In a paved garden outside time, the Doctor is presented with an awful prophecy: the conquest of all time by the Daleks. To prevent this terrible fate, the Time Lords have decided on a radical course — to weaponise time themselves, and destroy the Daleks before they were ever created. And they want the Doctor to carry out this extraordinary task!
Soon, he and his companions Sarah and Harry are on the battle-ravaged planet Skaro, where a war has been raging for centuries. The war is now waged by teenagers using the last surviving weapons. Everything is desperate. But the Kaled’s chief scientist has a new weapon that he thinks might just change everything…
Full cast version of Terry Nation's first draft of episode one of Genesis of the Daleks, with Nicholas Briggs providing the stage directions, plus readings by individual cast members of the storylines for the other episodes.
BBC broadcaster and journalist Samira Ahmed interviews Philip Hinchcliffe.
Recorded on: 21 and 30 June, 2 and 9 August 2021
Recorded at: Remote recording
This is the original version of what became Genesis of the Daleks - the TV classic voted best story of all time by readers of Doctor Who Magazine.
The first episode fully dramatised with sound design and music, and includes Terry Nation’s original stage directions, read by Nicholas Briggs. Terry Nation’s original storyline document is read by members of the cast.
In an 80-minute interview, Philip Hinchcliffe gives full analysis of his time on the show during this season, relating to recently unearthed memos brought to his attention by Samira Ahmed.
Producer Simon Guerrier said: “The Daleks! Genesis of Terror script is largely the same basic story [as seen on TV] but with some key differences that are really striking – which I won't spoil here! This has been thrilling to work on and quite unusual. Normally, we’d adapt the original scripts to make them work on audio. But here the actors worked from the pages Terry Nation typed himself!
Nicholas Briggs adds: "There are extras on the first disc. Interviews with cast, director and producer, plus Philip Hinchcliffe. And there are extended download-only extras, too."
Christopher Naylor, Tom Baker, Sadie Miller (c) Big Finish