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4.0 out of 5 stars "No Katerina! Not that switch...Katerina!!!"
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...
Published on 30 Sep 2004

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3.0 out of 5 stars Daleks: The compilation show
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;...
Published on 11 April 2006 by M. Wilberforce

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4.0 out of 5 stars "No Katerina! Not that switch...Katerina!!!", 30 Sep 2004
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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. This gives the whole an edge of tension and tragedy that makes for compelling story-telling. Here then is what DR WHO has to offer at it's best - an exciting children's adventure series that adults adore.
The Daleks themselves sound great, and are as ruthless and devious as they have ever been. When you listen to stories like this you get a small insight into why the Daleks were as much an icon of 1960's Britain as the Beatles and the mini-skirt.
Added to this mix are some superb performances by William Hartnell, Jean Marsh, Nicholas Courtney (in his first DR WHO appearance, before his later better known role as Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart) and the marvellously camp Kevin Stoney as the Daleks' power-hungry ally, Mavic Chen. A magic "chemistry" between the actors is evidenced here, making the audience really care about what happens to the characters.
The sound quality is excellent and this set of 5 CD's would have got 5 stars from me were it not for the rather crass episode 7 (THE FEAST OF STEVEN)- a "comedy" episode played for laughs as it was broadcast around the Christmas period of 1965. Thankfully, this silliness doesn't last and is probably forgiveable in light of the populist nature of Christmas episodes of well-known shows.
This comes highly recommended not only to fans of DR WHO, but to anyone who likes '60's telefantasy or the other work of Terry Nation (e.g. SURVIVORS and BLAKES 7).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Daleks: The compilation show, 11 April 2006
M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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. Mission to the Unknown, even in soundtrack, is an enjoyable teaser for the epic story to follow. It's most remarkable for its complete lack of the regular cast, and whilst I was expecting it to be poor, I actually quite enjoyed it. Time passes pretty quickly and the sound design is unusually rich for a story of this era (thanks to the jungle setting of the planet Kembel).
The guest cast do their jobs pretty well, the Daleks are a familiar menace and Peter Purves' narration of the audio release isn't too intrusive, allowing the dialogue and sound effects to speak for themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In one word: "Wow!", 27 Oct 2001
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Mighty Dalek Adventure With The First Doctor!, 31 July 2014
A mammoth Dalek story!

This is a fantastic CD release of an audiobook featuring the Daleks. This is the soundtrack of `The Daleks' Master Plan'. It was the 12-part story shown from 1965 over Christmas into 1966. Sadly it's one of the lost stories from the BBC Archives. Only 3 episodes exist from this story which can be found on the 'Lost in Time' DVD. Where are the other nine missing episodes then? And there's also surviving footage of missing episodes such as Kert Gantry exterminated by a Dalek in Episode 1 and Katarina's death scene in Episode 4 But this story can be enjoyed as an audio with 5 CDs to cover it and linking narration by Peter Purves who plays Steven in the story, as this is the most epic Dalek stories ever to come from the William Hartnell days of `Doctor Who'.

Before `The Daleks' Master Plan', there's this to listen to.


The first disc of this audiobook contains the single-story episode in its entirely, `Mission to the Unknown', which is also sadly missing from the BBC Archives.

This is a most unusual episode of `Doctor Who' as it features neither the Doctor or any of his companions. It's an episode that features the dastardly Daleks and is a prelude to `The Daleks' Master Plan'. This episode is scrunched between 'Galaxy Four' and `The Myth Makers' and was used as a trailer to promote the 12-part Dalek story epic in the next month or so. Terry Nation wrote this episode and used it as a template for doing a Daleks spin-off series in the USA. Sadly that didn't come to fruition, but it's an interesting experiment.

The story of `Mission To The Unknown' is set in the year 4000 on the planet Kembel, six months before `The Daleks' Master Plan' takes place. Instead of the Doctor, the cast is led by two main leads. They are Marc Cory (played by Edward de Souza) and Gordon Lowery (Jeremy Young). Marc Cory is a Space Security Agent who's with Lowery when their spaceship crash-landed on the planet Kembel. They're trying to repair their ship, but when one of their colleagues becomes murderous and gets killed Cory begins to reveal to Lowery his mission. He tells Lowery about the Daleks and why they're on Kembel . He also tells Lowery about the poisonous Varga plants from Dalek planet Skaro that infected their colleague who got killed. Together, Cory and Lowery must put aside their differences and get a message in time to warn Earth about the Daleks before it's too late.

