Friday, 14 July 2017

Doctor Who: Genesis of the Daleks

This much-loved adventure featuring the debut of Davros, topped the Doctor 
Who Magazine greatest story polls in 1998 and 2004, and came third in 2003 
and 2009. Genesis was voted the best story of the 1970's for DWM's last
major survey (The First 50 Years, 2014), and was placed third overall.
It is the most repeated story of the classic run on British terrestrial TV, shown
again in 1975 (at Christmas), 1982, 1993, 1998, and 2000 (The Sea Devils
has been re-shown four times). 
The Target novelisation, penned by Terrance Dicks and published in 1976, had 
the largest print run - over 100,000 - of any of the original series, and this six-
part gem also inspired a play, The Trial of Davros, staged only twice, in 1993 
and 2005.
So do these facts reinforce the popularity and merits of Terry Nation's scripts?
A tale now over forty years old still has much to offer, and the abridged audio 
version was released for a fifth time last year.
BBC Records first issued the drama in a condensed 60-minute format on Long 
Play and audio tape in 1979, when Tom Baker recorded new linking narration. 
BBC Audio then re-released Genesis (with Slipbackin 1988, and again in 2001 
(now paired with Exploration Earth). 
The new CD variant from Audio Go (styled as a vinyl LP) was re-mastered by 
Doctor Who composer Mark Ayres. In April 2016, Record Store Day was 
marked with a brand new reissue of Genesis from Demon Records, now 
pressed in blue vinyl.
I fondly remember buying my first copy of Genesis on cassette from Boots, 
circa 1981, and listening to it on my new Walkman. Good times!

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