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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dalek & Shakespeare?
Positive.
Paul McGann, Whom is just exellent this story making his Doctor interesting, Passionate & engaging.
The Eighth Doctor's first Dalek encounter on audio.
A unique story from writer Justin Richards.
Nick Briggs provides the Dalek voices & directs this play.

Negative.
The pacing in the middle episodes are a bit slow in...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars another runaround
This comes right after the audio embrace the darkness, which had a superb first episode but became a very disappointing runaround of a story afterwards.

And alas, the same thing happens here.

What a set up!

Future britain under a military dictator. The daleks. Who recite shakespeare. Time travel via mirrors. And a mysterious young boy. Who...
Published on 24 Aug 2006 by Paul Tapner


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars another runaround, 24 Aug 2006
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Time of the Daleks (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This comes right after the audio embrace the darkness, which had a superb first episode but became a very disappointing runaround of a story afterwards.

And alas, the same thing happens here.

What a set up!

Future britain under a military dictator. The daleks. Who recite shakespeare. Time travel via mirrors. And a mysterious young boy. Who is he?

Once having set this up in the first part, the next three have the doctor run around for the course of the episode before everything is resolved at the end with lots of explosions. Justin Richards has done so much doctor who fiction now many of his characters do tend to come over very cliched, and that's true of the supporting cast here. You will either guess the identity of the boy early on and find the story totally obvious as a result, or be compltely fooled and knocked for six as a result. Maybe whether you like this story or not hinges on that, but I'm afraid I fell in the former camp.
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2.0 out of 5 stars High-concept idea that just falls flat, 13 Jun 2008
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Andrew Brack (Atlanta, GA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Time of the Daleks (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Justin Richards' contribution to the second "season" of Big Finish Eighth Doctor audio adventures clearly wants to be an 'event story'. Not only does it feature the Eighth Doctor's first run in with the pepperpot menace (at least in the audio format) but there are time travel mirrors and the Daleks have picked up a fascination with the works of Shakespeare.

'Event stories' work when they manage to twist and catch you off guard, taking directions you did not expect at the start of the story. One of the best examples is from the TV episode 'Earthshock' which managed to keep its returning villain secret, thrilling its audience. 'The Time of the Daleks' tries hard to surprise us but somehow it feels predictable.

More crucially, the concept of Daleks as Shakespeare buffs is simply too crazy to be taken seriously. The result is a story whose deficiencies simply overpower its strengths (for instance Paul McGann's excellent performance, allusions to 'Evil of the Daleks' or the superb sound design).

'The Time of the Daleks' is not terrible - it simply disappoints by over-reaching itself and being very, very silly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dalek & Shakespeare?, 17 Oct 2013
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Timelord007 (The Tardis) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Time of the Daleks (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
Positive.
Paul McGann, Whom is just exellent this story making his Doctor interesting, Passionate & engaging.
The Eighth Doctor's first Dalek encounter on audio.
A unique story from writer Justin Richards.
Nick Briggs provides the Dalek voices & directs this play.

Negative.
The pacing in the middle episodes are a bit slow in places.

Trivia.
Keep a listen out for the Kitchen Boy character as he has a major part to play in this adventure.

Audio Info.
This is a four part story on 2 CDS, Running time 120 minutes.

Review.
"To Be Or Not To Be", This famous quote by William Shakespeare is commonly known around the world except of course one Charlie Pollard whom has never heard of Shakespeare.

The Doctor doesn't understand why she never heard of one of the most infamous writers ever to pen literature & a trip to England in the near future confirms something untoward is going on with history.

The Daleks seem very interested in Leader Genral Miriam Learman a 21st Century Shakespearean enthusiast & who is a leader in a postion of power whom just happens to have constructed a Time Machine out of clocks & Mirrors, So why do the Doctor's deadliest enemys seemingly want to help her.

What is the significance of The Kitchen Boy in all this & just were do the Daleks fit into the grand scheme of things?

Can the Doctor correct the timeline & put history back on course or will the Daleks plan prevail so that Shakespeare was never to have ever exsisted?

Some review's of this story are a little critical as i see merit in the story by writer Justin Richards.

This is a interesting concept & a unique story that has quite a intelligent plot that's sharp & brimming with wit.

Paul McGann in his first Dalek adventure as The Eighth Doctor is brimming with passion & enthusiasm of exploring the universe with companion Charley Pollard.

The Daleks are devious & menacing that give the story that extra zip of action.

Parts 2 & 3 are little off pace at times making the drama seem uneven maybe another draft would've ironed these pacing problems out better.

