‘MISSION TO THE UNKNOWN’
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Daleks Without The Doctor
I have a fantastic CD release of an audiobook featuring a mammoth Dalek story in it!
‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ CD features the 12-part TV story on audio. The story was shown on TV from 1965 to 1966. Sadly ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ is one of the missing stories from the BBC Archives. Only three episodes of this tale survive and are found on the ‘Lost in Time’ DVD to watch and enjoy.
Where the other nine missing episodes are, I don’t know. There’s also surviving footage of missing episodes like Kert Gantry’s extermination by a Dalek in the first episode and Katarina’s death scene in the fourth episode. That story however can be enjoyed in its entirety on audio with the 5 CDs to cover it.
The audio CD has linking narration provided by Peter Purves who plays Steven in the story. ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ has to be one of the most epic Dalek stories ever made from the William Hartnell era of ‘Doctor Who’. I hope that someday all of the 12 episodes will be recovered to enjoy!
I’ve had the CD cover of ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ with ‘Mission To The Unknown’ signed by Peter Purves at ‘The Capitol II’ convention in the Arora Hotel, Gatwick, May 2017. It was nice to share with Peter how amazing it was that the BBC actually did a twelve-part ‘Doctor Who’ story with the Daleks.
Before we get into ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’, let’s check out this bonus episode that can also be found on the audio CD. This bonus episode has its own disc and is called…‘Mission to the Unknown’!
This single-episode story is also sadly missing from the BBC Archives like ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’. This is a most unusual ‘Doctor Who’ episode, as it doesn’t feature the Doctor or his companions in it. This is an episode that features the dastardly Daleks and is a prelude to ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’.
This episode was scrunched between ‘Galaxy 4’ and ‘The Myth Makers’. It was used as a trailer to promote the 12-part Dalek story in the next month or so. Terry Nation wrote this episode and used it as a template for doing a Daleks spin-off series in the USA. Sadly it did not come to fruition as he hoped.
‘Mission To The Unknown’ is set in the year 4000 on the planet Kembel, six months before ‘The Daleks’ Master Plan’ takes place. Instead of the Doctor, the cast is led by Edward de Souza as Marc Cory and Jeremy Young as Gordon Lowery. Marc Cory is this Space Security Agent with Lowery.
Their spaceship crash-landed on the planet Kembel and they’re trying to repair it. But when one of their colleagues becomes murderous and gets killed, Cory reveals his mission to Lowery. He tells him about the Daleks and why they are on Kembel. He also tells Lowery about the poisonous Varga plants.
The Daleks in this episode are at their most evil cunning. They’ve gathered together the delegates of the Outer Galaxies to form an alliance in the conquest of the universe. They plan to conquer Earth and have a deadly plan in mind. They know two humans are on the planet as they hunt them down.
This episode is tense and drama-filled throughout. Cory and Lowery don’t get on well and aren’t the best of buddies. They try to work together in order to warn Earth whilst on Kembel. But Lowery gets infected by a Varga plant. Despite his attempts to resist, he has a murderous urge and tries to kill Cory.
At the end, despite trying to send a message to Earth, Cory gets exterminated by the Daleks and his tape recorder is dropped to the ground. The Daleks and the delegates in their conference room become victorious, knowing that their conquest is assured and the Daleks’ master plan can go forth.
‘Mission to the Unknown’ is now available as part of ‘The Lost TV Episodes: Collection Two’ CD box set.
‘Mission to the Unknown’ rating – 7/10
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