The Daleks in this episode are at their most evil cunning. They've gathered together the delegates of the Outer Galaxies to form an alliance in the conquest of the universe. They plan to conquer the Earth and have a deadly plan in mind. They know there are two humans on the planet, and are soon on the hunt for them to stop them sending a message to Earth.

This episode is pretty tense and drama-filled throughout. Cory and Lowery don't get on well with each other and aren't the best of buddies, so there's a lot of bickering between them. But they try to work together in order to warn Earth whilst on Kembel. But Lowery is soon infected by Varga plant, and despite his attempts to resist gets a murderous urge and tries to kill Cory. Cory kills him and carries on regardless of his actions of Lowery and continues as business-like as ever.

At the end, despite trying to send a message out to Earth, Cory gets exterminated by the Daleks and his tape recorder is dropped on the ground regardless. The Daleks and the delegates in their conference room become victorious as they know that their conquest is assured and soon the Daleks' master plan can be put into operation. This is a warning of things to come...

Verity Lambert produced this single-episode and it's her last contribution to `Doctor Who' before leaving the series. Verity commissioned the 12-part story much to the annoyance of new producer John Wiles and script editor Donald Tosh who had to make it. But they had to plough on as they went on.

Like all missing black-and-white `Doctor Who' stories from the 1960s, it's such a shame that `Mission to the Unknown' doesn't exist from the BBC archives. However, I have seen a fan-made production of `Mission to the Unknown' on YouTube with new actors and CGI Daleks, and it looks very good and gives a glimpse of what the episode could look if it exists today. I'm sure the fan film of this episode is still on YouTube if you want to look for it.

The next `Doctor Who' story is 'The Myth Makers'.


The 12 episodes of `The Daleks' Master Plan' are spread from Disc 2 to 5. The first six episodes are written by Terry Nation with the second six episodes by former script editor Dennis Spooner. The original television episodes were directed by Douglas Camfield who would go on to direct the Patrick Troughton story 'The Invasion', and from the surviving episodes the direction looks good!

The story opens with a prologue reprising the final moments of `The Myth Makers' before this, where the Doctor and Katarina bring a wounded Steven from the events of Troy into the TARDIS. Vicki has just left deciding to stay behind in Troy. This sets up the story very well with explaining what's happened before `The Daleks' Master Plan' begins and introduces us to Katarina, played by Adrienne Hill, who becomes the new `Doctor Who' companion. The Doctor is determined to get Steven cured of his wound and decides to set his TARDIS for a place where they can find a cure before it's too late.

In the first episode of the story, the TARDIS arrives on the planet Kembel where the nightmare begins! The Doctor tells Katarina to look after Steven inside the TARDIS as he goes out to explore the jungle and find help. The Doctor however encounters Bret Vyon, a space security agent who forces him to give him the key to the TARDIS. The Doctor however manages to trap Bret in a sophisticated chair when he manages to get back inside the TARDIS. Eventually, the Doctor realises the Daleks are on Kembel.

The only surviving footage of Episode 1 of this story are the scenes where Kert Gantry gets exterminated by a Dalek; Mavic Chen's Spar arriving on the planet Kembel as well as the TARDIS arriving. That scene where Kert is scared in the forest, keeping his gun handy before he gets exterminated by the Dalek is pretty tense and must have been frightening and gripping stuff for a young child to watch in the sixties. It has a dramatic effect and pretty terrifying for when a Dalek appears for the first time in the story.

William Hartnell is great as the Doctor in this 12-part Dalek story. I really like how his Doctor does so much and gets into the action of the story and isn't side-lined as an old man as he usually tends to be in some `Doctor Who' stories. It must have been hard work for him, but Hartnell plays it off very well. I really like the Doctor's relationship with Steven as they both bicker and banter with each other with a sense of affection and respect throughout. I like how the Doctor defies the Daleks and does everything he can to prevent them having the core of the time destructor in a chase through space and time and how he looks out for his companions.

I also like Peter Purves in this story as Steven. He's injured at the beginning of the story but soon quickly recovers and is able to get into the heart of the adventure. He manages to knock Bret out in his sickly state for the Doctor to put him in his chair. Steven has a voice to make protests to the Doctor, and the two bicker a bit. But the bickering is done out of friendship and respect for one another and not out of hostility. I like how Steven uses his piloting skills in this story and even manages to come up with a fake lighting for the fake taranium core. Steven's horrified when Katarina gets killed in Episode 4 but manages to adjust to Sara Kingdom who may be a new companion.

