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4.0 out of 5 stars Daleks, a rainforest and a double Ace
"The library on Kar-Charrat is one of the wonders of the Universe. It is also hidden from all but a few select species. The Doctor and Ace discover that the librarians have found a new way of storing data - a wetworks facility - but the machine has attracted unwanted attention, and the Doctor soon finds himself pitted against his oldest and deadliest enemies - the...
Published on 11 April 2006 by M. Wilberforce

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Was not sure when I ordered it and still not sure after I listened to it but dont think I will be getting any more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daleks, a rainforest and a double Ace, 11 April 2006
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M. Wilberforce "mwilberforce" (Bristol, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Genocide Machine (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"The library on Kar-Charrat is one of the wonders of the Universe. It is also hidden from all but a few select species. The Doctor and Ace discover that the librarians have found a new way of storing data - a wetworks facility - but the machine has attracted unwanted attention, and the Doctor soon finds himself pitted against his oldest and deadliest enemies - the Daleks!"
So, the Daleks make their first appearance in a Big Finish audio adventure... and I'm pleased to say that the Doctor's oldest and deadlies foes make the translation to the new format with considerable aplomb!
Mike Tucker's The Genocide Machine is a classic Doctor Who story, with quirky characters such as Bruce Montague's Chief Librarian Elgin and the unfortunate, ever-silent Cataloguer Prink, a random element (Louise Faulkner's mercenary Bev Tarrant) and a suitably villainous foe in the form of the Daleks. The rainforest planet of Kar-Cherat is conveyed excellently by the story's use of atmospheric sound effects (this is rapidly becoming a habitual trait of the Big Finish stories). The Daleks sound excellent, voiced with a harsh edge by director and composer Nicholas Briggs, who also provided Dalek voices for the new TV series with Christopher Eccleston.
The Daleks in The Genocide Machine seem to fit the timeline of the new TV series more than anything else, being commanded from Skaro by an apparently massive Emperor Dalek that sounds a lot like that revealed in The Parting of the Ways. However, to please the crowd, The Genocide Machine also features a Dalek Supreme and, in a triumphantly recogniseable appearance using the original sound effects, a Special Weapons Dalek. The Daleks are also up to their usual tricks, duplicating humanoids and taking over planets.
The cast are good, although Sophie Aldred sometimes doesn't convince as the robot Ace. The running joke of Prink as a supposed chatterbox who never manages to get a word in edgeways is somewhat predictable, but overall The Genocide Machine is well scripted and performed. An entertaining turn; the Big Finish series continues to impress.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Immense, 17 April 2009
This review is from: The Genocide Machine (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
I have to set my stall in the positive camp and say that this is a return to form for the malevolent pepperpots, as well as a triumph for both The Seventh Doctor and his companion the teenage tearaway Ace. With impressive sound effects, a solid story and confident performances from the leads this is a decent audio drama from Big Finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Dalek story. (Wonderfully atmospheric cover art too!)., 16 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Genocide Machine (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The Daleks sound very urgent and menacing as though they really do mean business! And with different sounding voices for the different Daleks speaking so you can follow which one is talking. The special weapons dalek, the Dalek Supreme and the Emperor Dalek especially sounding very distinctive, the emperor sounding quite creepy. I loved the character of Mr Elgin, the head librarian, his voice and character were extremely well put across, very distinctive. Sylvestor McCoy and Sophie Aldred played their parts to perfection and the sound of the raindrops and continual rainfall of the planet were also very effective too. One of the best from Big Finish, especially the first two episodes which were quite simply superb. A treat for all Dr Who fans everywhere.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Daleks First Outing!, 21 Oct 2013
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This is the first time Big Finish got to use the Daleks and they did a really good job. Once again, 7/Ace are on TOP form, delievering brilliant performances and re-delivering the same energy they had on screen all that time ago.

This story features similar themes to the River Song two-parter in Series 4 of NuWho, so if you enjoyed that, you'll probably enjoy this one.

Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I can't wait to hear more from the Daleks because they translate so well through an audio.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Library Of The Daleks, 18 Oct 2013
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Positive.
A great new adventure written by Mike Tucker & featuring the Daleks debut in a Big Finish Audio adventure.
Sylvester McCoy & Sophie Aldred as The Seventh Doctor & Ace share a great chemistry & whom play there characters with great conviction.
This is The first story in a loose set of 4 Dalek adventures featuring various Doctors & companions called Dalek Empire.

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Trivia.
Bev Tarrant also appears in Seventh Doctor & Ace adventure Dust Breeding.
Lisa Faulkner who plays Bev Tarrant won celebrity Masterchef a few years ago.

Audio Info.
This is a 4 part adventure running to around 120 minutes.

Review.
What starts as a lighthearted adventure about the Doctor wanting to return some library books back, Traveling in the Tardis The Doctor & Ace visit the planet Kar-Charrat which houses one of the greatest library's in the universe.

