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Book Review — Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

Title: genesis-bookDoctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

Series: Doctor Who Library Series

Author: Terrance Dicks

Published: 1976

Links: Amazon * Barnes and Noble

Dates Read: July 7 to 8, 2016

My Rating: 4 stars

Source: owned book


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  • Terrance Dicks, Doctor Who and the Genesis of the Daleks

Goodreads Summary:

The Time Lords have a mission for the Doctor. Together with Sarah and Harry, he finds himself stranded on the war-torn planet Skaro where the conflict between the Thals and the Kaleds has been raging for a thousand years. Chemical and biological weapons have started a cycle of mutation among the planet’s inhabitants that cannot be stopped. But Kaled scientist Davros has perfected a life support system and travel machine for the creature he knows his race will ultimately evolve into – the Dalek.

The Doctor must stop the creation of the Daleks, or perhaps affect their development so they evolve into less aggressive creatures. But with Davros’s plans to destroy the Thals and to wipe out any dissenters among his own ranks in progress, is the Doctor already too late?

This novel is based on a Doctor Who story which was originally broadcast from 8 March–12 April 1975.

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My Review:

Classic Doctor Who! And for a new Whovian (started watching with the 9th doctor) I’m always excited to find a book that has the classic doctors.

This novel is based on the show that broadcasted from March 8th to April 12th 1975. The Doctor would be the fourth doctor who was played by Tom Baker. His companions are Sarah Jane Smith and Harry Sullivan.

This is a quick read – just under 200 pages at 176. However I did not want to just sit down and read it. I wanted to enjoy enjoy it. So I made it last.

I found this little beauty at Barnes and Noble hidden behind some of the newer Who books and I jumped like a little girl.

This story tells the retelling of the TV show with vivid details that allow the reader to visual the book. Along with it being around the 4th doctor, Sarah, and Harry readers are able to picture the actors for each of those roles.

This provides readers with a little more history on those Daleks. Not only a backstory but readers get to see the start of the Daleks and see what lead to who the Daleks are.

Overall this is a great Doctor who novel for all Doctor Who fans.


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