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5.0 out of 5 stars Dalek Adventure with the Doctor, Romana and K-9 - Part 1
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
I've been a fan of Doctor Who since 1970, when Jon Pertwee first made his cloak-billowing appearance as the heroic Time Lord. By the time we got to the era of the Doctor and Romana the dream teams of producers and directors had passed and we had Graeme Williams' somewhat quirky take on the series, replacing the horror and violence of Tom Baker's early seasons with...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dalek Adventure with the Doctor, Romana and K-9 - Part 1, 21 Oct. 2014
This review is from: The Dalek Contract (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
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. It feels right to have the Doctor and Romana with K-9 face the Daleks in their final adventure of this season and also have another face-off with Cuthbert who has become a popular recurring character in these audio adventures of `Doctor Who'. Nick knows his Daleks; knows his `Doctor Who' and certainly knows how to tell a fast-paced action packed adventure and it doesn't get any better than this.

Tom Baker as the Doctor in wonderful in this four-part story. I enjoyed Tom's enthuasism as the Doctor in this one and really seems to be enjoying doing these audio adventures when he was reluctant to do so beforehand. I like Tom's contribution to these Big Finish audio adventures and love how his Doctor reveals more about the Daleks and what they're capable of knowing his experience of them in 'Genesis of the Daleks' and 'Energy of the Daleks'. When Tom's Doctor talks about Daleks, you really home in on his every words and get terrified about what the Daleks represent.

Mary Tamm's Romana gets to face the Daleks at last, which I'm very pleased about and is very fitting before she sadly passed away in 2012 after recording this Dalek adventure. People are wondering why Big Finish are doing a Dalek adventure with the first Romana as it's been presumed she met then as the second Romana (Lalla Ward) in 'Destiny of the Daleks' and claimed she didn't know anything about the Daleks. The answer is simple. She was lying. And in this story he claims to know about them. She is a Time Lady after all. I like that interrogation scene in Part Two of the story and every time Romana gives an answer it registers as an `untruthful response' echoing that similar scene in `Destiny'. Romana obviously got over the Daleks' detector device with her smart Time Lord brain as Lalla Ward in `Destiny'.

K-9 (voiced by John Leeson) also gets to meet the Daleks. To hear K-9 actually interacting with Dalek was sheer bliss and it's a confrontation that's been worth waiting for. You think K-9 and the Dalek are going to battle it out with each other before K-9 steps down. K-9 does get to rescue the Doctor by blowing up the Daleks at some point. Although he does get terribly tortured by Daleks in Part Two and is revealing answers to Daleks questions against his will. I really like K-9's appearance in this story as he gets a more meatier part having scenes and joining the Doctor and Romana - his master and mistress.

John Leeson also gets to play a human character in this story called Tollivun. This was a delight to hear John playing somebody else as he's usually well-known for K-9 in `Doctor Who'. John has played another human character in `Doctor Who' before in the TV story `The Power of Kroll' where he played Dugeen and it felt echoes from that story came in this with John playing a human character and K-9 at the same time.

David Warner is back playing Cuthbert. I was delighted to hear David returning to play Cuthbert as he was so brilliant and villainous in that Laan story. Cuthbert is now working with the Daleks and you wonder why he's formed a business contract with them. He seems to think he controls the Daleks whereas in fact they control them. I like that moment when he's impatient not getting his brown source for his chips and calls Romana `Romona' instead which is pretty funny and reminded me of Clare Keightly in the Gareth Roberts' novelisation of `Shada'. David Warner as ever delivers a brilliant performance as Cuthbert and is a delight to listen to as a villain.

His sidekick Toby Hadoke as Mr Dorrick also returns in this story. I like the double act between Dorrick and his boss Cuthbert, and you can tell how well Toby and David bounced off each other in their scenes. Mr Dorrick is having doubts about this project and contract with the Daleks and nervously admits them to his boss. Cuthbert says he likes Mr Dorrick worrying about the little things but doesn't take them seriously and ignores them. I found it funny when Romana mistakes Mr Dorrick's name as `Mr Derrick' and he gets easily annoyed.

