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Patrick Troughton makes his debut,
This review is from: Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks(Original BBC Television Soundtrack) (Audio CD)
Patrick Troughton's tenure as the Doctor begins with the return of an old foe in David Whitaker's "The Power of the Daleks". Falling within the same season of the television series, "Power" picks up where "The Tenth Planet" left off - with the newly regenerated Doctor picking himself up off the ground. Companions Ben and Polly are shocked and confused - and this is the mood that carries us into the first episode, as this impish little man bounces around tootling on his recorder.
However, the real plot soon begins with (of course) a death, and the Doctor and his companions are soon mixed up in the complex politics of Vulcan. In the process, we meet a number of well-layered characters, all with their own agendas. The motives of Bernard Archard's security chief Bragen, Robert James' blinkered scientist Lesterton and Pamela Ann Davey's duplicitous Janley (to name a few) gradually unfold as the story proceeds, and a number of the characters end up questioning their alliances and beliefs things go from bad to worse. The Daleks, meanwhile, plot and scheme, making the most of their technology and the gullible Lesterton's willingness to aid them.
The newly regenerated Doctor muddles through, but eventually plays a pivotal role in the Daleks' defeat despite his apparent buffoonery. By the end of episode six the audience, as represented on-screen by Ben and Polly, are left in no doubt that their strange new companion is the Doctor - albeit a man radically changed from his previous incarnation.
I wasn't sure what rating to give the story at first. It isn't perfect and, were such things permitted, I would probably give it 4½ stars. But I'm feeling generous tonight, so I'll give it a 5 on the grounds of good characterisation and production.
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