Tuesday, 10 July 2018

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 has
been given a new lease of life. Genesis was recently shown at BFI South-
bank and selected American cinemas to mark the release of Tom Baker's 
first season on Blu-ray.
BBC Records first issued the drama in a condensed sixty-minute format on 
Long Play and audio tape in 1979, when 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 in 2011) 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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