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David Whitaker (1) (1928–1980)

Forfatter af Doctor Who and the Daleks

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Image credit: screen capture from a documentary on the Doctor Who serial The Edge of Destruction

Værker af David Whitaker

Doctor Who and the Daleks (1964) 565 eksemplarer, 10 anmeldelser
Doctor Who and the Crusaders (1973) — Forfatter — 422 eksemplarer, 6 anmeldelser
Doctor Who: The Enemy of the World [DVD] (2014) 46 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse
The Dalek Invasion of Earth and The Crusaders (1988) — Forfatter — 20 eksemplarer
The Curse of the Daleks (2008) — Forfatter — 18 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
Doctor Who Magazine Presents Daleks (2021) 16 eksemplarer, 2 anmeldelser
The Dalek Book (1964) 13 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse

Associated Works

The DWB Interview File: The Best of the First 100 Issues No.1 (1993) — "The Power of the Daleks" — 19 eksemplarer
Talkback, Volume One: The Sixties (2006) — Bidragyder — 11 eksemplarer, 3 anmeldelser
Doctor Who: The Sensorites (BBC Audio Collection) (2008) — Redaktør, nogle udgaver5 eksemplarer, 1 anmeldelse

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Famously, this is the first Doctor Who novel of any kind, a novelisation of the first Dalek story (which pedants know as The Mutants but most modern viewers call The Daleks), released on the eve of the Daleks' return to television in The Dalek Invasion of Earth. Since it was not seen as the first of a range of tie-ins, but rather as a standalone novel, it was designed to work on its own. Story editor David Whitaker took Terry Nation's script and appended a couple chapters on the front explaining how the Doctor, Susan, Ian, and Barbara all ended up journeying to Skaro together—in a way not at all consistent with An Unearthly Child—and also added a short chapter at the end where the characters decide to continue to adventure together. You could take this book and hand it to someone claiming it was the first Doctor Who story and they would totally believe you. (Maybe I will try this on my kids someday.) In addition, it's designed to work as a book: Whitaker novelizes the story in the first person from Ian's perspective, so it doesn't read as a tv tie-in, but a proper adventure novel.

Anyway, it's a really strong read. The opening chapters are intense and atmospheric, Whitaker really capturing Ian's disorientation and fear. This is a much more forbidding introduction to the Doctor than we got on screen, but it works well as a lead-in to an intense story. I am not a big fan of the original Dalek story, but telling it in the first person makes it creepy and unsettling. When you encounter it for the first time, a Dalek isn't an outer-space robot monster, but an inscrutable alien—this is true of their first story and no other, and the novelisation captures that fairly well. The description of the Dalek mutant is unsettling, and the glass Dalek at the story's climax is amazing.

In prose, a lot of the story is streamlined to positive effect; we don't spend twenty-five minutes with various characters jumping across a chasm, and the tight focus on Ian means some of the story gets related secondhand, which usually works well. I was surprised that this takes out all the references to radiation from the tv story; it's just vague "poison," even though the weapon used in the past is eventually established as an atomic bomb.

Ian of course is the star here. He's always been one of my favorites, and I'd love to hear William Russell's audiobook version of this story. (I once got it from the library but had to return it before I finished the first chapter, I think!) The book also does well by the Doctor, working in a nicely done character arc across the story about him and Ian coming to trust each other. I think Susan comes across better here than she does on screen; divorced from Carole Ann Ford's somewhat histrionic performance, she's more of a cool, collected, mysterious girl. The one regular the story does poorly by is Barbara, who mostly comes across as Ian's love interest, and only because she's the girl one. I think Jacqueline Hill's performance did a lot for the character in her early days.

I read the 2011 reprint, which has a new introduction by Neil Gaiman, the original illustrations by Arnold Schwartzman, and an afterword by Steve Tribe. The Gaiman intro is all right, and the Schwartzman pictures are nothing to write home about; he picks a surprising number of banal moments where the regulars are standing around to illustrate. Whitaker gives great descriptions of the Dalek city and its environments, but Schwartzman doesn't bother to illustrate that! The afterword by Steve Tribe does a great job of giving historical context for the book, but as an American, I found the pedantic explanation of what "feet" and "inches" were hilarious. The thing I needed explained was the oft-used term "gasometer"!
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Stevil2001 | 9 andre anmeldelser | Jul 14, 2024 |

This is a collection of the Dalek comic strips from the magazine TV Century 21, published between 1965 and 1967, a page a week about everyone’s favourite evil metallic pepperpots and the obstacles that get thrown up in their plans to dominate the universe. I found it an unexpected pleasure. There are about a dozen storylines across the run, each reasonably self-contained in the structure of needing each page to have a beginning, middle and end. There are not a lot of women – a slave princess in an early story, a little girl who gets into trouble in a later one – but there aren’t in fact a lot of humans, as the main dynamic in the stories is between the Daleks themselves.

