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on 16 October 2010
Only three episodes of this story exist on film, with several other random clips, due to the BBC's unfortunately 1960s/1970s junking policy of its old film for space and re-use (these can be found on Doctor Who - Lost In Time [DVD] [1963]). This is an epic story - not to be matched in length on the show for over 20 years. Classic first Doctor teams up with Nicholas Courtney's debut as Marc Cory, alongside regular companion Steven Taylor, as played by Peter Purves, to battle a massive Dalek master plan to rule the cosmos. For its budget shortcomings, this story really manages to evoke a sense of scope and wonder and excitement, even in audio form. It's a hard medium for modern ears, but when placed in a greater cultural and historical context, it's a rewarding experience to listen. Jean Marsh and Adrienne Hill play ill-fated companions Sara Kingdom and Katarina respectively. Marsh would later reprise the role in a trio of Big Finish audio plays in 2008, beginning with Home Truths (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles).
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on 25 July 2013
Another great story amn listening to it at the moment good story line a Hartnell classic what mlore can I say
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on 5 January 2004
I bought the Dalek's Masterplan after seeing it in the sale for £13, I admit I was dubious about how well the adventure would translate when having to listen to the action. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the story was as exciting on audio as many of the stories are on DVD.
Peter Purves narration was excellent and explaned the missing action very well. The sound on the discs was also excellent, the remastering process having cleared up the audiable cracks and pops on the original soundtrack. I own the Daleks: The Early Years Video which contains episodes 5 and 10 of the story, so I watched these instead of listening to the action. However I have to say I enjoyed the episodes that I listened to more than the two I saw.
The story itself is a little bit patchy. It was meant to have been a 6 parter but was extended due to the popularity of the Daleks. To be honest you can spot the moments which have been inserted turning a tight focused story into a looser one. Particular mention must go to Episode 7 - The feast of Steven. This is a Christmas episode and must rank as one of the worst Doctor Who moments ever. However as many of the other reviewers mention you could skip over this episode with no effect on the story.
After taking the plunge on this CD I have to say that I would definately buy more, it preserves the lost episodes and makes you appreciate the fans whose dedication have enabled these soundtracks to survive.
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on 3 November 2001
This must surely rank as one of the finest Doctor Who stories ever broadcast, and this superb 5 CD set is one of the most worthwhile buys I have ever made. The Daleks have never been more ruthless and cunning and Douglas Camfield's influence on the production shines through even on audio only. The adventure boasts some brilliant performances from Kevin Stoney, Nicholas Courtney, Jean Marsh, Peter Purves and, of course, William Hartnell himself. The plot twists and turns and is never dull for one moment. Peter Purves' commentary is just right and Mark Ayres has done a wonderful job in restoring the soundtrack from so many different sources. An example of sixties Doctor Who at its very best, it's just a pity that we don't have the pictures as well...
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on 31 December 2014
Really great item and service
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on 17 January 2004
The Dalek`s Master Plan is a true classic. The story is absorbing and is a great addition to any Doctor Who collection. The strong narration by Peter Purves helps to bridge the gap between audio and video. Viewing any of the (now) three episodes on video would also be worthwhile for anyone who did not see the original airing back in 1966.
Master Plan borrows some ideas from the previous Dalek story "The Chase", these being the Dalek time machine, the ensuing pursuit through time and the alternative episode ("Journey into Terror"and the comic relief "Feast of Steven" respectively, for the Chase and Master Plan stories). Master Plan also sees the return of the time travelling monk. All of these ingredients work well.
Master Plan has many varied and interesting situations. Clearly, a lot of effort was put into this story. I like the idea of the lead-in episode "Mission to the Unknown", although this idea loses something without having the "Myth Makers" story that followed it. It is a pity also that the identity of the main protagonists was revealed so early on. Keeping us guessing until the end of this first episode would have made it more exciting and still served its purpose.
The Master Plan story progresses through a series of separate situations, each with their respective characters. This works well and adds interest, but the demise of so many companions along the way is a negative. As with The Chase, there is also an improbable sequence of short stays on Earth.
The worst part of the story for me is the ending. Although the climax is exciting enough all we know at the end is that the patrol of four Daleks was destroyed. It may well have been that the main Dalek force deep in the mountains survived. The story ending would have definitely benefitted from a final scene depicting the fate of the Daleks in their underground control centre.
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on 7 November 2001
The 'hits' are the excellent sound restoration (take a bow Mr Ayres!) and the story itself. The 'miss' is the commentary which doesn't always offer sufficient explanation of what's going on. This is not the fault of Peter Purves who does a great job, rather the narration author needs to try that bit harder.
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