The Daleks’ Master Plan, epic lost Doctor Who serial, comes to vinyl

Doctor Who’s longest single televised adventure is sadly lost to us — only three of 12 episodes survive from the 1965-66 epic “The Daleks’ Master Plan” remain, a victim of an earlier age’s egregious lack of foresight about modern media consumption — but the entire soundtrack survives thanks to fan recordings.

The story has been sold as an audio release before — a no-brainer considering there are completist fans hungry to experience any Who specimen — but now it’s being released again on vinyl on Feb. 15, 2019, to give collectors something new to collect.

The Daleks threaten to destroy the fabric of time itself. In their quest to control the Solar System, they have taken possession of the devastating Time Destructor. Determined to stop them, the First Doctor (William Hartnell) steals the core of the weapon. He and his friends are thus pursued across time and space by their ruthless, powerful nemeses…

Peter Purves, who played companion Steven Taylor, provides linking narration, along with cast members William Hartnell as the First Doctor (“the original, you might say”), Kevin Stoney as the malevolent Mavic Chen, Jean Marsh as Space Security Service agent Sarah Kingdom and Peter Butterworth as the Meddling Monk.

Nicholas Courtney, who would go on to appear many times as Brigadier General Sir Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, makes his first Doctor Who appearance as SSS agent Bret Vyon.

The Daleks' Master Plan

With the recent trend towards animating missing episodes, and the casting of new actors in the roles of the First Doctor and his original companions for a 50th anniversary TV docudrama and now Big Finish audio dramas, it makes one wonder why they don’t just re-stage some of these missing stories for a new audience with modern production values and David Bradley’s near-perfect performance as the original incarnation of the traveling Time Lord …

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