Doctor Who and the Daleks (BBC Radio Collection: Sci-fi and Fantasy) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have read many Dr Who books but this was my first Dalek one really good.Published 26 days ago by Barry Rainey
Brought back my memories of seeing the first original series. Enjoyed the read very much. Look forward to the nextPublished 1 month ago by Mr. P Minett
Like all Doctor books of this period, they are written as easy readers. You can get through these well written adventures in a couple of hours. Read morePublished 15 months ago by easygoing thief
Downloaded this on a nostalgic whim. It's lost none of its magic with the passing years. And Neil Gaimans introduction is excellent.Published 18 months ago by alan b
This book is an easy read. It is written in the first person,as an account of what happened to the character Ian Chesterton. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Christopher Powell
... there was no junkyard in Totters' Lane, no Coal Hill School, no pair of teachers secure in their established friendship, no journey to the Stone Age. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Number13
I remember reading this when I was young and I loved it.
Not a straight novelisation of the series - far more interesting than that. Read more
This novelisation by David Whitaker, of the second ever Doctor Who tv adventure, is something of a curiosity and a gem. Read morePublished on 18 May 2014 by Adam
Kindle version so unable to comment on the quality of the physical copy, however really enjoyed reading this book. Read morePublished on 12 April 2014 by Wombat