Another guest star in this story is Dominic Mafham playing Chidak, who is on the planet Proximia Major when the Doctor and Romana encounter him. Chidak distrusts the Doctor and Romana immediately and thinks they're working for the Daleks. When Chidak and his men are being attacked by the Daleks, he slowly begins to trust the Doctor and Romana and even has scenes with Tom's Doctor when escaping a Dalek raid on his base. The Doctor and Chidak meet up with the Hurtz warriors led by Halka (played by Jane Slavin who voiced the Laan in the Laan story). Despite distrust between Chidak, Halka and her warriors, the Doctor encourages them to work together.

The Daleks as ever are voiced tremendously by Dalek voice artist Nick Briggs. They're pretty loud when they appear in certain scenes, but are still chillingly scary. The Daleks mean business when attacking the Proxima system and when dealing with Romana and K-9. One wonders why the Daleks are working with Cuthbert as they seem to have some hold of him and are using him for their own agenda. They get to use their truth detector device on Romana and easily intimidate K-9 which is pretty unnerving. The Supreme Dalek appears in this adventure and is used as the main contract with Cuthbert. Cuthbert is appalled with Daleks' murder tactics as he doesn't want to be responsible for deaths of people since it's bad for his business. Just what is the Daleks' involvement with Cuthbert's time experiments?

This disc ends on a cliff-hanger with Romana and K-9 captured by Cuthbert and the Daleks. They make their demands to the Doctor who overhears them on their communications channel, threatening him to surrender or else they destroy Romana and K-9. The Doctor responds and immediately surrenders. Who knows what's going to happen next?!

TO BE CONTINUED...

The CD extras at the end of the disc include interviews with the cast about the making of these two episode of the Dalek story. These include Tom Baker, Mary Tamm, John Leeson, Nicholas Briggs, David Warner, Toby Hadoke, etc.

This is a spectacular and brilliant start to a four-part Dalek adventure with the Doctor, Romana and K-9. I enjoyed listening to the first two episodes and hearing Tom Baker and Mary Tamm together. After finishing this CD, I looked forward to the next instalment.

There's a trailer for the concluding part of this Dalek story called 'The Final Phase'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Dalek Contract, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Fourth Doctor Vs Daleks Audio Adventure, 13 Jun. 2014
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This review is from: The Dalek Contract (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
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.

Meanwhile, living conditions on Proxima Major have become harsh and hostile as climate change has turned the landscape into a freezing wasteland and an alien power has condemned much of the population to life inside internment camps.

For those survivors still clinging to their freedom, there struggle for survival is now beyond desperate and outsiders such as the Doctor and Romana are only seen as a threat.

What is Cuthbert really up to in the Proxima System, why do the Daleks seemingly obey him? & just how do the dreaded Daleks to fit into all this?

The Doctor investigates Proxima System & begins to ask many questions but will he like the answers?

Timelord Thoughts.
Writer/director & voice of the Daleks Nicholas Briggs has written a great two part opener to conclude series 2 of the Fourth Doctor Audio Adventures & has delivered a tightly paced script, witty dialogue, menacing Daleks & the return of Cuthbert thats superbly performed by David Warner.

Tom Baker is excellent in this story & delivers some truly humourous lines that doesn't diminish the story like in some of the tv adventures as Tom switches from humorous wanderer belittling the Daleks to serious Timelord in a instant.

The late Mary Tamm gives a wonderful performance as Romana who shares a great chemistry with Tom's Doctor in Romanas first encounter with the Daleks, Tamm delivers sarcastic wit & humourous put downs superbly & it was so sad to hear of her passing.

David Warner nearly steals the show as Cuthbert a excellent created character by writer Nicholas Briggs as actor David Warner makes this unlikable character omehow likeable & one hopes this isn't the last story to feature this character.

