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The BBC Records range consisted primarily of classic comedy programmes such as Fawlty Towers, with two unedited 30 minute episodes on a Best Of release. Doctor Who, however, called for either a double-vinyl set (to release a four-parter) or a special edit, which is what happened to Genesis Of The Daleks when the BBC chose to release an album to coincide with the broadcast of its effective sequel, Destiny Of The Daleks, on BBC1.
The idea for an audio-only version of Genesis had already been explored by BBC Radio 4, when the release of The Pescatons and broadcast of The Time Machine led to the preparation of a 90 minute adaptation by Andrew Sewell and David Dulpoint. It was never recorded, and it is probable that the LP edit of the 150 minute TV soundtrack arose as a direct consequence from the radio's loss. Tom Baker recorded in-character narration to bridge selected scenes from the soundtrack, and the two 30 minute episodes were released in 1979 on LP and cassette. Its reissue on cassette with the radio play Slipback provoked an appreciation revival in the late 1980s, and after a decade of video releases and further national and cable broadcasts of the full-length Genesis, the BBC Radio Collection has chosen to release the LP version as part of their Doctor Who range for 2001, where it will share CD packaging with the aforementioned Time Machine.
Genesis of the Daleks
Genesis Of The Daleks
Narrated by Tom Baker
Narrative and Record Realisation by Derek Goom
Sleeve Design by Mario Moscardini
Daleks...! Wherever I have travelled in time and space I have met no deadlier adversary. Their
single-minded destructive instinct has terrorised more people on more planets than I have time to
mention. As the Tardis was impelled back towards the 20th Century, I did not know that I was about
to embark on my most dangerous mission... to find the Daleks and avert their creation for ever!
Despite cutting over 85 minutes from the televised version of Genesis, the LP manages to summarise
the story without compromising on plot. The represented scenes have not simply been transferred
from the film soundtrack - in many cases, short edits will occur between every line - and those scenes
that are missing (among them the Part One cliff-hanger and many of Davros' conversations with
Nyder) are adequately summarised by the dialogue. Only on Side Two does the editing become
obvious, where nothing is heard of the Thal's preparations to detonate their explosives. The earlier
cuts are of excess padding only, including the journey through the cave of Davros' discarded
experiments and the Kaled interrogation of the Doctor and Harry. The story-arc between The Ark In
Space and Revenge Of The Cybermen is also quietly removed, with Tom Baker's narration suggesting
that the Doctor arrived on Skaro in the TARDIS (rather than via the Nerva Beacon
Genesis Of The Daleks / Exploration Earth
Linking script and original LP realisation by Derek Goom
Soundtracks researched, compiled and digitally remastered for Compact Disc by Mark Ayres
Tom Baker narrated an abridged version of this 1975 television adventure in which the Doctor, Sarah and Harry are sent to Skaro, home world of the Thals and the Kaleds. As a thousand year war of attrition reaches its climax, the crippled scientist Davros has created protective casings for the genetic mutations which his race will become. Only the Doctor knows what fear and misery these 'Daleks' will inflict upon the Universe - but with time running out, can he prevent the birth of such evil?
The 2001 CD issue of the LP featured new and extended
material, courtesy of editor and sound restorer Mark Ayres. Having found the
master tapes missing from the BBC archives, Ayres was loaned fresh copies of
the TV soundtracks to re-edit into their LP order, and sourced Tom Baker's
narration from his own copy of the original LP.
The CD version does not include many of the smaller edits between lines, and
noticeably cross-fades rather than cuts between scenes. Where the LP edit
fades out during a line of dialogue in order to avoid lines or effects that
directly follow it, the CD version simply waits until an appropriate moment
to cut away, thereby introducing sporadic new material. Tom Baker's dialogue
has also been augmented with music, sound effects or soundtrack continuing
beneath each of his narrative interludes (where previously the background
had been silent), including some irritating music behind the opening passage
that rather spoils the atmospheric wind already present. Ayres also
introduces additional dialogue from several key scenes, including the
Doctor's aside to Gharman ("You've got troubles") and previously edited
dialogue from the infamous "Do I have the right" sequence.
