Century 21 Records MA 106
The Daleks - 21 Minutes of Adventure
Narrated by David Graham
Produced by Des Saunders
Dr. Who Theme by Eric Winston [sic] Orchestra
In their flight from the Pursuer-Daleks, Dr. Who and his friends land on yet another strange planet. Trapped in a city built on massive stilts which tower above a dangerous jungle, they fight their way to safety.
Side One Detailed Breakdown - 10'04"
The tale I have to tell is like a dream. A fantastic nightmare. As
you sit in your comfortable, familiar surroundings, listening to my
story, you may feel it could never have happened. But to Dr Who and his
friends, it was very real. For two years they had been ranging in time
and space in their craft, the TARDIS. Relentlessly, they were being
chased by the Daleks, a humanoid race from the planet Skaro, evil
creatures intent on pursuit and destruction. In their own space craft,
they had chased Dr Who, Ian Chesterton, and the girls Vicki and Barbara
onto yet another new and strange planet. All around them was a seemingly
endless jungle, where strange carnivorous plants reached out greedily at
them. In desperation they fled into a cave, hoping to find some kind of
refuge; but the dark interior soon crushed their optimism. Solid black
rock faced them in every direction. In their panic, they had rushed into
a trap. Then, to their astonishment, the far wall of the cave slid open,
revealing a room where a robot stood and addressed them.
Dr Who and his party could do nothing but obey. The Daleks were too
close behind for argument. Although the robot would say no more, it was
enough that they had been saved for the moment.
Whilst they continued their journey in the lift, the Daleks reached
the cave and were thronging around it in anger and frustration. Playing
their syzmic detectors around the cave walls, they found traces of the
Earth people who had eluded them.
The soundtrack then cuts back in, having jumped 0’04”.
Meanwhile the strange robot was conducting Dr Who and his party
higher and higher. The elevator seemed to climb for an eternity. Finally
it slowed to a halt, and the Earth people wondered what scene would meet
their eyes when the elevator doors were opened.
The soundtrack, which cuts back to the lift scene as in the TV version,
actually cuts in early and includes the final few syzmic detector bleeps
from the end of the Dalek scene.
It was indeed a sight to take their breath away. The elevator had
taken them to a vast city that towered on massive stilts above the
jungle. Through the elevator, Dr Who and the others were transported by
conveyer belt through this strange, unearthly place. Although their eyes
searched high and low, they could not see a trace of human existence.
Instead they saw a completely mechanised civilisation, controlled only
by robots like the one escorting them. At last they came to a halt at
the door of a huge building in the centre of the city. As the door slid
open, the robot again addressed them, and indicated the room beyond.
Before jumping 0’45” to the Mechanoid’s line, the looped sound of a
Mechanoid whir is played, which once clanks to a stop and quickly cuts
back to another elongated whir.
As if in answer to their words, into the room stepped the first human
being they had seen for ages. A well-built young man wearing a
spacesuit, he paused, regarding them in equal amazement. It was a moment
or two before any of them could find their tongues.
Steven Taylor was right. They were indeed in the power of the Mecons,
and from time to time shuttered windows would slide back, to reveal
their captors staring in at them, as if they were some kind of specimens
in a zoo. Meanwhile the Daleks were working frantically to break through
the rock wall which had closed between them and the elevator. Into the
cave they brought their powerful electrode unit that was to activate the
elevator machinery and bring the conveyer down again to their own level.
And so with the Daleks making their way up the elevator shaft towards
the city, the Earth people sought a method of escape from their prison.
Steven drew their attention to a kind of ladder that led up to the
ceiling of the room.
(0’01” of silence is cut once Steven leaves the Doctor and Ian alone on the roof-top)
The Doctor: ‘Chesterton, be careful!’
Ian: ‘Yes, I can see why the Mechanoids don’t mind us coming up here’.
Ian: ‘Doctor, what do you make of this?’
The Doctor: ‘Oh, it’s some kind of arial I suppose’.
Ian: ‘Doctor, I’ve got it!’ (etc.)
Ian: ‘C’mon, let’s get the others’
Side Two Detailed Breakdown - 09'46"
Ian’s idea was to use the enormous length of cable on the roof of the
building as a means of lowering themselves to safety. It would be a
perilous operation. There was a sickening drop from the roof of the city
to the jungle, far below, but it was too good a chance to miss, and the
men hurried down the ladder to tell Vicki and Barbara.
