Genesis of the Daleks (audio soundtrack)
 

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Starring: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter & Michael Wisher
By:Terry Nation
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Editions:  1st LP | cassette | CD | 2nd LP
Note:Not to be confused with the novelisation reading released in 2017, this is basically a truncated 60-minute audio soundtrack of the TV episode, with linking narration from Tom Baker. Has also been re-released separately on cassette (paired with Slipback) and on CD (paired with Exploration Earth) — though the latter CD release was slightly edited for timing reasons, in order to fit on a single CD.

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Edition: 1st LP
When:  October 1979
ISBN:None
Format: 1 x LP
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Cover blurb:
Daleks...! Wherever I have travelled in time and space I have met no deadlier adversary. Their single-minded destructive instinct has terrorised more peoples on more planets than I have time to mention. As the Tardis was impelled back towards the 20th century, I did not know that I was about to embark on my most dangerous mission... to find the Daleks and avert their creation for ever!
DOCTOR WHO

THE STORY
Doctor Who, with 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 that he has been brought there to try and avert the creation of the Daleks, and thus prevent them from becoming the dominant creature in the Universe. He gives the Doctor a time ring to return him to the Tardis when the mission is accomplished.

On the planet a long-drawn out war is taking place between the Thals and the Kaleds, who each live in cities shielded from enemy attack by protective domes. The Doctor and Harry are captured by the latter, whose great scientist, Davros, aware that chemical warfare will cause his race to mutate into a quite different form, is creating a new species — the Dalek — through which he hopes to gain total power.

Sarah, in turn, is captured first by some of the genetic aberrations, the Mutos, who live in the wasteland outside the rival cities, and then by Thal soldiers who take her to their city where a rocket is being built ready for a final attack on the Kaleds.

Aware that the Doctor and the Kaled government are plotting to stop the Daleks, Davros gives the Thals the chemical formula needed to penetrate the Kaled dome. He tortures Doctor Who to find out the reasons for the Daleks' failure in the future, but the Doctor escapes and manages to stop the Dalek incubation process though, he thinks, perhaps only temporarily.

The Thal attack is successful and, with the Kaleds wiped out, Davros is left alone in a sealed bunker surrounded by Daleks who now refuse to obey his commands...!

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Edition: cassette
When:  October 1979
ISBN:None
Format: 1 x cassette
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Note:  Catalogue number: ZCR 364

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No blurb on back cover. The text inside the cassette inlay is the same as "THE STORY" section of the LP blurb above. (Haven't these people ever heard of spoilers...?)

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Edition: CD
When:  February 2011
ISBN:978-1-4084-6817-3
Format: 1 x CD
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Note:  Part of the BBC's "Vintage Beeb" range, which is re-releasing old BBC LPs on CD with the original vintage artwork and a "vinyl-looking" CD. This was the first such release devoted to Doctor Who, followed by Doctor Who Sound Effects in 2012 and Sci-Fi Sound Effects in 2013.

Cover blurb:
Starring Tom Baker as the Doctor and Elisabeth Sladen as Sarah Jane, this digitally-remastered edition of the classic Doctor Who TV episodes features a special vinyl-look CD and original LP sleeve notes

'Doctor Who, with 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 avert the creation of the Daleks, and thus prevent them from being the dominant creature in the Universe...'

With linking narration by Tom Baker, this condensed version of the original TV episodes includes one of the most memorable and dramatic moments in the history of Doctor Who: the Doctor's moral dilemma about whether he has the right to destroy the Daleks forever.

Vintage Beeb: classic albums first available as BBC LPs, now reissued on CD.

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Edition: 2nd LP
When:  April 2016
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Format: 1 x LP
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Note:  Re-release on blue 180 gram vinyl, limited to 750 copies. One of two Doctor Who vinyl re-releases for Record Store Day 2016 — the other was the Dr. Who & the Daleks soundtrack.

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