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- Publisher: BBC Worldwide Ltd.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Oct. 2017
- Language: English, English
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Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks: 4th Doctor Novelisation Audiobook – Unabridged
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There is a double appropriateness in the fact that this was written by Dicks. Firstly he is probably the most legendary script editor on the show since Whitaker. Secondly, he was involved in commissioned the script for Genesis from Terry Nation. The story of this is told in the DVD, though the eventual serial had a new team producing the show by then, where Tom Baker had also taken over in playing the Doctor. The serial has gone down as one of the series best ever with some fans rating it as the top one.
The serial is a good one with wonderful performances by Baker and his supporting cast. The script is good also, and is also notable for its introduction of the character of Davros, the creator of the Daleks which took the Dalek mythology in a new direction. I have a sort of notion that most of the great Dalek serials came in the era of the first Doctor played by William Hartnell. Two of these had Whitaker also in the script editor role. The story of the Genesis is for me one of the few since that equals those early ones. It looks good on the DVD as do the early ones available, though some allowances there have to be made for changing filming styles.
Terrance Dicks' retelling of the story works well. True he is not as good a prose writer as David Whitaker was in the early novel which still stands out in this series. Dicks' prose is a bit rough and ready. He tends to tell us what characters are feeling, rather than giving us a sense of how this is through dialogue and the actions of characters. That said, he has an ability to keep narrative moving forward which may be one reason for him for being the staple writer of Target novels' Doctor Who series from which this book comes from. One should perhaps also allow some rough edges in the prose and some sensationalist phrases as this novel was more meant for children, even if the writing does not quite reach the heights of the original TV production. I have a sentimental recollection of sitting on the back seat of my parent's car reading this novel when going on holiday. I loved it then and still do.
So now it's time to settle down and let things unfold. The Doctor's race, the Time Lords have a mission for him: to destroy the Daleks before they are created. Will he succeed?... You probably know the answer, but that shouldn't stop enjoyment of the journey. Let it roll. This is a welcome reissue, but do investigate the serial on DVD.