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5.0 out of 5 stars Destiny of the Daleks, 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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Initial post: 17 Oct 2013 23:00:17 BDT
Timelord007 says:
"If you supposed to be the superior beings why don't you just climb up after us Bye Bye"
I dont understand the BBC reasoning releasing these as the dvds are availible kn dvd?
Good review though.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Oct 2013 01:42:20 BDT
Keen Reader says:
Thanks timelord007 - I strongly feel there's a continuing market for these in cd format as opposed to just in dvd format. Sometimes I want to listen to a cd, not watch a dvd - and they are transportable to listen to as opposed to having to watch. I'm really glad that the BBC stories are (some of them, anyway - I'd like more) being released in this cd format with connecting narrative - I thoroughly enjoy them.
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