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Published on March 21st, 2011 | by James Whittington

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Genesis Of The Daleks Vintage Beeb Edition

Doctor Who - Genesis of the DaleksVintage Beeb is a new label that’s releasing classic albums onto CD. Titles include Dad’s Army and Monty Python all with original sleeve designs plus the CDs themselves look like mini vinyl LPs. Genesis Of The Daleks was originally released in 1979 and condenses the original 6 part story into around an hour. The blurb on the back informs us of the exciting adventure that awaits us…

Doctor Who and his travelling companions Sarah and Harry, has landed on a desolate planet called Skaro. As he surveys the barren landscape, a Time Lord appears and tells him he has been brought there to try and advert the creation of the Daleks, and thus prevent them from being the dominant creature in the universe…

With linking narration from Tom Baker, here in a suitably solemn mood, this is still one of the finest Doctor Who adventures of his reign. None of the impact is lost here, the Doctor is serious and dramatic, Davros remains a dark and sinister creation and the Daleks themselves sound even more chilling in audio only mode. Nyder, played perfectly by Peter Miles scoops the prize for most thrilling vocal. Nyder was almost as evil as Davros and is probably Terry Nations most perfect humanoid creation.

The linking material by Derek Goom captures the eerie essence of this adventure. One mustn’t forget the tone of this adventure is incredibly dark and the way it deals with the oppression is skilfully written.

The selling point here is the way this has been packed. This is a great release, just seeing the old BBC Records and Tapes logo sends a chill up my spine and the reproduction of the original record label adds that authentic touch. The remastering is good without spoiling the experience, you can still hear the roughness of the studio recording.

Whether you’re a completist or casual fan, this is a great way of enjoying the adventure in a compact way (pun intended!).

Genesis of the Daleks Vintage Beeb Edition has an RRP of £6.10 but you can buy a copy for just £3.05 on Amazon.

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James has been a Doctor Who fan for as long as he can recall. A child of the 70s and 80s, he weathered all the storms and controversies the show encountered, though he didn’t buy the “Doctor In Distress” single.




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