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The Blood Of The Daleks, Part 1: We have come to help, fish and chips for all!,
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This review is from: Blood of the Daleks (Doctor Who) (Audio CD)
First released in 2006, this is the first episode of a standalone series for Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor outside of the monthly range of Big Finish releases. This is a one disc release, with a single 50 minute episode. There are some interviews with cast and crew at the end of the disc that relate to this release and other releases in the first series.
The Eighth Doctor had a long a controversial life within the monthly releases, ranging from sublime stories such as `Chimes before Midnight', real turkeys such as `Something Inside' and the whole series of experimental `Divergent Universe' adventures. During these adventures the Eighth Doctor's personality has changed from his original tiggerish self into a more melancholic, hardnosed and darker character. It really felt like time for a bit of a reboot for this Doctor, and this excellent release is just what the Doctor ordered.
The episode starts off with a rather clever introduction of a new companion. Lucie Miller thought she was going off to her first day in a new job, but all of a sudden she finds herself on a Time Lord witness protection scheme, though she has no idea what she witnessed. She is dispatched straight into a time lord safe house, the middle of the Doctor's TARDIS. Much to both her and the Doctor's annoyance. Pretty soon she finds out that travelling with the Doctor is not as safe as the Time Lords made it sound, as they land on a planet that has been devastated by an asteroid strike, and a certain race of motorised pepperpots are on their way to help the survivors. Everything is not as it seems, and pretty soon the Doctor and Lucie are up to their eyeballs in mad scientists, dodgy politicians and not-so-looney's predicting the end of the world and alien invasion.
This strikes just the right note. By teaming Eight up with the Sheridan Smith's bolshy Northern Lass, we have a Doctor/companion relationship that strikes sparks and is a whole lot of fun. A very welcome relief after the deep and meaningful emoting that went on in the Eight/Charlie relationship. And it is that sense of fun that is at the heart of this adventure, even when it is dealing with deeper issues. It's a more traditional adventure for Eight, a rollercoaster of a ride as he starts to untangle the skein and get to the truth. This is the first of a two part adventure, so ends rather abruptly and leaves you wanting more.
A five star adventure, a good old fashioned bit of entertaining fun. Good show BF, keep it up!