Genesis of the Daleks is presented on CD as one 60 minute episode, with no
half-time cliffhanger (which presumeably Ayres felt had been a necessity of
the LP and cassette format).
LP Side One Detailed Breakdown - 29'32"
- The opening title theme is taken from a master tape of the 1970s
opening theme, fading into the following narration during the
I stepped from the TARDIS onto a bleak planet. All around the ground
was ravaged - no vegetation, banks of chilling fog swirling through the
air... why had I been brought here?
This is backed by atmospheric wind, not present in the TV version,
which fades seamlessly into scene 1-2 (the Doctor and the Time Lord),
missing out the opening warfare sequence. The Doctor claims he has arrived
by TARDIS, avoiding the Ark in Space - Revenge of the Cybermen story-arc
(in which he transmats to Skaro via the Nerva Beacon). This leaves the
Doctor's line "Don't you know how dangerous it is to intercept a Transmat
beam?" making little sense.
- 0'05" cut between the Time Lord disappearing and Sarah and Harry
reaching the Doctor.
- 0'20" cut as the trio move cautiously towards the bodies.
- There is a jump of 3'19" to 1-5 (the trench scene), missing out the
minefield sequence. Bridged by:
We made our way very carefully through barbed wire fences and around
primitive land-mines, until we came to the entrance of a trench. It was
of the type common to twentieth century warfare. Lying there, we saw the
lifeless bodies of many soldiers.
- As the Thal soldiers attack:
As we snatched gas-masks from the dead bodies, soldiers leapt into
the trench and attacked us. We were completely out-numbered.
- 0'02" of silence cut before the Kaleds discover the Doctor and Harry.
- 0'10" of silence cut as the soldiers examine their new prisoners.
- 0'03" of silence cut before "Grab your ammunition".
- There is then an 8'18" jump to 1-14 and Nyder's question, "This is
yours?", missing scenes 1-7 (Raven's interrogation), 1-8 (Sarah leaves the
trench), 1-9 (Nyder encounters the captured Ravon), 1-10 (Nyder and Ravon
discuss the prisoners), 1-11 and 12 (the Doctor and Harry escape and are
re-caught), and 1-13 (Sarah wanders the wasteland). This is bridged by the
Leaving Sarah for dead in the trench, our captors, known as Kaleds,
transported Harry and me to their head-quarters. Mud-stained and
bruised, we were dragged before their security commander, a human-like
being with thin, cruel features called Nyder.
- 0'48" is trimmed from the end of this scene, removing Nyder's dig at
- Another quick fade and bridging narration opens a compilation of
This fades into 1-13 (Sarah wandering the wasteland), before the music
cue for 1-15 begins and the narration continues:
Meanwhile, having found the door in the trench completely barred,
Sarah made her way back into the wasteland in search of Harry and me.
The music mixes into 2-3 (the Mutos examine the unconscious Sarah, who
in the audio version appears to be fully conscious, if silent), and 0'04"
is trimmed following the gunshot.
Stumbling along in the thick fog, she failed to see a shaggy creature
looming up behind her. Suddenly a hand touched her shoulder - she spun
around. The being that faced her was a Muto.
- Quick fade out from 2-3 leading into:
Sarah and the Muto Sevrin were taken away. Their captors were Thals,
the deadly enemy of the Kaled people who held Harry and me prisoner.
- The narrative then jumps back to 2-2, missing Davros and Gharman
testing the Dalek weapon (cutting 1'40" from the end of Part One and 1'16"
from the start of Part Two, excluding titles), resuming with the security
- 0'04" of silence cut after the line "No tea, Harry".
