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The Dalek Classic!
on 10 September 2012
When I first heard about The Dalek Project back in 2009 I instantly placed my order - the prospect of a full length graphic novel featuring the 10th Doctor and the Daleks - set during World War 1, gripped me. But then come the advertised release date it never arrived. Instead the date kept getting pushed back until it disappeared off the schedules full stop. There was much speculation as to the reasons why - the most common been that the storyline was similar in tone to a forthcoming TV episode in production at that time! (3 years later we now know this is why the book was postponed).
Instead we got The Only Good Dalek - a thoroughly entertaining adventure. My only negative was that the Doctor's character didn't quite match that of Matt Smith. My reasoning for this was that the book had been produced during the early stages before the world had yet to observe the 11th Doctor in action.
Jump forward 3 years and my excitement levels again rose when I again saw the release advertised of The Dalek Project - this time featuring the 11th doctor. I did feel a little disappointed as I had hoped to see the book released one day with the 10th Doctor at the helm (although it wouldn't make much sense commercially I guess to release a book featuring the exploits of a past Doctor).
Anyhow, was it worth the wait? The answer is an astounding YES. This book is simply fantastic!!
SPOILERS: The story kicks off in France in 2017 when an archeological dig uncover a sphere from a Dalek saucer within a long buried World War 1 Trench system. This action begins to resurrect the metal maestros who promptly rediscover the art of extermination! Into this comes the Doctor who within 30 pages has dispatched of his oldest enemies - 'unfinished business' as he describes it. Is that it then? you ask. Hell no, that's just the beginning. From here we are taken back one century to witness how the Daleks came to be trapped in the first place. The Doctor arrives at Hellcombe Hall in Kent where.... I'm sure you'll all have read the summary!
I would love to reveal more as this book warrants full applause. The Doctor here is the 11th version that we know fine well - we get the "Panama hats are cool" lines (although no 'Geronimo's').
There are many excellent sequences - eerie sequences when the Doctor first arrives at the ghostly Hellcombe Hall, different zones behind various doors, the Doctor and his newly found 'gang' escaping from the Daleks in a german U-Boat, and a fantastic finale set on the front line itself. I'll say no more.
In a nutshell - if you like graphic novels and are a fan of Doctor Who, buy this book!!!!