The Evil of the Daleks
 

No. 5 of 235 in the BBC classic series audios series
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Starring: Patrick Troughton, Frazer Hines & Deborah Watling
By:David Whitaker
Rating:   8.8  (32 votes)  Vote here
Review:  Certainly not an overrated story....  Read more (2 in total)
Editions:  UK (cassette) | US (cassette) | CD

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Edition: UK (cassette)
When:  July 1992
ISBN:0-563-36683-4
Format: 2 x cassette
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Note:  Linking narration by Tom Baker.

Cover blurb:
Due to space restrictions at the BBC Film and Videotape Library, many early episodes of Doctor Who were junked in the 1960's and 1970's, in order to make room for new recordings. At the time it was felt the programme had been exhaustively exploited in the commercial arena: yet some odd episodes were retained alongside several complete stories of the Hartnell and Troughton eras.

'The Evil of the Daleks' is represented in the BBC Archives by one solitary episode — episode two. However, BBC Audio Collection has tracked down sound recordings of the entire seven-part story, and with a specially recorded commentary by Tom Baker you can relive one of Patrick Troughton's classic adventures, featuring Terry Nation's famous creations — the Daleks.

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Edition: US (cassette)
When:  April 1993
ISBN:0-553-47164-3
Format: 2 x cassette
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Note:  Note that the cover text mentions the wrong Baker — the narration is actually done by Tom, not Colin!

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Long lost to dedicated fans of Dr. Who, this thrilling early episode "The Evil of the Daleks" is presented in a stunning dramatization with all the excitement of a theater performance and all the charm of a vintage radio show. Originally conceived for BBC broadcast and produced by the world's foremost creators of radio entertainment this lavish production combines a full cast with stirring music and sound effects to bring this classic to life.

Due to space restrictions many early episodes of Dr. Who were lost to the BBC Film and Vidotape Library. After an exhaustive search, BBC Audio Collection was able to obtain rare copies of the original soundtracks. Now, thanks to modern sound technology and a commentary by Doctor Number 6, Colin Baker, the Evil of the Daleks is once more available in a stunning audio performance certain to delight fans and new listeners alike.

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Edition: CD
When:  August 2004
ISBN:0-563-52597-5
Format: 3 x CD
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Note:  This version removes the Tom Baker voiceover and adds new narration by Frazer Hines. Subsequently remastered and re-released as part of The Lost TV Episodes: Collection Four box set.

Cover blurb:
Patrick Troughton witnesses 'the final end' of the Daleks in this exclusive recording of a classic lost BBC television adventure with linking narration by Frazer Hines.

'There is only one form of like that matters. Dalek life!'

The TARDIS has been stolen from Gatwick Airport, and the Doctor and Jamie are hot on its trail. A series of cryptic clues lead them to an antiques shop owned by Edward Waterfield, and there it becomes clear that an elaborate trap has been laid for them — but by whom, and for what purpose? Only a journey back in time to the 1860s will reveal the answer...

The Daleks are in search of the Human Factor, something which they believe will help their quest for universal domination. In order to achieve their aim they need the Doctor's help — and the use of his TARDIS. Worried that his old friend may be turning traitor, Jamie discovers that he too is part of the plan — in the course of which he encounters Victoria Waterfield, a young woman who is to play a large part in his and the Doctor's life.

The Daleks' plan has far-reaching consequences, leading to conflict and destruction of astonishing proportions. And when the TARDIS arrives on the battlefield planet of Skaro, the scene is set for an encounter between the Doctor and the malevolent Emperor Dalek...

Frazer Hines, who plays Jamie in the story, narrates this classic story from 1967, of which all but one episode is now missing from the television archives.

This recording was previously included in the Doctor Who: Daleks tin.



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