- Audio Download
- Listening Length: 3 hours and 5 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Limited
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 1 Jun. 2013
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00D4KAE72
Doctor Who and the Planet of the Daleks (Classic Novel) Audio Download – Unabridged
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Some might call this homage, others might less charitably conclude that Terry Nation had run out of original ideas a long time previously, but whilst the story isn't particularly innovative it is a rattling good yarn.
Terrance Dicks' novelisation compressed the six part story into a book of 120 pages - on audio this lasts for around three hours, so there's little time to be bored as the story moves at quite a pace.
Mark Gatiss is the reader. A fan of the story, he asked to read this book and does a great job - his love for the material shines through. One slight downside is that the music and effects do verge on overkill at times (sadly this is not the only release in the series where this happens).
Although it's not one of the best Doctor Who novels, it is a very good reading from Gatiss and therefore is definitely worth a listen.
This is a great story, originally broadcast with the wonderful Jon Pertwee in top form as the suave and debonair dashing Doctor in the velvet smoking jacket, and Jo Grant as his UNIT assistant. The novelisation by Terrance Dicks is good, but this reading by Mark Gatiss really brings the story to an absolute top-notch experience for the listener. I don't think I've ever heard Mark Gatiss read one of the Doctor Who stories before, but he captures every voice and every nuance brilliantly. Even his characterisation of Jon Pertwee's Doctor is absolutely spot-on; brilliantly done.
The story is three hours long, and it never seems a minute too long - there is action aplenty, and plenty of story and scene shifts. The story moves from one where the Doctor is ill and Jo goes to get help, to one where there are conflicting ideas about who are the `goodies' and the `baddies', to trying to thwart the Daleks' latest masterplan to conquer the universe.Read more ›
AUDIOGO's enduring commitment to scour the dust-laden TARGET novel archives is truly commendable and, as older fans would attest, guarantees that these most iconic of releases are enjoyed by a whole new array of fans who may have just discovered the Time Lord since it was re-imagined in 2005. And with over 160 novels (including the series spin-offs, such as HARRY SULLIVAN'S WAR and TURLOUGH AND THE EARTHLINK DILEMMA) this range is set to continues for many years to come.
Originally released in October 1976, Dick's DOCTOR WHO AND THE PLANET OF THE DALEKS novel is succinct when compared to the 1973 six-part televised overly long-and-drawn-out story but there lies its strength. Extraneous padding injected into the original Terry Nation broadcast is professionally exorcised by the author leaving a taut, character-focused thriller for the Third Doctor, and, in the audiobook format, Mark Gatiss certainly relishes the challenge in bringing it alive, and, surprisingly, creates an affectionate impersonation (or interpretation) of Pertwee's Third Doctor along the way.
More so, Gatiss is equally measured in his interpretation of Spiridon native, Wester, as he `channels' series stalwart, Roy Skelton with just a hint of salvia-challenged Ice Warrior with influenza.Read more ›
It is truly amazing how far the genre has moved in in just a few short years. This is more like a feature film or a slickly produced radio drama than a talking book, and Planet of The Daleks is the best so far - let's have more like this please!
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Can't wait listen to this DrWho cd. If you seen on TVs and brought in DVDs when listen again story comes alive you are the DoctorPublished on 16 Feb. 2015 by Janet
This story follows on from ‘Frontier in Space’ (novelised as ‘The Space War’). The two stories don’t really have a great deal to do with one another however. Read morePublished on 11 Feb. 2015 by Alaran
The rating i gave this audio book was purely for Mark Gatiss' excellent reading of a brilliant tv adventure of 1973, his Third Doctor vocalisation is ofset by Nick Briggs ably... Read morePublished on 25 July 2013 by phillip
Planet of the Daleks is typical later Pertwee era fare; a six part story from his penultimate season, the adventure takes place on the jungle planet of Spiridon, where invisible... Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2013 by M. Hevingham