- The end of this scene fades smoothly into mid-2-4 (Ronson's
interrogation), jumping the already featured 2-3 and Ronson's discovery
about the Doctor and Harry's background (a total cut of 1'52")
- After Ronson commands the Doctor to "Stand up and keep quiet", the
soundtrack fades sharply out and the following narration begins:
A silence fell over the room, a door slid open, and Davros emerged: a
huddled, ancient figure, seated in a self-powered wheelchair, not unlike
the base of a Dalek. From it protruded masses of tubes and wires, all
attached to Davros' body: a complete life-support system.
During the final two sentences the soundtrack fades slowly back from
where it left off.
- 0'05" of silence cut as Nyder fits the Dalek weapon in place.
- 0'40" is cut from the end of this scene, with narration over the
incidental music from 2-6:
In the cell into which they were flung, Sarah and Sevrin found the
Kaled soldier who had attacked us in the trench.
- Further narration covers a 2'16" jump encompassing the end of 2-6, 2-7
(loading the Thal rocket) and the beginning of 2-8:
After Davros had parted, Harry and I were thrown into a cell. As
night fell, Ronson came to visit us.
- 0'07" of silence cut as Ronson checks the door before confessing his
- There is a cut of 0'16" before the Doctor sees the Kaled's future:
Ronson led us to a heavy metal door, in which there was a viewing
panel. Looking through it, we saw a room full of glass jars, filled with
- A jump of 1'34" removes 2-10 (Sarah planning her escape) before Ronson
- A quick fade-out and the following narration covers a jump of 2'33",
including the end of 2-11, 2-12 (Sarah and the prisoners escape from their
cell), 2-13 (the Doctor and Harry enter the ventilation duct), 2-14 (Sarah
and the prisoners begin climbing the rocket scaffolding), 2-15 (the Doctor
and Harry reach the cave of Davros' pets) and the beginning of 2-16:
Ronson helped us to climb into the ventilation duct. In the Thal
city, Sarah and her fellow prisoners had already broken out of their
- After the alarm is sounded, there is a cut of 0'22" during the
shoot-out sequence (actually cutting to the equivalent moment in the
reprise of Part Three in the process), most of which is narrated over:
They reached the rocket silo and began to climb the scaffolding.
Soldiers ran into the area and opened fire. (pause) The Kaled officer
was one of those hit. (pause) With bullets whistling around them, Sarah
and Sevrin climbed higher and higher. They reached the nose cone of the
rocket near the top of the dome.
- After the Thal soldier barks "Now get back down 'ere", the
accompanying music sting is taken from the beginning of 3-4 (Davros
examining the Daleks), jumping 3'03" and cutting the end of 3-2 (on the
roof of the dome) and 3-3 (Harry steps in Davros' clam). A further 1'33"
is cut after this cue, removing all of 3-4 and the beginning of 3-5, with
narration following a quick fade-out.
The following day, Harry and I contacted the Kaled politicians. Their
leader, Councillor Mogran, spoke first...
- The end of the Doctor's speech cuts straight to 3-8 and the
politician's verdict, jumping 2'01" and cutting the end of 3-5, 3-6 (Sarah
collapses in the rocket silo) and 3-7 (Nyder reports news of the meeting
- A quick fade-out and more narration bridges a jump of 3'41" that cuts
the end of 3-8, 3-9 (Davros agrees to the investigation) and the start of
Ravon's agent guided Harry and me into the Thal city, where we soon
found the rocket launch area. Looking into the control room, we were
astonished to see Davros and Nyder talking earnestly to a group of Thals...
- Two short scenes are cut from this sequence: 3-12 (the Doctor and
Harry hide from a guard, 0'14"), and 3-14 (Davros and Nyder after the
- After missing 0'15" before Sarah recognises the Doctor and Harry,
1'16" is cut from the end of Part Three, fading instead to the entire
reprise from Part Four with added narration, which implies a direct attack
on the Doctor rather than a mistake in touching the electrified fence:
I gazed up at the massive rocket, unaware of the soldiers edging
towards me. (pause) I regained consciousness in the control room.
