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4.0 out of 5 stars Davros Vs The Umbrella Man
Doctor Who: Daleks Among Us.

Product Info.
2xCD's
4 Episodes
Running Time 120 Minutes

CD Extras.
Incidental Score
Trailer
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Positive.
1)Sylvester McCoy brings the mysterious edge back to his manipulative incarnation of the Seventh Doctor.
2)Tracy Childs is always excellent...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Daleks among Us – Who, what and why? Most of all, WHY?
Daleks among Us – Who, what and why? Most of all, WHY?

This is the hundred and seventy seventh release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy, Tracey Childs and Christain Edwards as Seven, Elizabeth Klein and new companion Will Arrowsmith. There are four episodes, roughly 30...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Daleks among Us – Who, what and why? Most of all, WHY?, 1 Aug. 2014
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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Daleks among Us – Who, what and why? Most of all, WHY?

This is the hundred and seventy seventh release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy, Tracey Childs and Christain Edwards as Seven, Elizabeth Klein and new companion Will Arrowsmith. There are four episodes, roughly 30 minutes each, complete with cliffhangers and original theme music between each. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the second disc and a few minutes of the soundtrack at the end of disc 1.

This is the third story in a trilogy that has followed the Doctor and his companions in their hunt across time and space for the Persuasion machine and its creator. The trilogy opened with the dreadful ‘Persuasion’ then picked up a little for the passable second story ‘Starlight Robbery’. It needed a really really good story to finish it off and bring some redemption to this lacklustre set of releases, but unfortunately we are served up with another underwhelming story. Which is a shame, as a mixture of Daleks, Klein, Davros, Seven and Nazis seems like a total no-brainer for a great story.

The story is a confused mess of ideas that often loses sight of the Persuasion strand altogether. There’s too much going on, and it does not all fit together neatly. On top of this, the writer has given the characters some really terrible dialogue. Terry Molloy is as game an old trouper as they come, professional right down to his fingertips, but even he seems to cringe a little at some of the lines Davros is forced to utter. Also, the series continues to include Will Arrowsmith. He is as terrible a character here as he was in Persuasion, he alone ruins the whole thing for me. I kept wishing that the Daleks would just exterminate him and have done with it. I can’t see the Doctor or Klein shedding a tear. A truly terrible character, I really hope that Big Finish do not plan to bring him back. Once again McCoy’s performance is strangely delivered, almost as though he hasn’t done a rehearsal and is still deciding where to put the stresses and inflections on the words. It pains me to say it, as I have really enjoyed his performances over the last few years. And so many of the ideas have been done before, and better. The parallels between the Daleks and Nazis? It’s way too laboured and in your face here, not the subtle hints that you got in the Tom Baker classic ‘Genesis of the Daleks’.

All in all this is a long, confusing story with lots of running around and too many ideas thrown in. unfortunately the central plot strands were not interesting enough in the first place to hang a trilogy on, and the end result is a total uninteresting mess with only a fine performance from Molloy to redeem it in any way. 1 star. The extras are the most interesting thing, where various people talk about how wonderful the trilogy has been with a straight face, and Molloy gives a genuinely interesting account of how he created his Davros voice.

BF have faltered over the last few releases, with only two OK stories out of the last six. As this were released in the 50th anniversary year I only hope that there is something a bit special in the works for later releases in the year to make up for these disappointments.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Davros Vs The Umbrella Man, 24 Oct. 2013
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Daleks Among Us (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Doctor Who: Daleks Among Us.

Product Info.
2xCD's
4 Episodes
Running Time 120 Minutes

CD Extras.
Incidental Score
Trailer
Behind The Scenes Interviews

Positive.
1)Sylvester McCoy brings the mysterious edge back to his manipulative incarnation of the Seventh Doctor.
2)Tracy Childs is always excellent as Elizabeth Klein
3)Terry Molloy as Davros who gives the word insanity a whole new meaning in this adventure.
4)A great script by Alan Barnes tying up the loose ends to this Seventh Doctor/Klein Trilogy.

Negative.
1)Will Arrowsmith as a character is just annoying, just what is the point to his inclusion in this trilogy?
2)You need to have heard the previous storys 'Persuasion' & 'Starlight Robbery' to understand this adventure as event's tie-in & link to those two stories.

Cast.
The Doctor - Sylvester McCoy
Dr Elizabeth Klein/Elizabeth Volkenrath - Tracey Childs
Will Arrowsmith - Christian Edwards
Davros - Terry Molloy
Hinterberger - Jonathan Forbes
Ralf/The Daleks/Workman - Nicholas Briggs
Falkus/Wraith #1 - Tim Delap
Qaren/Wraith #2 - Jessica Brooks
The Shepherd - Paul Chahidi

Trivia.
1)One of a few Dalek storys not to be written by Nicholas Briggs.
2)Falkus was named after Skaro's second moon, Falkus.
3)This story seems to make the distinction between the Black Dalek & the Supreme Dalek, with the former being subservient.
4)The fast return switch must be engaged if the TARDIS is to return to its immediate last destination.
5)The Doctor is placed in an agony seat.
6)Elizabeth makes a reference to the film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
7)There is a statue of Ace in the centre of the plaza.
8)This is the first Big Finish audio drama in which the Seventh Doctor encounters Davros.