There they meet chief Liberian Elgn & silent cataloguer Prink.

But something sinister is taking place within the library & a enemy from the Doctor's past is about to make themselves known as his oldest & deadliest enemy's The Daleks have returned.

Commanded from Skaro & sending a Dalek fleet lead by the Dalek Supreme to Kar-Charrat, The Dalek Emperor has a devious plan for the library as The Dalek Empire wants to download all knowledge from within the library & use that knowledge as a weapon of power to annihilate other species whom dont bow down to Dalek law & conquer the universe as the superior beings.

Can The Doctor & companion Ace put a stop to the Daleks Masterplan of universal domination & is there more going on at Kar- charrat than The Doctor's letting on? & who's working as a Dalek spy updating events to The Dalek Emperor on Skaro?, The Doctor's in a race against time to solve this mystery of The Genocide Machine & to end the Daleks grand masterplan of Universal Armageddon.

This is a exellent fast paced adventure written by Mick Tucker & Directed by Nick Briggs voice of the Daleks & now Big Finishes executive Producer.

The Daleks make there Big Finish debut in this story & are the best they have ever been in years in this adventure as Big Finish have made the efforts of hiring Mike Tucker to write a story making the Doctors deadliest enemys power crazed, Devious & threatening once again.

The cast do a exellent job all round & the rainforest effects really do enhance the atmosphere to the storys drama.

Sylvester McCoy is on tip top form in this as The Umbrella Man Seventh Doctor who is great at bringing out the light & shade of his Doctor's personality.

Sophie Aldred is exellent as Ace whom gets stuck into the storys action , Her character has gutso & was a prototype for the future character of Rose Tyler later portrayed by Billie Piper.

Great action packed adventure that is well paced full of drama & tension making this Dalek debut a classic adventure.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Genocide Machine - Yes! The pepperpots are back!, 29 Feb 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This is the seventh release from Big Finish in their range of audio only adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Sylvester McCoy as Seven and Sophie Aldred as Ace. There are four episodes, roughly 25 minutes each, complete with original theme music between each, and cliff hanger endings. Two episodes per disc on 2 discs, and a short booklet with some notes from the author.

For their previous releases the Big Finish team had done a good job of creating new monsters and threats for the Doctor to fight, but it was only a matter of time before everybody's favourite tin pot dictators made an appearance. And once again the team have done a good job, treating the source material with respect and bringing the cold, calculating, psychotic pepperpots to life.

Seven and Ace go off on a seemingly trivial mission to return some overdue library books. But soon after their arrival the fabled library of Kar-Charrat comes under attack from the Daleks who have some cunning plan to download all the information contained therein in order to facilitate their conquest of the universe. The odds seem impossible, but there is more going on than meets the eye, and the Doctor finds some unexpected help.

There is a cracking script which really does the job. It's an all action production which really manages to create a sense of tension and danger. For once there is a believable explanation for things happening just as the Doctor arrives in the middle of it. There is also a nice touch of humour, with the over talkative Prink. An almost perfect adventure for the Doctor as faces off against his oldest foes, and uncovers the secrets of the Genocide machine (which is a genuinely fascinating concept).

A five star release.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dr Who, 17 April 2014
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Was not sure when I ordered it and still not sure after I listened to it but dont think I will be getting any more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daleks return, 31 July 2011
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Michael Finn (Blackburn, Lancashire, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Genocide Machine (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Mike Tucker brings his skill of writing for the Seventh Doctor and Ace partnership to the new Big Finish range of Doctor Who audios. The first episode is a great piece of Doctor Who; exciting, mysterious and the Daleks manage to achieve a level of scariness not achieved very often during their many television appearances.
Episodes two and three unfortunately don't match up to the promise of the first. There is far too much time given over to listening to the Daleks underlining their plans and Ace and the Doctor get very few scenes together, with Chief Librarian Elgin (definitely a marble or two missing) stepping into the space usually occupied by the Doctor's sidekick.
On the whole though the story works and could easily have slotted into season twenty-six of the tv serial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant story, 2 Feb 2011
This review is from: The Genocide Machine (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This story is great with the cast in top form, menacing daleks, ( with 80s death rays ) and a supreme dalek and special weapons dalek. Elgin is a great character, and the only con is Sophie Aldred's not entirely convincing robot Ace. Lovely sound effects.
Buy this CD!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their back, 30 May 2010
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N. KEMPTON "ladykempton" (uk london) - See all my reviews
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A great Dalek they are the cockroaches of the universe you kill them, beat them but they keep coming back and the Doctor has done that more then once he even blew up their planet and that has not stopped them I think the idea that in this story in a way the Daleks are almost a secondary villain when you find out what the Libaryens have been doing.
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