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5.0 out of 5 stars 'Daleks Conquer and Destroy!', 5 Sep 2013
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This review is from: Doctor Who: The Power of the Daleks[1966](Original BBC Television Soundtrack) (Audio CD)
I really enjoyed `The Power of the Daleks'. It's such a classic story and it's such a shame that none of the six episodes exist from the BBC Archives.

Of course, this is the first story for the second incarnation of the Doctor - Patrick Troughton - who took over from William Hartnell in 'The Tenth Planet', and he's brilliant in this. It's hard to believe that this was the first time back in 1966 that the producers of `Doctor Who' contemplated the idea of regeneration to keep the show going. Nowadays it's seems very regular and acceptable, but back in the day it was just unheard of.

Patrick Troughton is experimenting with various new aspects to find his Doctor, from playing his recorder; to wanting to wear hats; to being comical and serious at the same time. To have his story pitted against Daleks is a bonus as it truly proves his worth as the Doctor and it is only the beginning of many great things to come. He certainly is a departure from the grumpy old man that William Hartnell was as the Doctor, which I'm sure is what the producers had in mind.

The Doctor is supported by his companions Ben and Polly (played by Michael Craze and Anneke Wills). They are the ones who witness the Doctor's transformation and whilst Polly is accepting the Doctor has changed but still is the same man, Ben is more sceptical early on. I like it when Ben gets annoyed at the Doctor playing his recorder all the time and he blows back in his face in frustration.

I've had the pleasure of meeting Anneke Wills recently at a convention, chatting to her and having my CD cover for `The Power of the Daleks' recently signed by her.

The Daleks are on top form in this story. They become so menacing, manipulative and deceiving to the humans on the planet Vulcan when they try to get their way by saying to them `I am your servant'. The cliffhangers for these Dalek episodes are thrilling and iconic to listen to when a Dalek repeatedly says `I am your servant' over and over again talking over the Doctor's protests in the humans trusting them. Also when the Daleks are mass-producing and saying `We are the new race of Daleks' and going `Daleks Conquer and Destroy!' They are such iconic moments in `Doctor Who's history.

I enjoyed listening to the characters of Lesterson and Bragen very much. Lesterson is a curious scientist who lets his curiosity get the better of him when he experiments and learns more about the Daleks and finding them increasingly fascinating. It is only by the end he realises what they are and goes into a mental breakdown.

Bragen who is the security officer on the planet Vulcan is so determined to get his seat of power as the new governor of the human colony that he goes to such great lengths to use the Daleks for his own purposes and when he leads the rebels. He even goes to killing the actual governor himself with a Dalek. I found it very chilling when the Dalek asked `Why do human beings kill human beings?'

The themes of power and corruption are evident in this story, not just of the Daleks but also of the humans as well. It gives us some great lessons to learn and it goes to show why `The Power of the Daleks' is such a classic.

David Whittaker who wrote this story knows the Daleks inside and out when he commissioned the first story from Terry Nattion; and since he was script editor on the first Doctor Who season back in 1963 there's lots of really good character and plot threads being developed that makes the story exciting.

`The Power of the Dalek' only exists as fragments of surviving footage found by film collectors which can be found on the 'Lost in Time' DVD box set. Here's hoping that someone will find some missing episodes in the near future, since we've been lucky with some previous finds like `Galaxy 4' and `The Underwater Menace'.

So overall, a cracking good Dalek story with a new Doctor, two wonderful companions and a classic story that goes to show that `we understand the hu-man mind!!!!!!!"

The Doctor, Polly and Ben next meet Jamie McCrimmon in 'The Highlanders'.
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Initial post: 18 Oct 2013 23:50:59 BDT
Timelord007 says:
Great review & as it's unlikely this will ever be found complete although after recent finds?, Great your a fan of Big Finish like i am feel free check my reviews out.
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