• Doctor Who: Dalek

  • 9th Doctor Novelisation
  • By: Robert Shearman
  • Narrated by: Nicholas Briggs
  • Length: 4 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Nicholas Briggs reads this brand new novelisation of a thrilling screen adventure for the Ninth Doctor and Rose.

The entire Dalek race, wiped out in one second. I watched it happen. I made it happen!

The Doctor and Rose arrive in an underground vault in Utah in the near future. The vault is filled with alien artefacts. Its billionaire owner, Henry van Statten, even has possession of a living alien creature, a mechanical monster in chains that he has named a Metaltron.

Seeking to help the Metaltron, the Doctor is appalled to find it is in fact a Dalek - one that has survived the horrors of the Time War, just as he has. And as the Dalek breaks loose, the Doctor is brought back to the brutality and desperation of his darkest hours spent fighting the creatures of Skaro...this time with the Earth as their battlefield.

Nicholas Briggs, who voices the Daleks in the BBC TV series, reads Robert Shearman's novelisation of his own 2005 TV script.

Reading produced by Neil Gardner.

Sound design by Simon Power.

Executive producer: Michael Stevens.

©2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2021 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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A New Take on a Masterful Episode

The Novelization of the Series 1 stories Dalek is one of those books that really shouldn't work. Writer Rob Shearman breaks a lot of Novel writing rules with his constant digressions from the main story as we're given multiple flashback scenes.

However, these vignettes actually are intriguing and keep the story going. His story of what a Dalek's infant's life is like is brutal, but never ceases to be engaging. The core story is the same as on TV but there are also a few changes as Van Staten becomes more key to the storyline.

Nicholas Briggs does yeoman's work with the reading, capturing all the raw emotion and numerous voices and all the emotional turmoil.

The one thing to wonder is how this book would land with those who hadn't seen the TV episode. The original Target novels served to introduce younger readers who hadn't seen the TV show to Doctor Who. It's hard to imagine this doing the same job.

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absolutely amazing!

I thought Briggs did an okay Eccleston impression. He spoke a bit too slow at times but it never took me out of the story. Robert Shearman re-defined what it means to be a Dalek once again. overall a beautiful, insane, story, and I am all for it!!!

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  • @docmathoc
  • 05-01-21

Much more than the TV can expose.

Verisimilitude as Shearman weaves it. To quote Pratchett “we don’t do nice, we do right” [witches].

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  • Mr. T. Barker
  • 04-04-21

A good Dalek story

Nicholas Briggs is a excellent choice. He is voice of the Daleks and sounds a bit like the 9th Doctor. I think is one of the best new stories.

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  • Sarah Fraser
  • 07-01-22

Fantastic

The story gives an interesting insight into each character’s life. It offers a perspective that you haven’t considered before, and deepens the story brilliantly.