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Dan Dare: The Audio Adventures - Volume One

January 31st 2017 | Big Finish Productions | Audiobooks

Starring Ed Stoppard as Dan Dare, Geoff McGivern as Digby, Heida Reed as Professor Peabody, Michael Cochrane as Sir Hubert, and Raad Rawi as The Mekon, Dan Dare: Volume 1 contains three audio adventures based on eponymous comic strip character created by Rev. Marcus Morris, adapted and drawn by Frank Hampson, first appearing in the Eagle from 1950 to 1967 .

In "Voyage to Venus" by Richard Kurti and Bev Doyle, brilliant test pilot, Dan Dare, is chosen to fly the Anastasia – a new experimental spacecraft – on its maiden voyage to Venus. This isn’t exploration – it is to make first contact with a mysterious civilisation that has sent technological secrets as a goodwill gesture.

However, what Dan, Digby and Professor Peabody find on Venus isn’t goodwill, but a terrifyingly intelligent, cold-hearted ruler, the Mekon. A creature destined to become Dan Dare’s nemesis – and Earth’s greatest threat…

"The Red Moon Mystery" by James Swallow sees Dan Dare and the crew of the Anastasia head to the desolate planet Mars, where Dan's estranged Uncle Ivor is part of a research team working on a top-secret archaeological dig; but when they find the base wrecked and the scientists missing, Dare, Digby and Professor Peabody soon discover that the Red Planet is not nearly as dead as everyone thought and that Ivor’s expedition has woken an army of deadly insect-creatures that threaten to swarm and engulf the Earth… Dare must stop the aliens, but can he really resort to genocide in order to save the human race?

Finally, in "Marooned on Mercury by Marc Platt", a distress call summons the crew of the Anastasia to the burning wilderness of Mercury, where they are reunited with their old ally, Sondar. He tells them of the beleaguered Mercurians who are held in thrall to a cruel new taskmaster – the Mekon! The exiled Mekon is rallying his forces, plotting a desperate revenge against his former homeworld of Venus and his hated enemy, Colonel Dan Dare!

Dan Dare: Volume 1 will be available to buy exclusively from Big Finish until January 31st 2017, after which date it will be available from Amazon.co.uk and other leading audiobook retailers.

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