Katarina, played by Adrienne Hill, is for a short time the new companion of `Doctor Who'. Katarina joined the TARDIS following the end of `The Myth Makers'. She was a handmaiden in the palace of Troy who joins the Doctor and Steven on their adventures in time and space. She finds the TARDIS a wonder and considers it the Doctor's temple. She calls the Doctor a god, but he tells her "I'm not a dog...a god." (Billy Hartnell fluff there). Sadly Katarina's time in the TARDIS is short-lived as behind-the-scenes the writers realises the problems of writing Katarina as a proper companion and decided to quickly write her out during the Dalek story, which I found a real shame as she's such a nice sweet character who's curious about the Doctor and his TARDIS.

Nicholas Courtney appears in the first four episodes of this story as Bret Vyon, a space security agent who the Doctor and friends meet on the planet Kembel. This is Nick's first association with `Doctor Who' as he would later go on to play the Brigadier in the U.N.I.T. stories with Patrick Troughton; Jon Pertwee and Tom Baker. Here he plays an action man who at first threatens the Doctor to give him the TARDIS key at gunpoint and we don't know whether to trust him or not. But soon he gets Katarina to give Steven some sickness tablets which cure him instantly, and the Doctor comes round to trusting Bret. Bret manages to get him and everybody else on Mavic Chen's Spar (space car) away off the planet Kembel in order to reach Earth. He unfortunately has a sticky end by the time fourth episode finishes.

Kevin Stoney also appears in this story as the main human villain called Mavic Chen, who's working for the Daleks. I've seen Kevin before as he would later go on to play the equally villainous Tobias Vaughn in the Cybermen story `The Invasion' with Patrick Troughton. His character in `The Daleks' Master Plan' isn't too dissimilar to the one he would play in `The Invasion'. Mavic Chen is the Guardian of the Solar System who betrays Earth and joins the Daleks in their alliance with the Outer Galaxies. Chen gives the Daleks the core of the Time Destructor (an elm of taranium, the rarest mineral in the universe). Chen however wants to be powerful and control the Daleks and really thinks he is their ruler. But working for the Daleks is not going to be so easy.

The Daleks are again terrific in this 12-part story of theirs, and they're at their most evil, cunning and sinister best. Seeing the Daleks in the surviving episodes of this story, especially in `Episode 2' when they're burning the jungle of Kembel with flame-throwers is truly spectacular. They're at their most beautiful in Dalek design and they use their flame throwers well in terms of lighting and effects. The Daleks have invented their most deadly weapon yet, the Time Destructor. This is almost similar to the `reality bomb' Davros uses in 'The Stolen Earth'/'Journey's End' as the Daleks want to conquer the universe by destroying time and intend to conquer Earth first. The Daleks are pretty ruthless in this story, especially when ordering a pursuit ship to be destroyed when failing in their mission to capture the Doctor and friends on Desparus in `Episode 4'.

Episode 2 is one of the surviving episodes of this 12-part Dalek story, and I'm so glad it exists as it's one of the best episodes of the story and features William Hartnell's best performances as the Doctor. Upon discovering the Daleks are holding a conference of all the delegates of the Outer Galaxies, the Doctor decides to go to this conference to find out what they're up to. With the help of his friends, they knock out one of the delegates (Zephon, Master of the Fifth Galaxy) and the Doctor goes into the conference in disguise. He learns of the Daleks' weapon The Time Destructor and of Mavic Chen giving the core of taranium to them. When the alarm goes off and everyone evacuates the conference room, the Doctor manages to steal the taranium core and gets away to return to his friends which for me is an exciting moment. I found that cliff-hanger moment gripping when Bret sets the ship for take-off and it seems they're going to leave without the door. Fortunately by Episode 3, the Doctor manages to escape with them in Chen's Spar.

The only surviving footage of Episode 3 is where the Doctor, Bret, Steven and Katarina are escaping in Chen's Spar and are on their way to Earth. They're soon diverted off course by the Daleks' directional beam and are on route to the planet Desparus. Bret doesn't want to go there as Desparus is a prison planet where the prisoners get dropped off and live to rot for the rest of their lives. It's a pretty tense piece of footage followed by the Daleks in their control room monitoring the Spar's journey through space, and I'm really glad that footage survives.

