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Power and the Daleks,
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This review is from: Energy of the Daleks (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)Latest Doctor Who audio play to feature Tom Baker as the Doctor and Louise Jameson as his companion Leela.
This is the fourth in a series of them. All releases so far have pretty much stood on their own, though, so casual listeners would be able to pick this up and get into it quite easily. There is a linking theme to them of the Doctor educating Leela, but that has little bearing on this story.
It runs for two episodes of twenty nine minutes each [approx] and is complete on a single cd.
The story sees the Doctor and Leela arriving in London in the near future. Where they find people protesting against a corporation that claims to have a way to solve a global energy crisis. Those who protest are ruthlessly oppressed. But the Doctor has detected a mysterious and strangely familiar energy reading.
Old enemies of his are nearby. Could the scheme to save the world actually bring about it's doom?
This was the first of these to be recorded, but regular listeners to them may not even notice, as Tom Baker and Louise Jameson do feel settled in their roles right from the off, and the script does give some excellent character moments and strong dialogue. Some of it is pretty funny as well.
It's a very traditional Doctor Who story in style. With scheming Daleks. Humans on the side of authority versus those who aren't, in a style that could have come from a third doctor story. And lots of running around and the Doctor doing frightfully clever things.
Whilst the quality of the acting and the style of the story does carry it along nicely enough, it does drift a little in the middle of part two. And ultimately being traditional is also a slight weakness because it means it doesn't offer anything new, and the script isn't therefore quite up to the standards of the last two in this range.
It's a perfectly decent story for what it is, but it's not the best of this run so far.
There's a trailer for the next release in this range on the track after the end of part two.
And fifteen minutes or so of interviews with cast and crew on the tracks after that.