Terry na­tion’s Dalek au­Dio an­nual

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re­leased 6 de­cem­ber 112 min­utes | cd/down­load

Pub­lisher bbc Phys­i­cal au­dio

Dalek cre­ator Terry Na­tion re­peat­edly tried to launch a TV spin-off for his geno­ci­dal pep­per pots at the height of their pop­u­lar­ity in the mid-’60s. His ideas for Dalek stories out­side of Doc­tor Who never reached the small screen, but Skaro’s finest lead epic and bizarre ad­ven­tures in their own se­ries of an­nu­als. The prose stories from the 1976 and 1977 ones have now been brought to life in these read­ings by Who alumni, in­clud­ing Louise Jameson (Leela), Matthew Water­house (Adric), and voice of the Daleks Ni­cholas Briggs.

This unabridged au­dio an­nual stays true to its source ma­te­rial, as it trans­ports lis­ten­ers to a retro-in­spired fu­ture where space­ships re­ceive dire warn­ings via the use of mag­netic tape. The bulk of the tracks fol­low the mis­sions of the Anti-Dalek Force; in-be­tween these tales are short ex­plo­rations of Skaro, the Dalek time­line and in­for­ma­tion on the char­ac­ters.

There’s a love­able ab­sur­dity to the col­lec­tion, as it de­tails the Daleks’ shrink­ing rays and their in­flu­ence on Earth his­tory. And the sound de­sign is sure to please hard­core Dalek fans, lift­ing fa­mil­iar laser ef­fects and alarm bells to help tell the stories and keep the hu­mour grounded. Fin­gers crossed that the 1978 and 1979 an­nu­als get a sim­i­lar treat­ment. Dom Carter

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