As I mentioned earlier, Katarina's death scene is the only piece of footage to survive from Episode 4, thanks to Blue Peter. It's a really dramatic scene of footage where Steven shouts at Kirksen, one of the prisoners from Desparus, calling him `an animal' as he holds Katarina hostage in the airlock after stowing away aboard the Spar. Kirksen wants to get to Kembel for some strange reason and forces the others to do it by holding Katarina hostage. The Doctor bitterly tells Bret to change course and head for Kembel in order to save Katarina's live despite knowing the Daleks will be waiting there. But Katarina makes a noble sacrifice as she pushes the button of the airlock that sucks her and Kirksen into outer space. I was gut-wrenched when Steven shouted, "Katarina! KATARINA!!!" before silence fell. The moment of realising what's happened is so shocking. Katarina is the first `Doctor Who' companion to die before Adric came along and it's deeply effective and moving. I found the Doctor's words about her demise deeply affecting as he will remember her with great fondness and honour. He shall always remember as `one of the daughters of the gods'.

In that same episode as Katarina dies, we also get to meet another new short-time companion, Sara Kingdom. Sara is played by Jean Marsh, who had appeared before in `Doctor Who' in 'The Crusade'. Jean plays a space security agent who seems rather cold and unfeeling. She answers to Mavic Chen who takes on the orders to recover the taranium core from the Doctor and friends. In the process, Sara kills Bret Vyon who turns out to be her brother. She joins the Doctor and Steven in `Episode 5' when they're being sent to Mira by matter dissemination. When they arrive, Sara is held under hostage by the Doctor and Steven and they berate her for killing Bret as they tell her their story about the Daleks. Sara gradually comes out of her cold demeanour and becomes a nicer character in order to help the Doctor and Steven and stop Mavic Chen and the Daleks in their plans to conquer the universe.

Episode 5 has also survived from the wiping of BBC archives from the 1960s, and is another great episode from the 12-part story. I love it when Mavic Chen loses his sanity and has that impassioned speech about wanting more power. "When I am next to the Daleks, only they stand between me and the highest position in the universe." Meanwhile the Doctor, Steven and Sara end up on the planet Mira where the invisible Visians live, and according to the Doctor they are monstrous and fierce. The Daleks come to Mira and encounter the Visians but manage to kill them with their gun sticks in the episode. In the end, the Doctor, Steven and Sara are captured and it seems that `the Daleks have won'.

But the Doctor, Steven and Sara manage to escape and return to Kembel in Episode 6. They come up with a fake taranium core and give it to the Daleks and Chen as they get away into the TARDIS. I like that scene when the Doctor in the TARDIS tells Steven off about taking a big risk when getting a fake lightning for the fake taranium. I also like it when Sara accuses Chen calling him a traitor and Chen is admonished for being called that. As the Doctor, Steven and Sara have escaped into the TARDIS, no sooner that they then land. They wonder where they are, but the Doctor warns them not to go outside. According to him, the TARDIS readings show that the atmosphere outside is poisonous. But it turns out they've ended up somewhere in England during the 1960s on Christmas Day...

Episode 7 is the most unusual episode of the story, as it breaks away from the main story. This is the first episode to be considered a Christmas special in `Doctor Who' as it was shown on Christmas Day in 1965 before `The Christmas Invasion' and the rest came along. It features no Daleks or Mavic Chen, but the Doctor, Steven and Sara and their enemies are policemen at a police station and the filmmakers of a Hollywood movie. This episode is deliberately meant for comic relief, and is pretty bizarre in many ways when listening to it. It was slightly disappointed the Daleks weren't in the episode as they deserve their own Christmas episode having invaded the toy shops for kiddies over Christmas. But it was enjoyable episode all the same with the Doctor, Steven and Sara and everyone living `happily ever after...' In the last scene, the Doctor, Steven and Sara are in the TARDIS and they toast glasses of champagne to celebrate Christmas. Then, the final thing that William Hartnell as the Doctor does, is turn the audience and says, "And incidentally...a Merry Christmas to all of you at home!" This was so unusual as it was so unexpected and out of character for the Doctor to turn to the audience at home wishing everybody a `Happy Christmas' as it didn't feel like a TV story anymore. But it was a lovely thing for Bill Hartnell to do and it was so amusing to listen to on audio. If only that episode survives today.

Take some side-step adventures with the Doctor, Steven and Sara in 'The Anachronauts', 'The Guardian of the Solar System', 'The Drowned World' and 'Home Truths'.

The main story of `The Daleks' Master Plan' continues in Episode 8 and onwards, with the rest of the story written by Dennis Spooner from notes by Terry Nation. Mavic Chen and the Dalek discover that the Doctor and friends have given them a fake taranium core, and set out to travel in a time machine to pursue the Doctor in time and space.

