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`It's just a funny murderous stage we're going through',
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Mutant Phase (Audio CD)
As this latest Big Finish audio adventure opens, we see the usually impervious and unstoppable Daleks succumbing to a new disease, known only as `the mutant phase'. Coming seemingly out of the blue, the disease strikes quickly and infects even more quickly, despite the Dalek's armoured casings.
However, the disease doesn't kill the Daleks, instead it liquefies the brain but leaves the body intact, turning the diseased Daleks into a mindless swarm that seeks its survival by eating everything of value on a planet - the animals, the vegetation, even the minerals. The swarm is devastating planets and destroying Daleks with a voracious and seemingly inexhaustible hunger. Even more terrifying is that the disease multiplies even as it decimates the Dalek fleets, one at a time.
Naturally, landing slap-bang into the middle of this, are The Fifth Doctor and his companion Nyssa. Quickly making contact with a small group of human survivors, the time travellers soon find themselves being asked to help the Time Lord's mortal enemies...
Although zombie Daleks are an interesting concept, Mutant Phase is really only of interest to Dalek fans and those already following the Dalek Empire spin-off series. And what's with the awful front cover, was Clayton Hickman having a day off?