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The Official Doctor Who and the Daleks Book

by Terry Nation and John Peel

Book review by Jon Preddle

After reading the excellent Cybermen book, I had high hopes for this Dalek book. Would it be the same high standard?

Unfortunately, the supposedly "Official" Dalek book fails to live up to its title.

At 212 pages it covers in the first 100 pages a rundown of the TV appearances of the Daleks. However the book was written prior to Remembrance of the Daleks, so this story is not mentioned.

It also fails to give listings of the numerous comic appearances. Even a few more panels of the strips would have been good!

The next 75 pages contain a history of the Daleks, starting with pre-Genesis of the Daleks history and ending with The Evil of the Daleks. What ruins this otherwise flawless history is, of course, Remembrance of the Daleks is not worked into the history - Davros is executed at the end of Revelation of the Daleks! Anyway, an afterword does say that this is all supposition and will no doubt change.

The rest of the book includes Terry Nation's original storyline for The Daleks as submitted to David Whitaker. It only differs slightly from the final televised version. Also included is his storyline for the proposed USA Dalek TV series, which features Sara Kingdom in a major role!

The major disappointment is the book's size, 18cm x 25cm, the lack of any colour photos and the lack of photos overall. There are only about 80 black and white pictures! Their pre-production quality is not very good and there are only 10 or so that I've never seen before.

Overall I'd rate it 6/10 for trying, but it fails on too many points.

This item appeared in TSV 13 (May 1989).