But the Daleks and Chen aren't the only ones who are pursuing the Doctor. In Episode 8, we have the welcome return of the Meddling Monk (played by Peter Buterworth). The Monk made his first appeared in `Doctor Who' in 'The Time Meddler', also written by Dennis Spooner at the end of Season 2. He appears in three episodes of this story to provide comic relief. The Monk traps the Doctors and his friends by immobilising the TARDIS on the volcanic planet of Tigera as revenge for trapping him in 1066. But the Doctor manages to break the lock free of the Monk's meddling and he, Steven and Sara get inside the TARDIS. But the Monk hasn't finished with the Doctor yet as he chases after him in his TARDIS.

Episode 8 also marks it for being the first New Year's Day special episode in 1966 as the TARDIS arrives on Earth during its celebrations.

In Episodes 9 and 10, we have another adventure story in Ancient Egypt where not one or two, but three time machines are present - the Doctor's TARDIS, the Monk's TARDIS and the Daleks' time machine. The Doctor is making repairs to his ship, whilst the Daleks and the Monk are hunting for him. The Monk has a run-in with the Daleks and Chen and he is made to work for them by getting back the taranium core from the Doctor. The Monk agrees and meets up with the Doctor before getting stuffed into a sarcophagus in the Pharaoh's tomb. Steven and Sara meanwhile have a run-in with some Ancient Egyptians before making their escape and heading back for the Doctor. But when they find the TARDIS inside the Pharaoh's Tomb, they discover the Monk who's bandaged inside the sarcophagus.

Episode 10 is the third surviving episode from this 12-part story found on the `Lost in Time' DVD. I enjoyed this episode very much as it features not only the Daleks, but also the second appearance of the Monk (Peter Butterworth) who is tremendous in this episode. Although the first two episodes of his second appearance in `Doctor Who' are missing, it's great to see him in this one. It's also equally great to have in a Dalek episode with Mavic Chen.

After freeing the Monk from the sarcophagus, Steven and Sara take him with them and search for the Doctor. But then they are captured by the Daleks and Chen who use them as hostages to bring the Doctor to them. The Doctor comes and after setting conditions agrees to bring the taranium core back to them. Once the Doctor brings the taranium back to Chen and the Daleks and Steven, Sara and the Monk are set free, the Ancient Egyptian attack the Daleks. It was great to see an episode with Egyptians against the Daleks and having some of the story set in Ancient Egypt.

The Doctor, Steven and Sara return to the TARDIS, only to realise the Daleks' have the real taranium core and are heading back to Kembel. But the Doctor has stolen the directional unit from the Monk's TARDIS (probably why writer Dennis Spooner wrote the Monk in his episodes of the story) in order to get back to Kembel too. As for the Monk, he ends up on an icy cold planet where he is lost in time and space and a wanderer. The Monk is furious realising what the Doctor's done to his TARDIS and he yells out, "I'll get you for this Doctor! I'll get you one day!" The Monk will return to face the Doctor in later years in various media including books, comics and audio. He would regenerate into Graeme Garden and face Paul McGann's Doctor in the Big Finish audios.

Meanwhile the Doctor, Steven and Sara have fitted the directional unit into their TARDIS, but are not sure if it will work. As the main switch is pulled, a blind flash of light knocks the Doctor, Steven and Sara out in the TARDIS. I was so sad when Episode 10 ended, as it meant I couldn't see what happened next, only hear it from now on.

The last two episodes of `The Daleks' Master Plan' are set on Kembel, where the final showdown with the Daleks takes place. The Doctor, Steven and Sara hope to find the Daleks at their base on Kembel with Chen and the other delegates of the Outer Galaxies. Having lost the Doctor in the jungle, Steven and Sara have an adventure on their own to the Dalek base. But when they get there, they find the place empty. They discover the delegates have been locked away in a prison cell including Mavic Chen. Steven and Sara soon release them from captivity and the delegates make back to their ships and take off to return and warn the people of their own galaxies. Returning to the jungle in an attempt to find the Doctor, Steven and Sara realise the Daleks have an underground base in the heart of a mountain. Held at gunpoint by Chen who comes behind them, Steven and Sara are made to enter inside the Dalek underground base in the darkness of the mountain.

By the last episode of the story, the Daleks have placed their Time Destructor weapon in the lead ship of their invasion fleet. Chen completely loses it as his sanity wanes and his ambition for glory and power overwhelms him. He becomes mad, believing he is going to be the Daleks' master and they will obey him. Even after delivering Steven and Sara to them, the Daleks still disregard Chen. As the Daleks close in on him, Chen rants and raves about him being `first ruler of the universe and immortal'. But the Daleks soon kill him on the spot and Chen dies with a look of astonishment on his face, "You!" I'd like to see that if they ever recover the missing episodes of this epic Dalek story.

