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5.0 out of 5 stars Who Is Davros?, 12 Dec 2013
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Positive.
1)Terry Molloy is excellent in this adventure portraying Davros in 3 dimensions as cunning, Sympathetic & a Megalomaniac.
2)Colin Baker shines throughout as the Sixth Doctor in this adventure & is a great Doctor to go head to head against Davros.

Negative.
None.

CD Info.
2 x 2 episode's running time 150 minutes, Trailer.

Trailer.
1)Bernard Horsfall starred in 4 Doctor Who tv adventures, The Mind Robber, The War Games, Planet Of The Daleks, The Deadly Assassin.
2)Wendy Padbury was Zoe with the Second Doctor & Jamie.
3)The Daleks do not appear in this audio adventure.
4)I Davros 3 Corruption is based on events in this story featuring Shan.
5)This was one of three 40th Anniversary releases that Big Finish released in 2003 the other two being Master & Omega.

Review.
Davros lies in the wreckage of a spacecraft & is revived meeting the head conglomerate of Earth who knows of Davros is asked by the head of the TAI earth corporation to use his genius to do good & help the famine relief project.

Davros agrees & the Kaled scientist seems to have changed his ways becoming a scientist of good intentions.

The Sixth Doctor arrives in the Tardis & faces his nemesis were he tells the earth corporation that Davros cannot be trusted & is one of the most evil beings he has ever encountered in the universe.

The Doctor decides to stay a while were he is forced to work with the Kaled scientist on the famine relief project were the Doctor seeks to uncover what Davros is actually up too, But who is Davros exactly & what do we actually know about the Kaled scientist? & is Davros actually on the road to redemption?

The Doctor doesn't think so but is the Doctor right this time?

As the Doctor keeps a watchful eye on his nemesis ready to put a stop to any of his grand plans, Davros maybe building a new power base & if so what for? or is the Doctor so blinded by Davros past evils he can't see that Davros maybe telling the truth & wants the power base he's building for good intentions to help the earth do good at last?

Anyone expecting Dalek action will be disappointed here they don't even appear as this is a more character driven story that goes into depth of the Davros character & his motives than full on Dalek action.

Lance Parkin has written a Gem of a story here full or intriguing moments of Davros past & The Doctors inability to trust him on his word that Davros is a changed person & no longer seeks to destroy the universe or rule it as now he just wants to help mankind.

There is of course a great narrative thread to this story as can a leopard ever change his spots or is it the Doctor who's so set in his opinions of Davros he can't see he's maybe changed for the good of mankind.

Colin Baker's Sixth Doctor is the perfect incarnation to foil Davros here as his strong personality is a good contrast to rival the Kaled scientist superior intellect as they both try to out wit the others motives.

This is a highly recommended release & a worthy addition to your Doctor Who Big Finish collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Davros finest 2 hours, 25 Jan 2005
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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Having dominated the Daleks in every TV story since he was introduced Big Finish had ignored the character of Davros to concentrate on the Daleks themselves for several audio releases. For this play Davros finally returns - without the Daleks for the first time - as he is revived from suspended animation to work for a the unscrupulous TAI corporation, where he is partnered by the extremely reluctant 6th Doctor, who is entirely unconvinced by Davros' claim to have reformed his character.
The basic plot of this story is fairly basic and predictable - like the Doctor we know full well that Davros will hatch some plan to kill everyone and take over - but what makes it is the execution and the concentration on Davros' character. Terry Molloy returns to give his best ever performance as Davros, utterly dominating the story and upstaging even the magnificent Colin Baker. Thanks to numerous flashback we also learn masses of backstory on Davros, including before he was crippled and the true story behind the creation of the Daleks. At first these background details, complete with an almost romance with another Kaled scientist seem to be humanising Davros, but the final twist as to the nature of his past actions only serve to end up making the character seeming even more evil than before.
The supporting cast are excellent, particularly Bernard Horsfall as the morally ambiguous corporate executive trying to gain from Davros' knowledge, and ex-companion Wendy Padbury, here playing a historian apologist for Davros past actions, who is ultimately confronted with the true horror of his evil.
One could be picky about a few less than convincing moments, such as the odd overly melodramatic line ("He'll take out you eyeballs and then come back for the sockets!"), the unconvincing all-encompassing genius everyone expects of Davros, the fact that despite sharing only a few minutes screentime in their previous TV stories Davros seems to think he has a massive backstory with the Doctor, and a production gaff that means the Doctor surviving a nuclear bomb that goes off about 2 seconds after he drops it into a mine shaft, but against the sheer force of Davros' personality these are minor quibbles, and despite the odd flaw this is still one of the best plays Big Finish have produced. Essential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Davros - We have been here before Doctor, you and I, 29 Nov 2012
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This is the forty eighth release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Terry Molloy as Davros. It also guests Bernard Horsefall and Wendy Padbury, who both appeared onscreen next to the Second Doctor (though they do not reprise their characters from that period). There are two episodes, roughly 60 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. One episode per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some pictures of the cast and production notes.

This is the second in a run of three stories based around infamous Who villains released by Big Finish to celebrate the fortieth year of the series. The celebration cumulated with the sprawling multi-Doctor epic Zagreus. This adventure revolves around the resurrection of Davros, his first appearance in the Big Finish range. For the first time we encounter him without any Daleks present, and free of their shadow this fascinating character really shines brightly and impresses in a way that he hasn't managed to since his very first appearance in Genesis of the Daleks.

