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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad
Not bad for the second Companion Chronicle and the first with the Daleks!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Fear In This Dalek Adventure
Fear Of The Daleks (Doctor Who Companion Chronicles).

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Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Jamie, Zoe
Main enemy: The Daleks, Atrika
Main setting: Lavonia
Writer: Patrick Chapman
Director: Mark J Thompson
Release number: 1.2
1xCD
Format: 2 episodes
Running Time 60 minutes

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Enough Fear In This Dalek Adventure, 9 Oct 2014
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Timelord-007 (The Eccentric Wanderer) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fear of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
Fear Of The Daleks (Doctor Who Companion Chronicles).

Product Info.
Doctor: Second Doctor
Companion(s): Jamie, Zoe
Main enemy: The Daleks, Atrika
Main setting: Lavonia
Writer: Patrick Chapman
Director: Mark J Thompson
Release number: 1.2
1xCD
Format: 2 episodes
Running Time 60 minutes

Extras.
Trailer
Behind the scenes interviews

Cast.
Zoe Heriot - Wendy Padbury
The Daleks - Nicholas Briggs

Trivia.
1)Lavonia was a city built inside a protective dome on an asteroid.
2)The Xantha Empire was a former Earth colony that was now independent.
3)Professor Atrika, a Tibari scientist, planned to assassinate the president of Xantha so he could rule both groups, with the help of the Daleks.
4)Lavonia was where the peace talks between the Xantha & the Tibari were taking place.
5)To date, this is the only appearance of the Daleks in the Companion Chronicles.
6)This is the only Big Finish audio drama to feature one of the first three incarnations of the Doctor facing the Daleks.

What's Up Doc?
Why has Zoe Heriot been having nightmares about the Daleks? Who is the Doctor, a mysterious man from her past? When an evil scientist hijacks her mind to control a galaxy-conquering weapon, Zoe must stop him. First, she & the Doctor will face an enemy they had thought destroyed forever

Timelord Thoughts.
Fear of the Daleks has Wendy Padbury reprising her role as Zoe, who discusses with her therapist about these weird dreams of Daleks & the Doctor that she's been having recently.

Nicholas Briggs is excellent voicing the Daleks & continues to make them sound sinister & frightening but is hampered by a uneven script by Patrick Chapman who starts things off brilliantly with Zoe discussing her strange dreams to her therapist is a great way to start this companion chronicle adventure where she recollects the Doctor, Jaime & herself arriving on an asteroid that is houses a huge domed city which is host to a peace conference to end a war between two space-faring races but event's take a more sinister turn when Zoe is taken to a lab where a megalomaniac plans to use a Dalek mind transfer machine to control Zoe & manipulate her to assassinate one of the planet's leaders.

It's a engrossing enough story, with a gripping plot involving political intrigue, Dalek manipulation & assassination while actress Wendy Padbury narration is excellent adding real poignancy in her interpretation of Zoe but the plot is a little simplistic & isn't a scary enough story thats hampered by some rather silly dialogue.

Overall, Fear Of The Daleks is a above average Companion Chronicles that shows this latest range hasn't quite found it's footing, the story is saved by Wendy Padbury & Nicholas Briggs engaging performances together with Big Finishes atmospheric sound effects & eerie score which stops this audio adventure from becoming a mediocre Dalek adventure.

Timelord Rating.
6/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars oh my word, it's the daleks!, 10 May 2007
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fear of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
A new series of audio doctor who stories, in which the actors who played the doctor's travelling companions read talking books telling untold stories of their characters time with the doctor. All are framed with interesting literary devices, which give a good reason as to why they are telling the tale.

Here, the second doctor's companion zoe, sometime after she left the tardis, tells a tale of her first meeting with the daleks, as they and a mad scientist threaten to spoil peace negotiations on an alien world.

Wendy Padbury reads this with great gusto and does a superb job. The story is a superb recreation of the second doctor's time, and it all feels that it fits the era so well as a result. The one problem with this is the length of the tale. The first - of two - parts is thirty five minutes long and really drags for the last ten. The last is better but as a result a decent story becomes a little too long for it's own good. It's got it's moments, though, and is worth listening to.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "My consciousness is impared, I cannot think!", 18 Feb 2007
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Fear of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
One of the most heartbreaking moments of the original Doctor Who television series was when Zoe and Jamie had their memories of travelling with the Doctor erased on their departure, so it's nice to hear here an older Zoe beginning to regain her memories of the time, as she recounts this stand-alone story in Big Finish's new 'dramatized talking books' series. Sadly however the actual story, concerning the Daleks attempts to disrupt an alien peace conference by using Zoe as an unwilling assassin is very silly, featuring a bizarre Dalek plan centred on a device that sends 'solid astral projections' of characters elsewhere. It's lovely to hear Wendy Padbury reprise here role as Zoe, and the script contains plenty of amusingly in-character lines for the 2nd Doctor, but by focusing on the cheesiest aspects of 60's Doctor Who this ultimately comes across as a very childish and silly story, and the Daleks themselves lack any real menace here. Average at best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not Bad, 12 Sep 2014
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Not bad for the second Companion Chronicle and the first with the Daleks!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wendy Pabury reads..., 6 Aug 2012
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This review is from: Fear of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
This story begins a very long story arc about Zoe Heriot remembering her travels in time and space after they were erased by the time lords. Because Pat Troughton is no longer with us, it is told from Zoe's point of view.It is an engaging story and is aided by Nicholas Briggs as the voices of the dreaded Daleks.One of my favorite audios so far.Fear of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles)(link)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly not what it could have been, 14 July 2011
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This review is from: Fear of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Companion Chronicles) (Audio CD)
My first remembered Doctor is the second and more particularly the Jamie /Zoe stories. Sadly this first appearance of Zoe is let down by a story which is at best average.

Slotted into the time line at the point Zoe stows away on the TARDIS we get a poor tale of mind control, astral projection and Daleks. This mixed with an evil scientist who turns good (Cliché number two) and the listener is inevitably disappointed
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