The Doctor meanwhile has managed to turn up and rescue Steven and Sara. He also manages to activate the time destructor before the Daleks can. The Daleks dare not risk firing in their underground base when the Time Destructor's working. The Daleks have been outwitted by the Doctor, who manages to escape following Steven and Sara.

But the story ends on a tragic note, as when Sara helps the Doctor to escape back to the TARDIS she starts to age to death from the effects of the Time Destructor. This is a really horrible moment as with everything on Kembel turning to dust with the jungles withering away, Sara withers away too marking her the second `Doctor Who' companion to die after Katarina. The scenes with time withering Kembel away are very chilling, especially when Steven helps the Doctor back into the TARDIS through the harsh winds. The Daleks also get destroyed as they're affected by their own terrible weapon.

Eventually, the Time Destructor stops working having burnt out the taranium core and the Doctor and Steven come out of the TARDIS. They see Kembel no longer a jungle but a withered desert. Although triumphant in defeating the Daleks, the Doctor and Steven know that too many people have died in the process - Bret Vyon, Katarina and Sara. With heavy hearts, the Doctor and Steven leave Kembel behind them and go off in the TARDIS.

This has been a tremendous and enjoyable listening experience of a TV soundtrack. I enjoyed listening to `The Daleks' Master Plan' in full on audio and having Peter Purves providing the linking narration to help to keep up with what's going on in the story. I also enjoyed watching the three surviving episodes from the `Lost in Time' DVD to complement the experience. I only hope more episodes of `Doctor Who' will be found and will include `The Daleks' Master Plan'. At least from this 5-disc CD, you get to have the enjoyment and experience of what `The Daleks' Master Plan' was like and get captivated in this mammoth epic adventure!

The next story with the Doctor and Steven is 'The Perpetual Bond'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The Dalek's Cunning Plan", 26 Jun 2014
Back for a 4th story, the Daleks are considerably more Daleky than in their 3rd one-The Chase, They even exterminate small mammals at one point! They form an alliance of planetary systems, although they happily despatch any members that outlive their usefulness. they have a doomsday weapon the Time Destructor for which they need a core of rare mineral tarranium, only found on the Planet Uranus (long before the corny joke destroying new pronunciation of "oorinus!"). Thus they need Guardian of the Solar System Mavic Chen(he's revealed to be a baddy so early on this is only a neo-spoiler).
Their banter with him is actually a (possibly unintended) comic highlight as they berate him "You make your incompetence sound like an achievement". This almost makes him Baldrick to their Blackadder. That aside they do get some classicly Skarosian lines "One Dalek is capable of Exterminating all!"

This story is 12 episodes long with an one off prologue ep "Mission to the Unknown" (*1), featuring neither Dr and companions or tardis, making Edward de Souza as Marc Cory Dr Who's 2nd leading man , albeit for an episode only. It's an exciting & tense prologue as Cory battles to find why the Daleks have been active near the Solar System.

The rest is similarly enjoyable if really rather overlong (more on that later). Terry Nation grew up during the 2nd World war and memories of that plus the movie serials he enjoyed as a child are evident throughout his work on Dr Who. The Dalek/Nazi parallel is well trodden ground so I won't go into it, but his 60's work on Who in particular follows Flash Gordon's 3 Laws of Movie serials;
Law one: Use a good title even if it's irrelevant to the story, witness here The Mutation of Time, does time mutate?
Law Two: never be afraid to throw in a device to move along the plot e.g. The Dr and friends are running to escape the daleks and stumble into a room where molecular dispersal experiments send them to another planet.
Law Three: Bring them back next week with a stonking climax and don't worry until writing the next episode how to get out of it!

Nation and co-writer Dennis Spooner were smart enough to know that fast moving action & cliffhangers don't go out of fashion as long as you move with the times, so they mixed Flash Gordon with 60's spy thrillers. The Space Security service (SSS one S more than the Nazi secret police, coincidence?) are James Bond-esque indeed Cory is Connery's bond in Dr No where he's at his most ruthless in getting the job done and Brett Vyon ( Played by the Brigadier himself Nicolas Courtney) is the less cold Connery 007 of his other films.
Jean Marsh's Sara Kingdom is also like a female Bond until the Dr and Steven's influence softens her. The SSS are a fun and well executed idea.

Possibly the alliance scenes may have been influenced by Goldfinger released the year before.