The plot revolves around a huge multiplanetary corporation; when the Doctor is asked to investigate it for morally dubious business practices he is at first a little reluctant, until he finds out that the company has resurrected one of the most evil characters in the history of the galaxy, Davros, and plan to use his genius to further their own profits. Davros claims to be a reformed character, but the Doctor cannot believe this and tries to convince the company that a Dalek cannot change its bumps.

It's a pretty good story, but mostly it is a great character study. Just as Genesis gave us the origin of the Daleks, so Davros provides hints at the origins of their creator. These would later be expanded in the excellent Big Finish series I, Davros. Here some flesh is put on the skeleton as he remembers the disaster that put him in his wheelchair, and as he discusses the possibility of change and the nature of evil with the Doctor. It's a great performance from Molloy, and dominates the story. Even up against the bombast of Baker's sixth Doctor Molloy still manages to dominate with his depiction of dark malevaolance towards the universe.

It's a well written and well executed piece that entertains and give one pause for thought. Colin Baker once again shows what a great Doctor he could have been if given the right material, full of arrogance but tempered with an infinite compassion. But even he is overshadowed by the intriguing back story of one of Who's more enigmatic villains.

An excellent production, 5 stars all round.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Davros...IS...BRILLIANT!, 4 Aug 2006
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People say that he always got in the way of the daleks on tv, and thus their stories ended up being more about him than them. So here Davros gets a story to himself, forced to match wits the doctor. The latter is companionless, so the story can focus on just the pair of them. And it works superbly as a result.

There's some wonderful acting here, terry molloy presenting us with a davros who is given the chance to change. But will he take it? Colin Baker provides us with a doctor who is the intellectual equal to his foe, and there's excellent support from former doctor who guest star bernard horsfall and companion wendy padbury as a couple of business people who are giving davros this opportunity.

Will it all end in tears?

Will you find out more about davros than you expected?

Buy this audio and find out. You won't regret it.

Instead of the usual four episodes it's two long ones, but they're so gripping time will pass when listening very quickly
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4.0 out of 5 stars Davros, 20 Dec 2009
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Part of the villain specials leading up to the 50th story this story is an absolute gem. Featuring Davros it removes him from a Dalek story instead concentrating on his motivations and background. This is a very wordy story with not much action as its a battle of words and philosphy between Davros and the 6th Doctor. Also oddly structured in terms of cliffhangers. Colin gets some good moments but best be warned Davros gets the most time spent on him. On the guest cast Bernard Horsfall and Wendy Padbury return from the tv series and are both wonderfull - Wendy's performance in particular should be sounded out for praise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terry Molloy returns to grapple with Colin Baker in this tour de force, 4 Feb 2007
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"TAI stock has shot up by over fifteen percent on news that galaxy-famous scientist Davros, controversial creator of the Daleks, has been hired to work on unspecified technological projects.

"Davros has been given a chance to redeem himself.

"Humanity stands on the verge of a new era, but it needs the help of the galaxy's greatest ever scientist. But Davros is dead... isn't he?

"From the bunkers and shelters of ancient Skaro to to the gleaming Domes of the Future Earth Empire, Davros has always been a man of destiny. Now he's working for mankind's benefit. But how much do we really know about Davros?

"Has Davros really turned over a new leaf? The Doctor certainly doesn't think so. But is the Doctor always right?"

"Davros", by Lance Parkin, is the second of Big Finish's "Villains" trilogy released in 2003 to mark the 40th anniversary of Doctor Who and the run-up to Big Finish's 50th regular release, "Zagreus". Like the other "Villains" stories, "Omega" and "Master", "Davros" is a companionless story. Although supposedly taking place during Season 22 after "The Two Doctors", Peri's absence from the story is adequately explained, avoiding any glaring continuity issues.

Like the other "Villains" stories, "Davros" is a character-based story that really seeks to get inside the head of its villainous protagonist and understand what makes them tick. As such, the story is interlaced with Davros' flashbacks to his time as a Kaled scientist before the terrible accident that robbed him of his sight and his mobility and left him deformed. Both incarnations of Davros are played by a returning Terry Molloy, who puts in a fantastic performance. The character is well served by the removal of the Daleks that normally surround him, and Molloy is able to explore the more nuanced side of his character.

In continuity terms, "Davros" neatly plugs the gap between "Resurrection of the Daleks" and "Revelation of the Daleks", helping to explain how the character survived his previous encounter with his creations. And, perhaps as a result of his long confinement after the aforementioned story, we see a much more introspective and reserved version of the character (no ranting here), who almost seems ready to reform and make amends for his past crimes. The Doctor, of course, is deeply suspicious of Davros' motivations and keeps an eye on his every move. Whether or not Davros succeeds in reforming is something best left for the listener to discover.

As well as powerhouse performances from Colin Baker and Terry Molloy, the story benefits from faultless performances by guest stars Bernard Horsfall and Wendy Padbury as Arnold Baynes, the moderately shady the chief executive officer of TAI, and his wife Lorraine, a historian with a particular interest in Davros. Adding to the "special" feel of the story is its format, which at two episodes each in excess of an hour in length, allows the listener to get really involved with the questionable motivations of the character that is "Davros".
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