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Doctor Who: Death to the Daleks

A 3rd Doctor Novelisation
Length: 3 hrs and 9 mins
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An unabridged reading of this classic novelisation, based on a BBC TV adventure featuring the Third Doctor. A mysterious power loss strands the TARDIS on Exxilon, a sinister fog-shrouded alien planet. The Doctor meets the survivors of a beleaguered expedition from Earth, while Sarah finds a mysterious super-city and becomes a captive of the savage Exxilons. Worst of all, the Doctor's greatest enemies, the Daleks, arrive on a secret mission of their own. The Doctor and Sarah must risk their lives time and again in a desperate attempt to foil the Daleks and save millions of humans from a horrific plague. Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes approx.

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Doctor Who and the Mojo-less planet

On a barren, rocky world, a lone Space Marine flees for his life from wraith like hooded figures, before succumbing to a hail of arrows.. So begins this Third Doctor adventure, with Pertwee's Doctor and journalist Sarah arriving on what they thought might be a holiday planet, but finding it to be anything but (this is something of a recurring theme in Who). They are on the above desolate Hell planet, where a mysterious power drain causes ships to crash and drains the mojo from everything, be they guns and machines. With the Doctor and Sarah uncovering the mystery of an intelligent, sentient city, guarded by the humanoid Exilons (the belligerent archers from the prologue), and befriending the stranded group of Space Marines, the Daleks arrive to really get this party started. Only to find their weapons won't work (it happens once you push 50). An uneasy (but clearly) short lived truce arises. Will the Doctor and Sarah save the Marines and solve the riddle of the city? Will the Marines get what they came for (a mineral called Pyrinium that can cure a current lethal space plague) or will the Daleks seize it first for their own nefarious purposes? Will the Scottish marine Galloway kill everybody because he's in a bad mood? This is pacy and engaging Terrence Dicks novelisation. Like much of his work it has trimmed any fat so the bare muscle of the story can power along. Good job because some of it does not really bear much reflection. Why does a Dalek sentry for example trundle around in a slow circle allowing prisoners to escape? Can't this all powerful city find a quicker way to deal with intruders rather than taking away all the batteries and implementing lethal games of hopscotch? The story is full of classic sci-fi tropes...the intelligent city, the once scientific civilisation now descended into primitive superstition (that one is another Who favourite, and you don't have to go far, see Colony in Space). But for all this it succeeds because of the above mentioned cracking pace, the faithful representation of characters we love, the dramatic impact of the Daleks, and more. As a child there are images that still haunt me from the tv version and I can remember their impact; the Gollum like Bellal, albeit a cuter more harmless version, the snake like probe rearing up to menace the Doctor (oo-er missus), Daleks being pushed off cliffs and exploding, and more. The audio book is brilliant read by Jon Culshaw, who does the best Pertwee impression yet in this Target range, and shows great character range with the others. Nicholas Briggs, Dalek voice supreme, does his usual fantastic Dalek characterisation (a labour of love for him), and like other in this series, there is a great use of a sparing dramatic musical motif, and sound effects. Here the thundering of the Dalek's machine gun weapons and the metallic whirring of their movements is put to brilliant effect.

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Great Adaptation, Superb Narration

This is my first third doctor audio version of the wonderfully written Target books treatments of the television stories and I was hooked as soon as I heard the sample. The late, great Terrance Dicks, one of the key driving forces behind classic Who, has an efficient, simple yet vivid prose style so well suited to these stories. No words are wasted and Dicks just delivers the goods as usual. Dicks has added a prologue, as he often does to his adaptations, which sets the scene and tone so well. This is also my first experience of the great Jon Culshaw as narrator and what a narrator he is! His impression of Jon Pertwee is excellent and he is able to mimic other characters so perfectly, it's incredible. Galloway and the alien, Bellal, are rendered just as you hear them in the actual episodes, it's uncanny. Nicholas Briggs provides the voices of the Daleks and as he was the original voice of them, along with the late Roy Skelton, the result is pure perfection. To further add to the audio adaptation, there are atmospheric sound effects included. These are not intrusive and actually work very well in the overall telling of this story. The older I get, the more I appreciate these classic stories. For me, there is really only one Doctor Who and that's the classic series and in particular, the third and fourth doctors. Great story, wonderfully adapted and superbly narrated by Culshaw and Briggs, highly recommended.

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great story

fantastic story and Jon culshaw brings his impressionist talents to the story, only issue is the stock music to start and end it, why not use the Dr Who theme? the Pertwee era theme music would have been good

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They're back !!!!

Great fun, funny, amazing, awesome, fantastic and as entertaining as ever. Keep it coming please.

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Great narration

Really enjoyed this one.
Jon culshaw is a fantastic narrator. His Jon pertwee impersonation really is great. Also having Nick Briggs do the dalek voices adds an extra detail to the audiobook and makes it much more exciting. It's not too long too which I find also helps.
I am already very familiar with the TV episodes it is based on so was fun spotting the various additions. lovely added sound effects and noises really keeps you entertained and interested.

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Magical Retelling!

Loved this new retelling of a Terrance Dicks classic, John Culshaw's narration is great and he has Jon Pertwee down to a tee. Magical!h

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Cuishaw Is Jon Pertwee

I highly anticipating this release and was awarded well, impressionist Jon Culshaw excelled in mimicry of the late Jon Pertwee who was The Doctor on screen, The story zipped along at a cracking pace, and Nick Briggs as usual brought the Daleks to nasty life. Great audio recommended.

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Classic Who brilliantly brought to life !!

John Culshaw is just the best!! he really has a feel for these classic adventures. You can hear his love for the material in every sentence. Spot on narration with some nice audio effects and music, and with the ever brilliant Nick Briggs as the Daleks makes this just about perfect!