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5.0 out of 5 stars The End & The Begining, 11 Dec. 2013
This review is from: I, Davros 4 - Guilt (Doctor Who S.) (Audio CD)
I, Davros -4 - Guilt.

Product Info.
2xCD
1 - Episode
Running Time 65 Minutes
Bonus: Behind The Scenes interviews Running Time 60 Minutes

Positive.
1)Terry Molloy brings the Davros character full circle in this excellent final part of I, Davros mini series.
2) A brilliant dark & engaging final part to I, Davros written by Scott Alan Woodward.
3)The ending is both chilling & effective.

Negative.
1)None whatsoever.

Cast.
Davros - Terry Molloy
Scientist Ral - David Bickerstaff
Colonel Murash - Lisa Bowerman
Baran - Nicholas Briggs
Tech-Ops Ludella - Jennifer Croxton
Thal Saboteur - Scott Handcock
Thal Soldier - Gary Hopkins
Yarvell - Lizzie Hopley
Lady Calcula - Carolyn Jones
Lt Nyder - Peter Miles
Radio Announcer - Toby Robinson
The Supremo - John Stahl
Major Brint - James Parsons

Trivia.
1)Dalek voice & executive producer of Big Finish Nick Briggs plays another character here named Baran.
2)Lisa Bowerman who's better known as Bernice (Benny) Summerfield play's the character of Colonel Murash.
3)Peter Miles returns to perform the character of Nyder from 'Genesis Of The Daleks' as in this story his rank is Lieutenant.

What's The Story.
The Kaled city has become ravaged as life has now become one of fear as the Kaleds are now protected by a transparent dome that has been built to protect the remains of the Kaled city.

The Thals kidnap Davros from his Wheelchair in a bid to keep him away from his laboratory's resulting in the Supremo to send in a elite squadron led by Lieutenant Nyder who is a young & immoral & has no feeling or compassion except duty to the cause in a attempt to rescue Davros from the Thal enemy's.

Lieutenant Nyders plan in rescuing Davros is a success but Davros is changed by this experience as now as well as his greed for knowledge he seeks to bring about his Mark III travel machine to exterminate the whole Thal race & will sacrifice anybody that stands in his way exterminating the Kaled Ruling Council & bringing into Law compulsory nursery care for the newborn Kaled children to which Davros describes as The Children Of Davros.

Timelord Thoughts.
So finally we come full circle as Davros takes up the mantle & his legacy of leader of the Kaled race & creator of the Mark III Travel Machine referred to eventually as a Dalek.

'Guilt' is the final part to this excellent mini series superbly written by Scott Alan-Woodward that showcases the gruesome & disturbing lengths Davros will go to to achieve his goals of becoming ruler of Skaro & his creation of the Daleks, the scene were Davros tells Nyder to bring in a unconscious Ludella to see her son as Davros comments "The children of Davros are hungry & when Ludella awakens she will see how happy her son is to see her" is very disturbing & terrifying moment as it explains what Davros is doing to the Kaled Children who is mutating them to become Daleks that is both a shocking & terrifying moment.

This scene alone would've caused uproar on tv in the 1970's as Mary Whitehouse would've wet her knickers at such graphic imagery on tv, but I could easily see the late Robert Holmes adapting this story for television in the Seventies as it's the kind of material he'd love to explore.

Terry Molloy portrays Davros as a chilling megalomaniac but compelling in his madness to rule, Peter Miles returns as Nyder as this final part showcases the origins of that particular partnership.

This story ties up everything neatly & satisfactory & is the perfect way to end the mini series by having the Dalek speak it's first words which literally gave this reviewer goose bumps.

This final part comes with a bonus making of disc talking to everyone who was involved in making this story from the cast to the writer's & it's production.

Overall, 'I, Davros - Guilt' is a highly recommended final part to this four part mini series delivering a tense & atmospheric finale that pushes the boundaries of mature content to it's very limits.

Timelord Rating.
9/10
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Initial post: 12 Dec 2013 22:56:38 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Great review, I really found the whole Davros series of audio cds chilling, and quite gobsmacking.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2013 00:12:41 GMT
Timelord-007 says:
Yes without doubt made for a mature audience, The ending were he implies using newborn baby's to mutate in Daleks most disturbing thing I heard in ages, Utter chilling.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Dec 2013 02:28:35 GMT
Keen Reader says:
Definitely! It's not the cuddly Doctor Who we may have been used to in previous years, but I think quite a few now of the Big Finish stories have got darker too. Which I actually like, I think it's more realistic. While the Seventh Doctor was quite cunning and never let on more than he needed to, the Eighth Doctor was quite dark and bitter about some things, and that's good in these adventures I think. So it's good to have some of that in the stories that are peripheral to yet integral to the whole Doctor Who universe as well, like the Cybermen stories, and the Dalek Wars and this series. The Cybermen stories are absolutely brilliant, have you heard those? I've still got a few to listen to which I haven't got to yet, but have heard the first couple of lots.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2013 17:38:31 GMT
Timelord-007 says:
I have my dear & they have the own unique spin on there adventures.

Big Finish love Doctor Who with a passion & was a life life to our favourite Timelord during it's wilderness years of the 90's up to it's return.
Thanks for feedback.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2013 18:46:51 GMT
Keen Reader says:
It's all good timelord007. Three cheers for Big Finish I say, they have certainly been a boon over the years and long may they continue to be so.
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