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5.0 out of 5 stars A Dalek Master[piece]!, 4 Feb 2010
This review is from: Doctor Who-Mission to the Unknown: Part 1 (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Mission to the Unknown & Parts 1 to 6 of the 'The Daleks Masterplan', 12 Aug 2013
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Dalek Story for which Tapes are Lost, 14 Sep 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. One which many rate as the finest. The serial 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

The story itself is epic. 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. Maybe, this will be amended in due course with the reissue of some of the old Target paperback titles- perhaps even with this story in a single volume.

The second part of the story is told in Doctor Who-The Daleks Masterplan: The Mutation of Time Bk. 2 (Target Doctor Who Library) which is also only available second hand. On the whole, the best part of the story is told in this volume. As to my view on whether the Dalek Masterplan is the greatest Dalek story ever, you will have to click on the above link to find out. It didn't seem right to decide without knowing the whole of it.
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