There’s also a dozen pages of introduction setting the scene for the series and printing a 1986 interview with one of the main artists. The only two women mentioned are both fictional – Lady Penelope from Thunderbirds and Maria from Metropolis, but no doubt this reflects the reality.

I must say that this greatly exceeded my expectations, and it seems a lot more mature than the contemporary First and Second Doctor strips that I have seen. Hugely recommended. Sadly it’s out of print, but I’d keep an eye out for it if I were you.
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nwhyte | 1 anden anmeldelse | Oct 1, 2023 |
The cod Shakespearean intrigue of this particular story has never gripped me in any form, although Whitaker's fantastic prose make this better than most.
m_k_m | 5 andre anmeldelser | Jun 13, 2022 |
Access a version of the below that includes illustrations on my blog.

The Daleks was a sequence of one-page strips that ran in the anthology comic TV Century 21 from 1965 to 1967. It was reprinted in restored form as a "bookazine" by Doctor Who Magazine in late 2020; I added it to my DWM marathon, placing it between Evening's Empire and Emperor of the Daleks by virtue of the fact that some of the strips were reprinted in DWM at around that time, in issues #180-93. A flimsy excuse, but hey, it's my marathon.

These stories do not feature the Doctor; they are usually told from the perspective of the Daleks themselves, though occasionally other characters become the protagonists. It begins with the beginning of the Daleks—at least as it was envisioned in 1965, with the Daleks being mutations due to the war between the Daleks and the Thals. There are no Kaleds or Davros here. The stories then move forward through time, following things like the Daleks exploiting a crashed spaceship to develop space travel, their first invasion of an alien world, their battles against the mutations of their own world, an attempted uprising by a Dalek named "Zeg," their war with the Mechanoids, their discovery of a planet called "Earth," a new Dalek fad of protecting beauty, and so on.

The plots kind of don't matter; the science is often (always) nonsensical. But there is a pure delight to be find in a story that causes you to root for the Dalek Emperor or hope that the Daleks do invade a planet. The Daleks might be metaphors for fascism in other stories; in these, they're just pure force, and the joy of the stories is in seeing them sweep up their enemies in all forms. Nothing stops a Dalek! The art is amazing. We have two distinct styles. Richard Jennings's is more painterly and more detailed, more traditionally "British comics" in its appearance. A Dalek being destroyed from the inside by a malevolent flower is an amazing sight! He's later succeeded by Ron Turner, whose more abstract style communicates the pure power of the Daleks, layouts bursting with energy. I was particularly taken by the set of strips focusing on Agent 2K, an android dispatched by aliens to prevent a Dalek-Mechanoid war from breaking out.

It's definitely aimed at seven-year-olds, but I found it the exact kind of read I needed when stuck at home sick, and I appreciated getting to read these for historical reasons: the Dalek Emperor originally appeared here, and this is also the source of the Dalek lettering later used across numerous Doctor Who tie-ins (though it's only actually used in about a dozen strips, curiously).

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Stevil2001 | 1 anden anmeldelse | Feb 26, 2022 |


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Associated Authors

Christopher Barry Director, Introduction
Terry Nation Author, Contributor
Innes Lloyd Producer
David J. Howe Editor, writer "About the cover," "The Curse of the Daleks: Story Analysis" and "In My View..."
John McElroy Editor and introductory texts
Alister Pearson Cover artist
Bill Kerr Actor
Richard Jennings Illustrator
Angus Allan Contributor
Ron Turner Illustrator
Eric Eden Illustrator
Alan Fennell Contributor
John Pertwee Performer
Tom Baker Narrator
June Baryy Whitaker Introduction
Tony Clark Cover artist
Gary Levy Editor
Trevor Baxendale Cover artist
John Peel Writer "Chasing Daleks"
Andrew Skilleter Writer "Cyber Book"
David Gibbs Writer "Milestones: Wargames"
Robert Hack Illustrator
Peter Archer Illustrator
Chris Achilleos Cover artist
Arnold Schwartzman Illustrator
Neil Gaiman Introduction
Henry Fox Illustrator
Charlie Higson Introduction
Peri Godbold Designer


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