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4.0 out of 5 stars Who needs the Doctor?, 15 Oct 2004
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Jane Aland (England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dalek Empire 1.1 - Invasion of the Daleks (Doctor Who S.) (Audio CD)
Can the Daleks carry an audio series without the Doctor? Indeed they can! This opening instalment in Big Finish's 4-part mini-series (these discs are not individual stories, but chapters of a larger story) does what it says on the tin, with the story concentrating on the Daleks invading the human colony word of Vega 6. While the basic plot points may be fairly predictable (Dalek invasion, mining the planet, Robot-ising prisoners) the success of this play is in its compelling characters, principally prisoner Susan Mendes (who has to come to terms with her own conscience when forced to co-operate with the Daleks for the well-being of the other prisoners) and inept Space Security Operative Alby Brook, who is desperately trying to rescue her. The only real flaw in the whole series is Alby's quest for Susan - while dramatically it's a great hook it never convinces due to their platonic relationship before the Dalek invasion begins - someone going into a war zone and almost certain death because he had a crush on a girl just doesn't convince. Throughout the Daleks are menacing, being always one-step ahead of the other characters, as they slowly manipulate them into carrying out their own plans. A great opening instalment to a superior series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 26 Dec 2009
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DSR (out beyond the sticks) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dalek Empire 1.1 - Invasion of the Daleks (Doctor Who S.) (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of the Daleks ever since they trundled onto our screens way back in 1963. I can't say the BBC have always treated them well and for some years (decades?) they became a bit of a laughing stock in some quarters. This series of audio books changed all that in my opinion.

At the time of writing this, the Dalek Empire series 1 discs, of which this is the first, are nearly ten years or so old. I've found during this time that I can return to them again and again, finding little nuances there not noticed before and easily being drawn into the story. the Daleks are portrayed as scheming, cunning and, well, scary for want of a better word, reminding me of the 1965 "Masterplan" TV epic. The characters are well developed too, in my opinion and you grow to know them well as the series goes on. By DE III, you even get David Tennant as Galanar, shortly before he became the 10th Doctor..

I wholeheartedly recommend these (now) four series of Dalek adventures. Hopefully, buying this first disc will encourage you to buy the others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a surprise, 7 April 2009
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P. Edwards "Paul Edwards" (Neath, South Wales, U.K.) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Dalek Empire 1.1 - Invasion of the Daleks (Doctor Who S.) (Audio CD)
I had bought previous Big Finish Doctor Who products before but kept away from the spin off. The cover looked cheap and tacky and did not inspire me to purchase, but what a surprise I got when I did. The story is excellent and fast moving. The characters are likeable and you feel for the situations they are in. I recommend this to everyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dalek Empire Series 1, Part 1: Invasion of the Daleks - The Pepperpots are back to wreak havoc in our galaxy., 22 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Dalek Empire 1.1 - Invasion of the Daleks (Doctor Who S.) (Audio CD)
First released in 2001, this is the first in a Big Finish spin off series from the Doctor Who main range and, as the title indicates, centres around the Daleks. It's a single disc release, one episode about an hour long.

The story follows on from the events of the Monthly Dr Who release `Apocalypse Element'. After regrouping in the Seraphina galaxy, the Daleks want to invade our Galaxy again. They form a bridgehead into the galaxy on the planet of Vega 6, where we meet the three main characters for this series, Susan Mendez, Karlendorf and Albie Brooks. Susan is a geologist captured by the Daleks who shows unusual spirit that they think they can use, Karlendorf is a lot more than he seems at first, and Albie Brooks is a well drawn tragic hero who again is a lot more than he first seems, any resemblance to Harry Palmer is, I am sure, totally coincidental.

The story centres on the Dalek invasion of Vega 6 and the enslavement of the population. There is a lot of well drawn action and the introduction of some really good characters. The feel of the piece is rather gloomy, and there is a feeling that there are not going to be any happy endings to this tale. The story ends on a slightly dark note and leaves the door open for an interesting series. 4 stars for this engrossing and well put together opening adventure.
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