The soundtrack then jumps 0’09” to Barbara’s ‘Well?’
There was now no time to argue. Through the window of the prison they looked across the top of the elevator shaft and saw the Daleks. They had reached the level of the city, and were attacking the Mechons who stood in their path.
Before escaping up the ladder with the rest of the party, Dr Who left
by the door of the room one of his cunning anti-Dalek devices. This was
a machine programmed to explode whenever any of the creatures came in.
In fact the Earth people had escaped just in time, for a moment later
one of the Daleks broke in and set off the Doctor’s device.
We then hear a stock explosion, considerably more dramatic than that used for the TV version, and the Daleks’ death cries.
But the threat of destruction by the Daleks was only delayed. One or
two of them had been exterminated, but the party knew that others would
soon follow. Quickly they unwound the cable on the roof. When Ian
wrenched the end of the cable from the junction box, there was a flash
and an explosion.
The soundtrack cuts in, having jumped 0’13”, and two stock explosions
are heard - there are none in the episode-as-broadcast.
So as the Doctor and his friends made their descent to the jungle
below, the fire in the city gained in strength. Started by the explosion
from the Doctor’s anti-Dalek device, it had been fed by the flames from
the large junction box on the roof. The city was a blazing inferno, and
through it all raged the great battle between the Daleks and the
Mechanoids. Both sides had advanced electronic weapons. The Mechanoids
were programmed to destroy at once anything that showed violence towards
themselves. But the Daleks had the advantage of great cunning and their
deadly radiation guns. The two sides hurled themselves into the battle
for possession of the flaming city. It looked as if each side must
surely destroy the other. Still more Daleks swarmed upon the scene, bent
on the total annihilation of their enemies. (pause) When Vicki came to,
she found herself at the base of the stilts of the city. With the noise
of the battle still raging far above her, Barbara was bending over her
It was a terrifying spectacle. The Mechanoid city was collapsing on
top of it’s foundations right above the party. So they raced into the
jungle again, desperately fleeing the chaos that was falling all around
them as they hurried by. On and on they pressed, until at last they came
to the TARDIS, and alongside it the spacecraft the Daleks had left when
persuing them. A new terrifying thought struck them: would there be any
Dalek creatures left behind to guard the craft? Had they escaped from
the dangers of the Mechanoid city only to find new ones just as freedom
was within their grasp? But when they looked inside the Dalek craft,
they found to their great relief - nothing.
The soundtrack jumps 0’52” to the TARDIS crew laughing in relief.
The Doctor: ‘My dear, I’d be delighted!’
Barbara: ‘Ian? Do you realise... we could get home?’
Ian: ‘Home... yes... d’you want to?’
Barbara: ‘Yes. I never realised it before.
Ian: ‘We may never get another chance...’
Barbara: ‘Do you think we could work it?’
Ian: ‘Would the Doctor take us?’
Barbara: ‘Let’s ask him!’
Steven: ‘Doctor?’ (in the EP the listener assumption is that this is Ian’s voice).
The Doctor: ‘I’ve never heard such nonsense in my life! You’ll end up as a couple of burnt cinders, flying around in..’
(0’01” cut, removing Hartnell’s fluff, ‘..in Spain, dda..’)
The Doctor: ‘.. in space!’
And so after Dr Who had instructed them in the workings of the Dalek
spacecraft, and stressed the importance of destroying it when they
landed, Ian and Barbara left the planet and their friends, and set a
course that took them back through space and time to the sights and
sounds they had so sadly missed.
There is then a jump of 1’04” to Ian exclaiming ‘Barbara! We made it!’,
and then a further edit of 0’32” to Barbara and Ian bidding farewell to
the Doctor. Over this scene the sound of Big Ben’s chimes have been added.
Vicki: ‘Doctor - they made it!’
The Doctor: ‘I shall miss them.’
The Doctor: ‘Come along my dear, it’s time we were off..’
The TARDIS takes off.
Yes Doctor, goodbye and good luck to you wherever you are travelling in space and time. For the moment you have escaped from the Daleks, but remember there are countless more on the planet Skaro you may yet have to reckon with.