Help – the Daleks have taken over at AudioGO! At their demand we have made no fewer than SIX Dalek titles available as downloads for the first time ever this month, and we’ve also released a brand new narrated TV soundtrack of the 1979 adventure Destiny of the Daleks. It’s not easy working with a Dalek sucker in the small of your back, but I’ll try to soldier on…
If you’ve seen the home page of our website, or if you catch the latest editions of Doctor Who Magazine or SFX, you’ll see the banners and ads declaring that the Daleks have landed at AudioGO. It’s not an overstatement. For a long time now, several of our Doctor Who titles featuring the Daleks have been available only on CD. That has been rectified from this month onwards, so it’s now possible to buy digital copies of Doctor Who and the Daleks, Doctor Who and the Dalek Invasion of Earth, Doctor Who: Daleks – The Chase, Doctor Who: Daleks – Mission to the Unknown and Doctor Who: Daleks – The Mutation of Time. These are all unabridged readings of classic novelisations, first published as Target paperbacks, read by the likes of William Russell, Maureen O’Brien, Peter Purves and Jean Marsh. In addition you can find Doctor Who: Prisoner of the Daleks, an original novel featuring the 10th Doctor, written by Trevor Baxendale and read by Nicholas Briggs.
Then there’s the aforementioned Destiny of the Daleks. Following on from the recent TV soundtrack releases of Horror of Fang Rock and The Pirate Planet, this adventure hails from September 1979, when it spearheaded the arrival of Doctor Who’s 17th season on BBC TV. It was the first time the Daleks had appeared in the series since 1975’s seminal Genesis of the Daleks (also available as a narrated soundtrack), and it saw them returning to their home planet Skaro in search of something precious they’d left behind. Tom Baker stars as the Doctor, with Lalla Ward making her debut as Romana. The soundtrack is narrated by Lalla herself, and the release features a wonderful bonus 20 minute interview with her. In it she talks about her association with Doctor Who, and what it meant to her both then and now. The CD version of the story also has PDF files of the original TV camera scripts, in all their crystal clear, colour glory. It’s fascinating to look at these and see the handwritten changes added at a late stage of production. They got through a lot of correcting fluid in those days!
Of course, November isn’t all about Daleks (though we won’t tell them that). Our 11th Doctor Audio Original this month is Sleepers in the Dust by Darren Jones. Excitingly, it’s our first sequel (of sorts) within this range. Last year Darren wrote The Eye of the Jungle for the range, telling of the Doctor’s encounter with the Nadurni race of rat-like individuals. Now the TARDIS lands on Nadurniss, their home planet, only to discover it lifeless and barren. What has happened to the once-proud Nadurni Empire? When a mysterious illness gets hold of Amy, it’s down to the Doctor and Rory to save her life. The secret to doing so may lie under their very feet… The story is told by Rory himself, Arthur Darvill, and is the penultimate 11th Doctor Audio Original for a while! Enjoy them while they last.
Looking ahead, we’ve had some very exciting visitors to our Bath studios recently, as followers of our Facebook page will have seen. Some much-loved guest stars of the classic series have been in to read stories for next year’s Classic Novels range, including Christopher Benjamin (Doctor Who and the Talons of Weng-Chiang) and Shane Rimmer (Doctor Who: The Gunfighters). Who’ll be next? Time will reveal all…
Until then, happy listening.
Commissioning Editor, Doctor Who