John Leeson is on dual role performing duties here as K-9 & the character Tollivun delivering a great performance in each role making both characters sound completely different.

Nicholas Briggs not only writes many audio Dalek storys for Big Finish he voices them too & knows there cunning scheming & menace inside out as Briggs has written them as a superior threat in this audio adventure giving the Daleks a edgy unpredictable feel to there personality especially the great written scenes with the Doctor inspiring rebels to take a stand & fight against the Daleks plus Romana attitude of being delightfully disdainful of the tin pepperpots.

With excellent production values & great performances by the cast, The Dalek Contract plants the seeds in motion of a great Dalek adventure delivering a excellent two part opener to a four part series 2 finale.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unlikely partners, 8 July 2013
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The latest release in the series of Doctor Who audios to feature Tom Baker as the Doctor. With Mary Tamm as Romana. And this one also features John Leeson as the voice of K9.

This is the penultimate release in this run, and it's the start of a two part season finale.

It runs for two episodes of twenty five minutes each in length [approx] and is complete on a single cd.

It does feature characters who appeared in the earlier two part story in this season that finished with Doctor Who: War Against the Laan (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures). It also does reference events from that. But there's not too much continuity knowledge from that story required for this one, so casual listeners might be able to get into it without much trouble.

Since this is another two parter, though, it does mean it finishes on a cliffhanger. Which will be resolved in The Final Phase (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures).

This story sees the TARDIS land in the Proxima system, where the Doctor intends to investigate some strange readings. He finds the place under the control of the Daleks. Who have suppressed the locals, and only a handful of rebels are continuing the fight.

Also there is Cuthbert, ruthless tycoon first met in the earlier two parter. Why are he and the Daleks working together? nd what precisely are they working on.....?

This feels like the first two episodes of a four part tv story of the time, in that it sets up things and then has the Doctor investigate. Then a cliffhanger. It has that feel in ways other than the story, though. With excellent sound design and music that really make it feel like something that could have been on tv in 1978. Added to which the setting and many of the character names all feel like something that might have been written by Terry Nation, the creator of the Daleks and writer of many of their stories. All of which adds to the charm.

Cuthbert is an excellent and three dimensional character as he's not bad just for the sake of it, and you really have no idea which way his loyalties will go in the end. There are strong scenes of the Doctor inspiring rebels and belittling the Daleks, plus Romana being delightfully disdainful of them also.

The pace of the story is good and it zips along very nicely. It's not quite a five star release simply because you're only in effect getting half a story here. But it will leave you eager to find out what will happen next.

There's a trailer for the aforementioned next release on the cd track after the end of part two.

And roughly sixteen minutes [approx] of interviews with cast and crew on the tracks after that.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Daleky!, 14 Aug. 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good!, 20 Aug. 2013
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K9 and the Daleks!! At last!! All the cast are great and the story's pretty cool! David Warner is superb.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good story, 26 Aug. 2013
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Bought as a gift for a big Doctor Who fan. They enjoyed the story on this disc and would recommend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 17 July 2013
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I've been a fan of Doctor Who since 1970, when Jon Pertwee first made his cloak-billowing appearance as the heroic Time Lord. By the time we got to the era of the Doctor and Romana the dream teams of producers and directors had passed and we had Graeme Williams' somewhat quirky take on the series, replacing the horror and violence of Tom Baker's early seasons with comedy... and K9. I fell out of love with the series during this period... mostly down to the presence of K9 and the affected quirkiness.
So I was a bit disappointed to find that, upon listening to this story, I was whisked back to those days... it was exactly like a 1978 Doctor Who story, even down to the music.

Tom sounds like he's getting into this one, and the late Mary Tamm tries hard to recapture the aloofness of the original Romana. David Warner can do no wrong in my book, and delivers a wonderful performance here... and as ever Nick Briggs gives us the best Daleks this side of David Graham and Ray Barrett. However it all feels so... light, just like the period it so authentically emulates.

I still hate K9.
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