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Doctor Who and the Daleks (BBC Radio Collection: Sci-fi and Fantasy) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: BBC Audiobooks Ltd; Unabridged edition (7 Mar. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0563527293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0563527299
  • Product Dimensions: 14.1 x 12.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 879,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description

The First Doctor, his first encounter with the Daleks, in a new facsimile edition of the long-out-of-print original 1960s edition. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

'The voice was all on one level, without any expression at all,
a dull monotone that still managed to convey a
terrible sense of evil...'

The mysterious Doctor and his granddaughter Susan are joined
by unwilling adventurers Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright in an epic
struggle for survival on an alien planet.

In a vast metal city they discover the survivors of a terrible nuclear war -
the Daleks. Held captive in the deepest levels of the city, can the Doctor
and his new companions stop the Daleks' plan to totally exterminate
their mortal enemies, the peace-loving Thals? More importantly, even
if they can escape from the Daleks, will Ian and Barbara ever see their
home planet Earth again?

This novel is based on the second Doctor Who story which
was originally broadcast from 21 December 1963-1 February
1964. This was the first ever Doctor Who novel, originally
published in 1964.

Featuring the First Doctor as played by William Hartnell, and his
companions Susan, Ian and Barbara --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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I used to collect all the "Target" Doctor Who novels when I was a kid. Before video recorders the novelizations of the TV stories was all we had if we wanted to experience the stories again. I used to buy every copy. My books have not stood the test of time, having experienced several years in my parents garage when I left home so I'm more than pleased to see them start appearing in Kindle form. I'd love to read them all again and with my Kindle I can. I can also share them with my young son who I'm sure will love them as much as I did all those years ago.

In some ways, these books are better than the original TV stories on which they're based as there are no dodgy special effects to contend with. Your imagination can provide the best special effects ever.

This story of course is the first Dalek story and the second ever Doctor Who story and what a story it is. Suspense, tension, excitement, action. Has it all in spades. Do yourself a favour and buy this and any and every original series Target novelization that gets released on Kindle.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Long before the influx of the Target novelisations the original publication of this story (formally titled `Doctor Who in an exciting adventure with the Daleks', which is thankfully reprinted on the first page of this edition) was the first ever Doctor Who novel. It is still one of the best.

Unlike the majority of the Target books this is not only a novelisation of the televised serial. It is more of a re-imagining of how the programme begins. As such it encapsulates the first two stories into one. Much is the same in attitude and outlook but the events of `An Unearthly Child' are reduced and re-jigged to form the start of the Dalek story. Ian doesn't previously know Barbara and neither work at Cole Hill School. Instead he meets her, Susan and the Doctor as a consequence of coming across the scene of a car crash. This may seem very different in terms of events but the story maintains the same essence (and indeed many of the same lines of the script from `An Unearthly Child'). All the cavemen/Tribe of Gum stuff is dropped. In this way the Doctor and the Daleks both come into Doctor Who's first ever story.

There are many other changes throughout the book but these generally lessen as the story progresses, usually coming more in line with the televised version of `The Daleks'. Many of the differences are outlined and considered in the appendices to this novelisation which is a worthwhile and useful addition to the book. Neil Gaiman's modern introduction, although at times heart-warming to read, isn't quite so informative.

The introduction of a Dalek leader is worth pointing out, however.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was the first ever novelisation of a Doctor Who tv story, first published in the mid 60s. To most fans of the show this book is all kinds of wonderful, being hugely nostalgic and a crackingly well written novel in its own right. Back then this was the only way to relive an episode. VCRs or DVDs were more far-fetched science fiction ideas than some ones in the show. David Whitaker was Story Editor on the original serial and here he takes Terry Nation's script and really adds life and depth. Told in the first person from the point of view of Ian Chesterton the story kicks off by choosing to replace the whole school scenario of the first episode of an Unearthly Child with characters meeting each other for the first time after a traffic accident on Barnes Common. It's a pretty atmospheric opening. The Doctor is hostile and sly, playing his mindgames with Ian. The psychology of walking through those police box doors is explored quite comprehensively by Whitaker. Due to the limited point of view some characters don't get as much of the limelight as they might have done, notably Susan. Her alien qualities get lost in retelling and her early baptism of fire, having to retrieve the radiation drugs alone through the petrified forest, is only briefly mentioned as she recounts the episode to her friends. It's also fun to learn a bit more about the Tardis facilities and I would like to know what Venusian Night Fish or Martian Summer berries taste like. Other additions to the script are a full description of a Dalek mutant, a Glass Dalek, Everlasting Matches, an amusing boxing match that Ian arranges to try to get the Thalls to regard fighting in the same way as other physical sports, the seeds of a romance between Ian and Barbara, an un-sonic buttonhook and Ian's smoking habit.Read more ›
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A thick fog and a girl in distress are just the things that Ian Chesterton needs to escape from a life of dull routine. He has no idea that this is merely a prelude to an adventure quite beyond any normal conception of the word. Or that Barnes Common on a foggy autumn night is the last view of Earth he may ever have.
Both he and the girl he tries to help, Barbara Wright, are transported to a distant planet named Skaro by a mysterious old man known to them as the Doctor. With his granddaughter Susan, the Doctor sets them down in a world all but destroyed by atomic warfare, the only survivors being a peace-loving and cultured people called the Thals and their bitter enemies the Daleks, horribly mutated both in mind and body.
Thrust into constant danger, his courage and determination tested almost beyond endurance, Ian is forced to struggle against alien creatures and superior enemies with no other weapons than surprise and ingenuity.
The rewards of victory are life for Ian and his new friends... but life where? Can the Doctor return him and Barbara to Earth again?
So went the back blurb to the Frederick Muller Hardback edition of Doctor Who (in an exciting adventure with The Daleks)when first printed in 1964. This is truly a special MP-3 audiobook release. Doctor Who in an exciting adventure with the Daleks is probably the greatest novelisation of a Doctor Who TV story in part because it is not just a presentation of just what was onscreen.
It starts with a totally new meeting between the Doctor (already accompanied by grand-daughter Susan as on TV) and his first TV companions Ian Chesterton and Barbara Wright. Instead on meeting in a junkyard in Totter's lane and going back to 100,000 B.C.
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