Doctor Who News The Daleks' Master Plan

Published on July 20th, 2013 | by Christian Cawley

Daleks’ Master Plan 8: Volcano

Welcome back to The Daleks’ Master Plan, our awesome adaptation from the hand of Rick Lundeen of the mostly-lost 1965 serial in which the Daleks, in league with power-mad quisling Mavic Chen, play a long game in order to take control of Earth’s solar system and with it the galaxy!

This week, it’s episode 8 – Volcano – in which the Doctor, Steven and Sara encounter the Meddling Monk!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.

4 Responses to Daleks’ Master Plan 8: Volcano

  1. avatar Michael says:

    What happened to the episode “The Feast of Steven”?

    • Ah, the question Rick has been waiting for…

  2. avatar rickjlundeen says:

    Yep. Excellent question! During the long course of this production, there were many a time when I edited a few bits here and there, mostly just some small scenes that were just padding to fill out the 23 minute episode. But whenever those scenes contained something interesting or enlightening about the characters, I still kept it in. But in the end, I took some things out. One of those things happened to be a big one— “The Feast of Steven”.

    Keep in mind that The Feast of Steven was a special Christmas day episode that was more of a comedic romp and had no real connection to the Dalek’s Master Plan. It was the Doctor, Steven and Sara hopping around to London on Christmas day and also ending up a few other places including 1920′s Hollywood where the cast engaged in slapstick with the Keystone cops, etc. A fun, Christmas episode that had nothing to do with the larger story and so I didn’t include it. Had any part of the episode contributed to the main adventure, I would have included that bit, but it didn’t, so I left it out. I was fully prepared to include it originally because I thought it had at least *some* input, some importance in regard to the main story but I was a bit surprised to find that I could take it out and not even affect the DMP.

    Maybe this omission means I’ve got the arrogance of Mavic Chen but that was my thought process. :)

  3. avatar Chris Pederson says:

    I agree Rick, it does sound like a major diversion that should be left out. That would be like a bonus or something for Christmas down the road, but might detract from the serial as a whole.

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