the best Dalek story ever which makes it a pity that the story is only available, at present, as a second hand book.
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If 106 episodes of the Original 6 Seasons are missing. I recommend the novelisations of the missing episodes. Only 3 Parts of The Daleks Masterplan ('Day of Armageddon', 'Counterplot' & 'Escape Switch') exist in the BBC archives. This story covers episodes 1 to 6.

This book & it's sequel "The Mutation of Time" after it, cover the entire Masterplan serial.

Not only does it cover Daleks Masterplan, It also covers the Missing Episode "Mission to the Unknown"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Daleks' Master Plan begins 27 Oct. 2000
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Arguably, the longest story in Doctor Who's history is 'The Daleks' Master Plan', which lasted 12 episodes to the main story and a one episode prologue. (I say arguably, since 'The Trial of a Time Lord' went for 14 episodes, but had a number of sub-stories.)
This novel is the adaptation of the prologue and first six episodes. It is written as a "stand alone" book, and could be read separately from the second part ('The Mutation of Time') if you really wanted and couldn't find the second part. (It is certainly a better tactic than trying to cram so much information into a single volume - witness the adaptation of 'The War Games' for a different way of adapting a long story.)
In essence, the Daleks and a number of other alien races form an alliance to invade human space (or the Solar System, as the story oddly refers to it). They have constructed a secret weapon which requires a Tarranium core to power it. The Doctor, with companions Steven and Katarina arrive on the planet Kembal and stumble into the investigation of Space Security Service agent Bret Vyon.
Little do any of them know, but there is a traitor in the hierarchy of the human government.
Possibly the main fault of this story is that it is a little meandering - not as bad as, say, 'The Keys of Marinus' and 'The Chase', but containing some things that could have been left out in the original. John Peel, however, correctly retains them in this adaptation.
What Mr. Peel does do is insert a wide variety of references to the universe of Doctor Who that, in 1965 when this story was shown, hadn't yet been thought of. By doing so, he adds to the text. It is also interesting to see how he layers the prologue into rest of the story.
As such, this novelisation not only stands in for the original story (most of which no longer exists on tape), but is probably a more enjoyable read for Doctor Who fans than a straightforward adaptation would have been.
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Great Adaptation 1 May 2007
By Karl Shook - Published on
Format: Paperback
This a great adaptation of a story that covered thirteen episodes. The main story was twelve episodes. The series now has thirteen episode seasons. The second part isDoctor Who the Daleks' Masterplan, Part II: The Mutation of Time (Target Doctor Who Library, No 142). This is a great adaptation because it gives the feel of how the actual show was on tv, which is important because only two episodes exist. It also gives a good feel for how the William Hartnell Doctor was. Which isn't surprising since he's John Peel's favorite Doctor
A worthy addition to your Doctor Who library! 3 Oct. 2012
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On the planet Kembel, the Daleks are working on a master plan that will see them finally destroy the upstart humans. But, before they can implement their plan, they need a Taranium core, provided by a human renegade. However, a spanner is soon dropped into the master plans' works in the form of the (First) Doctor! Now, it is up to the Doctor and his companions to keep one step ahead of the Daleks, foil their plan, and (hopefully) stay alive!

This is a rather fun book. It's a novelization of the one-off Doctor Who story, Mission to the Unknown, and first six episodes of The Daleks' Master Plan. It's a good story, with an ending that you can walk away from, feeling like you got the entire story. But, I would not recommend it! You really must go on to the second story!
Great First Doctor story. 5 Dec. 2013
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An excellent start to what was the longest TV adventure of the Doctor (12 parts and a prequel). The First Doctor has hit his stride and isn't nearly as obnoxious and curmudgeonly as he was in many of the early stories. Some good characterization on the part of the companions and the bad guys, though you want to slap Mavic Chen for even thinking he can come out on top against the Daleks.

Note: the next part of the story continues in book #121; #120 (the Myth Makers) is actually the story that takes place BEFORE this one.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Ho hum 7 Jan. 2000
By James J. J. Janis - Published on
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Not a bad book. Not a good book. A wasted opportunity So much more could have been done with this. Insight into Dalek culture. Insight into the mind of arch traitor Mavic Chen. Insight into the races of the outer galaxies. Even some knowledge of earth history of that period. Katarina, the first of the Doctor's companions to ever perish, does so and, in a particulary nasty way, and, except for Steven, no one really cares. Not even the author. By the story's end, the reader barely even remembers that she existed. Still. At least, the Doctor Who fan has the full story. Continued in The Mutation of Time.
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