- The countdown sequence is shortened, cutting 0'40" from 4-2 (the
Doctor revives in the control room), 4-3 (Davros and the Kaleds watch the
dome disintegrate) and 4-4 (the rocket is launched). The closing theme (a
shorter edit of that used on TV) fades in over the explosions of 4-5 (Davros
and the Kaleds watch the destruction of the dome).
LP Side Two Detailed Breakdown - 28'05"
- Opening titles as before, fading into a reprise of the 4-5 explosions.
On a scanner in the Kaled bunker, Davros and the leaders watched the
destruction of their city.
- Runs uncut into 4-6 with the following narration:
As the Daleks filed out to begin their evil work, the Thal leaders
toasted their victory, unaware of the attack that was to come.
- Quick fade after “You’re free to leave whenever you want”...
The woman Bettan walked with me into a corridor of celebrating Thals.
Jump of 1’08” to 4-8, cutting the end of 4-6 (the Doctor leaves the
control room) and 4-7 (Davros demands the Dalek “improvements”)
(Continued) Suddenly, a Dalek came round the corner. The Thals gazed
at it in bewilderment. (pause) The Dalek attack was severe. Leaving
Bettan to form a fighting unit of Thal survivors, I made for the Kaled
bunker to complete my mission. On the way, a happy meeting took place.
Then a further jump of 2’38”, cutting 4-9 (Davros announcing that
nothing will prioritise over Dalek construction), 4-10 (the Doctor
convinces Bettan to rebel) and the start of 4-11 (the Doctor is attacked
by the Mutos and the Mutos by Sarah, Harry and Sevrin).
- The end of this scene mixes briefly with a music cue from 2-9, before
a jump of 5’11” cuts 4-12 (Gharman confides in Kavell), 4-13 (the Doctor
sends Sevrin to join the resistance), 4-14 (Nyder arranges the meeting
with Gharman), 4-15 (the Doctor, Sarah and Harry are attacked by the
clams), and the start of 4-16, with a further 0’05” trimmed after Gharman
mumbles “Nyder?” and another 0’02” after Nyder reveals himself.
In a dimly lit room in the bunker, a trap was being laid for Gharman.
- There is a cut of 0’01” after Gharman mentions the Dalek conscience.
- Another cut of 0’11” removes Dudley Simpson’s music cue before
“There’s somebody in the ventilation shaft”.
- At the end of this scene, Davros gleefully exclaims “Welcome back,
Doctor!”, with the final word having been lifted from an unknown earlier
At gun-point, we were forced to lie on stiff inclining boards to
which Nyder strapped us. He then fixed electronic terminals to our heads
and chests, and they were wired to Davros’ chair...
This covers a 3’16” jump to 4-19, cutting 4-17 (the Doctor reveals that
the Daleks are destined to fail) and 4-18 (Bettan and Sevrin discuss the
- 0’02” is cut before Sarah’s “Don’t tell him, Doctor!” (fading in the
process to the relevant moment in the reprise of Part 5).
- One of Davros’ lines is edited twice, once after “Nyder,” (0’04” cut
as Nyder moves silently to Davros’ chair) and again after “release the
prisoners” (0’02” cut as Nyder leaves the room).
Davros’ scientific discussion continued into the night.
The soundtrack then jumps to 5-4, cutting 2’10” from the end of 5-1,
5-2 (Sarah and Harry meet Gharman) and 5-3 (Kavell attacks the guard).
- Over the incidental music:
Davros was becoming insanely excited by his plans. I launched myself
at his chair and gripped his single arm tightly.
- After “He will learn the true meaning of pain”, there is a cut of
1’31” to the music cue from the end of 5-5, followed by a quick fade into
the following narration:
When I came into the cell, Harry and Gharman had already overpowered
There is then a further jump of 0’50”, cutting 5-5 (a group of Daleks
wander the bunker), 5-6 (Sevrin and Bettan prepare to move) and 5-7 (Sarah
and Harry escape from their cell).
- A 3’49” jump to 5-11 removes 5-9 (Gharman overpowers the guards) and
5-10 (Nyder warns Davros to act).
