The Daleks have developed a Time Destructor, a weapon capable
of ageing people and entire planets to death. They have formed
an alliance with the Outer Galaxies, all of them bent upon
destroying the human race. When the Doctor steals the taranium
core that powers the Time Destructor, he is pursued through
space and time...
BBC's original audio CD release of The Daleks' Master Plan,
complete with the teaser episode Mission to the Unknown,
was a masterpiece. Now it is being reissued in the Beeb's
new MP3-CD format. That's thirteen episodes - or five hours,
twenty minutes - of adventure, all crammed on to one disc.
before, the Daleks are as mean as they ever were, and they
are thankfully not reduced to the doddering dullards they
became in their previous story, The Chase. Like The
Chase, this saga is a run-around affair, taking in many
different times and places, from alien jungles to ancient
Egypt, but this time the Doctor (William Hartnell), Steven
(Peter Purves), Katarina (Adrienne Hill) and new companion
Sara Kingdom (Jean Marsh) travel by various different means,
including spaceship and matter beam, not just by TARDIS.
The tone of the story varies according to the location, from
media spoof in the Christmas episode The Feast of Steven
to tragedy in the final instalment, The Destruction of
Time. Throughout, the linking narration provided by Peter
Purves captures the spirit of the piece perfectly.
aural pleasure is to be had hearing the villainous Mavic Chen
(Kevin Stoney) boasting about how he got his taranium from
Uranus - but maybe that's just me being childish!
things that the original CD release offered that this version
doesn't are MP3 files of all the episodes in their "unadulterated"
form, without the narration. Nevertheless, this disc is still
excellent value for money. A word of warning though: do check
that your equipment will play MP3 files before you purchase.
reissue probably isn't worth buying if you already own the
regular CD version (unless you're a real die-hard collector).
But if you haven't yet experienced this truly epic tale, then
allow this new, even more compact format to be your incentive.
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