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4.0 out of 5 stars The Daleks Are Coming! - Part 4, 7 April 2015
This review is from: Dalek Empire 1.4 - Project Infinity (Doctor Who S.) (Audio CD)
"You cannot stop the Daleks! We shall be victorious!"

The first `Dalek Empire' series comes to an end!

'Project Infinity' is the fourth and final chapter/audio drama out of the four CDs in `Dalek Empire'. It is a 70-minute episode. The first three episodes were 'Invasion of the Daleks'; 'The Human Factor' and '"Death to the Daleks!"'. Here all the plot threads of this series come together.

This series is written, produced and directed by Nicholas Briggs who also voices the Daleks with Alistair Lock and Steven Allen and Robert Lock (in this one). This episode stars Mark MacDonnell as Albert `Alby' Brook and Gareth Thomas as Kalendorf with Sarah Mowat as Susan `Suz' Mendez.

This episode follows on the previous cliff-hanger, as it turns out Suz Mendez is dead. She was shot by the Daleks when spreading her message of "Death to the Daleks!" to everyone. Alby is devastated, but there's a great deal of work to do as the Daleks' real agenda comes into fruition.

The connections to previous 'Doctor Who' audios including 'The Apocalypse Element' and 'The Genocide Machine' relate to the Dalek's 'Project Infinity'. There is also an element of 'The Mutant Phase' in this story, especially where the Dalek Emperor is concerned.

Like Alby, I was shocked to discover that Suz has been killed by the Daleks in the previous episode. Sarah Morat as Suz Mendez appears only in flashback scenes as to what actually happened to her, including her speech when she says "Death to the Daleks!" to the human slaves.

It transpires that the narrator in the first three episodes of 'Dalek Empire' happens to be a Seer who Suz has been in mental contact with. I like it when Suz's voice is saying the 'I love you' message to Alby instead of the Seer's. Perhaps Suz may turn out to be alive somewhere as Alby hopes.

Mark McDonnell as Alby Brook is devastated and depressed with Suz's death at the beginning and has taken to drinking. Alby refuses to talk to anyone especially when Kalendorf and Mirana need him. He hears Suz's voice inside his head which leads him and the others to meet the Seer.

Alby eventually tells Kalendorf about what he knows of Project Destiny and what his mission was involving killing Suz. Alby gets to take part in the action of battle against Daleks as well as discovering the truth about Project Destiny. Alby gets a surprise when his own SSS boss turns against him.

Gareth Thomas as Kalendorf takes charge of the fight against the Daleks since Suz's death. Everyone thinks that the Daleks have retreated and are finally defeated. But Kalendorf is suspicious as he believes the Daleks are plotting something on a big scale nobody has even noticed.

Unlike Alby, Kalendorf has taken to accepting Suz's death even though he misses her as a good friend. Kalendorf is keen to carry on the fight against the Daleks and persuades Alby to snap out of his depression and help by asking questions about Project Infinity and everyone else who knows it.

Teresa Gallagher as Mirana joins Kalendorf and Alby in the fight against the Daleks. She seems encouraging and defending Alby at times. It soon transpires that she's an agent working for the Daleks. But she's not a Roboman. She actually has a telepathic link with the Dalek Emperor.

Fortunately Mirana is free of her link with the Dalek Emperor and is tended to by doctors. Mrana relays information to Kalendorf and Alby about Project Destiny via Dalek transmissions. He even becomes aware of a Dalek presence inside a human being.

The Dalek Emperor becomes more fully involved in the story arc in its fourth appearance of the `Dalek Empire' series. In this episode, Special Weapons Daleks from 'Remembrance Of The Daleks' make their appearance with their devastating 'booming' canons.

Tim Keable does it again with his comic book art inside and outside the sleeve notes for `Project Destiny' The extract from the Galactic Free News Broadcast log TBOD9 with comic book art the back of the sleeve notes is also interesting.

Like the previous three episodes, there aren't any CD extras or `coming soon' trailers to be featured at the end of this disc.

The mystery of what Project Destiny actually becomes clearer and the Daleks involvements is pretty terrifying. The episode and the first series ends on a cliff-hanger, which I was annoyed about and it didn't satisfy me as to what actually happened at the end of the episode.

I've enjoyed listening 'Project Destiny' as well as the whole of the first 'Dalek Empire' series. It's something different and unusual and has the Daleks taking centre stage. I was unhappy with the conclusion but it obviously means the series is going to continue and I wonder what happens next...

The `Dalek Empire' series continues in 'Dalek War - Chapter One'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dalek Empire Series 1, Part 4: Project Infinity - Suitably grand and epic finale to a great series., 22 Aug. 2013
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This review is from: Dalek Empire 1.4 - Project Infinity (Doctor Who S.) (Audio CD)
First released in 2001, this is the fourth 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.

This is the final episode of the first series, and brings all the strands together in an epic and grand style. Suze is dead, but her final moments put the revolution into full swing, and humanity is now driving the Daleks from the galaxy, lead by Karlendorf. But he is worried about a rogue Dalek trace spotted heading towards the Lopra system. Just what is the Infinity project everyone seems so worried about? He and Albie team up in a desperate race to foil the Dalek's real plan.

This finale centres more on Gareth Thomas' Karlendorf, and allows us to finally get better acquainted with the enigmatic knight of Velyshaa. He comes across as an older, wiser, more cynical Roj Blake as he leads his motley crew into the final battle. He has a superb voice for audio, one that is full of inflection and character, and so charming that you hang on his every word. He draws us into a thrilling and devastating finale, one that rounds out the series superbly.

It's a fitting end to a series that started well and got better. 5 stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic finale, 25 Oct. 2004
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This review is from: Dalek Empire 1.4 - Project Infinity (Doctor Who S.) (Audio CD)
The Dalek Empire mini-series builds to a terrific climax with this fourth and final instalment. The entire Dalek invasion as witnessed in parts 1-3 is revealed to be an almighty distraction to the real story, as both the humans and Daleks desperately battle for Project Infinity in order to win the war forever. There's a great twist ending, and though it's a rather sudden finale it works perfectly well on its own as it is, though confirmed Dalek Empire addicts can return for more with the sequel Dalek War. A fantastic end to a great spin-off miniseries.
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