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5.0 out of 5 stars A film on a disc!
The daleks have been done to death in doctor who, not many people now do good stories featuring these old classic but in my opinion overrated monsters. But it is great that nearly every big finish play to feature the daleks has been excellent, with new and fresh ideas to revive a waning monster. The guys at big finish always seem to bring back monsters well that otherwise...
Published on 29 Sep 2007 by big mad doctor who guy

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars too big for the audio screen
Daleks.

Romana.

Other time Lords.

Gallifrey.

Planets being invaded.

Galactic size threats.

An absolutely epic story that would make a great blockbuster movie, but it's just too big in scale for the audio to properly realise it. As a result we have something that promises to be really great, but never quite...
Published on 21 July 2006 by Paul Tapner


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film on a disc!, 29 Sep 2007
This review is from: The Apocalypse Element (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
The daleks have been done to death in doctor who, not many people now do good stories featuring these old classic but in my opinion overrated monsters. But it is great that nearly every big finish play to feature the daleks has been excellent, with new and fresh ideas to revive a waning monster. The guys at big finish always seem to bring back monsters well that otherwise wouldnt even be that interesting. New stories and new yarns are what are needed!

The apocalypse element is BIG. its one of the few big finish audios that really sound like a film on disc. most stories are great doctor who stories on audio, but not as grand as to make them feel like a film. One of the things about this play is its scale. And it involves Romana, closer to her screen persona than the confused and mixed up idiot she is in the far too politically based spin 0ff series gallifrey. I like Romana as a character and i feel she is badly done in the gallifrey series. But in all of her doctor who appearances she is nearer to her screen counterpart and this is one of her best performances as a captive of the daleks. This story develops well and at quite a fast pace considering how long this play is. But it is highly entertaining with plenty of great dalek moments. They are totally psychotic on this one i tell you. And there are plenty of great and gross moments. Colin Baker of course is on top form as the underappreciated sixth doctor, and Maggie Stables is brilliant as Evelyn.

So, all in all this is a fine adventure, a lot mkore enjoyable than Stephen's last effort for the big finish series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The First Act Of The Time War, 23 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Apocalypse Element (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Russell T Davies once referred to this story as the first act of the time war and I can see why. Insane Daleks attempt to destroy Gallifrey and the rest of the universe using the apocolypse element (slightly similar to the reality bomb in Journey's End from Series 4).

This story is grand and epic. It signals the return of Romana to the Doctor Who universe (and it's as if Lala Ward was never away).

You will really have to listen closely to this audio because there is so much going on. It has such a cinematic scope, which sometimes confuses things when the story is moving at such a fast pace.

I really enjoyed this one, and I think it's one of the best ones I've listened to so far.

However, I do have two negative comments. The ending felt rushed and too abrupt and Evelyn is a lot more irritating in this story than previous ones.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Daleks vs Timelords., 18 Oct 2013
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This review is from: The Apocalypse Element (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Positive.
Great written Dalek adventure by Stephen Cole.
Colin Baker gives a less arogant Doctor than his tv persona making his Doctor more likeable.
Lalla Ward returns for the first time since season 18 Warriors Gate, As Romana.
Daleks are back in this adventure & are being as ruthless as ever.

Negative.
The plot demands full attention from the listerner to appreciate all the plot points.

Audio Info.
The Apocalypse Element involves The Sixth Doctor, Evelyn & Romana in a 4 part episode adventure, Running time 140 minutes.

Review.
The Daleks are destroying planets obliterating them from existence with a new destructive weapon The Apocalypse Element & on Galilfrey Madame President Romana has been missing for 20 years in mysterious circumstances.

With the Doctor discovering the Daleks grand masterplan The Apocalypse Element he realises that the whole fate of the galaxy is in his hands.

Can The Doctor solve the mysterious disappearance of
President Romana & locate her whereabouts?

The Daleks are arriving on Galilfrey but are unable to deactivate the energy barrier around the planet that causes a confrontation with the Timelords of universal conquenses.

The Doctor has a choice to make, One that could have dire consequences on the fate of the universe.

This adventure is EPIC, A real fast paced adventure with the return of The Doctor's deadliest enemys The Daleks whom are on there most disturbing psychotic form in this adventure.

