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4.0 out of 5 stars Curse those metal fiends!, 25 Jan 2011
This review is from: Curse of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Stageplays) (Audio CD)
As you'd probably expect, The fiendish pepper-pots from Skaro are far and away the best thing about this audio adaptation of a long-forgotten 1960s stage-play, originally produced to capitalise on the immense popularity of The Daleks. That's not to say that the play itself is in any way poor; apart from an (unsurprisingly) inherent staginess, the cast acquit themselves well, and the producers have taken David Whittaker's competent script and created a claustrophobic and gripping atmosphere.
Complete with the regular end of disc chat with cast and crew, this is a solid entry into the burgeoning Big Finish canon and a worthwhile purchase for any fan of the series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Daleks as you remember them - utterly Terrifying!!!!, 4 Feb 2009
This review is from: Curse of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Stageplays) (Audio CD)
This is an audio play based on a 1960's stage play written by David Whittaker and Terry Nation. It does not feature Dr Who but it does feature the Daleks as I remember them as a child - utterly believable and terrifying monsters. When a spaceship is forced to land on Skaro they discover a planet that has become a Dalek graveyard, seemingly dead since their power supply was destroyed during a space war 50 years ago. However, unknown to the ships crew one of them is a murder and a maniac who intends to resurrect the Daleks and be their master but, as ever the Daleks have other ideas... The acting and production on this play is marvellous and very atmospheric - the arrival on Skaro and the discovery of hundreds of seemingly inactive Daleks overgrown with vegetation is very creepy - the Daleks are never more frightening when they are a mere malevolent presence that you know will soon burst into life with shrieks of 'Exterminate'. In addition to the full play there are documentaries on the making of the original stage play and the audio play. If you are a doctor who fan this should be on your shopping list. Well done to all those involved in this production for allowing us the chase to experience a part of Dr Who history - the first stage production of Dr Who that was performed during the run of the Dr Who adventure `The Daleks Masterplan'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awakening of the Daleks, 29 Dec 2012
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Back in the 1960's, when Doctor Who began, the Daleks became a national sensation. There was merchandising galore. Novelty records. The two films starring Peter Cushing as Doctor Who.

And there was also a stage play.

It ran for a while in 1965. The only characters from the tv show whom it featured were the Daleks.

And since very little detail, and absolutely no photos of it, survives, Curse of the Daleks was a rather obscure and forgotten footnote in Doctor Who history, known about only to a handful.

But thanks to Big Finish Productions adapting the story to audio, it gets a new lease of life.

The play runs for just under two hours. And was divided into two acts. Each is presented on one of the two cd's that make up this release. They are basically long episodes, and the only breaks in them are the usual cd chapters ones.

The story sees a spaceship that is taking a couple of passengers and two dangerous criminals to Earth forced to land on Skaro. The planet of the Daleks. Everyone believes that they're no longer a threat, since it's over fifty years since the end of the Dalek war and none have been seen since. But when evidence of sabotage emerges and strange events follow, the people from the ship begin to wonder if they're not alone....

To convert a stage play into audio form some of the more visual moments, plus a lot of exposition, is presented via narration. Nicholas Briggs, voice of the Daleks on tv, does all this in a rather earnest style that does suit the release rather well. Although the story does betray it's stage origins it never feels desperately stagey and it does move along nicely enough.

The characters could be rather cliched but the performers do all aquit themselves rather well and make them very three dimensional. Many attitudes and styles and cliches of the time in which this was originally written do come into it, but they never quite irritate.

As a story it's nothing special, but it's not bad. It has some good twists and turns and some nice moments of mounting paranoia. And some very good surprises. The length of each act means you do need to keep your focus at all times as there are moments when it could wander, but that's only a minor complaint.

The first disc has roughly fifteen minutes of extras at the end of it. A short piece about the origin of the original version, plus interviews with two of the cast. [One being the lead from the original version, who plays a different role in the audio].

Disc two has just under twenty minutes worth of features, all about the writing of the adaptation and the production of it.

This isn't the greatest story ever but it's a fascinating rebirth for a lost bit of Doctor Who history, and it's worth a listen.
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