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Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

4th Doctor Novelisation
Length: 4 hrs and 10 mins
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Summary

An unabridged reading of this classic novelisation of a 1975 TV story featuring the Fourth Doctor, as played by Tom Baker.

The place: Skaro. Time: the Birth of the Daleks. After a 1000 years of futile war against the Thals, Davros has perfected the physical form that will carry his race into eternity - the dreaded Dalek. Without feeling, conscience or pity, the Dalek is programmed to exterminate. At the command of the Time Lords, the Doctor travels back through time in an effort to totally destroy this terrible menace of the future. But even the Doctor cannot always win....

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Great Read....

A fabulous reading. Culshaw and Briggs brought Dicks alive. Exciting and fast paced. loved it.

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  • Alistair
  • KIRKWALL, United Kingdom
  • 06-10-17

A classic novelisation of a classic story

This was a fantastic audiobook. The original television version of the story is already a classic and this audiobook is not a disappointment. John Culshaw does a brilliant job with the narration - with the possible exception of Sarah Jane. Your mileage on that may vary.

His Tom Baker in particular is almost perfect as it has been since the days of Dead Ringers. His version of Nyder sounds like he came straight out of the television version. On top of that Nicolas Briggs once again performs excellently as the Daleks. They just seem just as indimidating and horrifying as they always have at their best.

From what I could hear there were no moments cut from the television version in the novel version and the same applies to this audio version. The story is as perfectly morbid and intense as ever. I was particularly impressed by the opening scene and its wonderful scene setting. As well as the scene at the end with Davros and The Daleks in the Kaled bunker.

If you are collecting the Target novels in audio form or if you are any kind of Doctor Who fan I highly recommend you give this a try!

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Perfection of the Daleks.

Now I'm on record in other reviews stating that Power of the Daleks, closely followed by Evil of the Daleks, is for me the best Dalek tale aboutin the complete history of Dr Who. That hasn't changed. Genesis comes a close third. A brilliant origins tale from the pen of master story teller Terry Nation during Tom Bakers excellent debut season. (Pity they got the Dalek design wrong though during production). So then why the headline "Perfection of the Daleks"?. Well, there are 3 reasons. 1. It is one of the best tales in the history of the show (faithfully translated onto the written page). 2. The characters are believable with excellent speeches and dialogue. 3. Jon Culshaw. Jon (a great fan of the series) totally brings this written word to life. He breathes personality into practically all the characters. However, his Tour De Force is in his recreation of Tom Bakers Doctor. Now many people know that Jon has been mimicking Bakers voice for decades now, but what perhaps some people may know is that the timbre of his (Bakers) voice altered over the 7 years he played the Doctor in TV. Jon very skilfully voices the Doctor as Baker sounded in 1974/5 and not as he sounded in 1980/1. A masterclass in vocal characterisation. Ark in Space (from 1975) audiobook is another fine example of his talents. Hope he does many more (his Jon Pertwee is uncanny). Cannot fault this product. A must for fans of sci-fi, gritty drama, Dr Who in general, and Daleks in paticular. This is audiobook perfection!

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  • Mike
  • Leamington Spa
  • 12-02-19

classic perfection

One of the very best stories from one of the very best eras. Narration is almost perfect, John Culshaw and Nicholas Briggs deliver masterly performances as The 4th Doctor and Davros. The Daleks are chilling. Its not often in such a long running show that a random character captures the imagination and becomes as iconic as the title character, or the Daleks, but this story introduces us to Davros, and just hearing his voice speaking these lines makes it clear why he is so beloved int eh Doctor Who Universe.

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what a syory

always wanted to see this and do even more now ive heard the book it will have you hooked from the start ..great stuff

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Really enjoyable book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

One of the best Doctor Who stories on TV ever and this does not disappoint. Jon Culshaw's narration is excellent including his best Tom Baker impression which sounds almost too good. It is a very strong storyline, very enjoyable and highly recommended.

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Old School.

Great stuff, remember the daleks from being a kid really enjoyed this Audio book thanks.

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exterminate.

is it safe now to come out from the bomb shekter now? fast paced and very scarey.

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Genesis of the Daleks

A fantastic story well read and kept me rivited all the way through. Well worth the money.

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Great story well dramatised, poor audio quality

This is a favourite story of most Doctor Who fans and Mr Culshaw is a great storyteller. It is let down only by really poor audio quality which seems to affect some audible titles and not others.