From the obliteration of planets to Mass murder of a galactic scale, Big Finish have taken real efforts to restore these classic villians to there devious best making them a real threat for The Doctor.

Colin Baker rises to the challenge as he tones down his Doctor's arrogance here in what is the first signs of him starting to mellow his character's personality, Something he wasn't allowed to achieve on tv.

Evelyn helps play a big part in the Doctor's more calmer personality as a reassuring companion whom ways up the pros & cons to the Doctor which makes him confront his choices & the consequences.

Lalla Ward plays Romana superbly it's as if she's never been away from Doctor Who for over 19 years as she slips effortlessly back into the role like a comfy pair of slippers.

Great Direction by Nick Briggs whom is also the voice of the Daleks as he ramps up the storys pace & tension brilliantly.

Stephen Coles script delivers The Daleks at there most cunning, Ruthless & destructive & concludes this story with a superb unexpected ending.

A excellent written story with The Sixth Doctors first encounter with the Daleks on audio.

A highly recommended purchase.

Timelord Rating.
8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Apocalypse Element - The pepperpots get really MEAN!, 2 Mar 2012
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This is the eleventh release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Colin Baker as Six and Maggie Stables as Evelyn. It also sees the return of favourite old companion Romana II (played by the ever lovely Lalla Ward) to the Whoniverse. There are four episodes, roughly 25-30 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.

As other reviewers have said, the scale of this adventure is really BIG. The tinpot dictators have, as ever, a plan to take over the universe. It's complicated, involving disappearing planets, a kidnapped time lady and lots of running around screaming `Exterminate', `Obey' and other motivational phrases. The scope and ambition of the story is almost too much for a hundred minute audio adventure, with lots and lots going on as things reach a final thrilling dénouement.

Credit to the Big Finish team, they manage to hold it all together. The script is excellent, and allows all the actors to shine. Baker is in form as Six, all galloping energy and imperiousness but with less arrogance and more compassion than his TV persona. Romana is given a high impact re-entry, and Lalla Ward plays it to perfection. Big Finish have done well with the Daleks, and in this and their previous appearance (the excellent Genocide Machine) they have managed to do something new with them, amplifying their cunning, ruthlessness and dedication to the masterplan. The audio effects are window rattling, and there is plenty of high energy action. It's entertaining, thrilling and in places moving. A credit to all involved and one of my favourite stories in the entire range. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Daleks I love you, 15 April 2009
This review is from: The Apocalypse Element (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
An epic Doctor Who adventure from Big Finish, The Apocalypse Element is sweeping and grandiose and is one of the best in the series so far. Apart from the ever-irritating Evelyn Smythe this is top-notch; the addition of former companion Romana as incumbent President of Gallifrey is simply the icing on a damn fine cake.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Doctor Who - The Apocalypse Element, 22 July 2006
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Mr. P. Johnson "pjohno" (leicester england) - See all my reviews
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This is in my opinion one of the best Big Finish adventures - it sweeps along at a cracking pace to its unexpected ending. The Fifth Doctor and Evelyn are on top form - the scope of the story is worthy of being made in to a TV film - would be great.

The main tenet of the story is interesting - how far do you go to stop destruction of other worlds even at the possible destruction of your own. The ending is a shock too and thought provoking - listen to it and make your own mind up.
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2.0 out of 5 stars too big for the audio screen, 21 July 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Apocalypse Element (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Daleks.

Romana.

Other time Lords.

Gallifrey.

Planets being invaded.

Galactic size threats.

An absolutely epic story that would make a great blockbuster movie, but it's just too big in scale for the audio to properly realise it. As a result we have something that promises to be really great, but never quite clicks. And it may not stick in the mind too long as a result. Which is a shame.

Great cliffhanger to episode two, though
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5.0 out of 5 stars their back again, 30 May 2010
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N. KEMPTON "ladykempton" (uk london) - See all my reviews
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The Cockroches are back again Sorry the Daleks are back and this time they are complitly insane it makes you wonder when did the Daleks go insane basicly saying if they can't rule the cosmos then they will destroy it I think you really see the arogance of the Daleks here also The Doctor is rightly horrifide by the Dalek plain i love the speech he gives Evlin when he tells her of the destruction that has egan in the universe wonderful.
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