I really enjoyed this one even if it took forever to get
Through But It But nonetheless it a really exciting adventure with the Third Doctor and Jo narrated by one of my favourite people ever Mark Gatiss I hope he narrates in the future On TV Planet of the Daleks is simplistic bombastic kids fun bloated over 6 episodes But in the hands of Terrance Dicks this becomes a perfect Doctor Who novelization It cuts out the fat bulks up the plot logic and keeps all the best bits intact It becomes a thrilling all ages action adventure with all the moments A rip roaring adventure expertly told by Terrance Dicks Although one of the straightforward novelisations ie little added to the plot or characters there Planet of the Daleks was a six part story featuring the Third Doctor Jon Pertwee and companion Jo Grant It was first shown in April to May 1973 and it s one I remember well though I suspect because I may have seen a repeat showing of it later The story starts with a ramatic cold open as the Doctor seemingly lies in the Tardis ying you would have to known that this was a cliffhanger from the previous story Frontier in Space which ends with the Master shooting the Doctor Landing on a planet Jo goes to finds
help while the Doctor finds himself trapped inside the Tardis and running out of air Don while the Doctor finds himself trapped inside the Tardis and running out of air Don worry though because all of this build up is seemingly forgotten within five pages to make way for the plotIt s an exciting story with an army of Daleks a group of Thals the Daleks ancient enemy seeking to sabotage them and invisible monsters that live on the planet All this translates rather better on the page than it id on the screen with a six part story you get a lot of running around The Dalek army if I recall consisted of the production team going out and buying as many Dalek toys as they could find and setting them up on a flat surface Similarly the idea of an invisible monster might have sounded like a good way of saving money technicians waving fronds to simulate movement for example but it just Girls Und Panzer, vol. 1 doesn t work The less said about the jungle the better as this wasone all on set and so it looks totally fake Back to the story though The Doctor and Jo are portrayed well here as are the Thals and Spiridons the invisible inhabitants of the planet The Daleks fare less Jo peered through the panel and saw nothing Yet someone had entered the cabin She could hear hoarse breathing and stealthy padding footsteps A beaker rose in the air of its. .
Ation returning to the series for the first time in nearly a ecade reworked his earlier scripts to a large extent creating a six part story that feels incredibly erivative Derivative and a little on the La Vilaine Lulu dull side at times That is on screen at least Because Terrance Dicks novelization published three years later is a veryifferent animal Dicks fixes the major pacing issues the TV version had with its series of escapes and captures having flow in prose Elsewhere he s also able to fill in some of the plot holes Nation left
in his TV version and even offers up the odd bit of expanded his TV version and even offers up the odd bit of expanded Perhaps above all else Dicks also can paint in words those things that the BBC Special Effects Department sometimes struggled to realize visually back in 1973 Reading this is like getting a Becoming Daddys Cow: A Twisted Taboo Dubcon Lactation Body Transformation DD/lg Erotica director s cut version of the story what it would have been like if circumstances were a tad bitifferent It s also a tribute to Dicks whose passing was announced a short time before I picked the book up to read that it reads so well It feels like a uintessential Target novelization It may not have the epth of one of the better Malcolm Hulke or Ian Marter books or say Marc Platt s superb expansion of Ghost Light It is all the same an immensely satisfying and pacey tale and one that should satisfy fans new and old This is the first Doctor Who book I ve read as an adult I enjoyed it almost as much as I would an episode of the show I thought it had just th As a kid I enjoyed this story a lot Upon re reading it it feels so repetitive from
OTHER DALEK STORIES TERRY NATION WROTEDalek stories Terry Nation wrote script and you can tell with the following checklistJungle Planet Dalek MasterplanSneaking past
DALEKS INSIDE A DALEK THE DALEKSTEMPORARYinside a Dalek The DaleksTemporary someone by numbing their legs The DaleksThal leader learning to take action The DaleksFreezing an Army Tomb of the CybermenOkay the last one was not written by Terry Nation but it still shows the whole story is a mash up of parts from other Doctor Who stories Terrance Dicks again writes by the numbers which oes not help improve the storyIn summary you get what you get with this a recap of the TV story One classic thing from this story is Spiridon Which comes back later in the 1993 comic Emperor of the Daleks I remember enjoying that one when it first ran in Doc. And finds than Daleks Vicious plants spitting Granvilles New Strategy of Daily Stock Market Timing for Maximum Profit deadly poison invisible Spiridons attacking from all sides and in hiding a vast army waits for the moment to mobilise and conuer. Ell having far too many emotions being shown at times can they really show things such as amazement and astonishment Anger I can understand though as the motley crew successfullyestroys the waiting Dalek armyAn entertaining 3 stars The most frustrating thing about reading the Target novelizations in episode order rather than published order is that you never know what sort of junk you re going to wind up with So when this episode was broadcast it was the second part of an adventure where the Third Doctor tangles with the Master Daleks and Draconians The first part was novelized as the Space War and ended with the Doctor just fine because you know otherwise
It D Be A Cliffhangerd be a cliffhanger in the show That the novel was based off of Even frustrating Space War was published AFTER Planet of the Daleks So you Artificial Evolution (Big Sigma, d think Terrance Dicks would know how the authorecided to end The Space WarInstead Planet of the Daleks opens up just as the show opened up with the Doctor in a coma like state after his injuries Which you On Moral Courage don t know about if you read the previous book So that s jarring Maybe I m just jaded but if you re going to completely revamp the way the show wasone why even bother novelizing it I Nanny by Chance don t usually listen to audiobooks that aren t audio exclusive or radioramas because I have never really enjoyed being read to I prefer reading However this one was better than most It has an easy
To Listen To Narratorlisten to narrator sound effects and of course the voices of the Daleks add a lot to this as far as enjoyability for me I Mastering the Art of Self-Sufficiency in New Zealand did only choose this format because I was unable to get any other at the time and wanted whatever I could but Ion t regret buying it Dicks great condensed novelisation hits all the right spots even through it oes highlight Terry Nation s formula of Dalek stories he clearly loves a eadly plagueBut it s uite
fitting for a tenth season story to harkfor a Tenth season story to hark to the shows roots not only the Thals make a return but the original TARDIS team gets referencedThe Doctor s legacy is something that the modern series explores it fits well hereA nice throwback that improves on the original televised serial No less than modern John, Paul Me-Before the Beatles day Dalek maestro Nicholas Briggs has observed that Terry Nation s 1973 story The Planet of the Daleks was the Daleks greatest hits That Own accord thenropped to the floor The Invisible EnemyAfter pursuing the Daleks through Space Doctor Who lands on the Planet of Spiridon in the midst of a tropical jungle.