- Audio CD: 5 pages
- Publisher: BBC Physical Audio; Unabridged edition edition (3 Jun. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1408409992
- ISBN-13: 978-1408409992
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 12.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 773,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who Daleks: The Mutation Of Time Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Peter Purves and Jean Marsh read this exciting novelisation of a classic Doctor Who adventure, with Dalek voices by Nicholas Briggs.
About the Author
John Peel was born in Nottingham in the UK in 1954 and moved to America, where he still lives, in 1981. Shortly after that he became the editor of Fantasy Empire magazine and his first novel, Uptime, Downtime, was published in 1992. Peel was friends with writer Terry Nation, and this resulted in their co-written The Official Doctor Who & The Daleks Book, published in America in 1988. Peel then gained agreement from Nation to novelise his Doctor Who stories 'The Chase' and 'The Daleks' Master Plan' for the Target range. He subsequently penned novelisations of David Whitaker's two Dalek stories, 'The Power of the Daleks' and 'The Evil of the Daleks', which were both published in 1993. During the 1990s, he built a reputation as the author of cult TV tie-in novels, penning books based on Doctor Who (four titles, 1991-1998), The Avengers (1990), James Bond Jr (six books, 1992), Star Trek: The Next Generation (1993; 1997), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (three books, 1994-1996), Quantum Leap (1996), The Outer Limits (12 books, 1997-1999) and Eerie, Indiana (two books, 1997; 1999). He has also written many original novels, including the Carmen Sandiego series (nine books, 1991-1994), the Shockers series (six books, 1992-93), the Books of Diadem series (ten books, 1997, 2005-6) and the 2009 series (six books, 1999).
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In that, ( I recommend you listen to that 1st as not only is it superb but it does help explain a lot of what is going on here), the Doctor and his companions are up against the Daleks efforts to control time using something called Taranium which they get from a duplicitous Earth president along with help from a gang of nefarious Galactic rulers all convened on a planet called Kemble.
The Doctor steals the element & he and his chums set off in the TARDIS with the grumpy dustbins in hot pursuit.
This story at first appears to have completely forgotten that plot and as the first hour or two pass it seems the plot is lost all round as we are treated to some of the worst humour and daftest plot elements of any Doctor Who story I've ever heard.
The three hapless heroes stumble from time to time, (including a cringeworthy early movie story which see's the Doctor help Charlie Chaplin come up with a film plot!).
To be honest I came close to giving up altogether at that point as I was pretty miffed at how far things had strayed from the brilliance of the first story.
Things pick up though when everyone turns up in ancient Egypt and when the story finally ends up back on the planet Kemble we are all set for a grandstand finish with the Daleks giving full reign to their nastiness, their 'friends' getting their just desserts and everyone making one last mad dash for the TARDIS.
In the end this concludes really well and very sadly too. It doesn't completely erase the first awful two hours but it does do enough to earn it's four stars and make this worth a listen.
The recording is not the greatest and can be a little fuzzy at times but the narration is pretty spot on. It's funny how Jean Marsh always starts off sounding too posh and mannered in her reading but within a few minutes her style grows on you and she is a dab hand at adding urgency when needed. Peter Purves has a great voice for audio and the two make for a great pairing.
Some recognition should go to Nick Briggs not just for his work as the voice of the Daleks,(he manages some great variety) but also to recommend his own work with Big Finish. His magnum opus, 'Dalek Empire', is a massive 4 part series 18 part classic play that is impossible to over estimate. If you love the Daleks you will be in seventh heaven & I recommend it without reservation.
The Mutation of time however I have some reservations about but they are outweighed by an improved plot midway through & a neat ending to the superb story begun in Mission to the unknown. This is not quite up there with the classics but it's still, eventually, a good 'un & worth a listen.
However it is worth it because this is a very strong retelling of one of the finer epics from the early years of the TV series and the lengthy running time of the original tale means that some very strong characterisations are possible and that the tragedy of the story of Space Security Agent Sara Kingdom and the machinations of the wicked and treacherous Mavic Chen, the Guardian of the Solar System no less, both unfold on a rather epic scale.
This half of the story picks up from the end of the previous volume with a retelling of the events of the first DOCTOR WHO "Special Christmas Episode" - episode 7 of the 12 - which didn't really progress the plot but actually makes for a few chapters of what is a bit of light-hearted fun before the story takes a darker turn as we are returned to the planet Kembel and rejoin the story from where it was left, with the Daleks and their allies now needing to track down a missing vital element which is needed to help complete their "master plan", and the Doctor just happens to have control of it. For once the TARDIS is actually able to be piloted with rather more success than is usual and a chase through time ensues encompassing locations such as ancient Egypt at the time of the building of the pyramids, and an encounter with another old enemy. Eventually the plot moves back to Kembel and a final devastating encounter with the Doctor's oldest and deadliest of foes.
This volume retells the story told in episodes 7-12 of the television story which is something of a journey through time (whereas the first half was more of a journey through space) but still manages to be a quite successfully self contained as a story in itself although it is the weaker of the two volumes in terms of its dramatic tone and storyline.
Reading duties are shared once more between actors Peter Purves (companion Steven Taylor in the original) and Jean Marsh (who played Sara Kingdom) and whilst they both have very distinct styles, both read the story very well, each doing a couple of chapters at a time presumably because it would have been rather difficult on both them and the listener to have the same voices throughout. The transitions between the blocks they read are unannounced and can take a moment or two to adjust to, but the story is told in dramatic terms and holds the attention very well. Dalek voices are provided by current TV series Dalek voice Nicholas Briggs which probably avoids a lot of general embarrassment all round. The story is enhanced by some subtle but effective sound effects and music all of which makes for a rather impressive package.