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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Big Finish Productions Ltd (30 Jun 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781780595
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781780596
  • Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 1 x 16.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tim Bradley on 21 Oct 2014
Wow! This is a `Doctor Who' fans' dream come true!

This is a fantastic season finale to a series of audio adventures with the Doctor and Romana with K-9 as they face not only the return of Cuthbert (played by David Warner), but also the dreaded Daleks. This story is the first time that Mary Tamm's Romana and K-9 encounter the Daleks. I'm sure either script editors Anthony Read and Douglas Adams would have welcomed this story if it was made for TV back in the 70s.

`The Dalek Contract' is the first disc containing the first two episodes of a four-part story with the Doctor, Romana, K-9 and the Daleks. Again, having the first and last two episodes separated on two CD releases is really annoying as it would be nice to have them both together as a 2-disc set.

The story has the TARDIS arriving in the Proxima system where the Doctor, Romana and K-9 find themselves on a bitterly frozen world. They meet the people on the planet, who are under attack from the Daleks. It turns out the Daleks are working with the villainous Cuthbert, CEO of the all-powerful Conglomerate (from 'The Sands of Life'/'War Against the Laan'). We find out what Cuthbert has been up to with his deadly time-experiments and how the Daleks are involved. The Doctor, Romana and K-9 are caught up in the Daleks' activities and have to solve the mystery as to why they're formed a business contract with Cuthbert.

Nicholas Briggs, who writes, directs and voices the Daleks in this four-part story, has done a fantastic job in bringing everything about the Doctor and Romana in this season together.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 100 REVIEWER on 17 Oct 2014
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This is the first part (in two episodes) of a story that continues in The Final Phase, and features Tom Baker as the Fourth Doctor with Mary Tamm as Romana I. This story and The Final Phase was the last story Mary Tamm worked on; she was ill at the time of recording but determined to continue and complete the story. She is, and will continue to be sadly missed by all who respected her talent and presence in the Doctor Who world.

The Dalek Contract is a milestone in other ways as well. It is the first time that K-9 comes into contact with the Daleks directly, and there are some rather nice exchanges between him and the Daleks at one point in the story. And it is also the first time that Romana comes up against the Daleks, although as a well-studied Timelady she has of course heard much about them.

The Doctor has turned off the Randomiser again, much to Romana’s disgust, but he excuses his actions by saying that there are dangerous particles leaking into space which could rupture the Universe itself. And when they find out that the Conglomerate (under the utterly despicable Cuthbert) (from prevous stories The Sands of Life, and War Against the Laan) is involved, the fate of the Universe seems shaky at best. Can Romana, the Doctor and K-9 find out what Cuthbert is up to, and defeat the Daleks?

This is a great story, and really eerily reminiscent of the great days of the 1970s stories; even the music is spot-on and takes you back to those heady days. Tom Baker is in top form as always, and it’s great to have the new interactions with Romana and K-9, and Cuthbert AND the Daleks! Really it’s like a big reunion with old, and new friends. The story is action-packed and sets itself up well for the next part in The Final Phase. Fantastic.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Daz lynch on 14 Aug 2013
Nick Briggs Dalek story of last season was enjoyable and OK, but this season's is a real winner. The characters are all larger than life and the Daleks more Dalekier than ever! This and the truly excellent music score make this a quintessential Tom Baker vs. the Daleks episode. It is also helped by being a four episode story, as Two episoders never truly work for me because they cannot recreate the feel of the Tom Baker era. Can't wait for the conclusion!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Timelord-007 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Jun 2014
The Dalek Contract.
Doctor: Fourth Doctor.
Companion(s): Romana, K9.
Main enemy: The Daleks,The Dalek Supreme, Cuthbert.
Main setting: Fortune II in the Proxima System.
Proxima Major.
Writer: Nicholas Briggs.
1xCD.
First two episodes of a 4 part audio adventure.
Running time 60 minutes.

Extras.
Trailer.
Behind the scenes interviews.

Trivia.
1)The Fourth Doctor bypasses the randomiser in order to materialise the TARDIS in the Proxima System but turns it back on at Romana's insistence.
2)K9's recent repairs have increased his efficiency by 150%, including experienced cold weather and moisture protection. However, the Doctor tells him to remain in the TARDIS.
3)The Doctor believes that Proxima Major's orbit has shifted as it is a frozen tundra while the TARDIS information system indicated that the planet should have a tropical climate.
4)Romana has heard of the Daleks and tells Chidak and Tollivun that the Doctor has defeated them many times.
5)The Doctor uses his sonic screwdriver to interfere with the signals being received by a Dalek and partially disable it.
6)Cuthbert refers to Romana as "Ramona."
7)The sound effect for the Daleks' weapons matches with the sound effect's sound in TV: Genesis of the Daleks.
8)David Warner reprises his role as Cuthbert from The Sands Of Life/War Against The Laan.

Plot Synopsis.
The Fourth Doctor, Romana & K-9 find themselves in the Proxima System, where enigmatic Conglomerate CEO Cuthbert has been conducting his infamous "experiment" which might accidentally rip the universe apart.
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