But it's far from disappointing, In fact it's a curious little mystery & a great first Dalek adventure for The Eighth Doctor.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Time Of The Daleks - Cry Havoc! and let slip the Daleks of war, 15 May 2012
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Victor (Hull, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Time of the Daleks (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is the thirty second release from Big Finish in their range of full cast audio adventures starring classic Doctor Whos. It stars Paul McGann as Eight and India Fisher as Charlotte Pollard. 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 pictures of the cast and production notes.

This release is the fifth in the second miniseries of Eighth Doc stories, through which there is a loose story arc revolving around Charlotte Pollard's rescue from the R101 by the Doc back in their first adventure. The arc has a greater presence on some stories than others, and here it starts to come to the fore in the effect that Charlie's existence is having on the fabric of time. There is also a reference to story 30, Seasons of Fear, which explains a brief cameo in that story.

The Doctor and Charlie are following a rather worrying rift in time, which has resulted in Shakespeare being removed from history. The follow it back to a dystopic near future earth, where England is ruled over by a seemingly benevolent dictator, there are improbable time experiments going on and Daleks are wandering around, spouting Shakespeare quotes and even more improbably being incredibly helpful...

It's a tale of two halves. On the one hand there is a lot of fun to be had with the tinpots quoting the bard rather than their usual motivational speeches of `Obey!' or `Exterminate!' There's some genuine intrigue as the Doc gets stuck into trying to figure out just what the pepperpots are up to and tries to convince people that they are not benign. But on the other hand, things get confusing as the tale starts to get wrapped up in time paradox and hard core SF. On this level the story does not work well, and is a bit of a confused mess.

McGann and Fisher are their usual excellent selves. Especially McGann, who portrays the happy go lucky Doctor slowly coming to realise just what a mistake he has made and becoming very worried in a very convincing manner.

A partly entertaining romp with some great ideas, but partly confused mess, so only three stars for this story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare spouting daleks with clocks and mirrors, 3 Aug 2006
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Big finish has the ability to wander into some very strange areas which often isn't a bad thing the lack of visual means that there is the ability to go further with a plot and for some reason it gives the daleks more menace. The general plot is difficult to explain in the semi near future the uk is ruled by an originally benevolent dictator who is slowly becoming more brutal against a band of rebels who are very unhappy because people are forgetting shakespeare enter the doctor. who belives there is a fissure in time and when he finds out there is a primitive time travel device using mirrors and clocks he believes that this could be the cause of it all until he sees a few daleks skulking around wanting to protect shakespeare.

As odd as it sounds it does all make a twisted sense and as usual McGann pulls it off with a aplomb, one of his strongest assets is that he takes it seriously and delivers it all with a strange caring tone, unfortunately as usual Charley is superflous but the rest of the characters interact well, the daleks are at there best when they are being devious which they are here. It all kind of works when it could have been crashingly painful and ends up being very entertaining.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another day, another Dalek story, 18 April 2009
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An ordinary story saved by strong performances from leads Paul McGann (Eighth Doctor) and India Fisher (Charley Pollard). Some decent dialogue but too many paradoxes and too little excitement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful....SO Wonderful!, 22 July 2008
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Neville F. Walker "Dr.Who fanatic" (Timaru, New Zealand) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Time of the Daleks (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
This is such an intelligent and perfect Big Finish story! It is so good, I've listened to it at least a dozen times. Granted, it has elements of a number of other classic television Dalek stories - in particular, The Daleks' Master Plan, and The Evil of the Daleks - but at its core, is Charlotte Elspeth Pollard. Another reviewer said Charley was superfluous; not a bit of it! Whereas "Embrace the Darkness" could equally have been a 5th Doctor & Nyssa story, The Time of the Daleks could ONLY be an 8th Doctor & Charley tale! Why? Because Charley, unlike other companions, is a source of Chronons! Thus, when the Daleks say "Source of Chronons located in Hall of Mirrors...indications are that the Master Clock is fully charged," they actually detected Charley, who is leaking discreet particles of Time. On another occasion, Viola & Charley are on the other side of a Time Portal (a Mirror) and having no success at getting through...until Charley takes hold of the Master Clock, instantly charging it up! OK, the Shakespeare-quoting Daleks are bizarre, but that's what the Justin Richards was going for - and the quotes are often very appropriate; from Rassilon's "The Time is out of joint" in the first few seconds; to the Learman Dalek's "Thus, the whirlygig of Time brings in its revenges" near the story's climax. There are also references to "The Power of the Daleks", with (a) the Daleks pretending to serve the humans, and (b) the same tone of voice as used in that story. There are even references to "The Dalek Invasion of Earth," with Charley and Viola seeing long lines of slaves with a Dalek guard, in an alternate reality. The story dovetails nicely with Seasons of Fear, when an out-of-time Dalek is destroyed by ancient Romans.

All in all, an awesome story - I expect to listen to listen to it at least another 15 times. And I do mean LISTEN - you have to really Listen, to pick up all the plot points. It's not a run-around.
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