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Doctor Who and the Daleks Omnibus

Book review by Scott Walker

This book is the large format, hardback 1976 version, and not the Dalek Omnibus with Genesis of the Daleks, Planet of the Daleks and Death to the Daleks in it. Don't confuse the two.

This Dalek Omnibus was printed at the height of popularity of Doctor Who, and it comes through as just another way to earn a 'quick buck'. It is mainly comprised of two Doctor Who novels, Genesis of the Daleks and Planet of the Daleks (Both of these are available in the Target range, and work out cheaper as well). This omnibus is just a large format version of these stories which are dispersed at intervals with colour photos from the programme, diagrams of Dalek anatomy (these are available elsewhere), a Dalek space cruiser, plus a very childish cartoon. This isn't really a book to especially spend time to try and hunt down. It's only value would be as a curiosity item, as it is out of print and could be worth more as time progresses. The cover and some of the artwork are rather impressive, but that's about all. Even Terry Nation's foreword is short and rather a 'run of the mill' explanation about how the Daleks actually came into being. I'm not sure how much this book originally cost, however, I would estimate its current value as around $35 to $40.

This item appeared in TSV 7 (May 1988).