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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable Davros / Dalek romp with Colin Baker and Bonnie Langford, 1 Aug 2007
This review is from: The Juggernauts (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
"In a small mining colony on the dark and distant planet of Lethe, events are occurring - the results of which could dramatically affect things on a universal scale. For within the dingy corridors of the artifical biosphere, the lone survivor of a devastating crash has expertly wormed his way into the lives of the colony's personnel.
"A scientist known as Davros.
"Separated from one another across space and time, the Doctor and Mel find themselves in very different predicaments: Mel has been employed on Lethe, while the Doctor has been imprisoned aboard an alien spacecraft. Both situations are inexorably linked, however, and at the apex of the two sits Davros and the terrifying possibility even more powerful than the Daleks!
"Rescuing Mel and stopping Davros should be the Doctor's primary goals, but could it be that this time, Mel does not wish to be rescued? And might Davros actually be working on something for the benefit of the civilised galaxies...?"

"The Juggernauts", by Scott Alan Woodward, is a complicated number that not only features Davros and the Daleks, but also brings back the Mechonoids (last seen in the 1960s in "The Chase"), albeit this time branded by their "creator" Davros as the eponymous Juggernauts. In a manner similar to Big Finish's earlier play "Davros", the Dalek creator purports to be working for the benefit of civilisation rather than to its detriment, but this time he is in disguise (having duped the colonists of Lethe, including Mel, into believing that he is human and having won their trust, giving actor Terry Molloy another chance to play the role using his normal, unmodified voice). We also have a love interest for Mel in the form of Geoff (Klaus White), and we wonder for a while whether the companion will actually consider leaving the Doctor.
Molloy puts in a star turn as Davros, and whilst the script for The Juggernauts isn't nearly in the same league as the earlier play, Molloy's presence elevates the scenes he appears in. The voices for the Daleks and Mechonoids are, of course, provided by Nicholas Briggs in the usual very passable replications of the original series voices. The other supporting characters are decently played by the guest cast, although none leave any particular lasting impression.
The plot of "The Juggernauts" is a little bloated by Davros / Dalek continuity and certain avenues, such as Mel's doubts over whether she should leave Lethe, tend to fizzle out rather than be fully explored. However, overall "The Juggernauts" is a decent Davros / Dalek romp anchored by a great performance by Terry Molloy.
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