The main humanoid villain Chen is probably more Ming the Merciless than Blofeld. Well cast in Kevin Stoney who knows there are places for subtlety but also when the script suggests OTT, just go with it!

I think this story may also have borne some influence on Blake's 7 because we have rebels striking back at a corrupt administration and there's a penal planet (Desperus-in the 60's Nation was never subtle with planet names) where prisoners are dumped for life Botany Bay style. This idea would resurface in B7 as Cygnus Alpha.

Roughly with a slight dogleg, Nation is writing the 1st half and Spooner the 2nd. Of course at 12 eps (13 including Mission) it's very padded. There was certainly material for 6 eps, maybe 7-8 but not 13. So many episodes feature the tardis crew landing somewhere to escape the daleks and then in the same or next episode leaving as their pursuers arrive.

There's an Xmas episode with no relation to the plot (*2) "The Feast of Steven" where they tussle with Police in Liverpool and then visit old Hollywood, and in later episodes a materialisation in the middle of a cricket match and then the Meddling Monk appears and they go to Ancient Egypt. Spooner having to mark time until unveiling the big climax drew the short straw so you can see why he revived the Monk. However irrelevant, Peter Butterworth's mischeiveous time traveller is fun.

Companions and allies do die giving the story a welcome dark edge to it. It's hard to know what to make of companion Katarina who appears in the last few minutes of myth makers and a few eps here, maybe with a longer stay she could have been a bit like Leela.

Good material for Hartnell hugely enjoying the comic elements, and Steven gets good material too.

The alliance are not great on audio as many do not speak and the Hollywood sequence is too visual to work acoustically (for this Peter Purves narrates with a faux American accent-hard to tell if he's getting into the spirit of it or taking the mick!)

If you like the Daleks I think you'll enjoy it and I urge you to also check out the surviving visual material on the Lost in Time boxset
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Doctors Biggest Dalek Adventure, 27 Jun 2014
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Doctor Who : The Dalek's Masterplan.
Novelised as: Mission to the Unknown.
Adapted into: The Mutation of Time.
Doctor: First Doctor.
Companion(s): Steven, Sara, Katarina.
Main enemy: Mavic Chen, the Daleks, the Supreme Dalek, Kirksen, the Monk.
Main setting:
Kembel, 4000.
Desperus, 4000.
Central City, Earth, 4000.
Mira, 4000.
Liverpool, 25 December 1965.
Hollywood, 1921.
London, 21st century.
Egypt c. 2500 BC.
Unnamed ice planet.
Writer: Terry Nation (episodes 1-5,7),Dennis Spooner (episodes 6, 8-12).
Director: Douglas Camfield.
Producer: John Wiles.
Release details
Story number: 21.
Number of episodes: 12.
Season/series: Season 3.
Premiere broadcast: 13 November 1965 - 29 January 1966.
Premiere network: BBC1.
Format: 12x25 minute episodes.
LInking Narration By Peter Purves.
Running time 320 minutes.

Doctor Who -- William Hartnell.
Steven Taylor -- Peter Purves.
Sara Kingdom - Jean Marsh.
Katarina -- Adrienne Hill.
Kert Gantry - Brian Cant.
Bret Vyon - Nicholas Courtney.
Lizan - Pamela Greer.
Roald - Philip Anthony.
Mavic Chen - Kevin Stoney.
Interviewer - Michael Guest.
Daleks - Kevin Manser, Robert Jewell, Gerald Taylor, John Scott Martin.
Dalek Voices - Peter Hawkins, David Graham.
Zephon - Julian Sherrier.
Trantis - Roy Evans.
Kirksen - Douglas Sheldon.
Bors - Dallas Cavell.
Garge - Geoffrey Cheshire.
Karlton - Maurice Browning.
Daxtar - Roger Avon.
Borkar - James Hall.
Froyn - Bill Meilen.
Rhynmal - John Herrington.
Station Sergeant - Clifford Earl.
First Policeman - Norman Mitchell.
Second Policeman - Malcolm Rogers.
Detective Inspector - Keneth Thornett.
Man in Mackintosh - Reg Pritchard.
Blossom Lefavre - Sheila Dunn.
Darcy Tranton - Leonard Grahame.
Steinberger P. Green - Royston Tickner.
Ingmar Knopf - Mark Ross.
Assistant director - Conrad Monk.
Arab Sheik - David James.
Vamp - Paula Topham.
Clown - Robert G. Jewell.
Professor Webster - Albert Barrington.
Prop Man - Buddy Windrush.
Cameraman - Steve Machin.
The Meddling Monk - Peter Butterworth.
Trevor - Roger Brierley.
Scott - Bruce Wightman.
Khepren - Jeffrey Isaac.
Tuthmos - Derek Ware.
Hyksos - Walter Randall.
Egyptian soldiers - David Anderson.

