Without giving anything of the plot away for anybody who doesn't know it this is a superb novelisation of the first half of the epic Hartnell story `The Daleks Master Plan'. Given that most of the TV episodes from the story are missing from the BBC's archive it's a very welcome release. John Peel does far than just adapt the original script which written by the late great Terry Nation and Dennis Spooner, some dialogue has been rewritten and above all Peel really fleshes out the character of Mavic Chen (one of the main villains of the piece) which is all to the good and works extremely well. The writing is something of a rarity, considered and intelligent as well as being fast paced with brilliant action packed scenes.
The reading is wonderful and has been divided between Peter Purves (who played the Doctor's companion Steven) and Jean Marsh (Sara Kingdom). At first it seems strange that there should be two readers as they have very different styles but you quickly get used to this and it works well, they are both excellent and Purves in particular does a very good first Doctor.
For me this is one of the very best releases in this series so far. I can't recommend it highly enough!