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The Genocide Machine
on 6 February 2016
This is the seventh story in the Main Range series by Big Finish, first released in 2000. Written by Mike Tucker, this story features the Seventh Doctor, played by Sylvester McCoy, travelling with Ace, played by Sophie Aldred. This is the first story in the Main Range released by Big Finish which also features the return of a very old foe of the Doctor.
On the planet Kar-Charrat, a team of salvage hunters are planning to take an old artefact; but something emerges from the ziggurat and gets them first. Meanwhile, the Doctor has realised he has some very overde library books from the Library at Kar-Charrat, and he and Ace go there to return them. There, the Doctor finds that the library has acquired a hugely advanced technology to store data; but is there someone else who would like to get their suckers on it?
While we, as listeners, know there are Daleks in this story, it takes a while for the Doctor and Ace to become aware that their visit to the library is not as straightforward as they thought it was going to be. The other people and characters on Kar-Charrat are slowly introduced to us as the story unfolds, and the result is a great tension-filled story, with twists and turns all along the way. There’s lots of humour in the story, with the characters of Chief Librarian Elgin (wonderfully played by Bruce Montague) and Cataloguer Prink (delightfully played by Nicholas Briggs), and the story is well-paced. I really liked this story; it’s a great Doctor Who story, a great Seventh Doctor story, and a great Dalek story. This is a story I would more than happily listen to any time.