1)This story had the working titles of The Daleks (Part IV) & Battle Of Wits.
2)Only "Day of Armageddon" (episode two), "Counter Plot" (episode five) &"Escape Switch" (episode ten) survive as 3)16mm black & white film telerecordings. "Day of Armageddon" was recovered in 2004 when a former Head of Engineering at Yorkshire Television returned it to the BBC. This is the only recovered episode to feature footage of Katarina.
4)As a special Christmas-themed episode, "The Feast of Steven" (episode seven) was the first episode to feature characters "breaking the fourth wall" with the Doctor addressing the camera: "Incidentally, a Happy Christmas to all of you at home." It is the only case in which the characters explicitly display knowledge of being on Tv (all other cases involve the characters seeming to talk to or perform for the camera, but nothing that cannot be explained by a character or mirror being in the position the camera is occupying).
5)The Daleks' Master Plan and Mission to the Unknown were the only 1960s Doctor Who stories offered for overseas sale but never purchased.
6)Unless one counts The Trial of a Time Lord, which can be considered four different stories, this is the longest single story.
7) Sara Kingdom dies horribly, aged to death by the Dalek weapon caused an uproar in complaints for being to graphic by viewers in 1966.

Plot Synopsis.
In the year 4000, the Daleks conspire to conquer the Solar System, their scheme involves treachery at the highest levels & a weapon capable of destroying the very fabric of time.

Only the Doctor & his friends can prevent catastrophe & there is no guarantee they will escape with their lives...

Timelord Thoughts.
The Daleks Masterplan is a epic adventure that would never be attempted for todays audiences, taken from season 3 1965/1966 season is quite simply a masterpiece.

This outstanding adventure holds up over 13 episodes by sheer ambition & skilful paced writing of the serial by Terry Nation & Dennis Spooner which is breathtaking as the Doctor & his companions travel from Earth to several alien worlds in the far future, the serial also sees the return of the Meddling Monk, features the Daleks at there most cunning ruthlessness & adds great drama as the story features the deaths of two companions Katrina & Sara Kingdom.

The Dalek's Master Plan works as it's written as a mature adventure featuring great action, political overtones, humour Daleks & death & is the darkest matured adventure of the William Hartnell Doctor Who era who was is at his very best here in the role here.

Sadly 10 episodes are currently missing so chances of viewing this are very slim but off air recordings, digital remastering & linking narration by actor Peter Purves who played Steven Taylor in the series gives us the next best thing as we can at least hear the story & picture the adventure unfolding in our minds.

The story sounds great but lets not forget this isn't a radio drama as it was made for tv & credit to the BBC restoration team for adapting this to a listenable audio medium giving fans a chance to hear a story they are most unlikely to ever see on tv.

Overall The Daleks Masterplan is classic Doctor Who at it's very best battling the Timelord against his most dangerous deadliest advisory the Daleks in a 13 part epic adventure.

Timelord Rating.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good purchase for Who fans!, 7 Oct 2001
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars An amazing episode with several effective moments and many great actors ..., 1 Nov 2014
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An amazing episode with several effective moments and many great actors (Kevin Stoney especially). Mission To The Unknown is good and The Feast Of Steven is charmingly pointless. However, there are a few mistakes here and there, and William Hartnell bluffs a lot in this. But overall, a fantastic episode.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 25 July 2013
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Another great story amn listening to it at the moment good story line a Hartnell classic what mlore can I say
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Dalek story, 31 Oct 2006
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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 lost stories. But, man, this one must have been groundbreaking at the time. 12 chapters, and most of them really impressive (Mission to the unknown is a wonderful miniature, and the 5 first episodes are among the best I've seen or hear so far, counting from the First to the Tenth Doctors). Peter Purves linking narration is ideal, very helpful, and the remastering is excelent. The cast excels, with top marks to Mr. Purves, especially in the impressive scene of Katharina's death. And Nicholas Courtney's Vyon is a wonderful character. I am so sorry that most of these episodes are lost forever. These soundtracks allows us to have at least a hint of what they were. And, though some stories like The Macra Terror or Underwater Menace are enhanced this way (We don't have to see bad monsters, only hearing them is better), in the particular case of The Daleks' Master Plan it is a pity, because this set proves that it was a gloriously epic story. Highly recommended.
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