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Maureen O’Brien reads this thrilling novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure, with Dalek voices by Nicholas Briggs.
About the Author
John Peel was born the day before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939. His 38-year career as a radio DJ is the stuff of legend and the bands he went on to discover too numerous to mention, though David Bowie, Roxy Music, T Rex, Genesis, Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, Radiohead and the White Stripes would do as a start. He lived in Suffolk with his wife Sheila and their children William, Thomas, Alexandra and Florence, plus various dogs and cats, until his death in October 2004.
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Also integral to this story is the relationship between all the companions, and there is a substory once they all land on the planet Mechanus, where they find more than they could ever have imagined, and meet someone else who becomes an integral part of Doctor Who.
This story is brilliantly read by Maureen O'Brien, who played the part of Vicki all those years ago, and she reads well all the many character's parts (apart from the Daleks who are played, brilliantly as always, by Nicholas Briggs), and narrates the overarching story really well. The sound effects are minimal but absolutely right when they occur. The whole thing draws you into the story which covers so much of time and space; over the whole of the 5 and a half hour duration of the story you feel like you are right there, with the Tardis and its inhabitants as they fight against what seems like an inevitable end at the hands (suckers?) of the Daleks.
Highly totally recommended for any fan of a great story, and particularly any fan of classic Doctor Who stories.
by Maureen O'Brien and having the Dalek voices from the TV Series make it very
exiting. I think it is a good addition to the Audio Novels read by the different actors
from the original TV series. I have the original novel and it is one of my favourites.
Some of the other Audio Novels that are good are 'THE WAR GAMRES', 'THE ICE WARRIORS' AND 'DOCTOR WHO AND THE CYBERMEN'. It is a good idea to have the old stories as Audio Books.
I have many in my collection including some read by Tom Baker and one read by the late Elizabeth Sladen.
I do hope that there will be more scheduled for release next year as I haven't found any on Amazon in the future releases.
How about a few more of the Dalek stories and Cybermen stories.
Anyway, well done to Maureen O'Brien and Nicholas Briggs for creating such a good reading of this
And whilst the Mechanoids looked vaguely like gussied-up refrigerator transportation boxes but no matter, I was a six-year old when seeing the story (a 1965 six-parter) and it's one of the few early DOCTOR WHO stories that I can remember with anything bordering on clarity. How can you go wrong with a frantic chase through time, pursued by the Daleks? Additionally, the story is notable because Ian and Barbara leave the TARDIS at the end of the serial, while astronaut Steven Taylor (Peter Purves shortly before his BLUE PETER halcyon years) joins Vicki and the Doctor for the next serial. The serial was released on videocassette in 1993 and, finally, on DVD in 2010 in a boxed set with DOCTOR WHO - THE SPACE MUSEUM.
Reassuringly, Maureen's pleasant "book at bedtime" tone & delivery presents the assorted characters with subtle differences that don't feel like parody (sometimes whenever female readers perform male voices - and vice versa - it's an acid test of the performer's ability); if they fail to sustain your suspension of disbelief, then they've not done their job. Martin Jarvis, pretty much undisputed King of audiobook Readers (his P.G. Wodehouse readings are, it goes without saying, flawless) is the best example of a reader who can cover male and female character voices without sounding like a duffer. The trick is to keep it subtle: and Maureen scores a bulls-eye because all she does is slightly lower her voice to represent the male characters; she has to make her voice noticeably higher to reproduce Vicki and nails Hartnell's querulous tones.
Nick Briggs, `Mr Dalek', gives us the voices of the `golden age' Daleks and forgets the New Model chubby buffoons on offer with Matt and Karen; these are the real deal, borderline insane, ranting loons, they are scary because they are beyond human reason and have no shame. This was when the deranged aliens persistently shriek `Exterminate!' over and over and over, ad nauseam, like some dustbin-wearing Greek chorus in a madhouse performance of THE SEVEN KEYS TO DOOMSDAY! But he does not provide the voice of the Mechanoids. Big mistake. Poor Maureen is left to voice them and so we do not get the deathless line delivered in loud, halting, clipped, mechanical tones: Enter. Enter. Zero. Stop. OK, that's not in Peel's novelisation either but it's in the telly version and so I still think it should have been shoehorned in here as a key sound-effect.
The story is not complicated: all that's on offer here is a chase and that's it but it's a Dalek chase and so go with it. The Doctor and his companions are pursued from a desert planet (Aridius, a bit on the nose, but they were simpler times), briefly to New York for a mean-spirited encounter with a loud-mouthed hick (Peel tells us that the chap spent the rest of his life detained on mental health grounds due to his stories of vanishing people and robots), the Marie Celeste, then to a faux haunted house (Surprisingly, the Daleks aren't too good on stairs!) and finally to Mechanus, a jungle planet, for the finale with the Mechanoids and Nation's attempt to surpass the Daleks. He fails. The highlight of the Mechanus story is the fight between the Doctor and his Dalek-constructed robot duplicate but it should have been over-shadowed by the debut of the Mechanoids; that it is not underlines the argument that they are a profound study in failed character design.
Peel tries in passing to add depth to the TARDIS crews personalities and relationships but he appears to be hobbled by the TARGET editorial diktat to keep it brief and simple for a young audience and so while the Doctor's affection for Ian and Barbara moves him to tears when they leave, this is covered in a couple of sentences.
In fairness, that's how it played on screen but the written word offers the opportunity to flesh out emotional depth and so these moments play like missed opportunities. The point is that anyone more accustomed to the relatively stormy and indeed passionate relationships of the RTD era Doctors may be bemused by the sterility on offer here but that is not Peel's fault. If you go into this remembering that this is a children's (pre-teen) book, then you will probably enjoy this as a competent account of a pretty workmanlike bit of telly writing. Peel is making the best of a bad job; sandwiched between the limitations of the TARGET imprint and a Terry Nation story that feels worryingly like work done during a lunch break to meet a deadline.
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update 10/19/20130 - Apparently, this is now available on DVD!!! At the time we purchased this, it wasn't.
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