What's Up Doc?
Arriving on the planet Azimuth the Doctor,Klein & Will continue there search for the persuasion machine & Schalk but find a group of inhabitants whom by the mention of the name Dalek results in Re-educating the offending person.

Why has the planet Azimuth become a war torn with mercenaries fighting a war against a dictatorship suppressive regime when the Doctor gave freedom back to Azimuth from the Dalek Empire many years ago?

Who is the oppressor of Azimuth & with the past coming back to haunt the present of lost legacies being spoken of & with the Doctor seemingly out of his depth who will win the war for the control of the Persuasion machine?

Then theres also the small matter of Kurt Schalk & Klein?

The Doctor's once again is about to encounter one of his most dangerous enemy's the Daleks creator Davros & his sinister army of Daleks.....The battle for the control of the persuasion machine has begun.

Timelord Thoughts.
Continuing from the events from StarLight Robbery the Doctor is searching frantically for Kurt Schalk & The Persuasion machine & will soon encounter a very old foe.

'Daleks Among Us' i written by script editor Alan Barnes & for the most part delivers a fast paced exciting Dalek adventure & satisfactorily concludes this trilogy of Seventh Doctor stories & yet writer Barnes throws in a few shocks & some surprises for the listener which make for great moments of suspense & drama.

Actor, Sylvester McCoy brings out that mysterious edge to his seventh incarnation who seems to be completely out of his depth in his current situation but let us not forget the cunning, devious & manipulative nature of the Seventh Doctor!

Davros makes his return to Big Finish & is pitted for the first time against the Seventh Doctor, but he's yet to meet the fourth or fifth on Big Finish Doctor Who ranges, the vocal interplay between the Doctor & the Dalek creator Davros is excellent with both McCoy & Molloy bringing great devious depth to there characters while Tracy Childs as Klein is once again superb & adds mystery to her character that is executed to perfection here.

Only Christian Edward's as Will Arrowsmith fails to deliver any emotional impact of drama, but it's no fault of actor Christian Edward's as I'm sure he's a very competent actor but his character somehow seems to have little to do in this Trilogy & his character hasn't evolved any since Persuasion.

Beware though that 'Daleks Among Us' isn't a stand alone adventure you will need to have heard the previous two releases 'Persuasion' & 'Starlight Robbery' in order to make sense of the events of this story.

This is another excellent seventh Doctor trilogy that really delivers great tension & drama, a intriguing plot plus great performances from most of the cast in all three productions.

Overall, 'Daleks Among Us' concludes another excellent Seventh Doctor trilogy & is another great production that is well worth adding to your Big Finish Doctor Who collection.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars The D Word, 23 Oct. 2013
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This review is from: Daleks Among Us (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
A new Doctor Who audio story. This features Sylvester McCoy as the Doctor, with Tracey Childs and Christian Edwards as his companions, U.N.I.T. Science Advisor Elizabeth Klein and her assistant Will Arrowsmith.

It's the final part in a trilogy of stories, the first two of which were Persuasion (Doctor Who) and Starlight Robbery (Doctor Who). These three releases don't entirely stand on their own as they form one long story. Suffice it to say that if you've not heard those two, you haven't really got a hope of understanding this one.

If you have, read on.

This story runs for four parts and is spread across two cd's. Episodes one, three and four all run close to thirty five minutes [approx], whereas part two is just twenty three minutes in length.

Still on the track of Schalk and the Persuasion machine, and unaware that some old enemies are now involved, the Doctor and friends follow a trail that brings them to the planet Azimuth. A place which, decades before, the Doctor helped liberate from Dalek control.

So why is mentioning that, and the Daleks, now a crime that will lead to people being re-educated?

Rebels, who have a rather surprising leader, are fighting back against an oppressive regime. But other things are going on here. Forgotten legacies are about to be revealed as the battle for the power of persuasion comes to a head..

The Seventh Doctor is always especially interesting when he's not in control of the situation, and this is especially true in the first third of part one. Some memorable early scenes are followed by what may appear to be a plot device, but will clearly have consequences. And then we're on Azimuth.

As the truth of this world is slowly revealed, it does play with some interesting ideas and metaphors. The first episode is long not least because it needs to get to a certain point for the cliffhanger. A very good cliffhanger, but one you will see coming a long way off if you've read the back of the cd box.

It does though allow for the Seventh Doctor to do something for the first time on audio, and the results are worthwhile.

Part two pushes Klein down an interesting path.

But part three sees three storylines competing for attention. And some of the interesting early points being lost. It's a very clever story that ties an awful lot together and has some original ideas of it's own. Although some other Dalek stuff can feel over familiar.

Part four is more of the same, with a huge amount going on.

There are some excellent resolutions for many characters. A few surprises I didn't see coming. And one of those final scenes you might enjoy despite yourself.

As mentioned not a story that really stands on it's own. And as a whole a laudably amibitious series of releases, but how well it comes off as a whole is perhaps a matter of opinion. So perhaps there are stronger Seventh Doctor releases out there, but credit to Big Finish for trying what they're tried with this batch.

There's just under eighteen minutes worth of music from the story on the final track of disc one.

A trailer for the next release in this range on the track on disc two after the end of part four.

And just under nine minutes worth of interviews with cast and crew on the final track of that disc.
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