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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
"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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 April 2015
The Daleks make their Big Finish debut here!

I enjoyed listening to 'The Genocide Machine' with the Doctor and Ace fighting against the Daleks. This Dalek story is special as it was the first audio for Big Finish to produce with Doctor fighting against these metallic pepper-pots. It was the first of many and one of the best.

'The Genocide Machine' is a four-part adventure by Mike Tucker, who was visual effects supervisor during the Sylvester McCoy era and currently on the new series of 'Doctor Who'. I find it amazing and extraordinary that Mike turns his hand to writing from his special effects work on the series.

This is also the second audio with Sylvester McCoy and Sophie Aldred reprising their roles of the Doctor and Ace. Mike knows Sylvester and Sophie very well and their characters inside out. So it's no surprise he writes a cracking good Dalek adventure with the two leads in mind.

The story has the Doctor and Ace visiting the jungle planet of Kar-Charat. The Doctor makes to return some of library books belonging to the hidden library on the planet. Upon arrival, the Doctor soon discovers mysteries regarding a 'wet-works' facility and the Daleks come to obtain it.

I like how Mike's story echoes the classic feel of Dalek stories from the early days of 'Doctor Who'. The Daleks are at their ruthless best when getting what they want on Kar-Charat and the seeds are sown as to would become the 'Dalek Empire' spin-off series in 'Big Finish'.

The world of Kar-Charat is pretty wet - literally, I mean. It's a planet where it always rains, so it's good the Doctor has an umbrella to keep him and Ace dry when visiting the library. The rain water is also significant concerning the 'wet-works' facility within the library on Kar-Charat.

The Doctor and Ace have faced the Daleks before previously in 'Remembrance Of The Daleks'. I like that this story establishes the Doctor and Ace knowing the Daleks already. This story may not have the zip-bang pacey action of 'Remembrance', but it's certainly feels atmospheric in audio terms.

Sylvester McCoy delivers a superb performance as the Doctor. I like how the Doctor makes the decision of returning library books to Kar-Chart when he should have returned them long ago. He's intrigued by the library's wet-works facility and puts the pieces on how the Daleks are involved.

I think it's fair to say that the Doctor's not so manipulate and dark as he usually is in many Sylvester McCoy stories. But there's a moment when he discovers the truth about the library's acquisition of knowledge and Sylvester is brilliant when the Doctor becomes angry with librarian Elgin.

Sophie Aldred is excellent as Ace. I really like how Ace is capable of looking after herself and she meets Bev Tarrant, making her friends with her and leading her when facing the Daleks. Ace does get kidnapped by the Daleks aboard their ship, but she's pretty defiant when confronting them.

Ace gets duplicated by the Daleks giving Sophie an opportunity to delivers a chilling performance as robot/Dalek-like Ace. I was terrified by this Ace Dalek duplicate sounding so Dalek-like and evil, especially when she's cruel and threatens the real Ace and the Doctor into submission.

The rest of the cast includes Bruce Montague as Chief Librarian Elgin. Elgin runs the library on Kar-Charat and it seems like the Doctor and Elgin are good friends when they meet in this story. Elgin hides a dark secret about the library's 'wet-works' which angers the Doctor greatly in 'Part Four'.

There's also Louise Faulkner as Bev Tarrant. Bev is a mercenary who comes to Kar-Charat with her friend/lover Rappell (Daniel Gabriele) who gets killed earlier on. She's a tough woman who meets up with Ace on the planet as they attempt to dodge Daleks in the jungle when being hunted by them.

There's a character in this audio who doesn't say very much, despite Elgin saying he's a chatterbox. This is Cataloguer Plink (played by Nick Briggs). I found it funny when he's there in the story yet he hardly speaks when Elgin or the Doctor talk to him. He only says something at the end of the story.

The Daleks are voiced by Alistair Lock and Nicholas Briggs. Both provide terrifying voices for the Daleks and it's no surprise that Nick would be the Dalek voice for the new series. You can feel the madness and intelligence in the Daleks voices in these Big Finish audios as well as the TV series.

The Dalek Emperor makes an appearance in this audio adventure during the visit to Kar-Charat. There's also a Dalek Supreme from 'Planet of the Daleks'. There's also a mad Dalek that absorbs too much information from the Kar-Charat's library and sounds disorientated and dizzy when he speaks.

I've enjoyed listening to 'The Genocide Machine' very much. It's a great Dalek adventure for the Doctor and Ace, and I listened this to celebrate the Seventh Doctor during the 50th anniversary of 'Doctor Who'. This story is highly recommended if you're a Dalek fan and a Seventh Doctor fan.

The CD extras at the end of Disc 2 include trailers for two Big Finish audios including 'Red Dawn' with Peter Davison and 'The Marian Conspiracy' with Colin Baker.

The next story with the Doctor and Ace is 'Dust Breeding'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 October 2013
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2009
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2008
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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on 31 July 2011
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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on 2 February 2011
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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on 17 April 2014
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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on 22 December 2014
Always enjoy a Dalek story .
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