- The closing music sting of 5-11 fades to silence, and then directly
into 5-13, jumping 2’22” and 5-12 (the ultimatum).
- 5-13 then fades into 5-16, cutting 1’45” from 5-14 (Davros’ decision)
and 5-15 (the rebels watch the patrolling Daleks). The brief 5-16 clip is
mostly narrated over.
In the chamber, the incubating Daleks squealed and squelched in their
jars. A shapeless, vistless liquid oozed across the floor towards me,
its dimensions changing constantly.
Then fading into 6-1, 0’41” is cut from the end of Episode 5 and 0’04”
from the start of Episode 6 (excluding titles).
- 0’35” is cut from the end of the Doctor’s moral Dalek speech.
- The end of 6-1 and the start of 6-2 is cut (0’20”)
- 0’02” of silence is cut as Davros presents the destruct button.
- A cut of 0’58” removes Gharman’s argument against Davros’ work.
- We then jump 2’54” to 6-7, removing 6-3 (the Daleks come to a door),
6-4 (Davros lets them through), 6-5 (the Daleks advance), and 6-6 (Davros
speaks to the scientists).
We followed Nyder along a dark corridor, and intercepted him just as
he was opening a door. He tried to aim his gun but Harry pulled him to
the floor and I wrestled it from him.
- A jump of 1’01” to 6-9 (in Davros’ office) cuts 6-8 (Sevrin hides from
- 0’06” cut before Nyder opens the safe.
- 0’03” cut before Sarah finds the Dalek gun.
- 0’01” cut before the Doctor declares Nyder’s escape unimportant.
- Scene 6-9 ends with the added sound effect of the sonic screwdriver
from 6-11, jumping 0’18” and 6-10 (the rebels lay the explosives). This
slowly fades to silence.
While trying to find our way out of the room, we discovered a window
overlooking the main laboratory. Inside, the Kaled leaders were still
meeting with Davros.
0’24” is then cut to jump straight to 6-12.
- 0’01” is cut before the music (and narration) begins:
We watched, horrified, as a Dalek appeared in each doorway opening
onto the laboratory. The Kaleds looked at them in terror.
- We fade out on Gharman’s scream. A cut of 0’21” jumps to 6-13.
The door to our chamber opened. (pause) We were relieved to see it
was a friend.
- 0’02” cut as the Doctor finds the time ring, then 0’15” cut as they
run from patrolling Daleks
The door of the incubation chamber was slightly ajar. The detonator
cable still stretched across the floor of the room. I trailed it into
the corridor, until I found a bare end. Suddenly a Dalek appeared and
fired a shot that hit my hand. I dashed around the corner with the Dalek
in pursuit. It passed right over the bare wires, short-circuiting them.
A huge explosion ripped the incubation room apart.
- 0’49” cut, jumping 6-14 (Nyder reports the prisoner’s escape) and 6-15
(the rebels prepare to detonate).
- 0’40” cut, jumping 6-17 (Sarah and Sevrin convince Bettan to delay
- 0’30” cut, jumping 6-19 (the rebels watch Davros on the screen).
As Nyder moved across the control panel, a Dalek swung round. (pause)
He crumpled to the ground with Davros looking on in terror. I dashed to
the bunker entrance with Daleks in pursuit. Sarah and Harry joined
Bettan outside. (pause) She had succeeded in organising a Thal force
which had laid mines, ready to seal the bunker.
Beneath this narration, the following cuts take place: 0’18” is jumped
from Nyder’s death to 6-21 (“He’s coming!”); 0’05” is cut before the
explosion; and a 0’39” cut removes 6-22 (Davros fails to reason with the
- After a quick fade-out during 6-23, there is a cut of 0’32” to 6-24
(the final confrontation):
Inside the sealed bunker, Davros tried to reassert his control over
- The LP ends with the 0’39” edit of the TV theme, after the Dalek’s
grand speech (half way through “universe”), cutting 0’35” from the end of
Episode 6 (excluding titles).