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Classic Audio Book: Day of the Daleks

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Category: Classic Audio Books

An unabridged reading of this classic novelisation of a 1972 TV story featuring the Third Doctor, as played on TV by Jon Pertwee. Mysterious humans from 22nd Century Earth 'time-jump' back into the 20th Century, so as to assassinate a high-ranking diplomat on whom the peace of the world depends. The Doctor, Jo Grant and the Brigadier are soon called in to investigate. Jo is accidentally transported to the future; the Doctor follows, eventually to be captured by his oldest and deadliest enemies: the Daleks! Having submitted the Doctor to the fearful Mind Analysis Machine, the Daleks plan a 'time-jump' attack on Earth in the 20th Century!

 

Duration: 4 hours 30 mins approx. Read by Richard Franklin

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The Black Archive 8: Black Orchid

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Category: Black Archive, The

‘Why didn’t I leave after the cricket?’

 

Murder in a country house. Steam trains and vintage cars. Gentlemen playing cricket. Hidden passageways. What could be more familiar or safe to the 10 million viewers who watched this on its initial broadcast in 1982?

 

But this is Doctor Who, so nothing should be taken at face value.

 

With a tragic figure imprisoned in a secret part of the house, Black Orchid (1982) is clearly mining literary traditions. The portrayal of mental and physical injury invites the viewer to examine their own prejudices. Similarly ambiguous is the representation of the native South American outsider who guards the former great white explorer.

 

This Black Archive title explores the use of doubles and the role of identity, the series’ attitude to colonialism and what we think of when we talk of monsters. How does the story’s status as the first pure historical for 15 years, and the first two-part story for seven years, affect the way in which these issues can be presented?

 

Oh, and there may be the odd mention of cricket as well.

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