- Audio CD: 4 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition edition (5 Nov. 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408409925
- ISBN-13: 978-1408409923
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 641,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who And The Dalek Invasion Of Earth Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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This is a relentless look at a Britain ground into the dirt by an oppressive conqueror, with obvious parallels to what would have happened if we had lost the Second World War, including black marketers, fifth columnists and of course the Nazi-like Daleks overseeing all. An all-time classic Who story, well worth a fresh listen -- Cambs Times, November 13, 2009
BBC Audiobooks has chosen well with its books and has taken the right approach with its readers... they benefit from new music and sound effects -- Doctor Who Magazine
... completely marvellous... the best version of the story there is... this audiobook is as impressive a slice of Doctor Who as you'll find anywhere -- Doctor Who Magazine, January 2010
William Russell reads this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure, with Dalek voices by Nicholas Briggs.See all Product description
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The story follows on from Planet of Giants; the First Doctor (as played by William Hartnell) is sure he has at last managed to bring his companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright (as played by Jacqueline Hill) home to 1960s Earth; to London, in fact, as he delightedly points out to them. But it doesn’t take the Tardis crew long to realise that while this may be London, and this may be Earth, it’s not Ian and Barbara’s time. And Earth is under attack – from the Daleks which the Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan first encountered in the second-ever televised story, The Daleks, on their home planet of Skaro. Little did the Tardis travellers realise that there were more Daleks in the universe, and that they would next encounter them on Earth.
This is a wonderful story; looking back on it now, as it would have been shown on tv in 1964, it is still an unbelievably grim and terrible story, showing a devasated Earth, with people being abused and maltreated by alien invaders intent on their own evil plans. The Doctor and Susan face their own adventures, as Barbara, separated from her companions also faces her own trials. Ian, also separated from the others, finds himself in some terribly deadly situations. There are many threads which are cleverly and carefully pulled together over the course of the story, as our friends struggle to find each other, and to save the world. Each of the individual characters in the story really gets a chance to shine as individuals in this story, as they must endeavour to survive on their own. At the end, there is one more shock in store for the Tardis crew, before they head off to the next story which was televised, The Rescue.
The televised story, set across 6 episodes, was novelised by Terrance Dicks as part of the Target novelisations of the tv stories. Here, it is read by William Russell, who performs the story brilliantly, over 4 cds, running for 4 hours 10 minutes.
It was the only early ‘Doctor Who’ I’d seen. There were no DVDs, no VHS tapes – but there was a film starring Peter Cushing shown on the BBC one Saturday morning in the 1970s. So that’s what the First Doctor was like in his prime!
Err… no, not really. It took the ‘Target’ books to show me the real First Doctor and this is the darkest of them all; a tale of ruined lives, death and destruction set not on Skaro or some other alien world, but right here in Britain. A few centuries in the future, it’s true, but still much too close for comfort.
Terrance Dicks’ novelisation is excellent, from the quietly mysterious opening in ruined, deserted London through full scale Dalek battles and the courage of the human Resistance, to the final dramatic defeat of the Dalek plan - in rural Bedfordshire of all places. It’s a disturbing story of a post-invasion Britain where heroes and villains are not always obvious, reflecting of course the trauma of Nazi-occupied Europe and what might have been here too, but for courage, luck and leadership. Reading the novel decades after that war, but in the Cold War 1970s with the Soviet Red Army massed halfway across Europe, it was, as I’ve said, still much too close for comfort…
The story is told clearly but never simplistically, with its fair share of exciting set-piece scenes and character moments, but for me the very best parts are some of the descriptive passages, where Terrance Dicks evokes pictures of post-apocalypse Earth and the struggles of the last of our people against the invaders. His opening line would do credit to any classic work of literature for concisely setting place, mood and tension and I never forgot it: “Through the ruin of a city, stalked the ruin of a man…”
William Russell reads and performs the Audiobook superbly. It’s very special to hear this story told by “Ian Chesterton” himself, in many ways the central hero of this tale, while also giving his excellent interpretation of William Hartnell’s First Doctor and providing clearly defined voices and accents for all the other characters. Well, almost all… listening with headphones, it was quite a jolt when the first Dalek spoke and William Russell’s English tones were replaced by the harsh alien voice grating in my ears!
Nicholas Briggs’ voicing of the invaders adds significantly to this production, as do the sound effects of battle and alien machinery and atmospheric echoes when characters speak in tunnels and metal-walled Dalek corridors. Combined with the incidental music and above all, William Russell’s performance, the whole effect is ‘visual’, tense and exciting and does full justice to this classic, epic tale. And the ending still carries that mixture of hope and quiet sadness that it must have done for television viewers back in the 1960s, as Susan begins her new life and the Doctor loses his last link with family and home.
The artwork for this Target book was a departure from that of the earlier titles and it’s good to see it used here in all its colourful glory – though as I later discovered, it depicts the film version of the story. Artwork from later editions is shown inside the CD case and alternative artwork (also by Chris Achilleos, in 2007) faithful to the Hartnell-era original story is on the back of the enclosed booklet; a nice touch.
This is a classic in every sense; the original story, the novelisation and this Audiobook. Highly recommended. 5*
Following the plot but simplified for younger readers and now listeners, this slice of nostalgia is highly recommended to all potential buyers.
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