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This review is from: The Dalek Contract (Doctor Who: The Fourth Doctor Adventures) (Audio CD)
I've been a fan of Doctor Who since 1970, when Jon Pertwee first made his cloak-billowing appearance as the heroic Time Lord. By the time we got to the era of the Doctor and Romana the dream teams of producers and directors had passed and we had Graeme Williams' somewhat quirky take on the series, replacing the horror and violence of Tom Baker's early seasons with comedy... and K9. I fell out of love with the series during this period... mostly down to the presence of K9 and the affected quirkiness.
So I was a bit disappointed to find that, upon listening to this story, I was whisked back to those days... it was exactly like a 1978 Doctor Who story, even down to the music.
Tom sounds like he's getting into this one, and the late Mary Tamm tries hard to recapture the aloofness of the original Romana. David Warner can do no wrong in my book, and delivers a wonderful performance here... and as ever Nick Briggs gives us the best Daleks this side of David Graham and Ray Barrett. However it all feels so... light, just like the period it so authentically emulates.
I still hate K9.